Category: Witches

Bruja, by Aileen Erin

Bruja (Alpha Girl, #4)

In a change from the first three books in the series, this one focuses on Claudia (pronounced Cloud-ia), a witch or bruja, who is the cousin to our heroine of the first three novels. Claudia is the de facto leader of a small group of witches who have left their black-magic coven, and she has to figure out how to free them from their blood oaths to their former leader.  A fun read and it’s nice to have the focus on magic in this one. For 16 and up.

 

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Magic Binds, by Ilona Andrews

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Wow! The best one in this series for quite a while, though I have enjoyed them all. Atlanta mercenary Kate Daniels just wants to live her life: marry her boyfriend, get her PI agency going, fight the occasional monster. But she is the daughter of the greatest evil the planet has ever seen, and she will have to face him sooner rather than later. This novel just explodes across the pages, and it incorporates all the characters we’ve come to care about. A wonderful celebration of all that is great and good in the Kate Daniels novels: adventure, romance, negotiation, and assorted badassery. A fantastic read – 18 and up.

Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night, by Kresley Cole

Our heroine in this is Mariketa the Awaited, a witch who’s not sure why she’s been awaited, but hopes some day to find out. Her inexplicable attraction to wounded werewolf Bowen seems crazy, since he’s already met the love of his life and lost her. Many new twists in the 4th Immortals book, but the steamy romance is the same. For 18 and up.

Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia

This haunting, lyrical book surprised me. What should feel like a straightforward boy/girl relationship challenged by one of them being Other becomes, in Garcia and Stohl’s hands, an evocative fantasy taking place in a Southern small town, with characters that haunt you and a love story that feels right. This even overcame my knee-jerk reaction against high-school “true love,” which usually has me rolling my eyes through works created by lesser hands. But there is much to love here, including southerners that rise above caricature, great guy friendships, and a love story narrated from the guy’s point of view. For 14 and up.