Kash’s #CBR5 Review #15: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

I gathered, from the title, that this book would have something to do with witches. I don’t read blurbs, so I didn’t know there were vampires and daemons also, but there are. I’ve read a fair bit of literature dealing with vampires and the humans obsessed with them. I’m not proud of it, but I’ve always been drawn to supernatural stuff. I mean, I still watch Supernatural, even though it completely jumped the shark like, three seasons ago. But dude. C’mon.

So that being said, I’ve never sought out stories dealing with witches. I guess something about seeing The Craft in fifth grade scarred me for life. Regardless, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this book, especially when vampires popped up and I have been making a concerned effort in avoiding vampires for a while. When I picked up this book on Saturday morning, I was pleasantly surprised. This appeared (hint: appeared) to be a book written about supernatural creatures, for adults, that wasn’t full of cliches or erotica disguised as a supernatural crime novel (thanks for nothing Anita Blake). I was wrong.

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Katie′s #CBR5 Review #7: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Title: Born Wicked
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Source: bought on amazon
Rating: 
Review Summary: A creative, engaging alternate history with great characters but not a very proactive protagonist.

Imagine there were witches and that they came to the new world, lured by the promise of religious freedom. Imagine next that, in a backlash against the witches leadership, a male dominated society was formed in which women were expected to be uneducated and subservient. This is the world in which Cate Cahill and her sisters, born witches, struggle to survive. As the time for Cate to choose marriage or  the Sisterhood, her promise to protect her sisters becomes ever harder to keep.

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Malin’s #CBR5 Review #9: Ever After by Kim Harrison

Rating: 4.5 stars

SPOILER WARNING! This is book 11 in a series, and as such, not the best place to start reading Ms. Harrison’s books. This review may contain spoilers for earlier books in the series, so if you’re new to this author, skip this review, and go start at the beginning with Dead Witch Walking. You can come back and read this review once you’ve worked your way through books 1-10. It’ll still be here.

Just as Rachel Morgan thinks that she’s finally starting to get a semblance of stability in her life again, something comes along to turn everything on its head again. As various human and witch authorities stop trying to hound, trap and/or kill her due to her unique genetic abilities, Rachel finds herself on trial in the Ever After, the demon realm parallel to our own. The Ever After is rapidly shrinking, and the majority of the demons feel it’s all Rachel’s fault. She has only a few days to prove that it’s a setup by the psychotic and extremely powerful Ku’ Sox (who kills people and eats their souls for fun), who’s tampered with the rift where the realm appears to be leaking, and on top of everything, he’s kidnapped Rachel’s goddaughter Lucy and her friend Ceri. Ku’ Sox claims that the rift will close automatically once Rachel is killed, but Rachel knows that with the destruction of the Ever After, no one would have the power to control him.