Circe by Madeline Miller (♦♦♦♦)

Granddaughter of Oceanus, daughter of Titan Helios and sea nymph Perseid, Circe was different from the start. While her siblings discovered their unique gifts very early on and gained their independence—either by claiming their inheritance, like Perses and Aëstes, or by marriage to a wealthy demigod, like Pasiphäe—, Circe remained among her family in the halls of the gods. Her love for young fisherman Glaucus changed everything. Circe used a potion to transform Glaucus into a worthy suitor. Glaucus, seeing his station changed, fell in love with one Circe’s cousins, a sea nymph named Scylla. Out of jealousy, Circe put a potion on Scylla’s bath and, unintendedly, transformed her into a monster. Circe’s confession forced Helios to go to see Zeus, for witchcraft is something that gods fear can tip the balance of power. Zeus declared an eternal banishment for Circe from the halls of the gods to the island of Aiaia.

Exile was not easy but, as Circe learned, it had its advantages; being away f…

Ghost Shadow by Heather Graham (♦♦♦♦)

Ten years ago, while giving a tour of his family’s museum in Key West, David Beckett, along with a group of tourists and locals, found the dead body of Tanya Barnard, his former fiancée, in one of the museum’s exhibits. David had a solid alibi, backed by none others than his grandparents, but despite it, he was the only person of interest in the police investigation. Since the police could not find Tanya’s killer or physical evidence pointing to her murderer, they closed the case. David Beckett, along with most of his high school classmates moved on. Ten years later, as a world famous photojournalist, David decides to go home, if only for a while, and find the truth of Tanya’s murder, if possible. Along with him, some of the town’s folks start to return as well, and then the killing starts again.

David Beckett, while actively involved in the investigation of his former fiancée’s murder, falls in love with Katie O’Hara, a local young woman with paranormal abilities, and both get determined to find the truth behind the gruesome killings rocking their beloved Key West, with the help of Katie’s ghosts.

I really liked this book. The romance is good, and the investigation, happening in the background, is more like a mystery, which works perfectly when entwined with the local history of Key West and its most prominent families. A very pleasant and funny read!