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Wickedly Magical

(Baba Yaga #0.5)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,006 ratings  ·  94 reviews
Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one…

Barbara Yager loves being one of the most powerful witches in the world, but sometimes she’d rather kick back in her enchanted Airstream with
Kindle Edition, 73 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Berkley
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

I'm so very tired of getting excited about new UF series that have interesting blurbs and covers, only to get my hands on the actual book and have that hope destroyed.

It's a mean trick.


It makes me angry.


"What was so terrible about this one?" you ask.

Well . . . for starters:

"Hmm," she said. "'Curiouser and curiouser,' to quote Alice."
Chudo-Yudo looked up from gnawing on the remains of his bone. There wasn't much left. "What?"
"It's a quote from Alice in Wonderland," Bar
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wickedly Magical is a prequel novella for Deborah Blake's Baba Yaga series, and it does a good job of introducing readers to the world and whetting our appetites for the rest of the series. The author has put her own spin on the tale of the wicked witch Baba Yaga that many people have heard of from Russian fairytales. In this series Baba Yaga is not just the name of one witch, instead it's a title held by a group of powerful witches spread across the world, these women keep the balance and prote ...more
Maria V. Snyder
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fun novella set before the events in the first Baba Yaga book.
Barbara is a Russian fairy tale witch who guards the borders and keeps the balance of nature. When a Russian man shows up on her doorsteps with a token from the prior Baba Yaga she knows she needs to honor the favor. The man’s wife ran off with his children joining a cult run by a man who can influence people in a magical way. Barbara sets off to honor the token and bring the man back his children as well as take care of the man with the power.
I like Barbara she lives with a dragon who takes th
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Highly Recommended To Anyone Who Enjoys Witchy Urban Fantasy Reads!

"Who says wicked can't be good?"

WICKEDLY MAGICAL by Deborah Blake is a quick, fun introduction into the author's incredible world of Baba Yagas. I was recently at the Coastal Magic Convention where I was fortunate to catch this author on several panels. Her description of this series caught my interest so as soon as I got home, I picked up this prequel at Amazon to check it out. I'm happy to report that I was captivated and can
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.The world of this prequel to Blake's new Baba Yaga series is very original. This is not my Russian grandmother's Baba Yaga and her chicken-legged house and these Baba's are evil or not depending on the point of view of those who cross paths with them. As the start of a trilogy of paranormal romances for the three Baba's who guard the U.S., this story mostly sets up the players and the world and gives glimpses of how the Baba's have changed with the times while the first of the three 's ...more
Judith Levine
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved the concept. Leave it to Deborah Blake to come up with the idea of bringing a folk witch into the 21st Century with an Airstream and 21st Century manners (or lack thereof) and language. I love the smart-mouth dragon/dog, the things growing out of the carpet, and the Airstream's quirkiness--its special wardrobe and the appearing and disappearing door. Blake's light touch is similar to that of her nonfiction witch books, but, of course, much funnier. I loved the way she introduced the nove ...more
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a great quick start to this series. I loved the world so far and I'm excited to read the full novels. ...more
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed it a lot! Excellent way yo get to know a new author!
Fangs for the Fantasy
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Barbara Yager is one of three Baba Yagas living in the United States. Having been a baba yaga for so long, Barbara no longer considers herself to be human. When not fulfilling her duties, Barbara lives with Chudo-Yudo a dragon who has become a dog, to make himself more palatable to the human population.

Ivan has been stalking Barbara for three days, trying to work up the courage to speak to her but tired of waiting, Barbara takes the bull by the horns and approaches him. It seems that the Baba Y
Yolanda Sfetsos
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy, kindle
I started this prequel novella yesterday and finished it this morning. It was so much fun!

Barbara Yager is one of three Baba Yaga witches living in the United States. She lives in her enchanted Airstream with her pit bull, Chudo-Yudo--who is actually a dragon in disguise. She's a travelling botanist and college professor in the human world. She also helps keep the balance of nature, guards the borders between the human world and the Otherworld, while helping those worthy enough to seek her out.

Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wickedly Magical (novella) is the first installment in Deborah Blake’s new Baba Yaga series. The short novella deftly introduces us to the three Baba Yaga that will comprise the new trilogy, while also providing a glimpse into their world, lifestyle, and magical abilities. The plot is easily resolved, but satisfying. If you are interested in the Baba Yaga legend this is a great place to start. If you are eagerly awaiting the new books, this will tide you over until the first one releases.
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
A good quick read

This book was fun and endearing. I like the characters but some of the usual tropes are present. I like the world/magic rules that the author is building and I'm excited to read more. I gave it four instead of five stars mainly because it's missing some character development which admittedly is difficult in a prequel novella. Will wait to see how the next one does, I have high hopes.
Rhonda Stees-marcial
First, I liked it. But the writing didn't have that special something that drives you to see the end. I felt like I knew the ending at the beginning. Also a lot of cliches that had me rolling my eyes.
But I will give the next one a chance. The premise of the Baba Yagas was a fun way to think of the old stories. Plus I am a sucker for stories about witches.
Helen Smith
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Next book can't wait to go.

As always have found the most important thing in my life is a good time with you guys.I am ready for the next step an the next one in your book. Thank you very much.
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great start to a new series.
Jan 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Short, fun read! Just what I needed. Baba Yaga saves the day!
Kelley Kaminski
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing

It was good I mean even better than the first I really liked this one now I'm going to read the next right now
Sylvia van Bruggen
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
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I’m still on the fence about this version of Baba Yaga, anti-social and attractive is okay, but she’s almost too anti-social for me. However, Barbara has intelligence and snark I could appreciate in the right mood. This is a novella, but it felt unfinished. Example-Ivan felt like an afterthought; need a parent and a purpose, insert here, but I did like the rescue of his daughters, seeing Barbara in action, and learning more about the other two Baba Yagas, Beka and Bella. I did like the character ...more
Wickedly Magical was okay; I liked the concept, but found the execution so-so. I think Ivan's story had potential, and I would have liked more of a focus on him rather than an introduction to Barbara and her world. Yes, I know the series will be about her and her fellow Babas, but the exposition felt forced. I will say that making the villains less villainous than anticipated (but still a terrible person who made terrible choices) was an interesting touch. ...more
Diane ~Firefly~
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great intro to a new series. There are 3 Baba Yaga's in the US and Barbara must help Ivan who comes to her with a favor owed his grandmother. He wants to get his daughters back and Barbara and her dragon (disguised as a dog) declare the cause worthy to help. We also meet the other two Baba's and I would guess the series will bounce between them. ...more
Anna Wick
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I read this after I already read the rest of the series, but it's still fun that's great story. There's some complaints in the reviews about this character not being true to the myth. I'm fine with it I don't think that meth is so solid and everybody's imagination
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Quick read

And now I want more. I am very interested in seeing what happens in the lives of the baba yaga's. I may have just found my next series to read. So far I like them and their personalities.
This feels like a teaser trailer rather than a real book.

I like the characters but the first challenge was just a bit too easy to overcome. Will try the next book and cross my fingers that the series gets better.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
read this after reading the first two books in the series. I'm happy to say if I'd read this first I would still love the series and want to read more. ...more
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh, this is going to be a fun ride if the prequel is any indication!
Alex Latham
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book 65 complete.
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really great novella, I really enjoyed the introduction to this world! Great story, and I can't wait to read more! ...more
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Interesting start to a series, I'm excited about the full-length books ...more
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Deborah is the author of twelve non-fiction books on modern witchcraft and a tarot and oracle decks from Llewellyn and the Baba Yaga series, The Broken Rider series, and the Veiled Magic series (mostly from Berkley) as well as a few stand-alone novels.

Deborah lives in a 130 year old farmhouse in upstate NY with multiple cats, and runs an artists' cooperative shop when she's not writing. She believ

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