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

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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
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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
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Kirsten Lenius
Jun 08, 2012 Kirsten Lenius rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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  LunaBel
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
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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
Feb 15, 2012 Rae Ryans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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Cassy
Jun 08, 2012 Cassy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Cassie
Dec 28, 2011 Cassie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Loved it!! One of my favorites!
Delphina
Jan 18, 2012 Delphina rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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
Laura
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 ...more
Buffy Kennedy
Oct 02, 2012 Buffy Kennedy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Andrea Heltsley
Sep 05, 2012 Andrea Heltsley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Amy Dark Night Reads
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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
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Star
Jan 27, 2014 Star rated it really liked it
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
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Melissa Lummis
Jun 18, 2012 Melissa Lummis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Beth Wright
Dec 12, 2011 Beth Wright rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-read
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
Shelly
Apr 14, 2012 Shelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fantasy, firstreads
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.
Kira
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.
Debbie
May 14, 2012 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Can't wait to find out what happens next.
Anna Zollinger
Dec 20, 2015 Anna Zollinger rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
4 chapters in and I already count the following:

1 use of a racial/ethnic slur:
For those of you who don't know, the word Gypsy IS a racial slur; a non-preferred and derogatory ethnic slur for the nomadic Romani peoples.

2 incorrect usages of the word Shaman: Even though Anthropologists use the term “Shamanism” to refer to a lot of various practices that have similarities (such as using altered states of consciousness to speak to spirits, using these spirits for healing and other things, etc) but
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Diandrea Storberg
Sep 30, 2016 Diandrea Storberg rated it it was amazing
Tam love's it!


You do not get bored, love that about this book. Love the story line it keeps you in gauged. No regrets about spending time reading it.
Phaedra Seabolt
Jun 12, 2012 Phaedra Seabolt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Naomi
Oct 07, 2012 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Melissa
I really liked this story. The characters were unique and the story was unique.

The book is about a girl, Devan, who meets a group of magical mercenaries. Devan is unsure of why they want her with them, but it doesn't take long for her to figure it out. Strange things begin to happen and she is unsure of what to think about it. Not only that, one of the mercenaries, Kent, is drawn to her and she to him. She can't explain it nor does she want to. To make things stranger, a familiar voice comes bac
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Buffy Kennedy
Mar 25, 2016 Buffy Kennedy rated it liked it
Olivia Hardin 19s writing style reminds me a bit of Jacquelyn Frank 19s in that a passage might focus on one character 19s 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 be
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Angie Kregg
Jun 03, 2012 Angie Kregg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: signed, first-reads
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.

Nee
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Emily Alburns
Feb 04, 2013 Emily Alburns rated it really liked it
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
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Angela Cruz
Mar 12, 2014 Angela Cruz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tina
Jun 20, 2016 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really did enjoy this story. Ms. Hardin has a writing style that really fleshes out her characters and is a master at filling in the scenes. This is one of those stories that plays out in your head like a movie.
This is a story about a woman that has seen some strange things happening and is shocked to find out that she can do some strange things also. The vampires are buying children with magical gifts to use as blood slaves in order to strengthen themselves with their blood. Devan finds out
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