Book Review: Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong

Book: Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Plume, Penguin Group
Publication date: April, 2011
Pages: 386

Source: Purchased

cover of Waking the Witch by Kelley ArmstrongSummary: The 11th book in The Otherworld Series by Kelley Armstrong, Waking the Witch features a grown-up Savannah Levine tackling her first solo gig for a detective agency that specializes in cases with a supernatural element. Savannah climbs on her motor bike and roars into a small town with a creepy commune, a spunky kid, and three dead women amidst traces of satanic rituals.

Thoughts: Many of the books of The Otherworld Series work well as stand-alone books, including this one, but I thought it was more fun to read since I had watched Savannah grow up in some of the other books. According to the Savannah Levine page on The Otherworld Wikia (cool!), she first appeared in Stolen when, as a young girl, she was kidnapped with her mother and kept at a research facility. Now she’s a twenty-one year old with prodigious powers, an awakening sense of how to be a responsible and effective adult, and an unrequited love. Oh, yeah, and a cool bike.

This book ended its story, but the last chapter acts as a kind of epilogue and there is a cliff-hanger at the end. I’m sure glad Spell Bound is already published.

Appeal: This is a terrific series with powerful female characters, beginning with Bitten, the story of Elena, this world’s only known female werewolf. There’s just enough romance in these books to please a romance reader like me, but not so much that they get shelved with the romances — find them with the fantasies. Waking the Witch, with its young heroine, might especially appeal to college-aged fantasy readers. I didn’t read much fiction for fun as an undergraduate, but I did in graduate school so now I know it’s possible to go to school while continue a reading habit and beneficial for stress-reduction.

stone angel in woodsChallenges:Waking the Witch is my first book for RIP VI, R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VI. Check out over 60 reviews of books and shows with mysterious undertones: R.I.P. VI Review Site.

Reviews: Lots of bloggers reviewed this book when it came out last year. Jia at Dear Author has a more detailed description of Savannah’s history and personality from previous books: REVIEW: Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong. Graeme Flory at Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review believed more strongly than I did that it’s helpful to have read the previous books in The Otherworld Series before reading this one, ‘Waking the Witch’ – Kelley Armstrong (Dutton) . Since she was new to this series, I’d trust her opinion on that more than mine!

Have you read this book? What did you think?

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8 Responses to Book Review: Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong

  1. Kailana says:

    I love Kelley Armstrong!! This is the longest series I have on the go that I am all caught up in… :)

  2. TheBookGirl says:

    I don’t read much paranormal fiction; years ago I read the first three in Anne Rice’s vampire series, but pretty much nothing since then. Glad to see that you enjoyed this so much :)

    • Joy Weese Moll says:

      I like witches and werewolves better than vampires. Someday I should write a post about that, but I’m not sure how deeply I want to examine that!

  3. I love the Kelley Armstrong books!! I have fallen behind too, I need to catch up! :(

    I hope your week was great!

  4. Carl V. says:

    I had the first book and even read some of it way back when it came out but then got distracted and never got back to it. I think about it often when I am in the store because the attractive woman on the cover always makes me stop when I’m walking down the aisle (hey, I’m just a guy).

    Glad you enjoyed it. Fun review!

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  6. I love Kelley Armstrong- I will have to make sure I read this one as well!

  7. I haven’t read this one, but it definitely seems to be appealing, especially for a light fantasy read. Thanks for the review!

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