Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Phoebe Who? by Emma Harrison: Not One of My Favorites

Phoebe Who? (Charmed, #38)Title: Phoebe Who?
Author: Emma Harrison
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment
Published: December 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
Pages: 193
Source: I own this book
Read: October 3-5 2012
In  A Few Words: Likeable, but not amazing
My Rating: 3 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis:
A battle's finale, one sister lost --

Enemies disguised as friends,

aim to cross.

Two sisters must remind her what she can't recall:

To bring her home safely and restore power to all.

Phoebe is exhausted -- between work, demon fighting, and helping her sisters, she has no time for herself. When she wakes from a battle not knowing who or where she is, Phoebe gets her long-awaited getaway and then some. A stranger named Aura promptly finds her and takes Phoebe into her care. There's something off about Aura and her friends, but Phoebe ignores her instinct and tries to settle into this new, relaxed lifestyle.

Meanwhile, Piper and Paige fear the worst. They scry for Phoebe, but she is nowhere to be found. Not only have Aura and her friends put a cloaking spell on Phoebe, but they have also reintroduced her to magic, taking her on "missions" to steal protection charms from good witches. Their latest mission? Convincing Phoebe that Piper and Paige are evil and need to be rendered powerless. Will Piper and Paige be able to find Phoebe -- and help her find herself -- in time to restore the Power of Three?

Melissa's Musings:

As long time readers of this blog will know, I love Charmed. Some might say I'm slightly obsessed, even. So, since I read two review books in a row, I decided to use this book to break things up a little bit before I moved on to my next review title. These stories don't have a whole lot of depth to them so this will be a relatively short review.

In terms of the plot, this would have made a good episode. But, that's also where it was lacking. It used elements that were very similar to actual episodes so the new factor wasn't really there. It was still likeable though. I enjoyed the fact that the magical creatures had come to Phoebe asking her advice. I think that would have been interesting to see an episode with that story line  being that when members of the magical community needed help in the show, they  were usually prone to turning to Paige for that. 

There were a few points that I didn't care for, particularly that the author started calling Phoebe by the name of Ruth right after she got amesia. I know why she did it, but I guess the transition wasn't all that smooth because it was confusing for a while. Then there were a few spots that felt like filler that could have been removed. In terms of it being similar to other episodes it was, but there were some good details in the story despite that fact.

Overall, this was an enjoyable enough story that would have made a decent episode in the show, it's just not one of my favorites.

Do any of you read Charmed novels or watch the show? If so which is your favorite book/episode?


Anonymous said...

I loved Charmed! And I used to read this little books. Too bad I don't have them anymore. Great review!

Melissas Midnight Musings said...

Aww awesome another Charmed fan! Did you ever happen to read this one?