Book Review: 78 Keys by: Kristin Marra

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books

Publish Date: May 17, 2011

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Trade Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble  

Synopsis: Falling in love and saving the world are not in the cards, or are they?

Devorah Rosten received a pack of tarot cards for her Bat Mitzvah, hid them away, and forgot about them. Years later, she resurrects the cards and discovers her ability with tarot is anything but run-of-the-mill. She uses her extraordinary talents to “reorganize” her wealthy clients’ futures. Dev’s ethically challenged efforts come to the attention of the cosmic powers. To her dismay, she is chosen as their next gladiator. Rich, brilliant, but flawed, Dev has no intention of becoming anybody’s hero.

Laura Bishop, a successful young attorney, is courted by her law firm’s powerful and charismatic partner Elizabeth Stratton. After years of their secret affair, Laura finds herself becoming an impediment to Elizabeth’s ambitions. When the relationship ends, Laura makes choices that have profound effects.

Fighting for survival and unsure whether they are prey or predators, Dev and Laura realize their growing desire for each other. Reluctantly, Dev must decide if she will use her unique skills to save Laura, herself, and even humankind from a force called The Malignity.

Review: 78 Keys is an interesting mixture of tarot, adventure, love, and action. Devorah has been tapped by a higher power to bring balance by fighting the force of The Malignity, which looks to create chaos in the world. The Malignity is looking to strike a big blow against humanity and Dev is the warrior that the 'other side' has chosen to fight it. Caught up in all of this is Laura Stratton, a former client of Dev's, and now the main target of The Malignity's focus.

I highly enjoyed 78 Keys - Ms. Marra has a way of drawing you into the story quickly. I liked the explanation of the tarot cards and their meanings as they came up during the readings Dev did and her travels into the other realm. The story and action were fast-paced and utterly realistic as the evil closes in on Dev and Laura. Is a secret worth killing for...? To those working for The Malignity, the answer is a resounding "Yes". Pick up 78 Keys and be transported...



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