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Witch Way Bends (Bend-Bite-Shift Trilogy #1)

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  527 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Devan Stowe has only one thing on her mind when she teams up with Kent Crosby and his associates—putting an end to her father’s child trafficking business. Her determination takes her on a journey to discover her true strength and the one man she was destined to love. In his arms, she’ll learn the meaning of trust, honor, and courage. Devan will unlock an amazing gift that ...more
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Published November 23rd 2011
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Devan Stowe is a woman on a quest. She has only one thing on her mind when she teams up with Kent Crosby and his associates—putting an end to her father’s child trafficking business. Her determination takes her on a journey to discover her true strength and… the one man she was destined to love. In his arms, she’ll learn the meaning of trust, honor, and courage. Old friends and new will come together to help Devan unlock an amazing gift that will free her from her pa
Beckyloohoo Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ aka Mrs. Acheron Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ
Ooo boy. I got this book for free on Amazon and read it as part of a book challenge. If it hadn't been for the Challenge, I would have put down this book and not finished it. I know that there are several people here on GR that loved and raved about it, and that's great, but this just wasn't the book for me.

The book begins in what feels like mid-chapter, or even 3 or 4 chapters in, in the middle of what seems to be an important scene. But we have no idea who anyone is, or what's going on. Other
Kirsten Lenius
I am usually a fan of this genre, but this book has far too many flaws for me to appreciate it. To start with, there are misused words which is a huge pet peeve for me, and the female main character's name spelling changes from Devan to Devon and back.

The story as a whole is disjointed and inadequately explained. I actually read the first third of the book twice, just to make sure that I hadn't missed something.

The characters themselves were presented as being older, yet they acted and reacted
I find this book like a movie you are bored to watch but you still watch it 'till the end. There was too much randomness in it. The idea isn't bad at all but the conversations, the actions were too immature. There were gapes in the novel, details that I felt were just thrown here and there. And other details were missing which created a lack of coherence and it annoyed me.

I really couldnt picture Dev and Kent like two adults. The novel only felt right when I imagined them like two 17 years old
Dawn (Kat N Hat)
The actual story line of Devan finding out she was a witch and helping defeat a group of bad vamps was pretty good. But the writting left a bit to be desired. The story seemed to start mid story and the lack of internal dialog hindered the understanding of what was going on. It made places in the story just not make sense. A little more explanation in the story could have made it earn more stars.

Right now, I don't have a desire to read the next book.
Rae Ryans

This story featured a solid plot and combined it with excellent characters. At times your uncertain who is friend or foe, but this is done on purpose in the beginning. There is plenty of steamy romance, vampires, witches, magic and secret organizations on both side. This story is action packed, but still has enough paranormal and romantic tones to keep you pulled in.

Will Devan be able to accept who she really is? Is she crazy or is Roon real? Can Langston teach and guide her before it's too late
Plus side: The characters are very interesting, the plot line moves steadily and the descriptions of magic are very powerful.
Minus: The beginning! I almost put the book down because it had such a confusing intro without telling you the least of what you are dealing with.
The relationship between Dev and her beau was unbelievably cheesy even for a romance.
Unimaginative bodylanguage: I got to the point of almost deleting the whole thing if someone cocked their head or bit their lip again!
Loved it!! One of my favorites!
Annette M Guerriero Nishimoto
Today's review is on Witch Way Bends, Book 1 of the Bend-Bite-Shift Trilogy by Olivia Hardin.

This book grabs you from the very beginning with our heroine Devan Stowe contemplating weather or not to join in on the "mission". The mission to thwart her fathers business of selling children. To succeed she has teamed up with Kent Crosby and his men.

Unknown to her, Kent and his people are not what they seem. They are a mixed team of supernaturals. Langston is a Shaman, and the only person in the group
Andrea Heltsley
I got this book as a kindle freebie on Amazon. It sat on my shelf for a while until one day I came across it and decided to finally pick it up. Yeah, so I am glad I did.

