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Witchful Thinking

(Jolie Wilkins #3)

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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  7,015 ratings  ·  431 reviews
Jolie thinks she’s seen it all, but life continues to spring surprises. The latest shocker? She’s just been crowned queen of the underworld. Jolie may possess a rare gift for reanimating the dead, but she doesn’t know the first thing about governing disparate factions of supernatural creatures. She can barely maintain order in her own chaotic personal life, which is ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2012)
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Kathy Martin
Feb 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
I got to the end of this one and said "Huh?" I soldiered through 312 repetitious pages of Jolie dithering and second guessing and third guessing herself only to reach a very inconclusive conclusion. This one had so many possibilities. The setting was great. The characters were varied and represented a wide-variety of paranormal species. The potential for a romantic triangle was there. But, ultimately, this one left me feeling flat.

Part of the problem for me was the first person narration by
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Emma
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
So I read the first 2 books thinking: wow this is actually pretty good. Im enjoying this. Lets see what happens next! (You know, all those really happy emotions you get when you are finally going to be able to read the next volume of a good series?).
What I wasn't expecting? To be disappointed . Because, seriously, this book was frustrating to say the least.
First of all, I feel like I was reading the 2nd book all over again - the prologue being the first few pages of the 2nd novel, and then
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Nina
Mar 12, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
POSSIBLE SPOILERS! I read the first two books. They weren't great, but interesting enough. Lots to pick apart, but still enough that I wanted to know where this story was going. Suffice to say, I liked them. Which is why I had given each of them 3 stars. But this book? This one? It had less action in it than the Twilight books! At least S Meyer threw some kind of battle, SOMETHING into them. (NO, I am not saying they were good) But this book was boring as hell! Between Jolie CONSTANTLY moaning ...more
Lover of Romance
Witchful Thinking, although not my favorite of the series, was quite a wonderful addition to the series and added something very unique to the series. Our heroine of the series is forced to face a new challenge that will turn her life upside down as well as her love affair with Rand and Sinjin. Jolie Wilkins life has changed dramatically, she has now become the queen of the underworld. She has a new magical gift that is flaring to life, and Jolie has to learn how to adjust to her new change in ...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.com.


Expected Release Date: February 28, 2012
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Imprint: Bantam
Author’s Website: http://hpmallory.com/
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Jolie Wilkins Series
Series Best Read In Order: Yes
Steam Level: Steamy

I should start off this review by saying that while I loved the first book in the series, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, I never got the chance to
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Michelle Sherman
Aug 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
1 star (that's being nice)

Dear Diary: Why?

I'm sorry, I hated this one. Jolie sounds likey a whiney pre-pubescent moron. I loved the first two books, it felt like there was real growth in the main character in terms of confidence and personal strength. This book eradicated all that development. There was no action in this just a crapload of rehash and internal monologue. There was hardly any interaction amongst the characters (I don't want to hear in the character's thoughts that she talked to
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Kandice
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a re-read, and I won't take stars away, but I think I am falling out of love with Jolie.
Paige
Jan 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, nook, 2012-books
Witchful Thinking was sort of like filler for me in a way. I’m starting to see a pattern and its getting old.

The whole guy triangle between Rand and Sinjin isn’t going ANYWHERE. It’s one thing if she’s like making out with one and then five seconds later she’s with the other, but neither one of the men are winning and Rand, whom she just ‘loves’ isn’t even attempting to be with her! Yet Sinjin is always there, even going as far as putting himself in charge of her safety, yet she doesn’t give
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TheGeekyBlogger
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Won from Library Thing Early Reviewers
Overall Rating 2.00
Story Rating 2.00
Character Rating 2.00

Final thought when finished: Not my cup of tea at all though I still highly recommend the rest of the series. I really hope this isn't because she went with a publisher that insisted on playing up the romance.

Why I gave it a 2 (not using my normal review method): I really wanted to like this book as much as I did the first two in the series. However, I am not a fan of love triangles. It irks me when
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Sylvie
Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-ez-rat
Note: I did not read the prior books in this series so I did have some difficulty with this book in the start.

Overall, an interesting read. Jolie has found out she is a witch and is now thrust into the position of Queen. But Rand, does not support a monarchy, isn’t sure i he can continue his relationship with her.
Meanwhile, she needs to get the support of the underworld after a battle with a large amount of creatures dying, which Jolie is helping to re-animate.

