BOOK TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Residue by Laury Falter
by Laury Falter
Residue Series, Book One
When Jocelyn Weatherford is whisked away from a preparatory academy in upstate New York to live with her extended family in New Orleans, she is unprepared to encounter the dangers awaiting her. Yet even as she is thrust into an unfamiliar world of witches and voodoo magic, the greatest threat of all may be the boy she has fallen for.
While handsome and charming, he is also a Caldwell…a member of the family the Weatherfords have been feuding with for centuries. As their forbidden love grows it becomes the volatile spark that forever changes their world and everyone in it.
MY THOUGHTS: 3.75 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
This book starts out with interesting events right from the beginning, as Jocelyn Weatherford sees a scar weirdly appear on her arm in the middle of class…in short order she is told she’s descended from a long line of witches and is shipped off to New Orleans to meet the family she never knew was magical.
Jocelyn also meets Jameson Caldwell, with whom she has an immediate spark, only to have it crushed when she learns he’s a member of a family hers has been feuding with for generations. Dealing with this on top of coming into her powers is enough, but on top of that she also finds out she may just be a important link to the witchy world…
Let me get what I DIDN’T like about Residue out of the way. First, I’m from Louisiana, born and bred. I could find no information that stated that the author of this book is as well. With that said, the portrayal of the voodoo maid characters, and finding people with the names Boudreaux and Thibodeaux felt a little stereotypical to me. I’ve lived here my whole life and I have never met someone with the last name of Boudreaux…and we’re not all that bad with the Cajun accent, either. In any event, there were also a couple of things that didn’t make sense to me. Jocelyn accepts her fate after an amount of time, but after learning something so mind-blowing about herself, she never asked or was allowed to speak to her mother? After all, she knew all about it but kept Jocelyn out of that world (for reasons we later learn)…if I were Jocelyn I would have quite a few questions to ask mom. Finally, it was never really explained what the ministry that Jocelyn’s mother works for does, and I still don’t really understand it–there were a few other issues left unanswered for me as well.
So, what did I like? First off, Jocelyn herself. She makes it known from the beginning that she is a kick ass chick, and stands up for herself when necessary. But something about the hunky Jameson makes her tough girl exterior melt. Jameson was really sweet and patient with her, realizing that she was new to their world and giving her the answers and help she needed. Their relationship developed at a nice pace, there was no insta-love to be found here. And though there is a warring family theme going on, I never got the Romeo and Juliet vibe when Jameson and Jocelyn were together. He truly makes her a better person when they are together.
I loved the end and I know things are just heating up in New Orleans. I enjoyed the unique take on witcraft and having a story set in my home state. I definitely plan on reading the next books in this series.
About the Author
Laury Falter is the author of the bestselling Guardian Trilogy. She writes young adult paranormal romances and urban fantasy when she’s not taking her stray dogs for a walk or enjoying a date night with her husband.
Laury has released two series, the Guardian Trilogy and the Residue Series (a spinoff of the Guardian Trilogy books), and is currently releasing her third series, the Apocalypse Chronicles.
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