Monday, June 2, 2014

Bitter Spirits by Jenn Bennett [Review]
Bitter Spirits (Roaring Twenties #1) by Jenn Bennett
Format: paperback
Source: library
Date read: January 28, 2014

Roaring Twenties
1. Bitter Spirits - Paperback | Kindle
2. Grim Shadows

Jenn Bennett
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
It’s the roaring twenties, and San Francisco is a hotbed of illegal boozing, raw lust, and black magic. The fog-covered Bay Area can be an intoxicating scene, particularly when you specialize in spirits…

There’s a big curse in little Chinatown...and it’s not prohibition.

Aida Palmer performs a spirit medium show onstage at Chinatown’s illustrious Gris-Gris speakeasy. However, her ability to summon (and expel) the dead is more than just an act.

Winter Magnusson is a notorious bootlegger who’s more comfortable with guns than ghosts—unfortunately for him, he’s the recent target of a malevolent hex that renders him a magnet for hauntings. After Aida’s supernatural assistance is enlisted to banish the ghosts, her spirit-chilled aura heats up as the charming bootlegger casts a different sort of spell on her...

On the hunt for the curseworker responsible for the hex, Aida and Winter become drunk on passion. And the closer they become, the more they realize they have ghosts of their own to exorcise…
Thoughts on Bitter Spirits: Now, these are the types of shenanigans I like to find in books set in the 20s. Bootlegging, spirit mediums, and curses. Yes, I'm blissing out over this one. It gave me all the things I was looking for in a book before I even knew I was looking.


I kinda adored the relationship between Winter and Aida. He's running a surprisingly clean criminal empire and she's breath-deep in the supernatural. She doesn't see his physical imperfections as imperfections. He likes how straightforward she is. His fascination with her freckles was especially endearing. As was hers with how large and intimidating he was.

Jenn Bennett made San Francisco in the 20s come alive in glorious, foggy detail.The twisting streets, the damp weather, the clothes, the cars, the people. Frankly, I loved every moment of it.

I'm seriously smitten with this series and am very excited to read about the rest of the Magnusson clan. I suspect that Aida's one of a kind, but those Magnussons seem the sort to attract danger and fun.

Bring it on!


  1. Many people are raving about this one so I think I need to check it out to see what all the fuss is about. I'm glad that you really loved the characters and setting for the world.

    Thanks for the great review!

    1. The second book in the series came out today. So if you end up liking it, you're set!