This book reminded me of the “
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Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Decisions, decisions, decisions.

This is the third instalment of the Jolie Wilkins series, and the first one to be published by Bantam, rather than self-published. The series follows the trials and tribulations of Jolie who is a witch, and who also very recently became Queen of the Underworld. It also follows her somewhat complicated love life between the man she loves, Rand, who won't commit, and the man that lusts after her, Sinjin, who is seriously confusing her feelings.

And essentially,
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Angela
Dec 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: given-away
Witchful Thinking is actually the third book in the Jolie Wilkins series, although it is the first to be published by a major publisher. The first two books, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble and Toil and Trouble, are both self-published and most widely available in digital format. I did not realize this when I requested Witchful Thinking from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program or I would not have selected this book. I was able to borrow a paperback copy of Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble from ...more
Elena
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Booooring! This book was about NOTHING, until the very end! The end is a cliffhanger ! This is pretty much what happened in the last book , too ! Nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing - major twist, cliffhanger, the end! NOT COOL!

The whole book is a drama between Rand and Jolie - will they or won't they ! They have no real reason NOT to be together, she has no real reason not to tell him they have already bonded, he has no real reason to constantly act like a cold jackass... AND Sinjun really
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Stephanie
Mar 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Orignal post at my blog: FANGSWANDS AND FAIRY DUST March 16, 2012

When is someone's style truly unique and and when is it simply good in some areas and lacking in others? I think Mallory has some strong points in her writing that make it unique and fun: voice, plot outline, twists, character development. I think her work falls short a bit in believable continuity and plot execution, emotional content.

No work or writer is "perfect" though so you have to read a book and decide whether its
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The Flooze
*2.5*

Here's the thing: there are some good plot points here in terms of Jolie's placement in the Underworld, but the execution is sorely lacking.

All three books feature a romance that frustrates the hell out of me. Jolie is like a lovesick school girl who can't concentrate on anything but her One Twu Wuv...except for when she's leading on poor, crazed Sinjin. Now, I have a very narrow mindset when it comes to romantic portrayals, so I often just shelve my irritations in this area if the rest of
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Katy
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of paranormal romance, urban fantasy
Recommended to Katy by: Amazon.com Vine program
Please note: I read and reviewed this in January 2012. Because I had misunderstood my ToS with Amazon Vine, I had not added the review on this site, so I'm now doing so.

Disclaimer: I picked up the first two books in the series from Barnes & Noble on my own and had them on hand when I received this third book from the Amazon Vine program. All opinions are my own.

My Synopsis: The war is over and Jolie has been declared Queen of the Underworld - not that she wants anything to do with it.
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Liz
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
I won this one on first-reads and desperately wanted to give it a good review, but that's just not going to happen. I'm a big fan of urban fantasy and paranormal romance in general, and something about this book just doesn't quite do it for me. This book itself seems to be set outside modern society which generally isn't something I'm looking for.

Positives:
1) Includes history and re-introduction of characters woven into the story so people who haven't read the first books in the series.
2) Clear
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Charrie
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebooks
I gave this book 3 stars last night, but upon waking the next day and thinking about this book, I decided to give it 2 stars (maybe even 1), because I'm irritated by most of the book, but mainly the ending. Reasons why?:

1. Half of the book is talking about the other 2.5 books. Yawn. Dear Author, I read your series, and I get the hints, innuendos, and I don't need Jolie's diary to spell out the plot for me. I felt like instead of rehashing what I already knew, you could have given us more info
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Debbie
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Witchful Thinking is a terrific read. It also can stand alone if you haven't read the first two books in the Jolie Wilkins series. But if you love romance like I do, then I would definitely read the first two books. H.P. Mallory has penned a fantastic storyline with witches, fairies, werewolves, and vampires. There’s lots of humor, drama, and romance, too. I fell in love with Mallory's main character, Jolie, who’s a strong, independent woman with just enough sarcasm, and knows how to take care ...more
Jo-Ann Murphy
Oct 30, 2016 rated it liked it
I was happy to receive this book through the Goodreads Giveaways.

