Katie’s life is pretty awesome…for the most part. She’s young, well respected chef that owns one of the most successful restaurants in town and has plans to open one that’s bound to be even better. What should she possibly have to complain about? Except for maybe the fact the new building literally won’t cooperate, her gorgeous ex keeps showing up for some reason and one of her employees gets hurt due a series of events that were totally her fault; even if she refuses to admit it. But what happens when a mysterious yet extremely fashionable girl offers Katie the chance for a do over? Will Katie be a reasonable adult and follow the rules behind such a powerful gift? Probably not.
From the brilliant mind behind the highly praised Scott Pilgrim series Bryan Lee O’Malley made a graceful comeback in 2014 with the story of Seconds. To say I couldn’t put this book down would be the understatement of the century. O’Malley once again sucks you in with his charming art style and exquisite use of color to present to you a story that is just as haunting as it is pretty to look at. I’ve read it about five times since purchasing it last year and I finished it within an hour each time, it’s just one of those stories that you could read over and over again and not be totally bored by and get all giddy when you stumble upon a detail or a reference you didn’t notice the last time.
I’ll be honest, in the beginning Katie is an either love her or hate her kind of character, she quickly takes advantage of the magic that allows to her fix ignorant mistakes in hopes it’ll make her life perfect, all without bothering to consider what effect all these do-over’s might have on the people around her. The majority of the book is jam packed with the same playful banter one might expect if they’ve read Scott Pilgrim but towards the end takes a dark and bizarre turn when Katie finds herself in the middle of a battle between two territorial spirits that forces her to confront just how severe the consequences are to screwing with magic.
If you’re in the market for a light read with one hell of a character redemption then Seconds just might be for you. It’s difficult to put down and guaranteed the perfect read for a lazy afternoon with your house spirit.