This book is amazing! I’m so happy with how it came out. The perfect sequel to the perfect series! 8/10 would recommend! I’m so happy I stayed with it through the ups and downs, I felt like I was actually in the story and that the characters were my friends!
Carnival of Shadows is the second book in the Firewater Springs series. This book is a page turner and has me looking forward to more! Teagan Blackmore is the local Swamp Witch of Firewater Springs who is still recovering from the murder of her beloved Grandmother when a strange carnival rolls into town.
Leslie Scott really brings her characters to life and makes it easy to feel their emotions. Where they go, you go. It won’t matter if you are into paranormal, romance or mystery, there is something for everyone in this book. I am very much looking forward to another installment of this series.
Book 2 in the series. I so enjoy immersing myself in this world where there’s witches, demi-demons, ghosts, werewolves, and more.
Teagan is a kick ass witch who is still exploring who she is as a woman, and now add on being the new Swamp Witch, and all that entails. She cares deeply about her renters and local community, and will put herself at risk for their safety. And the sexual tension Teagan experiences will have you panting for more!
I loved how the focus of the book was on the mystery of who the Carnie people are and what do they want, but tinged with romance. The Carnies were alluring in their creepiness, as well as in their capacity to care. I loved the contrast between those ruling the show and those who were just “along for the ride.”
I also enjoyed reading more about supporting characters Shelley, Oliver and Anna, and how those relationships have grown to have formed a community.
I cannot wait to read more featuring Teagan and gang!
Carnival of Shadows (Black Water Magic Book 2) by Leslie Scott – Review by Krista Vaughan
I love a good paranormal story with strong characters and strong bonds between characters. This book has a unique and interesting story of Teagan the new Swamp Witch and her challenges in getting used to new and unfamiliar powers while battling a carnival of demons looking to destroy her town and kill the people. Teagan has a scary ex, and a new love interest that is just as scary. I guess the powerful women go for the dangerous guys? This was really a great escape into a battle between saving the good from evil. Definitely recommend.
Carnival of Shadows by Leslie Scott is the second book in the Black Water Magic series. It should be noted that I did not read the first book, but that did not take anything away from this book. It meshed well and did not make me feel bad for coming into book two. I will be gong back to read book one, if only to get more of a backstory.
Teagan Blackwater is a witch, that much is for sure, but she is so much more. When a paranormal carnival comes to town, Teagan is given a few warning to get out of town. Teagan being the willful independent woman she is, does not heed these warnings. The excitement and story that ensues is one that was not easy to put down.
This book was filled with action, drama and romance. Not to mention all the paranormal that comes. This is a book that will be going on my re-read list for sure.
After Teagan’s grandma dies, she is left with a magical inheritance to work with. Then, the carnival comes to Firewater Springs, FL, and, with it, a whole host of awesome, paranormal characters. This is the second book in the Blackwater Magic Book series, and I admit to not having read the first one beforehand. That being said, it was still super easy to fall into the pages and get wrapped up in Teagan’s story and the stories of her friends, specifically Oliver. I had no problems keeping up with the story and enjoyed all aspects despite not having read book number one. This is a quick read, but it is not lacking in imagination and creativeness. I took in this book quickly and need to get my hands on the first book in the series. I give Carnival of Shadows by Leslie Scott 4 out 5 stars.
Teagan Blackwater is a young woman with extraordinary power, she is still reeling from the loss of her grandmother and the reality that it was her mother who killed her, she is finding the house too quiet and the routine impossible to settle into, not to mention keeping her young teenage friend out of trouble and running the trailer park in Firewater Springs she has inherited. Thankfully, she has her friends to help her out and keep her grounded, that is until a Carnival rolls into town and starts to disrupt the tenuous control she has over herself.