*Kent* *sigh* You've gotta appreciate a sexy guy in any book. To be a fly on the wall in many scenes of this book, I would love to be. I liked his character and his part of the story that unfolded as the book continued.

I was a little sad that Devan jumped so headfirst into everything that was thrown at her. She was just too acc
Amy Dark Night Reads
I was very skeptical in the beginning of this story because it feels like you start in the middle of a story. It works though because you learn a bit more towards the end that pulls it all together. Devan, who believes she is an ordinary woman, is working with a group of men set out to destroy a group called the Org. Devan has personal ties to this group because her father is one of them. Kent, Nicky, and Langston all have gifts that help support their cause. Dev
Buffy Kennedy
Olivia Hardin’s writing style reminds me a bit of Jacquelyn Frank’s in that a passage might focus on one character’s point of view, but we could still shift slightly to know what others are thinking or feeling. The tone of the story is also reminiscent of JF by having fairly demure love scenes and a big focus on the characters, story, and world itself rather than the individual events that transpire, such as every little thing during a fight scene.

As for the story, it grips you from the beginnin
The writing style doesn't grab me. It's not very tight and the description comes in large dumps that work in world-building fantasy novels but not here. It's chocked full of adverbs and adjectives that could be omitted if a stronger verb were chosen or eliminated altogether. It also tells a lot rather than showing, and most of the telling could simply be cut. Devan certainly "feels" a lot of things. The only reason I kept going was because it was part of a challenge for the GR book club I'm a pa ...more
I am not even really sure where to begin. There was so much I liked about this book. While I am going to try really hard not to give any spoilers that will impact your enjoyment of this story, I can not guarantee that I will not inadvertently over share. I apologize in advance, if I do. This is the first book in a trilogy about a woman who discovers she is a witch, as she is helping to bring down an evil organization. I know this sounds like many witch story arcs, but this story is anything, but ...more
Star (The Bibliophilic Book Blog)
Kent Crosby’s team took on Devan Stowe because she has information which will help stop her father’s child trafficking ring. What Devan doesn’t realize is that she has more potential than she ever realized. She has a great gift which she will need to learn to use quickly to save herself and her newfound friends. Can she bring down her father’s network, gain mastery of her gift, and find the love of her life?

WITCH WAY BENDS drops you in the middle of the action and shakes you up. The story has ad
Melissa Lummis
I'm reading this paranormal/fantasy series backwards, as I read Bitten Shame first, the second one. That happens to me sometimes, but it made absolutely no difference in my enjoyment of this book.

I love Olivia Hardin's talent for making her characters emote in such away that I am drawn in to their lives and am able to bond with them. I got lost in Devan and Kent's journey to right the wrongs of their past, to forge ahead despite the obstacles and to take the biggest leap of faith: to trust them
Beth Wright
This is one incredible unigue paranormal book. *Drool* sexy, hot male lead who clearly loves to tease his lover for a while before he finally gives in. Come on now i would have thrown him to the floor and taught him a thing or two about teasing lol. Witchs, fairy, vampires and lots of action, and love gonig on up in this book :D I love their unigue powers and her imaginary friend is a hotty as well 0.o you must read this book. Things are not as they seem in this story. I so can not wait for part ...more
Angela Cruz
Witch Way Bends by Olivia Hardin

This is a three book paranormal series. I believe this book could also be read as a stand alone. This book does have some typing flaws but if you can overlook some imperfections it is a great read. Chapter one starts off rather unusual but it does eventually explain itself, and I like the way Olivia Hardin made her beginning original. I would recommend this book to anyone whom enjoys magic and supernatural. The story does have several characters but they are expla
Great Book. This book is fast reading and very engaging. The powers of the various characters are gripping and fun. Devan is a very complex character and I love how she grows into her powers through the pages of this book. Her interaction with Langston and Kent are wonderful. Must read if you like paranormal powers and romance.
I received this book by winning a giveway from Goodreads First Reads.
This was the best kindle freebie I've got yet. It's nice to read some paranormal fantasy stuff whilst waiting for some other books to come out. This was a good, fast paced (and quick) read and I look forward to reading more from this author.
I really enjoyed this book. Can't wait to find out what happens next.
Anna Beylenn
4 chapters in and I already count

1 use of a racial/ethnic slur: For those of you who don't know, the word Gypsy IS a racial slur.

