The frozen witch by Odette C. Bell (book review)

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Lilly White opens a strange box which puts her into the path of the God of Revenge himself because the box is not an usual box…

I picked up this book firstly because it has a pretty-pretty cover, and secondly because it features witches. The frozen witch starts with a really good premise when Lilly gets herself in trouble by touching a box owned by the Gof of Revenge and it awakens powers inside of her. In order to pay for her sins now, Lily much work for Vali and bring in other sinners in order to become free again. The story is fast-paced, full of adventures, and although I loved it to bits and read it in one sitting, it feels like sometimes it lacked further development and became too rush in the quest to having things happening sooner rather than later and therefore the plot had to suffer in places. The descriptions were spot on which enabled the reader to immerse into the world. SONY DSC

In terms of characters, sometimes Lilly proved to be quite annoying, especially when she was – quite often – a quivering mess in the presence of brooding Vali. I gather that he is THE Alpha male, full of sex appeal, and manliness, and god-ness (sic!), but surely she could contain herself. The plot however, it was not in Lilly’s favour as she was mainly told to do things and expect to do or die without being explained why and how to do things! She was given a magic gun and wasn’t even told how to use it. Other characters that were supposed to support and guide her more often than not gave half the information she needed in order to achieve her goals. I was quite proud of her for managing to achieve things despite these issues.

Lilly’s relationship with Vali  is obviously strained throughout the story, partly due to her own faults, and partly to the fact that Vali seems to have two alternating personalities, however there is a flicker of romance between the two. Personally I would’ve liked to see more positive interaction between them two which would’ve made the story much better.

Overall I liked the read! I actually gulped it down, then moved to the next book, devoured that one too before finishing book thee as well. happy-jelloFlaws and all, this entire series kept me wanting more, and more.

Book four just got out in February so I am looking forward to see what happens next!

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Anna dressed in blood by Kendare Blake

9378297Anna dressed in blood follows the story of Cas Lowood, a young hunter who inherited from his father the ability to kill supernatural beings. His next job is Anna dressed in blood, a young girl who was brutally murdered in 1958 and became a deadly ghost. But Anna Korlov is different. Even if she is a murderous ghost, dismembering everyone who crosses her threshold, she spares Cas’s life when some high school jocks want to play a prank on him. Instead, she kills one of them.

This book is beautiful and breathtaking. Cas is a strong male character, full of charisma  and spark. I got fond of him from the beginning. He is only 17, but he is mature, confident and no-bullshit. After he moves to Thunder Bay to find Anna,his character is forced to evolve  and learn not only as a hunter, but also as a boy. Used to walk with the dead and travel with his white witch mother, he isn’t used to let people in, but in order to free Anna he has to learn how to trust. 

Anna herself is a strong, amazing character. She is a deadly, murderous supernatural being, but I can’t help liking her. The instant she materialises, I am pulled towards her, just like Cas will be. Her story is fantastic and every time she is around, things spice up. She might be a ghost, but she seems more alive than most people in that town. Anna Korlov is powerful, deadly and bittersweet. Anna dressed in blood is a goddess.

In this whole ghostly mess, Cas finds himself teamed up with Carmel, the Queen Bee of Winston Churchill High-school, and a skinny mind-reader Thomas. These two side characters have a voice of their own, which is something that I liked about the story. Carmel  is a beautiful, but very smart girl who’s not afraid to show what she’s made off and proves herself throughout the story. I really liked her as she isn’t a mean girl even if she is the most popular and powerful girl in school. Thomas is a bit more on the shy side, but it isn’t deterred by Cas’ attempts to ditch him and go solo like he usually did. I’d say he has balls of steel by going inside the house and saving Cas’ life.

The story is very well written, the language itself pulls you in and beckons to be read. I loved the style and lack of cliches. The story is fresh and gripping; I had the whole thing down in two days. I absolutely loved this book with all the twists and turns. The good news is that Kendare Blake wrote a sequel for it: Girl of Nightmares and I am looking forward to sink my teeth into that.

Kendare Blake became goes on my list of favorite authors!!! 

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You can find the Anna dressed in blood on Amazon by clicking here for 2.99 on Kindle.