In Review: Waking The Witch by Kelley Armstrong

Released: 7/27/10           320 pages
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0525951780

Kelley Armstrong’s latest offering in the Otherworld series focuses almost solely on Savannah. She’s been in a couple of other stories, but never has she been the sole focus of an entire book, which readers have been asking for since she stepped onto the scene.

She’s still a little green in her profession, and with it overly cocky at that, and she has a knack for getting into sticky situations. But the spunk, the attitude, the girl with no weaknesses except her crush on Adam is missing here. Yes, she’s older, but she seems to have lost her edge. This is definitely not the girl that showed awesome magical potential, the one that should be reeking mayhem. She’s diluted, and instead of making me like the witches, whom I feel are the weakest stories in the otherworld series, she makes me hate them a little more.

The entire story feels forced, the character motivation are cartoonish, and they do not make sense. I’m not sure if I expected more, or just better. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a completely bad story, but definitely not one I’ll revisit. This character was so different from everything we’ve seen about her before it would have worked better if she was actually someone else. The events from this one does not impact or further the series, so it may just be one easily skipped.


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