Review Request: To the Cliffside by B. Jane Lawson

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Published: September 12, 2011
format: eBook (PDF copy)
Available: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Book Blurb (Goodreads):

Morganna Cork has lived twenty-four uneventful years in Los Angeles under the thumb of her overbearing mother. The only thing barring her from a totally average existence is that she's got a secret, magical ability to heal herself and others. An encounter with her mother results in exile to the small coastal town of Puesta del Sol. There, she will be a guest and employee at the Cliffside Inn, owned by her estranged cousin Maeve. Morganna resigns herself to a winter of work and boredom in this one-horse town.

Everything changes when she accidentally pulls into the driveway of the devastatingly sexy Callupo Stone. Instantly she is attracted to the infuriating man who makes no bones about his lack of interest, even if he seems to be right behind her at every turn. The sparks fly as she does her best to thwart his every attempt to corral her.

She soon discovers that she’s not the only one with gifts. There is an entire community of people known as Magicks, each unique and powerful in their own right.

As Morganna undertakes a journey of self-discovery and determination, she befriends Anya, the spunky, sassy, sometimes employee of the Cliffside and bearer of town gossip. Together, they begin to unearth the mysteries surrounding the strange reappearance of a vindictive villain, on a quest for power, in which Morganna finds herself directly in the middle. Simultaneously, they witness the succession struggles of a secret society, in which Callupo and many of their close friends are members, whose existence and purpose eludes them.

Morganna undergoes a radical transformation of self as she becomes an unsuspecting participant in a Magickal war that has been thirty years in the making.

My Review:

Not enough story or character development. The premise of the story is a good one and the cast of characters is great. Morganna knows she different, she just doesn't realize how much until she is sent to work for her cousin Maeve at the family's Cliffside Inn.

There was a part in the book where Morganna was confused by a story she was being told and I to say that I felt the same way too while reading this book. Like I said, while the premise is a good one, I thought there was a lot of jumping around within the story and it really didn't give you a chance to get comfortable with the character as much as you could.

B. Jane Lawson is a wonderful story teller and there is a good description of the characters and things that are going on throughout the story; it was just to me, a little too packed together. There will most likely be a sequel based on the books ending and I'm hoping there is more of what was missing here.

My rating:

3 Kisses ~ just a little rushed...

**Book provided by the Author


  1. Sometimes reading such a book feels like the author had so many brilliant ideas and tried to put them all in there (even though sometimes less IS more). You found the words I've often been looking for when reviewing a 1-3 star book. It really takes time to get "comfortable" with a character.
    _yay_ @ BookthatThing!

  2. Thank you Yay for stopping thru and so sorry for the late response. Sometimes I don't get comments on my thank you so much! Really appreciate it ;)


    PS...glad you liked it