This story revolves around Natalie Severin and set in New Orleans where she is a reporter for NONE (New Orleans News Eyes). This news agency specialisThis story revolves around Natalie Severin and set in New Orleans where she is a reporter for NONE (New Orleans News Eyes). This news agency specialises in the stories about the occult and the supernatural. Natalie is out one night investigating a story when she stumbles across veterinarian Ram Montgomery. Natalie knows that Ram is more than just a veterinarian, and soon both are forced to collaborate to stop criminals smuggling exotic animals into the country. Natalie’s brother disappeared under strange circumstances involving black magic and since that time Natalie has a deep mistrust of all things magical. Ram is a mage and aware of Natalie’s strong feelings both for him and also against magic Ram is torn by his secrets.
Set in the underbelly of New Orleans I found this book to be an appealing read. I found that both Ram and Natalie were unique characters, but at times the writing let the story down. I was intrigued about the world of magic Kathleen had created but knew that they would fight, make up and be together, so in that sense was a little predictable. However, Kathleen has written an interesting story that has captured the atmosphere of the gritty New Orleans underbelly I imagined and combined it with magical aspects. ...more
This book contains 4 novellas by 4 fantastic authors. The first story is by MaryJanice Davidson titled “The Majicka”. This book is about Ireland a selThis book contains 4 novellas by 4 fantastic authors. The first story is by MaryJanice Davidson titled “The Majicka”. This book is about Ireland a self-proclaimed do-gooder who has accumulated a number of supernatural roommates: a fairy, a werewolf, a vampire, and a mage spelled into a car and now a zombie, or what Ireland thinks of as a zombie. Unbeknownst to Ireland, she is also a Magicka, an unknowing guardian of Magick. Introduce Micah, a tutor for the new Majicka, a spattering of rogue werewolves and the unlikely outcome of saving a Dryad from being killed and you have an entertaining short story. This is a very funny novella, I liked the banter between characters and think it was the ingenuity of her 'version' of some old and overdone ideas that I liked most. As with most short stories it leaves a lot of information out, like what is a Majicka, what does Micah do exactly? I loved the funny side of this story but found the ending irritatingly unfulfilling.
The next story is by Lori Handeland entitled “Voodoo Moon”. This book is centred on FBI Agent Dana Duran, who is sent to Devil's Fork to investigate a number of unexplainable murders. Dana soon discovers there is more to the crimes than she anticipated, and is pulled into the world of voodoo by voodoo-shop owner Julian Portier. He is originally Dan’s main subject but as she is pulled further into the investigation, she finds she must trust him to save her life. In this story Handeland delivered an original and well-rounded plot with believable characters, and a sensual romance. I found that the use of voodoo was fascinating and despite it being a short story I wasn’t left with the feeling I was missing vital information that I sometimes have when reading anthology.
The next novella was by Cheyenne McCray called “Breath of Magic” This story revolves around Sydney Aline, a of the gray witches of the San Francisco D'Anu Coven, and Conlan a D'Danann warrior from another dimension, who teams up with the witches to help find and destroy the warlock Darkwolf and his Fomorii companion Junga. After Sydney and Conlan find Darkwolf, both are trapped in a room where they are free to explore their passion for one another. The coven must stop Darkwolf before he opens a dimension which will bring chaos and destruction to their world. I had read a previous book by McCray and wasn’t thrilled by it. I think there was something lacking for me in this story. I didn’t quite believe in the passion between the main characters. This may be attributed to the need to have a limited number of pages, but I still found that the whole story was a little too forced. I’m not a big reader of purely witch or magical stories so maybe this also marred by overall opinion
The next story was by Christine Warren entitled “Any Witch Way She Can” Miranda Berry “Randy” is the central character in this book which is set in a world of “The Others”. Randy belongs to a family of others but is the only member to not have magical powers. Randy, in an attempt to bring her the man of her dreams, uses some misguided spell that promptly dumps her in her grandmother’s house in front of witch Michael Devon. Randy must help Michael and her grandmother, who she has a neurotic relationship with, to uncover a plot to unseat her from the Council of Others. This, in my opinion, was the best out of all the short stories. I wasn't familiar with Christine Warren's writing but was pleasantly surprised by the outcome. Overall it was a well-written, enjoyable story with witty characters, a sensual romance and a snarky heroine who I quite liked. The plot involving Randy's grandmother, the introduction of sophisticated witch Michael, and the growing attraction between the characters gave the story a well-rounded edge with lots of witty banter. I will make sure to read more Christine Warren's books ...more
White Witch by Trish Melburnt is a story about a witch named Jax. Jax’s left behind her coven behind to start a new life when she behind her became deWhite Witch by Trish Melburnt is a story about a witch named Jax. Jax’s left behind her coven behind to start a new life when she behind her became despondent with her coven’s ideals of revenge against the humans that burned them. Jax enters a small town, unaware that that the supernatural life she thought she left behind has caught up with her in her new town. Alongside Jax are her supporting characters, her best friend, Tina; a love interest Keller; and a fellow runaway witch, Egan.
This book wasn’t slow and grabbed me from the first page. What I liked about this book was the unexpected ending, which may lead into a second book. This book reminded me a lot of The Secret Circle but was more fast paced and edgier. Overall, a good book and I look forward to reading the possible sequel. ...more