The day is finally here!
Book 2 in The December People series, Watch Me Burn, is now available for purchase.
Re-join the Vandergraff family as they navigate the delicate balance between dark magic and family.
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.
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I loved "Destruction", and now I also fell in love with "Watch Me Burn". And again line of a not YA paranormal kept successfully in this 2nd book too by Bayliis. She is doing it again, by juggles skillfully between the characters and expose us, to many different angles as possible.
In Destruction we learn about, dark magic and the winter wizards, in watch me Burn we introduced to light magic and summer wizards (But also we get some hints into Autumn and Spring).
The Prescotts, are summer wizards family. When their youngest daughter of the goes missing, the Vandergraffs feels unexplained magical compelled to find her. Is it possible that the summer wizards will need David’s help to find their missing young witch? Are the Summer wizards really the “good” guys while the December People are pure evil?
Even tough the family economic situation deteriorate quickly since they started practicing magic, the Vandergraffs kids didn't stop to learn more and more about their powers. The pull to find the missing girl started with an ad that David found on the street after he showed it to his children, strangely they started to feel the pull too. "The image of the missing girl on the screen shined so intensely, he could see her outline burned into the blackness behind his eyelids when he blinked. The girl posed in her volleyball uniform, displaying a radiant, white-toothed smile. She looked about fourteen or fifteen. She had blonde hair and golden skin and a strange radiating quality, as if the pixels in the television gave her an extra glow."
Patrick who finds he has surprisingly powerful abilities, saw visions of the missing girl but got into the Frying Pan in the beginning. Emmy (that discovers that she already met her at a volleyball camp, and that they both had immediate mutual hostility) goes looking for the missing girl and meets her brother. Into to mix Emma ask a direct help from her half sister Evangeline's and got it willingly. Evangeline was sure that her her strong talent, and that she know enough about to deal with the mystery. But when we speak about magic and especially light magic and it's form apparently she didn't know enough.
When things got dangerous Patrick and Xavier decide to join the game.
In this book we can find new villains and new charters to appreciate. The flows and imperfectness of them make those characters more believable.
Patrick is still my favorite, I didn't Liked Amanada and her choices in this book too (I still find her to arrogant and too prideful to handle things wisely) and my feeling toward David is still ambivalent because he choose again to run from things instead of face them. His wife didn't help to him by repeating all the those mistakes that she done before. The other parents in this story didn't act as mature people suppose to. And again we study the consequence of succumbing to pride and hate. When secrets faster and the infection spread too quickly, the only ones that can save the the day will be the ones who will will to face their mistakes. Apparently not these adults. Luckily their children will have to fix their parents mistakes. AT List part of of the children!!!! (some will choose to repeat those mistakes)
But the most important lesson this book preach for is - If you join forces you might succeed (and unfortunately is stand the same for the regular people and the villains one)
About Sharon Bayliss
As a child, Sharon enjoyed playing in mud, collecting frogs, and was so certain that there was a ghost in her closet that her mother admits that she half-expected to really find one there. She began writing her first novel at the age of fifteen (handwritten in a spiral marked ‘private’).
A proud Austinite, Sharon never saw much sense in moving anywhere else and got her degree in social work from the University of Texas at Austin. As an author and social worker, she has devoted her life to making the lives of real people better and the lives of fictional people much, much worse.
When she’s not writing, she enjoys living happily-ever-after with her husband and two young sons. She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and still playing in the mud (which she now calls gardening). http://www.sharonbayliss.com/
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