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review 2018-10-23 17:44
Double, Double, Toil and Trouble
Wyrd Sisters - Terry Pratchett

I really don't enjoy reading books out of order, but since this was our buddy read for Halloween bingo, I didn't have a choice this time. The Color of Magic is sitting on my bookshelves and I hope I will be able to read it for the next 16 Festive Tasks. Or just whenever this year. If you want to read a non-scary book about witches, this one is for you. I cracked up a lot reading about witches in this world (Discworld) and how three witches get involved after a king (King Verence I of Lancre) is murdered (as one does). I probably missed some in jokes on the Discworld series since I started with book #6 and not #1, but I am sure some people will point that out to me. 

 

When the King Verence I of Lancre is murdered by his cousin, Duke Felmet, one of his servants hides his child away and the child is given to three witches. The three witches are:  Granny Weatherwax; Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick, so Pratchett sets up right away the three archetypes of the maiden, the mother, and the crone.  

 

Granny doesn't want to meddle with Duke Felmet though Nanny and Magrat do want to not only keep the baby, but meddle with Felmet. Two of the witches, Nanny and Granny have some backstory going on and it is hilarious to see them going at each other.


You will also love hearing about one witch (apparently just the one) who was responsible for Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and came to her doom due to some kids putting her in her own oven. 

 

The Duke is just shiftless and the witches know that things will get worse with him ruling so they realize that they may need to do what they can to make sure the king's son lives and rules. The Duke's wife is pretty horrible and I did love how Pratchett wrapped up her story. We also have someone just called The Fool who plays an important part in this story. 

 

I also loved the writing. There were some hilarious bits in this book. Though I was less enamored with the inclusion of play type writing. We had Pratchett in several places linking things up to Shakespeare's three witches in Macbeth. I do get why he did it since the Wyrd Sisters we have here are a play on the ones from that play and the way Pratchett has the Duke ordering a play to be made about the terrible witches in order to look better.  I just had a hard time switching writing styles back and forth. I also had an issue with the footnotes in the Kindle version I got. I tried clicking on them and sometimes they took me to where they note was, but had a hard time getting back to where I was at prior to clicking the footnote. 

 

Loved the world building with these three witches meddling to do what is necessary to save the kingdom. 

 

The ending was hilarious to me. No spoilers, but you pretty much get some funny reveals about the new King and I cracked up. 

 

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review 2014-12-25 02:09
Keeper of the Lost Souls (The Keeper Witches #1) by Kristy Centeno
Keeper of the Lost Souls - Kristy Centeno

This book had a lot of good and a little not so good. There were some issues I ran into with the plot that I just couldn't find a way to explain away when it came to the magic and the Yin and Yang emblem. At times it just didn't quite add up.

I really loved the characters though and the way they interacted with each other. It was refreshing to see a young adult without the faintest hint of a love triangle.

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review 2014-11-15 10:18
{Review} Keeper of the Innocents (The Keeper Witches Series, #2) by Kristy Centeno
Keeper of the Innocents (The Keeper Witches Series) (Volume 2) - Kristy Centeno

Keeper of the Innocents is the second book in ‘The Keeper Witches Series’ and I really enjoyed it!
Demi Redding has just turned 18 and therefore will be given a full time charge, that means she will be given a child that has the potential to do something great in their lifetime and Demi has to protect such a child from any demonic or evil influence that could tip the balance between good and evil. She has always been aware of Demons and is very adept at fighting them because being a Keeper Witch runs in the family and she is well aware of the dangers that she will face, she has trained her whole life for this and she will not fail. Just as she’s about to find out who her charge is, she discovers that her mysterious neighbour is one of the enemy – at least a part of him is – but this leaves Demi conflicted because she feels a pull to him, as if they share a connection and he’s meant to be in her life, but how is that so? She is torn between letting herself feel for Rhyzel and keeping him at a distance for the damage he could potentially cause…. What she doesn’t know is that he has secrets and they could directly oppose Demi’s heritage – will she trust him? Just how far will she go to keep her charge alive? Would she risk her heart?
So, as I said, I really enjoyed this I like the idea of the Keeper Witches and it’s a great idea to show a different side to the witch genre, plus there are even different charges for each witch – in book one we had a Keeper witch who helped spirits stuck on earth and here we have a Keeper witch who looks after children who are destined to become something important – I found it interesting that they have this difference and wonder what else is out there for them. They were both really likable characters, Demi had a great attitude towards her ‘job’ which is admirable for someone her age and you could really feel the connection to Rhyzel from the start. I loved the connection Demi had to Rhyzel, I liked that it made her challenge what she knew about demons, that it challenged her prejudice because she was very against him and that he broke through her defences to give her some love – to be honest, they worked well together in everything and made a great team even as friends.
The storyline is very much about Demi coming into her own as a Keeper of the Innocents and also about the lessons she learns through Rhyzel. There is a lot focussed on the relationship aspect but action comes in the way of an emergency charge and shows us just what Demi is up against and it also shows Demi who she can rely on. It’s all very straightforward until towards the ending when the inevitable happens and her charge is put in danger, there are a few twists and turns that will keep you on your toes and I totally did not see what happened coming – which is definitely a bonus for me. The pacing was a tad on the slow side for me but not in a way that would spoil my reading experience and it held my interest all of the way through. I enjoyed it a lot and I will be looking out for third book. Keeper of the Innocents is the second book in ‘The Keeper Witches Series’ and I really enjoyed it!
Demi Redding has just turned 18 and therefore will be given a full time charge, that means she will be given a child that has the potential to do something great in their lifetime and Demi has to protect such a child from any demonic or evil influence that could tip the balance between good and evil. She has always been aware of Demons and is very adept at fighting them because being a Keeper Witch runs in the family and she is well aware of the dangers that she will face, she has trained her whole life for this and she will not fail. Just as she’s about to find out who her charge is, she discovers that her mysterious neighbour is one of the enemy – at least a part of him is – but this leaves Demi conflicted because she feels a pull to him, as if they share a connection and he’s meant to be in her life, but how is that so? She is torn between letting herself feel for Rhyzel and keeping him at a distance for the damage he could potentially cause…. What she doesn’t know is that he has secrets and they could directly oppose Demi’s heritage – will she trust him? Just how far will she go to keep her charge alive? Would she risk her heart?
So, as I said, I really enjoyed this I like the idea of the Keeper Witches and it’s a great idea to show a different side to the witch genre, plus there are even different charges for each witch – in book one we had a Keeper witch who helped spirits stuck on earth and here we have a Keeper witch who looks after children who are destined to become something important – I found it interesting that they have this difference and wonder what else is out there for them. They were both really likable characters, Demi had a great attitude towards her ‘job’ which is admirable for someone her age and you could really feel the connection to Rhyzel from the start. I loved the connection Demi had to Rhyzel, I liked that it made her challenge what she knew about demons, that it challenged her prejudice because she was very against him and that he broke through her defences to give her some love – to be honest, they worked well together in everything and made a great team even as friends.
The storyline is very much about Demi coming into her own as a Keeper of the Innocents and also about the lessons she learns through Rhyzel. There is a lot focussed on the relationship aspect but action comes in the way of an emergency charge and shows us just what Demi is up against and it also shows Demi who she can rely on. It’s all very straightforward until towards the ending when the inevitable happens and her charge is put in danger, there are a few twists and turns that will keep you on your toes and I totally did not see what happened coming – which is definitely a bonus for me. The pacing was a tad on the slow side for me but not in a way that would spoil my reading experience and it held my interest all of the way through. I enjoyed it a lot and I will be looking out for third book. 

