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on April 28, 2018
I am not clear on why the boxset was put in this order, exactly... but I felt the quality of writing matured by the second series. Not because the writing was bad, necessarily, it just felt more amateurish, maybe? But the bizarre thing is that while prose got better, I think plot and continuity actually got worse.

But I will admit that my dislike of Morgan may be clouding my judgement. This author strongly favours tell instead of show. We are told constantly how amazing and powerful Morgan is, but she is mainly self-centered and stubborn. Much of what she is praised for was done by someone else. The main saving grace is that others occasionally acknowledge or note her flaws.

Which brings me back to my first point about the order of the stories in the collection. The first stories make Morgan seem impressive because of some past feat though unhelpful because of a current curse. Except, the second series gives the back story of her impressive past which uses deus ex machina...and others to save the day. Though Morgan gets the praise.

The last series goes forward in time where Morgan is once again selfish and useless. But we are told that for 10 years she has been better but stress has brought back the old Morgan. If only there was a series of stories showing the good Morgan!

That said, I missed many hours of sleep staying up reading "just one more chapter" because I enjoyed much of the rest of the story. I like Gwenlyn a lot - she saved the series for me. So I recommend the boxset, just as long as you don't keep waiting to see Morgan be the hero we are told she is.
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on February 20, 2018
I absolutely love the way Alexandria Clarke weaves a story, as well as the Summer's family weaves their magic. This was a free book set and I am under no obligation to review this set of stories. Ms Clarke uses words that allow you to visualize the story in your head. Some of the free kindle books I have read are very stilted reading, but Ms Clarke's books flow and keep you engrossed while transporting you elsewhere as a well written book should. Her characters have a wonderful sense of humor even when things are serious. Her main characters are strong and able to carry the story without a lot of backtracking into the history of the series. After reading her first stories about Yew Hollow I am hooked and am definately a fan, so of course I had to read this set. Thank you Alexandria Clarke for having the talent to write these wonderful stories!
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I received this book free from one of the book sites. I do not remember which one! This is my honest review.
Three sets of mysteries with covens & curses abounding. Meet the Summers family, a large coven of witches living in Yew Hollow. The town folks accept the witches as eccentric women, having had a spell woven that would make them forget the Summers women were witches. Enjoy the season of Christmas with more than the usual holiday experience. Come to town & find a murdered body right in front of the yew tree that has stood in the center of town for centuries. Watch as the witches become ill from a horrible dark curse that threatens them all.
Three sets of books in each story, a set of 9 in all. Compelling reads, I could not stop reading. More than a mystery, these books are fun too. Quirky and different, these ladies will capture your attention.
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on May 20, 2018
In any book, not everything gets tied up neatly in a bow but so many major plot holes were a problem for me. Gwenlyn's twin being a major one. The gaining of powers being a major part of one story and not mentioned in the next Morgan and Gwenlyn's telepathic connection lost. Books leave cliff hangers then pick up in the next like it's the next day but t h e previous crises are quickly forgotten where are the lasting effects of the drama. Why isn't Morgan still on the police force? Why could Gwenlyn be taken over by someone she hadn't met and had no connection to? What happened to Gwenlyn's parents? How did Winnie and Gwenlyn get separate?
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on April 8, 2018
This is a collection of really good stories centering on the witch-run town of Yew Hollow. Mysteries and supernatural characters abound. The characters are lively, the plots are intriguing, the action is powerful.
The only thing that bothered me was the thing that irritates me about so many e-books, the really shoddy copy editing. Amazon: if you are paying any attention at all, take a look at my highlights and notes, and FIX THE ERRORS! I'm not claiming to be a professional editor, but I have a good eye for grammar errors and poor vocabulary choices, and I expect published works to meet at least a minimal standard of coherence.
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on February 25, 2018
I did thoroughly enjoy all of the books in this set. Follow a family coven of witches through several generations & mysteries. They establish a town of their own after the troubles in Salem, with a yew tree at the town center. To New York & back, to the next town over, to the underworld & back, join the Summers coven ladies for their travels & travails - you won't be sorry!
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on June 13, 2018
I was pleasantly b!own way by this book series! Being of grandfatherlly age AND being a voracious reader, I am constantly in search of new books, authors and whatnot. I like reading what I consider "fluff" in between larger, more intense reads... not saying that these books aren't great reads, cause many of them are... most definitely. Recently I found and fell in love with paranormal i.e. Ghosts and witches.
I had read a couple hundred of these paranormal read when I found this series for on Amazon for free... Free is good!
This author writes some excellent novels! The plot, characters, storylines and all are outstanding. Her books are written as if witches ARE real and now I find that I am not at all sure they aren't.
If you're looking for a good read... You will not be dissatisfied with these tales of the Summers family. Myself..I am going out right now and buy some more novels by this author. I may even get some that are NOT free!
ENJOY YOURSELF!!!
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on March 13, 2018
Fun books, very action and emotion packed. Not loving how judgemental Noelle is all the time, but Chiara, Gabriel, and Belinda offset that a bit. The little dig in book #2 (I think) regarding people "Not willing to make such sacrifices" in reference to the elderly in nursing homes hit me wrong, as well as a few of her other observations throughout the series, and the ever interchangeable Summers name to Summerses for no apparent reason drives me bonkers. Overall I liked her and Morgan and loved their adventures.
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on March 6, 2018
Just finished my first book in this set. It was well written and a fun read. I really enjoyed this and can't wait to start the next one! Recommend read. Thanks!

I've just finished this wonderful series. It's been a long time since I've read a story that I enjoyed this much. So much so, that I have to reread it again! It's back to book one where I will now double my pleasure. Thank you Alexandria Clark, for this series!
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on February 22, 2018
I like all of the Yew Hollow books that I have read, which is why I purchased this collection. Magic is great fun. However I did find a couple of what must be editing errors.
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