Alex posted this on her site a few days ago and I just had to share 🙂
7 Reasons Why This Novel Might Be For:
- Rock and roll, a strip club and some vamps with questionable morals sounds like your idea of a good time.
- What’s better than a woman trying to chose between two men? A woman chosing between a man and another woman.
- You like your fang stories with a healthy dose of darkness, grit or angst. i.e. No sparkly vamps for you!
- You are an overworked Mom who has wished for super powers on more than one occasion.
- You know that fanged Moms bite best!
- Your ipod contains one or more of the following: Joan Jett, The Dollyrots, Korn, Rhianna, Vivaldi, Melissa Etheridge, Pink or 50-cents.
- You know the answer to this question: Where is the worst place to develop Empath abilities? (A strip club, in case you didn’t know).
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I rather enjoyed this book. It was fresh, inventive and didn’t take itself too seriously. Other than a few vague references to some steamy stuff (and one actually blazing-hot scene)the rest of this novel felt light and YA-ish.
I was hooked into the mystery and magic fairly quickly. The ferret was a trip and I loved his “character” instantly. For the most part, overall characterization was well done. The players in this novel did have their moments though… Dad was okay with his daughter doing something extremely dangerous, Jet was a little too flippant about the bad men chasing her, and the resolution was a little too convenient and easily committed.
Overall though, I enjoyed this book and the world of magic that the author built. I’ll read more of her work for sure.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I adored many things about this novella, from the way the author approached the mystic elements, to how she handled the gender-bending moments and fully-fleshed characterization. I’ll certainly read more by the author in the future!
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book was so much fun to read. I’m a paranormal fan, and I’ll admit that sometimes books tend to run together in my mind. But I don’t have to worry about that with this new series.
The main character Trinity is a below average shape-shifter. Her dad morphs into big cat, while she spends her monthly transformation chasing mice along side her house cat. Her aloof and somewhat cold mother comes from a long line of powerful witches, yet Trinity can cast a decent spell to save her life. All that changes when a demon starts killing off other supernatural beings in her community and Trinity is called to action.
I loved every bit of this novel. From the quirky, fallible characters to the “oops” date Trinity has with a strange man, it’s one compelling read. The Guardian of Bastet is chock-full of mythology, a decent dose of mystery and suspense and sets up future books very nicely. I keep thinking about this book, so I mean it when I say that I really hope the next one comes sooner rather than later!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Having read this series out of order (book three first, followed by one and two) it took me a minute to get my bearings when I started reading it. That said, even with my mild confusion about how the previous book ended, I was sucked in faster than a penny into a vacuum cleaner.
Jolie is back at the beginning of her story, back in her little fortune telling shop where Book One picked up, ignorant and unaware of the magical things that walk amongst us. And like the start of the series, everything hinges on the magical thing that walks through her lil’ shop door. Unlike the first time, that Magic Man is not Rand.
Now, I hesitate to divulge too much of the plot because it certainly was a twist on things and I don’t want to spoil all the fun for readers. In the grand scheme of things, I do believe I’ve fallen into team Sinjin territory over the course of the series so far — and Mallory must have read my mind. Yum.
That being said, reading The Witch Is Back was a bit like having trippy deja vu (or however you spell that). Some bits felt familiar like an old comfy sweater, while others felt odd in that alternate-universe kind of way. For example, Jolie’s BFF (Christa? I’m horrible with names)seemed a lot more randy and foul-mouthed than I remember her. Jolie is more naive than I recall. Sinjin is still Sinjin though, so there’s that. 🙂
I did have a few nitpicks with the whole time-travelling concept and “rules” which mainly revolve around this book’s resolution, but I can’t hardly spell them out for fear of spoiling all the fun for anyone reading this.
Overall, I still adore this series and it’s characters. In fact, I also have the ARC for Book 5 and devoured that one right after this book. So that should tell you something!
** I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley for review purposes.**
- Jolie Wilkin’s Series (Books 1-3) by HP Mallory – Quickie Book Reviews (quirkygurl.com)
- Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness – Book Review (quirkygurl.com)