Talking of her teenage neighbour, she has a slight problem, her teenage hormones have gotten the best of her and she has managed to do something a little drastic when her current flavour of the month was moving too fast for her liking, it is easily sorted out, but the revelation which comes with it is less appealing. The cover up is a bit easier, a local police officer turns up after getting a call about a drunken teenager, however, after his vest camera is turned off, he asks for the truth of the matter, and when Teagan tells him some of the truth, he understand that things are not as they seem around there, that could be because he is one of those something else’s, he exudes a certain power which can only mean one thing, he is supernatural as well and he is smoking hot too! When he leaves, after asking Teagan on a date, he throws in that the MC club nearby is looking a bit too quiet and that maybe Teagan should go check it out seeing as she used to date one of them and owes a favour to another, however, when she gets there, things are definitely not good, she gets the feeling that she shouldn’t be there and that she also isn’t wanted there and she knows this means that when demi-demons are worries, that something is terribly wrong.
After this experience, she decides to ask the local hottie cop to meet her to talk about what she has just seen and heard and so she decides to go to a local watering hole to try and steady her nerves and meet him there to kill two birds with one stone, however, things don’t go to plan when she is given another warning by a set of supernatural twins and then is party to a show of the powers the Circus contains. This power is nothing she has seen before and it is so strong that everyone around her is affected by it, apart from her and the cop, their combined influence keeps them safe, but also opens them up to something even more dangerous, each other, especially when an ex brings out the testosterone in the group.
While Teagan and her friends come up with a plan to defeat this Circus of Shadows, Teagan is more and more drawn to the cop and asks him for help investigating the Carnival and the paranormal freakshow it contains, but when they find out who is behind it and what they are after, life becomes even more dangerous and complicated than it already is. Will Teagan and her friends be able to defeat the Carnival before Firewater Springs succumbs to its demands, or will the place they love fall into the clutches of the Shadows surrounding them? This is a paranormal romance with plenty of supernatural action which will pull you along with the investigation and have you rooting for Teagan and the others all the way to its conclusion, but to find out how it ends, you have to read it to believe it.
Reviewed by @roxsannel
This is a really good book! Teagan Blackwater, the Swamp Witch, protects her town from all unsavory demons and monsters that infiltrate her protective wards. Her powers were taught to her by her grandmother who raised her, as her mother is a dark witch with black blood magic. When the evil carnies come to town, she is forced to step up her game and learn how to send demi-demons packing.
Loved the character of Teagan, she was powerful but complex and vulnerable at the same time. The story is a race, and the battle scenes are full of action and very fun. I didn’t realize when I picked this book up that it was the second book in the series. I wish I had read that one first, as I suspect I missed some of the history and connections, but despite that I really liked this work. I would definitely read more by Leslie Scott.
Witches and demons and werewolves, oh my! If you like any (or all) of those you are going to love this book and series! Carnival of Shadows (Black Water Magic Book 2) is the second book in this Urban Fantasy series by Leslie Scott, and frankly, I really hope there is a third!! I loved how the characters were developed and each had a specific way of helping Teagan.
Teagan Blackwater is just trying to get on with her life after her mother killed her grandmother Nola. This meant Teagan became the swamp witch of Firewater Springs and now she is responsible for protecting the town!
When a not-so-typical carnival arrives in town, Teagan must rush to save the residents of Firewater Springs before it is too late. With the help of the local sheriff, Sean, who just so happens to be her new beau, her ex-boyfriend a biker demi-demon, and friends Oliver, Shelley, and Anna, can they defeat the ringmaster and save the residents and Firewater Springs? You will just have to read it and find out!
Who thought going to the carnival could be so adventurous and quite dangerous? Yet having Colby, a sexy Nordic MC biker, and Sean, a HOT werewolf Sheriff can make a girl feel a little better, if they aren’t ready to go at each other. Teagan Blackwater is just trying to get her life back together after her mother killed her grandmother. Along comes the twisted carnival with their evilness. Teagan, along with Colby and the rest of the MC, Sean,, Olive, Shelley, and Anna have to figure out how to stop them. Lots of adventure, action-packed drama, surprises and twists. I was sitting on the edge of my seat rooting for Teagan feeling like I was going through it with her. The author did a fantastic job of making the characters feel real and very personable. I love the plot. It felt real, kept the flow and you just couldn’t put the book down because it kept you hooked. Didn’t see that ending. Can’t wait to see more from this author!