While I don't judge a book by its cover, this cover did give me an erroneous impression. I was expecting a more sweet story like "Bewitched" but I almost gave it up in the beginning because it seems to be a mashup of a romance novel with a vampire/werewolf fantasy.

I found the main character annoying as it seemed to be a stream of consciousness narrative that was giving me whiplash as she would start saying something then revert to
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Julian
Oct 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-again
This series, interestingly enough gets worse with time. The first novel wasn't terrible, had a few flaws, most notably the strange way the book ended, like they were at work or something and the clock hit 5 and everyone just stopped in the middle of what they were doing. Anyway, back on topic, the book is what you'd call very meta, it dialogue is oddly straight and to the point and feels plastic, nothing is what you could actually see two people having a conversation about.

For example, the book
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Megan
Nov 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: aging Twi-hards, paranormal romance lovers
I have to admit that during the beginning of this book, I had to almost force myself to keep reading through all the corn-ball come-ons and references to extremely well-muscled male physiques, but the further I got into it and got to know the characters I just gave up being critical and accepted it as the goofy paranormal romance story it is.
And I liked it! It’s basically the Twilight Saga for twenty-somethings.
This is a light, quirky read filled with time travel, fairies, witches, vampires,
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April Sims
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book was very boring, we get Jolie is Queen and she is not liking that fact, but, does it have to take an entire book to get that across!

Also We can do without the journal, this is written first person so Journal is not needed.

Why all the pushing of products, IE you don't have to mention Victoria Secrets PJs every time she goes to bed?

I wanted this book to be better esp after the bonding that happened last book. Jolie's character has regressed. She seems very hormonal and even bipolar in
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Heidi Tieman
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: h-p-mallory
Another great one! The end is unbelievable!!!!! Can't wait to start the next! This one is an emotional rollercoaster ride between Rand and Sinjin.

Jolie thinks she’s seen it all, but life continues to spring surprises. The latest shocker? She’s just been crowned queen of the underworld. Jolie may possess a rare gift for reanimating the dead, but she doesn’t know the first thing about governing disparate factions of supernatural creatures. She can barely maintain order in her own chaotic personal
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Sarah Lynn
Feb 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
If you are looking for a serious novel bereft of sexual tensions and somewhat frustrating plot development, this and the preceding books are probably not for you. However, this third book in the Jolie Wilkins series is a light and fun read with an enjoyable story and characters.

I have liked all of H P Mallory’s books; however, I did not enjoy this third novel as well as the others. Even after finishing the book and sort of understanding the author’s intent, a large portion of this book repeats
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Coffeentea
2.5 stars

This book will delight new readers with angst, romantic tension, a teensy bit of action and sprinkle of magic. But it will disappoint loyal readers of this series.

Starting at the title, you can tell this book sets a different tone. With titles like Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble or Toil and Trouble, you can tell the books will be fun with lots of action and a large dose of romance. With a title like Witchful Thinking, you can definitely expect a lot of thinking. The first 2/3rd was spent
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Shanda
Aug 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Okay, let's start off saying I REALLY enjoyed the first two books. Jolie was smart, funny, and on point. This book starts off with a whole other Jolie. This Jolie can't decide what's up from down and what's more she is the FRIG FRAGGIN' QUEEN of the underworld, but she's basically like," who cares about that? Rand or Sinjin?" She is so indecisive in this book that I almost put it down. I felt as though she never really gave Sinjin a chance and lead him along and then Rand didn't know he wanted ...more
Ginette
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There aren't many authors that can weave a story and create characters the way H.P. Mallory can. She writes with a certain style, sprinkling in all those little bits of humor that makes her stories so darn fun. This latest installment in the Jolie Wilkins series is no exception.

Just being crowned the queen of the underworld has given Jolie too much to deal with, even for a powerful witch such as herself. Her ever-complicated relationship with Rand is at stake, and that's not even touching on her
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Esperanza
Dec 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Donna
Really a 2.5 rating rounding up to 3. The use of extended journal entries to describe the action in the first two books was annoying. Yes, you need to recap a little but this was overkill. Also, the on and off again relationship between Jolie and Rand is getting old; I'm still rooting for Sinjin. Jolie as Queen of the Underworld is not very believable but her character isn't comfortable with the role either. However...there's something I like about these books and there was a very intriguing ...more
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