Thursday, May 14, 2015

Review: The Witch Who Cried Wolf by Sarah Makela

So this is the first book review to make it to the Witches and Witchcraft Reading Challenge and it also counts towards my eBook Reading Challenge. Twofer! Besides that awesomeness I've got some good things to say about the book, but first a glance at the blurb.

The Witch Who Cried Wolf by Sarah Makela

22313181Be careful what you wish for...

A potion gone wrong: Mia Brooks is a reluctant witch, with powers that she tries to hold in check. But when her magic gets mixed up, supernatural forces are unleashed and suddenly she's being pursued by werewolves--that she didn't even realize existed...

Hidden emotions: Ethan Parker, Mia's brother's best friend, is home from deployment for the holidays. Mia's not only hiding from werewolves, she's trying to keep her feelings for Ethan secret; it would be a disaster if he knew she's been nursing a long-time crush...

The power of love: Things take a terrifying turn when Mia and Ethan are attacked by a werewolf. Ethan is amazed when Mia reveals her paranormal prowess as she tries to shield them from danger. But can she really protect them from the darkness that lurks? And how can he tell her that, for ages, he's been denying what he really wants? Mia...

The Review

This was the first time I've read a New Adult novel. I've read them before but that was before it spun off into it's own genre. I was a little worried this new independent genre thing might flavor my opinion, but I'm happy to say the book kept on track and stuck more to plot than just the New Adult coming of age flavor. 

As a leading female role Mia was pretty nice. She is coming into her own as a witch and I was able to connect with her. As a witch coming into her power and learning, Mia stays to herself a good bit and the author uses that. Mia needs to be outed at least to some degree and along comes Ethan, her childhood crush, and opens that door right up for her.

Ethan is the best friend of Mia's brother and honestly it feels like he developed that older brother connection with Mia also. He has romantic feelings for Mia but doesn't want to mess with his friend's baby sister. He comes home for the holidays and is instantly thrown into Mia's witchy life when a werewolf attacks.

Beyond the romance between the two I did enjoy the plot. Mia's witch mentor and friend, Jessa, pushes Mia into making a healing salve for a tall dark and sexy man who comes into her magic shop. Mia makes the salve, not realizing it's going to spin off into the adventure that exposes her life to Ethan. I really wanted to know more about the tall dark and sexy stranger than started the whole mess, more to the point I wanted to know about the mysterious alpha that appears and drags him away. As this is a series of novellas and not a stand alone that's a good thing.

All in all it's a nice short read and I'm planning on reading more. For werewolf and witch fans alike I think this is at least worth a read to see if it catches your interest.



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