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Monday, February 27, 2012

Review of Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy book, Witchful Thinking by HP Mallory

Title: Witchful Thinking
Series: Jolie Wilkins Series, book 3
Author: HP Mallory

Official Synopsis
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 heading into a romantic tailspin.
First there’s sexy warlock Rand, the love of her life, from whom Jolie is hiding a devastating secret. Then there’s Sinjin, a darkly seductive vampire and Jolie’s sworn protector—though others suspect he harbors ulterior motives. As the two polar opposite yet magnetic men vie for Jolie’s affection, she must keep her wits about her to balance affairs of state and affairs of her heart. Overwhelmed, under pressure, and longing for love, Jolie decides it’s time to take charge—and show everyone that this queen won’t take jack.

My Review
This book in 3 words: Thrilling, Witty, Amazing!

Now that I gave you 3 words to describe this book, let me give you a few more. This book is an emotional roller coaster ride that will take you through twists, turns, action, romance, danger and mystery. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, HP Mallory hits us with an ending that we never saw coming!

Our favorite witch, Jolie, is back with the rest of the gang and this time Jolie finds herself leading the Underworld. She was pre-destined to be Queen so she puts on her big girl undies to try to do right even if all she wants to do is run away. If that wasn't stressful enough, the men in her life are driving her mad. The man (or Warlock) who stole her heart but refuses to take things further, Rand, is against monarchy. With Jolie now the Queen of the Underworld she finds herself being ripped away from the one man she loves. Her world is spiraling out of control and the one who is there to catch her is Sinjin, her extremely sexy, yet mysterious vampire. The problem with Sinjin is that he always has a hidden agenda, and Jolie intends to find out what that is. Trying to place love on the back burner, she starts to concentrate on the state of the Underworld and the fact that Lurkers (half vampire, half humans) are hunting Underworlders. It is up to Jolie and the gang to stop them before it is too late. But will the people she trusts and love be by her side or will they be the ones to bring her down?

This book is UNPUTDOWNABLE. I read it in one sitting. Jolie is coming into her own skin and learning to accept the role of Queen. It is not easy, especially when the man you love is against it, but she does it because it is right. This makes me love Jolie even more. She is independent and doesn't let a man tell her what to do. Rand is...Rand. he takes a few steps forward and a few steps back. The sexual tension between them is crazy. The decisions each made sometimes made me want to smack them, and other times, when they did the right thing, I wanted to kiss them. The back and forth is pure torture...and I loved it. Sinjin, my favorite vampire, is as seductive, mysterious and dangerous then ever. Sinjin fans will be happy to know that we get to see another side of Sinjin, even though his words constantly contradicts his actions. He's a total enigma and I just want to unravel him...in every way possible...lol

He is not the only mystery to be solved. The Lurkers are coming and their numbers are growing. Along with attempting to sort out her love life, Jolie also needs to come up with a game plan to stop them. Life is a total Witch for her...

The cliffhanger ending was a twist I did not see coming! Jolie may be Queen of the Underworld, but HP Mallory is Queen of the Cliffhangers. I cannot wait to find out what happens!! All I can say is Holy Sh....Cheese and Crackers. I'm still reeling from that surprise ending.

Want some teasers? Here you go:
  • I hear wedding bells in the future after a certain girl says yes.
  • Someone asks Jolie for her hand in marriage, and it's not who you think.
  • One character is not what they appear to be.
I must admit that there is a lot of back story is in this book, but it did not bother me or take away from the story. I knew going in that it would have a lot of information since this is the first in the series that is not self-pub. I didn't mind since I had a ton of "Oh, that's right. I totally forgot about that" moments. I liked the refresher. It helped bring back the memories of the past two books.

Although you can start the series from Witchful Thinking, I wouldn't recommend it. I think readers new to the series should still start off with book 1, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, because it is a) awesome and b) there is too much back story, emotions and actions that led each character to where they are in Witchful Thinking. They have all been through so much and I feel like the readers will be cheating themselves of some amazing experiences with the characters if they start with book 3. I know they will still enjoy Witchful Thinking, but Fire Burn and Toil and Trouble were just too amazing to pass up.

Witchful Thinking is rated 5 Fangs! A total Must-Read!!

Are you a fan of the series? Are you team Rand or Team Sinjin?


Jo Schaffer said...

I enjoy everything Mallory writes. She's awesome.

Samantha said...

Great review! I am so excited to read this book :)

Sara S said...

Looking forward to reading the book, but Jolie is learning to "ACCEPT" her role as Queen, not "except"...

Evelyn Amaro said...

This book is amazing! You are all going to love it! I cannot wait for book 4!

Thanks Sara. I must have missed that typo.

Let me know what you think once you have read the book Ladies. Are you Team Sinjin, Team Rand, or do you love them both?

Anonymous said...

I just read #4, that came out today... if you guys liked the previous books you are going to love this one! Lots of Sinjin-centric chapters... my favorite! haha I'm Team Sinjin, even after all the stuff that happens in #4. I think he gets a bad rap. But I love Rand and Jolie, too! It's hard to dislike either of those leading men. I really can't wait to see where book #5 takes us, if the Lurkers will show up (I'm expecting them to, finally) and what happens next in the love triangle! Awesome!

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