Don't Hex with Texas (Katie Chandler, Book 4)
by Shanna Swendson
Review by Paige Roberts
Ballantine Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345492937
Date: 29 April 2008 List Price $14.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Don't Hex with Texas is the newest in Shanna Swenson's series of books about Katie, a thoroughly non-magical young woman living a very magical life. This book sees Katie going home to a small town in Texas and leaving behind her exciting job in New York. This gives her months of peace and quiet when she doesn't need rescuing from anything: dragons, hideous monsters, evil wizards, not even a bad blind date. Her greatest danger is dying of boredom, or having her irritating sister-in-law drive her nuts. Unfortunately, it also puts her hundreds of miles away from her favorite handsome wizard. But some sacrifices have to be made if a girl is to do her part to save the world.
Unfortunately, while Katie may have left the magic behind, it comes to find her. Soon, her completely non-magical hometown has flying gargoyles, moving statues, dancing wizards, and an online course in evil magic. Katie's mother, who shares her ability to see magically hidden things, thinks she's going crazy. Katie has to scramble to keep her family from putting her mom in a home. And Katie's grandmother, who everyone already knows is crazy, has decided she's an Irish witch, complete with accent out of a Lucky Charms commercial.
When Owen, that certain handsome wizard, shows up to try to straighten out the mess, Katie's right back in the situation she left New York to avoid, distracting him from saving the world by being everyone's favorite hostage. Amorous sisters-in-law and willful toddlers compete for Owen's attentions along with a plot to turn all latent untrained wizards into an army of evil. And that's nothing to trying to explain to Katie's mom why they're sneaking out the window at night like naughty teens.
I didn't find this book quite as laugh-out-loud funny as others of the series, but it had its share of fun and I still recommend it strongly. It's a quick, pleasant read, but most of all, it gives us a lot of insight into Katie's family and home. It adds a fair amount of depth to a character who we previously knew from Enchanted, Inc., Once Upon Stilettos and Damsel Under Stress only as a fish out of water. Seeing her back in her own home pond gives a whole new perspective into why a few gargoyles and dragons might not faze her.