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Throwback Thursday Guest Review: Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong

Posted August 23, 2018 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Throwback Thursday Guest Review: Waking the Witch by Kelley ArmstrongReviewer: Tracy
Waking the Witch (Women of the Otherworld, #11) by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Women of the Otherworld, #11
Publisher: Dutton Books
Publication Date: April 5, 2011
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 386
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Columbus is a small town, untouched by the 21st century. But when three young women are found dead - victims of what appear to be ritual murders - things start to get very dark and dangerous. Private investigator Savannah Levine can handle "dark and dangerous." As the daughter of a black witch, she has a lot of power running through her veins. But her arrival in Columbus has not gone unnoticed. Savannah may think she's tracking down a murderer, but could she be the killer's next target? Of course she could always ask her old friend (and half-demon) Adam Vasic for back up. But Savannah has her own reasons for keeping Adam well away from Columbus. And in any case, she can rely on her own powers...

Waking the Witch, the 11th book in the Women of the Otherworld series, is a novel of gritty suspense and tingling build-up, culminating in a fast-paced and revelatory conclusion that is not to be missed.

Every Thursday, we’ll be posting throwback reviews of our favorite and not-so-favorite books. Enjoy!

This review was originally posted on August 23, 2010.

The blurb for this story does a very good job of telling the premise for this book. It’s very much a mystery with a lovely coming-of-age twist to it. Savannah wants to prove that she’s able to handle investigations on her own and takes the bull by the horns. But as world wise as she is there are just some things that one can’t be prepared for.

I very much liked reading this book from Savannah’s point of view. She was a cocky 21 year old but we got to see her doubts and sometimes fears and I think it made her so much more real to me as a human, even though she’s part witch, part sorcerer. She had real emotional moments and the way that Armstrong portrayed Savannah’s feelings were very touching.

I’ve only read 2 other books in this Otherworld series – the first two, Bitten and Stolen, but those were very good. This showed me again how Armstrong can suck me into her writing. I must warn you though, without giving anything away, that this has a cliffhanger ending which was quite frustrating, but good! You can bet I will be reading the next book in this series to find out what happens next.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5

This book is available from Dutton. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Guest Review: Spell Bound by Kelley Armstrong

Posted September 7, 2011 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance

Tracy’s review of Spell Bound (Women of the Otherworld #12) by Kelley Armstrong

Savannah Levine is in terrible danger, and for once she’s powerless to help herself. At the heartbreaking conclusion of Waking the Witch, Savannah swore that she would give up her powers if it would prevent further pain for a young orphan. Little did she know that someone would take her up on that promise.

And now, witch-hunting assassins, necromancers, half-demons, and rogue witches all seem to be after her. The threat is not just for Savannah; every member of the Otherworld might be at risk. While most of her fellow supernaturals are circling the wagons at a gathering of the council in Miami, Savannah is caught on the road, isolated from those who can protect her and unable to use her vast spell-casting talent, the thing she counts on most. In a story that will change the shape of the Otherworld forever, Armstrong gathers Elena, Clay, Paige, Lucas, Jamie, Hope, and other beloved characters, who soon learn that the greatest threat to supernaturals just may come from within.

We start Spell Bound just one day after Waking the Witch ended. Savannah is exhausted and frustrated with how things turned out. She mentions, totally off the cuff, how she would give up her powers in order to make things right with the characters from WtW. Well, someone decides to take her up on her offer and her powers disappear. She’s now in a quandry – how does she survive without her powers? Adam tries to help her as he’s by her side and also vows that he will try his best to find out how to get her powers back. But as they are trying they find that there’s a faction of supernaturals that want Savannah on their side. This faction is lead by some not so nice people and they want to start a revolution of supernaturals that will have them outing themselves and probably taking over the world. Savannah knows this is not a great idea and works to stop them – along with many others.

But Savannah’s not doing so well without her powers and those around her are don’t like the fact that she seems to have changed. The person that Savannah thinks she is is about to change. She needs to learn to be a whole person without her powers and in the end that will make her even more powerful.

I very much enjoyed this book with Savannah trying desperately to save herself and those she loves and cares for from harm. The story seems to have a few different parts to it that all coincide but at the end, sadly there wasn’t any true conclusion. We were left hanging as to what happens. Three different issues – like I said, that all coincide – and not one of them is resolved. Yes, Savannah comes to terms with the loss of her powers and knows that she needs to deal with her life without them (as she never took the time to learn the stuff that she was taught because she had her powers) but it was a complete cliff-hanger. I gotta admit, I’m NOT a lover of cliff-hangers! I really liked the book and the writing was fabulous as usual but that really got to me and I was completely frustrated.

Will I be reading the next book in the series – definitely! I have to find out what happens with all of the stuff I read about in this book – especially with Savannah and Adam (hot baby, hot).

Rating: 4 out of 5

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This book is available from Dutton. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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