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[Review] WAKING THE WITCH by Kelley Armstrong

[This is the eleventh in a series of posts counting down to the last in Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series, THIRTEEN, set for release July 24, 2012. ~~ 1.BITTEN; 2. STOLEN; 3. DIME STORE MAGIC; 4. INDUSTRIAL MAGIC; 5. HAUNTED; 6. BROKEN; 7. NO HUMANS INVOLVED; 8. PERSONAL DEMON; 9. LIVING WITH THE DEAD; 10. FROSTBITTEN]

WAKING THE WITCH

Cover Copy: ¬†Savannah Levine– the orphaned daughter of a notorious dark witch and an equally notorious cutthroat sorcerer– has left her teen rebel phase behind and turned into a motorcycle-riding jaw-dropper, with an impressive ability to perform spells. The big challenge is persuading her former guardians, Paige and Lucas, that she can be trusted to do the right thing. So Savannah jumps at the chance to investigate the mysterious deaths of three young women as a favor for one of the detective agency’s associates. The murderers seem garden-variety human, but on closer inspection they bear the signs of supernatural intervention. Soon Savannah is in over her head, nearly killed, and haunted by a mysterious stalker. Pitted against demons, witches, and human goons, she has to fight to ensure her first case isn’t her last.

My Thoughts:¬†I’ve always wanted an Otherworld story from Savannah’s point of view. From the moment we met her and learned of her parents, I always wanted to see what it would be like to grow up with that legacy, with the conflict of knowing what you’re capable of but not being able to do anything about it. So I was very excited to learn the last three books in the series would all be narrated by Savannah.

As a new woman of the Otherworld, I found Savannah to be not as great as I’d hoped. Perhaps because she’s a bit whiny at the beginning, wanting to run her own investigation assignment. Perhaps because she’s so eager to prove herself she takes dumb risks. I’m not sure if this is the fault of my expectations, or if she’s a disappointing character. Perhaps I’m just not sympathetic to risk-taking twenty-somethings.

I loved the mystery in WAKING THE WITCH. I wasn’t sure whodunnit until the very end. I love it when mysteries build up so that the outcome could go one of two ways.

With regards to the hot guys, I was very sad for Savannah. She was on the right track, getting involved with someone else, trying to forget about her school-girl crush, Adam. And then it doesn’t work out. I wasn’t too happy about this– I wanted it to work out– but I think the point of WAKING THE WITCH may be to see Savannah take risks, make mistakes and grow up.

I also loved that we were back to learning more about the witches’ culture. Though their magic may not be as flashy as other races in the Otherworld, and the coven women can be quite catty, I think they’re the most understated race, so it was nice to see them in action again.

WAKING THE WITCH is a great start to the final three books in the Otherworld series.

Rating: A
Series: Women of the Otherworld, book 11
Vintage Canada, Random House of Canada, 2011
Acquired: purchase

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