Carnival of Shadows is the second installment to Ms. Scott’s Blackwater Magic series, after being so captured by her first installment Blackwater Magic I personally could not eat to read Carnival of Shadows and Ms. Scott did not disappoint. In fact she wrote such a great novel that this reader for one can’t wait for book three. Leslie Scott gives us everything we hope for in this new series including wonderful well-developed characters that are personable and relatable, a great story full of witches, a mysterious carnival, and a very compelling heroine. While some authors take a few books to reveal all of their wonderful characters and their personalities Ms. Scott has given us so much in two books, that I can’t wait to see why she throws at us next. While you could read Carnival of Shadows by itself I personally recommend reading the whole series, trust me you won’t be disappointed.
Carnival of Shadows: A Teagan Blackwater Urban Fantasy Novel (Black Water Magic Book 2) by Leslie was a quick and exciting read. The story follows Teagan as she takes on the role of swamp witch in Firewater Springs. It seamlessly weaves her thoughts with each character she encounters and you can feel each of her emotions as she struggles to find her way. I found myself rooting for her as she made difficult decisions and feeling heartache as she encountered it. If you enjoyed The Mortal Instruments series, this is the perfect book for you. Hoping to see more adventures with Teagan and the gang in Firewater Springs.
Teagan Blackwater is now Swamp Witch of Firewater Springs after her Nola was murdered by her own mother, Mercia. Everyone in Firewater Springs still believes that her grandmother is missing. In this book Mercia is back to take the children of Firewater Springs to feed her demon that is helping her create her army. Teagan must defeat her mother and demon to prevent her town from being destroyed. With the help of her friends and her boyfriend Sean who is the sheriff of Firewater Springs they are able to defeat them and keep the town safe doe the time being. This book was so well written and kept me on edge the entire time I was reading it. Leslie Scott has an amazing style and I absolutely loved this book. Hoping more is to come from Teagan Blackwater and her friends.
This is the 2nd book in the Black Water series and even though I didn’t read the first book I was able to pick up the story and follow it with ease. That being said I think if you read the 1st book you will get a better understanding of the lead character Teegan and how she got to the point we find her at now.
I love the mix of magic, Paranormal and romance. The author does a great job of bringing the characters to life and helping you to see them as more than just their magical side.
Teegan is still coming to terms with the loss of her grandma as well as finding her way as a witch. When the carnival comes to town their is something sinister about it. Now it’s a race against time for Teegan and her friends to save the town before the Carnaval demons take over. As she struggles to get her life on track, get over her demi-demon ex and figure out what is happening relationship wise with the hot prime alpha. Can she keep things together or will she turn them against her without the help of the carnival ringmaster influence.
Witches, demons, and werewolves?! What more could you ask for? How about a little mystery and some romance and you have one amazing story!! I loved Teagan’s attitude and just her character in general, I felt like I could relate to her. Also the whole concept of the circus and how it works into the whole story and the mystery behind it! The way Leslie Scott writes just sucks you into the story and you can escape reality for a little bit. If you want an amazing series to binge read pick this up now!
I have read a couple of books from this author and she always blows my mind. This is the second book of the black water magic series. You will have to read the first book to understand what is going on in the second book. This book starts off a little after where the first book ends. I was so excited when I got this book I stopped everything and started to read it immediately. I could not put this book down until the end. It only took me a little over a day to devour this addicting book.
Teagan is still trying to get over her grandmother’s death. She still can’t believe that she is gone. Teagan is shocked when she finds out that she has a new witch on her hands. She already has enough on her plate and now she has to teach a teen girl all the rules. Teagan feels a certain way when she hears that a circus is coming to town. She notices that this circus is not run by humans but they are demons. As the Swamp Witch she needs to find out why they are in her town. When Teagan finds out the real reason why they are here she needs her crew but are they with her or against her? Will Teagan be able to save her town or will it be too late?
Carnival of Shadows: A Teagan Blackwater Urban Fantasy Novel by Leslie Scott is the second book in the Black Water Magic book series. I did not read the first book and I’m sure I missed some important things. I will be reading the fist book in the near future.
