Waking the Witch
Women of the Otherworld, Book #11
By Kelley Armstrong
Author’s Website: http://www.kelleyarmstrong.com/
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi
Savannah Levine is all grown up now, although she still feels the need to prove it to some! She is now running Lucas and Paige’s firm for the week while they are off on a much needed vacation. So when an actual case falls into her lap she can’t wait to jump in with both feet to prove to everyone that she can do it!
Three girls from the same sleepy, usually homicide-free, town have been murdered. It’s Savannah’s job to figure out if there is a supernatural link and find out who killed the latest victim, Claire. With several would-be side-kicks coming to help, Savannah has to fight to keep this as ‘her’ case and not let the others steamroll her. From Lucas’s friend who brought her the case, Jesse, to the victim’s brother, Michael, and Savannah’s favorite half-demon, Adam! With so many in town with possible motives, can Savannah solve the case or will she have to rely on the help of her friends.
But when the case turns on her and puts her and the ones she cares about in danger, will she be able to do what it takes to survive?
There was definitely a lot of twists and turns in this book and it read like a true mystery as you shuffle through all the clues and suspects to find out who killed Claire. I don’t think anybody could have figured this case out completely on their own, which was nice. It did retain my attention throughout, even though there wasn’t much of a romance to speak of. There was the potential for one, but it was quickly snuffed out before it truly began!
“So, is it too young for you?”
He leaned over, lips coming to mine, arms pulling me into a kiss, soft at first, tentative, then … wow. The guy could kiss. I finally had to pull back to catch my breath.
“Good answer?” he said.
“Yep. You like them young.”
He flushed. “That was not the message.”
“Are you sure? Because it certainly seems–“
He cut me off with another oxygen-depriving kiss.”
I think it’s good to see Savannah finally coming into her own. She’s much more mature and level-headed than the girl we’ve seen in the past. And not nearly as narcissistic or selfish. This was a great leap that her character really needed!
The guys she got to work with in this one were fun as well. Adam of course! You just can’t help, but love him.
“I blinked and wiped my hand over my face. My fingers came back damp. I glanced across the room and saw my reflection in the mirror, hair snarled, mascara running, face streaked with tears.
“Yep, you look like shit,” Adam said. “And I took plenty of pictures, which I will keep until an appropriate opportunity for blackmail arises.”
He’s fun, loves to joke around, but the fire really starts heating up with his protective instincts going into high gear on this case! Who knows maybe there is something there between these two afterall?
Michael was a fun and interesting character at well. I thought he was going to be a thorn in Savannah’s side kind of nemesis at first, and then something changed and they just seemed to work.
And what about the cookie cult? I don’t see that flying in my neck of the woods. They can paint Alastair anyway they want, but he just comes off as a pervy old man wanting to get his rocks off with as many women as possible to me! *uhhh shudder* And Cody wasn’t much better, or possibly worse? There were plenty of suspects to go around, that’s for sure!
Overall this was a decent addition to the series. Not the best, but still good. And, I don’t think Savannah’s story is quite over yet, especially after seeing the way this book ended!!