The term "gypsy" is a non-preferred and derogatory ethnic slur for the nomadic Romani peoples.

I'l let an actual Rrom do the talking now:

I am tired of wannabe linguists and bubblegum hipsters telling me that Gypsy is “such a beautiful word, it would be such a shame if we can’t use it”… How hard is it to understand that it’s a slur? I don’t understand the constant queri
I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review, but had also got it free from Barnes and Noble.

In this book we have witches, vampires and the Org who sells children with magic in their blood to vampires to make them a stronger breed. Then there is also the sexual tension between the characters Devan and Kent. This seemed to be a story that I could really get in to.

Unfortunately, right from the beginning, this story seemed to sputter. There is a choppiness not only to the wr
Witch Way Bends is a fantastic read and I couldn’t help but be absorbed into the world that Olivia Hardin had created. She has taken the usual Paranormal worlds that I have imagined and put more of a magic spin to it as Witches are the main characters in this series.

After discovering her Father’s child trafficking business, Devon Stowe wants to put a stop to it. But she doesn’t realise the Paranormal world actually exists until she is on a mission with Kent and his team. It is after this mission
Andrea Heltsley
I got this book as a kindle freebie on Amazon. It sat on my shelf for a while until one day I came across it and decided to finally pick it up. Yeah, so I am glad I did.

*Kent* *sigh* You've gotta appreciate a sexy guy in any book. To be a fly on the wall in many scenes of this book, I would love to be. I liked his character and his part of the story that unfolded as the book continued.

I was a little sad that Devan jumped so headfirst into everything that was thrown at her. She was just too acce
Christine Rains
Devan Stowe is out to take down her father's child trafficking business. She teams up with an unusual company only to discover there's so much more going on than she originally believed. Not only are children being sold, but they're being bought by vampires. Devan doesn't want to believe. Yet when she starts to exhibit amazing powers, she has to alter her entire view of reality. It doesn't help that she's distracted by the gorgeous Kent who has trouble keeping his mind off her too. Will they sur ...more
Phaedra Seabolt
Witch Way Bends is such an appropriate name for this story (you will have to read to find out why). Devan thinks she is just a normal woman with a very bad family. Her family seems to be into trafficking children for purposes that no one would approve, but she doesn't know the truth. What she knows is only half the truth. Yes they are trafficking children and yes you would not approve of the reasons, but the reason is supernatural instead of just sick. What Devan also doesn't know is that she ha ...more
Emily Alburns
This review was given to me by the author for an honest review.

From the beginning of the story the reader is sucked into Olivia Hardin's world of magic and mystery. After discovering her father's disgusting business of selling children to the highest bidder, Devan is determined to see him ruined. She feels her best bet is to join Kent and his teammates, though she gets strong opposition from Kent. Fortunately, his mentor/partner Langston, sees something in her and advises Kent to bring her along
Witch Way Bends is a wonderfully written book! While it seems to be a paranormal thriller/mystery there is enjoy romance thrown in throughout the book that I'd definitely recommend it to my fellow romance readers. I actually read the book 3 times before sitting down to write this review because I loved it so much and that , my friends, is pure love. The book has wonderful flow, no stagnant parts that you want to skip thru (some of my favorite authors can go for 2 pages on the type of cushion on ...more
Angie Kregg
I received a copy of this book from the FirstReads program.

While I am a fan of paranormal and fantasy topics such as witches and vampires, I was not entirely sure whether or not I enjoy this book. The plot had me slightly skeptical, combining both the battles with magic that we see today in Harry Potter & Lord Of The Rings with the goal of ending a child trafficking ring that belongs more on an episode of Law & Order. I did not know if two such diverse topics could mesh together well.

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