Review: Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong

31 Aug

Publisher: Random House Canada
Release year: 2010
Adult, urban fantasy
One sentence summary:
Kick-ass heroine,kick-ass plot, kicked ass writing all rolled into one kick-ass book.
5 out of 5
Review copy from publisher

The new novel in Kelley Armstrong’s bestselling Women of the Otherworld series showcases the fascinating Savannah Levine, a powerful young witch with a rebellious past and a troublesome heritage.

The orphaned daughter of a sorcerer and a half-demon, Savannah is a terrifyingly powerful young witch who has never been able to resist the chance to throw her magical weight around. But at twenty-one she knows she needs to grow up and prove to her guardians, Paige and Lucas, that she can be a responsible member of their supernatural detective agency. So she jumps at the chance to fly solo, investigating the mysterious deaths of three young women in a nearby factory town, as a favour to one of the agency’s associates. At first glance, the murders look garden-variety human, but on closer inspection signs point to otherworldly stakes.

Soon Savannah is in over her head. She’s run off the road and nearly killed, haunted by a mystery stalker and freaked out when the brother of one of the dead women is murdered when he tries to investigate the crime. To complicate things, something weird is happening to her powers. Pitted against shamans, demons, a voodoo-inflected cult and garden-variety goons, Savannah has to fight to ensure her first case isn’t her last. And she also has to ask for help, perhaps the hardest lesson she’s ever had to learn.

From Random House website.

CHARACTERS: If I use kick-ass again, it’ll be a bit too much, won’t it? Okay, thinking up another word to describe Savannah. Thinking, thinking……nope, it looks like it’s gonna have to be kick-ass. I love all of Kelley’s female leads. She always writes strong women who are also vulnerable and very, very realistic, and Savannah is in no way different.  Savannah is the youngest female lead in the series right now (although I am crossing my fingers that this series goes on long enough that we get a book about Elena and Clay’s twins. Hint, hint Kelley.) As I read Waking the Witch and learned more about her, Savannah fast became one of my favorite characters in the series.

PLOT : I am a huge fan of books surrounding a character coming into their own. With Savannah taking front and center in Waking the Witch, taking on a case by herself, we see her make the step from child to woman. And the twists and turns in Waking the Witch were dizzy-making. There is one serious WTF moment that had me shaking my head, laughing and applauding Kelley all at the same time. And the ending! OMG the ending. I won’t give anything away, but kudos Kelley, kudos.

WRITING: Seriously, what can I say? Kelley is one of my all-time favorite writers and she never disappoints. Since this book is from Savannah’s point of view and written in first person, the writing was a bit different than the other books in the series. It was looser, fresher, younger and a bit “dirtier”. (Not sex dirtier, thank God. Like gritty dirtier, if that makes any sense.)There was more slang, more cursing and the writing seemed faster paced. It was perfect and I really feel like I got to know Savannah. I’ve read all of Kelley’s books, and I think that Waking the Witch is my favorite so far, beside Stolen.

WHO I WOULD RECOMMEND WAKING THE WITCH TO: It goes without saying anyone who even remotely enjoyed any of the other Women of the Otherworld books will love Waking the Witch. As will anyone who is a fan of urban fantasy.

7 Responses to “Review: Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong”

  1. Lani August 31, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    I’m so looking forward to this book. I love Kelley Armstrong. Stolen was one of my favorites to. I’m also a big fan of her Nadia books. Great review.

  2. slpmartin August 31, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    Your reviews are always quite interesting to read…thanks!

  3. Hellraker August 31, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    I’m not reading much sci-fi on print at the moment, but it does sound good.

    • lavenderlines August 31, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

      Oh, I wouldn’t classify this as sci-fi at all, since that’s a genre I just can’t get into. Urban fantasy is a bit different. 🙂

  4. steph August 31, 2010 at 7:47 pm #

    I have to catch up on this! I really enjoyed Bitten and bought Stolen but then a rush of books came from pubs that I want to read first to be fair to them. Can’t wait to get to Stolen and then the rest of them! Would you believe our shop carries only one of her books? Not just one title, one book!!

    *Sighs, shaking head.*


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