Source: bookpassionforlife.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/review-keeper-of-innocents-keeper.html
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review 2014-10-03 00:00
Sexy Witches: The Complete Series
Sexy Witches: The Complete Series - Charity Parkerson Book One: The Sexy & The Undead
This was a really interesting listen. I really like the characters but could have used more world building. There are many things that take a long time to be revealed. At first I was confused about what was happening.

Ella is rather sweet and haphazard. I would have loved more build and flirtation in her relationship with Sam. Perhaps show more of her trying to cure Freddie. I liked what I saw of her, just needed more.

I was a touch thrown by the Fates angle of the plot. It will be interesting to see how that develops through the series. Love the supporting cast, Freddie,Tam and Randall were great! I really hope we get to see their HEA.

There is plenty of sizzle but it is light on the smexy details. Still, quite nice for a short read.

I liked the mixed narrative, it helps you really understand both Ella and Sam. There is a bit of emotional drama, but that is par for the course with a good romance.

Book Two: Wanted: Hexed or Alive
This is an extremely short read. But I hope it is just a teaser for a story to come.

Set in the same world as the first book a little further down the time line. Looks like Randall might get a chance at love. I enjoyed finding out more about him and his magic tricks.

Book Three: The Pixie & The Prince
The great thing about this book is it is two romances for the price of one. The stories are interconnected and really kind of sweet. I was thrilled to get the HEA for Tam and Freddie!

The story has several POV, all the mixed narrative is key for understanding everything. The romances are mostly sweet, there is a bit of smexy detail.

There is a fair share of mythology mixed into this series. I really would like the books to be longer and the world to be a but more fleshed out. They are very intriguing and have huge potential.

Book Four:Tasting Temptation
Oh wow!! I loved this quick little read!!! The story built up from the world of the previous books in the series.

Skylar is a great sassy girl, with curves, and mostly confident. Gideon is deliciously Alpha and rather sweet. They are a great pair and it was great reading them getting together. I do wish it were longer, then we could really see those feelings develop.

The book has a mixed narrative, so you have both leads POV, which is important. It helps you see Gideon trying and understand his feelings for Skylar.

Hello, yummy smexy scenes!! Just enough detail to keep it hot and steamy!! Kicks things up a notch from previous books.

Book Five: The Wizard & The Wanton
It has been a delight seeing this series progress from book to book. We finally pick up in this book with Randall and Rowena, from the earlier short story. And we get a bonus romance of Harper and Death. I love the two for one deal.

This book has a great little story, wish it were longer. I loved the mixed narrative, fantastic knowing where everybody is coming from. All the transition are very smooth.

Hot, hot, hot!! Oh yeah, the smexy scenes have really kicked up! I am talking seriously steamy and plenty of detail. Look out cold shower!

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Hollie Jackson, who has been great through the series. I love her accents and the delicate touch she has with them. She has a swift pace that really fits the smexy scenes and energy of the read. I really enjoyed her work and will have to look for other reads!

Overall, this book has been enjoyable and a great concept. I hope there is more to come, we still have a few supporting charterers that are single. I would just like to see the stories a bit longer, take more time building the world and relationships.

Disclosure- I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
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review 2014-01-07 03:13
A wicked page turner.
The Witches Lottery (Enchanted Island Series) (Volume 1) - 'Krystal George', 'Krystal McLaughlin'

This was a super fun, fast paced read, that kept me turning pages so fats that if it had been a paper book the pages would have been singed.

Sophia is a totally believable character, who is suffering through the loss of her parents, so doesn't really pick on when grief turns into weird symptoms.

Witches, warlocks, leprechauns and the inevitable evil makes this a great read.

And i had my suspicions about the bad guy, but that ending pulled the rug out from under me. I love a good book with a good twist and this book fit that perfectly. Recommend to all.

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