What I can say is that this story intrigued me. I quickly connected with Teagan’s grief of her grandmother’s passing. On top of the grief, Teagan is now shouldering the Swamp Witch a position inherited with her grandmother passing. A carnival that opened up in town has added to the mix. This carnival isn’t a normal carnival but brings a large number of evil beings. This story kept my interest and had me reading late into the night.
Carnival of Shadows: A Teagan Blackwater Urban Fantasy Novel (Black Water Magic Book 2) by Leslie Scott
I have a bad habit of finding new series but starting out of sequence. This is another case of that but I am not at all put off or feeling a bit out of sense. I found that the author has a very unique batch of characters and find it a really great read.
I really was glued to the pages to see how the story would play out. I found that this was such an easy read that I just got lost in the pages. I felt as though I was right there in the midst of the action. I like how even though it is a paranormal book the characters just seemed real and jumped off of the pages. The author has a great way to grab the reader and keep you hooked. I will definitely read more from this author in future.
Carnival of Shadows is the second book in the Black Water Magic series. I didn’t realize this was the second book in the series when I picked it up, but you can catch on to the story fairly quickly without having read the first book. Although, I feel like I would have connected better to the characters if I’d read the first one. Especially since it felt like Teagan went from one guy right to the next when it’s clear she still has feelings for the first guy. I think if I’d read book one, maybe that wouldn’t have seemed so abrupt. Context matters.
The story line was interesting. Teagan seems to be a bit rough around the edges, but that could just be because her character is still mourning the loss of her grandmother and trying to deal with everything at the same time. The only character that I really connected to was Sean. So, again I’m going to say, it’s probably a good idea to read the first book before this one.
All-in-all, it was a good read. It’ll be interesting to see where things go from here.
Carnival of Shadows (Black Water Magic Book 2) by Leslie Scott – Review by Barbara Stegall June 2021.
All in all I liked the book enough that I will go back and read the before this one. It is a story of good and evil. I loved the mix of characters. There were some places throughout the book that I just had to laugh (wait until you get to the goat!). It did take me a few chapters to get in deep to the stories as I flet that I was missing something by not having read the prior book. But once it caught me I could not read fast enough. Oh and the warewolf is WOW – I would love to find one for myself!
Carnival of Shadows is a Teagan Blackwater Urban Fantasy Novel by Leslie Scott and is the second book in the Black Water Magic series. Vampires and witches, werewolves and demons are what you will encounter in this quirky, fun, and entertaining paranormal tale. Leslie Scott knows urban fantasy and writes it so well that you do not want to put down.
The carnival is not your normal carnival. Grab a drink and curl up to enjoy the ride.
Reviewed by @jennadb
Carnival of Shadows by Leslie Scott a fairground read of a four-star read. This is number two in the Black Water Magic series, and I hadn’t realised before I started this one and I didn’t feel like I missed anything, you took off running and got straight in. Teagan wasn’t someone I warmed to so much, but as the story progressed, I started to really like her, and get to know her better. It’s a very good paranormal story and I have really enjoyed this story. There are lots of elements to this story that get pulled together, and they all pull together to create a good story, there were just a couple of small elements that made me wonder.
Review by @saraoxo
I did not know what to expect going into this book. I didn’t realise this was book 2 but that did not take away from the storyline and I was quickly drawn into the world. I am curious enough to go back and read book 1 though to get the backstory. This is a little bit of a mystery wrapped up in a paranormal world with a bucketload of romance. Teagan is a likeable character and grows throughout the book. This ties up nicely but leaves an opening for book 3.
Oh my! What a paranormal showcase! Carnival of Shadows is an amazing story of witches, demons, demi-demons, and fledglings. The creative craft of Leslie Scott in the second book of the Blackwater Magic Series is quite amazing. This is the first book of hers that I have read, and I found it delightful.
Teagan Blackwater has just lost her grandmother, Nora Blackwater, The Swamp Witch of Firewater Springs, FL. With her grandmother’s death (or murder by her mother’s hand), Teagan inherits the power and title of the Swamp Witch.
