Series: The December People #2
Published by Curiosity Quills Press on January 5th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
David Vandergraff lost his home, his job, and contact with his oldest son, but remains determined to be a good husband and father despite being a dark winter wizard.
His resolve is tested when a flyer for a missing girl--who happens to be a summer witch--begins to haunt him. David believes a spell needs to use him to save her, so he follows the magic's command and looks into her disappearance. His teenage daughter Emmy resents him for caring so much about a random stranger. But when she uncovers some disturbing evidence close to home, she begins an investigation of her own.
David and Emmy quickly learn that the mystery is not only about a missing girl they barely know, but a deeply personal story that impacts everyone they care about. As their world crumbles, they fear the warning may be true—never mess with summer wizards, because the good guys always win.
The author sent me Destruction last year to review, and I absolutely adored it so she sent me the second book to read. I have to say I think I enjoyed the first book more than Watch Me Burn. The second book didn’t blow me away as much as the first one did.
In the first book we learn that the witches magic/power has to do with the seasons. The two main types of witches we read about are the winter and summer witches, and of course they completely hate each other. Anyway, David (and soon the rest of the family) has this pull to find out what has happened to a teenage girl that has went missing. Her missing flyer and other things keep appearing to him like it is almost done by magic. The problem is the missing girl is a summer witch, and of course the Vandergraffs are winter witches. The two different types of witches have to cross paths while trying to solve the mystery involving the missing girl, which causes a host of problems. The whole family ends up getting involved in this missing case to find out what happened to this girl, and to keep things from getting even worse. We also find out more about what happens to Jude after he shames the family in book 1.
I really enjoyed Watch Me Burn, I think my favorite thing is Sharon’s witty writing style. I like the humor in between all of the dark and gritty parts of the story, which is what drew me in to the first book. Even though I still loved it, I didn’t enjoy Watch me Burn as much as the first one. I felt like there was a little bit of stalling in the middle. There was a lot of action happening from the beginning to the end, but at the same time things just weren’t really happening in the middle. I do love the world she’s built and the witchcraft, but I think I enjoyed it better when everyone was learning about the powers they had instead of the missing girl plot. I guess this plot didn’t excite me quite as much. Nevertheless, The December People is still an amazing series, and I still can’t wait to pick up the next one to find out what happens with the Vandergraffs (especially Amanda!).