Distiller: Hikari Loftus
by Mary Jane Capps
DreamFusion Press, LLC; 1 edition (September 30, 2015)
But while Stella continues to puzzle over why her grandmother, GG’s, spirit still hasn’t botherd to contact her two years after her death, a sinister unknown spirit is harassing her through her dreams at night, and the images it conjures up are confusing and terrible.
Between Stella and her best friend, Collette, (Stella’s semi-willing accomplice) they’ve got to figure out what the spirit is trying to tell them before someone gets killed.
This one took me a bit to get into, and that was mostly due to writing style. Stella’s voice/thought process took me some getting used to (all that coffee maybe?) and I really had to focus until I got the hang of it.
Once I got the rhythm of this one, I slipped into this story deeply. It was a fun one. I don’t think I’ve ever read a story that delved into New Orleans and Voodoo magic like this and I think half of why I liked it was Stella’s belief in and practice of it. I also loved which things author Mary Jane Capps decided to put extra details into (makes me really curious about what kind of research into Voodoo she had to do)
What I loved most, however, was Stella herself. She likes herself as she is and is comfortable in her own skin. She’s got her points of drama in the story, but I never felt like she was unreasonable or annoying. She’s definitely someone I would want to be friends with. All the characters were believable and interesting.
There were a few points in the storyline that I felt were a bit confusing or I wish were resolved a little better, but it wasn’t much to get upset about.
I really ended up enjoying this read. I liked the laid back romance, I loved the friendships, I loved the Voodoo, and I loved the mystery. If you’re looking for a quick, fun, different read, this one is a great one.