With her ex-boyfriend, a demi-demon, her best friend Oliver, Shelley, and a little help from her friend Sean, who also has a secret side, Teagan has to save Firewater Springs from a dark carnival that has come into town. Will their efforts be enough to save everyone from the clasps of the demon and his desires? Or will Teagan have to tap into the depth of the magic of the Swamp Witch to save the town?
This was the first book I have read by Leslie Scott. It took me a couple chapters to get into it, but then I was hooked. Teagan Blackwater, is just a witch, or is she? The carnival comes to town full of paranormal characters, Teagan is warned a couple times to get out of town. Being stubborn, she can’t leave. Not until she knows what is behind the warnings. I really enjoyed the relationship between Teagan and Sean, the local werewolf Deputy. It made me smile, laugh, and fight right along with all the characters to save her town.
My favorite quote in the book was: “Here I was, Teagan Blackwater, the ultimate demon slayer-armed with a sticky note.”
I give Carnival of Shadows: A Teagan Blackwater Urban Fantasy Novel (Black Water Magic Book 2) by Leslie Scott, 5 stars.
I’m pretty sure this is the first book I have read by this author and I was blown away! Urban fantasy is my favorite genre, so the bar is set high for my expectations. I was in love immediately. Tegan is absolutely wonderful as a main character. She is just trying trying her best to take care of those she loves, and she does a spectacular job of it. The secondary characters are great too. They really solidify this great story and make it something even better.
Then there is the story. It grabs onto you immediately a does not let go. Full of action, suspense, heartache, romance and humor, this book has it all. The amount of different supernatural brings was refreshing too; I love variety. I have not read book one yet, but I plan on remedying that soon. Go read this book, you will love it!!!
This is the second book in the Black Water Magic series. I found this book just as interesting as the first one. The descriptive language made a clear picture in my mind’s eye as I read the book. There are plenty of paranormal characters to enhance the romance that is within the book pages. The characters really bring this story to life. The story is set around Teagan and everything that is going on with her. There is a carnival and who doesn’t love a good carnival. I highly recommend this book to see how Teagan handles everything.
Carnival of Shadows is the second book in the Black Water Magic Series by Leslie Scott. Teagan is dealing with a lot–the death of her beloved grandmother, taking over her grandmother’s role as Swamp Witch, and dealing with a developing romantic relationship, as well as a new, young witch in the neighborhood. But then the carnival comes to town…an evil carnival, bringing back the one person Teagan never wanted to see.
Carnival of Shadows is an excellent read. However, I do wish I had read the first in the series before this one. I highly recommend this as the story seems to continue from where the first novel ended. The characters are great, and the setting is amazing. I loved the idea of the evil carnival! Descriptive and a fun read, Carnival of Shadows has made me an instant Leslie Scott fan!
This book was a new read for me, outside of my usual choices, however I could not put it down. I think it caused many sleepless nights and itching to continue reading through to the end. The characters were wonderfully developed and portrayed, so much so I could picture them in my head. If you are looking for an action packed, magic filled, roller coaster ride that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next while keeping you on the edge of your seat this is it!
This book pulls you in from the very first page with Teagan helping a teenage witch discover her abilities while attempting to reign in her own emotions after losing her grandmother. She must go through the trials and tribulations of dealing with loss all while trying to get a handle on taking over her inheritance and discovering what exactly comes with being the swamp witch. This is brought to the breaking point when the carnival comes to town, that is bent on destroying what she has built. Is what Teagan’s grandmother taught her enough? Can she find a way to protect all her charges without losing herself in the process? Will the residents of Firewater Springs make it out unscathed? No spoilers given here, you’ll have to read to find out but I assure you that it is well worth the journey!
Carnival of Shadows: A Teagan Blackwate Urban Fantasy Novel by Leslie Scott
Carnival of Shadows: A Teagan Blackwater Urban Fantasy Novel is the second book in the Black Water Magic Series by Leslie Scott. This is the first book by this author and it definitely won’t be the last. I didn’t find it hard to read without reading the first. That being said I probably will go back and read book one. This story has amazing characters and a fast paced story line. If you like paranormal, then this book will be perfect for you.
Review by @sunbarn
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