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Stories not in order and repetitive
Reviewed in the United States on March 20, 2021
I'm new to this particular series although I loved her series Badlands that she wrote as Morgan Brice. I've read all of the stories and books in the Deadly Curiosities world and mostly I found them fun, exciting and well written. That said, this review is mostly directed to Trifles and Folly and Trifles and Folly 2. These were a collection of short stories from this world. The major complaint I have is that the stories were not in order. They jumped back and forth in time between the books and made my head spin a bit. An example; Father Anne was in the first book of stories a couple of times then, inTrifles 2, one of the stories had Cassidy meeting her for the first time. The same seemed to happen with Caliel. To me, this took a lot away from my enjoyment. Logically, these stories should have been presented in time order to better understand the group dynamics. Also, the second collection was set up very weirdly with roman numerals for the sections. Why so different from the first collection?? There was also a lot of repetitive explanations about this group and what they did to "keep the world safe". I realize this was mostly because the stories were published each on their own, but in a collection it got really old and I skipped a lot.
Other problems as a whole: I didn't like Cassidy a whole lot. I thought she treated Sorren like she was constantly afraid of him, although he never harmed her and, in fact, saved her life several times. She seemed to have zero affection for him, unlike with Teag and others of her acquaintance. To my way of thinking, she treated him like a piece of furniture and was always irritated when he wasn't available. Would it have killed her to have hugged him occasionally and act like she was actually glad to see him? I'm sure the author did not intend this result but that is how it appeared to me. Also, I hated how she treated Baxter, her little dog. She was always out having dinner or checking hauntings without going home first to see to his needs. Fiction or not, if the author is going to introduce a character, and Baxter was, definitely, another character, at least have that character realistically taken care of. I began to wonder what her carpets would look like because it seemed Baxter was rarely taken out to potty. The author was so good at the details of the evil encounters, it seemed remiss of her not to follow through with the dog. Even if it is fiction, I still don't like to read about animals being mistreated.
Lastly, everybody has somebody but Sorren. Geez, give the poor guy someone to keep him warm at night! He seems too much alone. He supposedly is, after all, a sentient being and capable of love.