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Warrior Rising (Goddess Summoning #6) by P.C. Cast


Warrior Rising (Goddess Summoning, #6)

Warrior Rising (Goddess Summoning #6)

Rating: 5/5

Description:
The Goddesses have had it with the Trojan War. So much devastation—all because of some silly male egos. The worst of the bunch is that cocky, handsome brute Achilles. But the only way to stop a man like Achilles is to distract him with something far more pleasurable than combat…Enter Kat, a modern girl from Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Goddesses transform her into a Trojan princess, having no doubt that she’ll capture Achilles’s attention. But can her independent spirit match the unquenchable fire of his epic rage? Goddess only knows.
 
My thoughts:
 
First Line: “Thetis of the Silver Feet rose from the depths of the hidden cove.”This was a solid read – very much in line with the other books in Cast’s Goddess series. There is, of course, a modern mortal and her bestest friend who die in a tragic car accident. But, thanks to the interference of the ancient goddesses, their souls are rescued from eternity and dragged back to the Trojan war. The goddesses are sick of the rumors connecting them to the never-ending conflict and Hera is especially ticked when her sacred chambers are sacked and her priestesses murdered by warriors. Their goal is to take Achilles out of the game so that the war will end. They believe that the spunk of a modern woman is just the thing to break past the icy exterior that Achilles presents to the world – and of course they are right. Achilles was in the model of most of Cast’s heroes – deeply wounded, lonely, and desperate for love. He was a descent hero, although not one who will stay with me for long. My favorite aspect of the story was actually the friendship between the two women dragged out of their own world and into a war – Kat (the heroine) and Jacky her best-friend-turned-handmaiden. Their reactions throughout the story were hilarious, and despite their new hard reality, they continued to bicker, and laugh, and generally support each other as friends should. I very much enjoyed the way that Cast twisted the history and myth together to form something completely new. She also offered an interesting interpretation of the whole Trojan Horse thing – one that actually makes a bit of sense if you take the magic out of it. Overall, it was an interesting, entertaining, and unique read and I have been pleasantly surprised with this new brand of romance. -Cassie @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime

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Waking the Witch (Women of the Otherworld #11) by Kelley Armstrong


Waking the Witch (Women of the Otherworld, #11)

Waking the Witch (Women of the Otherworld #11)

Rating: 5/5 
Description:
One of the most popular writers of paranormal fiction and the #1 New York Times bestselling author returns with a rollicking new novel in her Otherworld series. At twenty-one, Savannah Levine-orphaned daughter of a notorious dark witch and an equally notorious cutthroat sorcerer-considers herself a full-fledged member of the otherworld. The once rebellious teen has grown into a six-foot-tall, motorcycle-riding jaw-dropper, with an impressive knowledge of and ability to perform spells. The only problem is, she’s having a hard time convincing her adoptive parents, Paige and Lucas, to take her seriously as an adult. She’s working as the research assistant at the detective agency they founded, and when they take off on a romantic vacation alone, leaving her in charge, Savannah finds herself itching for a case to call her own. (She’s also itching for Adam, her longtime friend and colleague, to see her as more than just a little girl, but that’s another matter.) Suddenly, Savannah gets the chance she’s been waiting for: Recruited by another supernatural detective, she travels to Columbus, Washington, a small, dying town. Two troubled young women have been found in an abandoned warehouse, murdered. Now a third woman’s dead, and on closer inspection small details point to darker forces at play. Savannah feels certain she can handle the case, but with signs of supernatural activity appearing at every turn, things quickly become more serious- and far more dangerous-than she realizes. 
 
My Review:
This is book eleven in the Otherworld Series. Savannah is sassy, maybe a little arrogant, young, powerful, headstrong, makes mistakes and feels remorse, is really good at her job, knows how to protect herself physically and magically. She is all these things but her youth and her headstrong attitude are her Achilles’s heel. Having worked in her guardians’ shadow since she was a minor, Savannah is ready to break out on her own, and the opportunity presents itself when her friend, co-worker and major crush Adam’s pal Jesse comes around to get help with a case with occult overtones in a town nearby. Is she in over her head? Not at first but complications develop when another investigator gets under her skin (in a good way) and when it turns our the town has some other magic going on. In this book the best developed character is Savannah. What I liked about her was her strength and her soft spots. Sometimes she underestimates her strength, and other times she is over confident. She is vulnerable to kids with crappy or neglectful parents because of her past. She thinks she is more mature than she is and makes some rash decisions that backfire on her. She thinks she has it all figured out, and that she is over Adam’s indifference to her as a woman. She thinks she has the people she interviews all sussed out, but they keep surprising her. Written in the first person, we see others through Savannah’s lens. The daughter of one of the victims in this mystery, Kayla, comes across as a vulnerable Savannah-without-the-magic. Michael Kennedy, police detective brother of one of the other victims comes to her as a romantic replacement for Adam and she sizes the Michael up against him. It is clear there are no substitutions for Adam in her heart. Savannah lives in a Savannah-centric world; super-gifted, well-off, fearless. But of course she isn’t all grown-up and her foibles put her and others at risk, when the worst happens, she blames herself. 

Armstrong keeps the pace of the book going from the start. The action starts within the first five pages, and really keeps going except for when the girl is eating or sleeping. The story has lots of twists and turns as well as a few red herrings. Why was the high-school teacher introduced? Could he be the perp? How about the chief of police? The Waitress, Lorraine? And, the solution to this mystery is as complex as Savannah’s personality. I don’t know whether I have ever read such a complex ending to a mystery. The question is whether Savannah and her pals can survive what happens. Your will hope they do because you will want more of Savannah and Adam in future books. 
Not much in the way of romantic heat, but Ms. Armstrong can make necking pretty hot. The real action here is in the plot. I highly recommend Waking the Witch. 

-Kathy @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime

 

 

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