Thursday, April 16, 2015

Book Review of Witchcraft Couture by Katarina West #bookreview #fiction

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my opinion and review.

A story set in the world of couture as told by the primary character, Oscar Pelligrini.  An interesting blend of neurotic and moody story telling.  Mixing in a little bit of magic in with the real world, you watch Oscar as he tries to pick himself up in the world of clothes making and fall then fall apart.   While Oscar tries to resolve himself and his creative block, he comes across a magical box called the SAMPO.  Discover with Oscar what happens when you depend on magic to make your way in the world. 

It starts off a little slow and seems to be jumpy, because it's told by the narrator who has a lot of issues to work through.  After a while, though, it becomes easier to read.  Eventually, it even picks up speed and manages to pull you in.  Written diary style, you get an in depth view of Oscar and what goes on in his mind.  

I liked the story basis and the book itself grew on me.  Definitely different and worth a read (or two).

From the cover:

Oscar Pellegrini is a talented fashion designer with a deadly enemy: his own critical mind. He destroys much of what he designs and has been drifting for years, gradually retreating from the fashion business he loves but holding on to his dreams of success. 

A chance meeting with a former girlfriend triggers a creative crisis so deep that Oscar escapes to Russia, where he drinks and despairs like never before. Just when he thinks he has lost everything he discovers a magical machine that turns ordinary outfits into irresistible sartorial triumphs. Oscar takes the machine back to Italy – and before he knows it, he has become famous for his designs, and celebrities and socialites are fighting to be first to wear his gorgeous garments. 

But the happily-ever-after ending for the fashion messiah turns into a nightmare when his dresses acquire a life of their own, gaining energy and evil as time goes on. Haunted by his creations, a dark secret he is no longer able to hide, Oscar finds himself fighting for his life and sanity, and searching for the answer to a question he never knew existed. 

Is there such a thing as stolen genius, and if there is, can it turn against the very person who stole it? 

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