Sunday, September 16

Book Review: Waking the Witch

Title: Waking the Witch

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Pages: 314

Summary: Savannah Levine - the orphaned daughter of a notorious dark witch and equally notorious cutthroat sorcerer - has left her teen rebel phase behind and turned into a motorcycle-riding, jaw-dropper, with an impressive ability to perform spells. The big challenge is persuading her former guardians, Paige and Lucas, that she can be trusted to do the right thing. So Savannah jumps at the chance to investigate the mysterious deaths of three young women as a favour for one of the detective agency's associates. The murders seem garden-variety human, but on closer inspection they bear the signs of supernatural intervention. Soon Savannah is in over her head, nearly killed, and haunted by a mystery stalker. Pitted against demons, witches and human goons, she has to fight to ensure her first case isn't her last.

My Rating: 8/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This was one of my favourite books in the series and it does a fantastic job at setting up the for the final story, which is two books away.

Although Savannah has never been my favourite character in the series, I did enjoy her in this book. I did have a few issue with her, as she's still young, and at times she comes off as still being a teenager. Her character does portray her age nicely. At twenty-one she still has a lot to do to grow up and mature, compared to the other women in series, who all have a number of years on her and I find are more enjoyable to read, because of their maturity. But Savannah's age and maturity level does fit for the story nicely, as the author has her progress in a natural way. Still I prefer the other books more, because the voice is more mature, and I don't have to deal with the young adult, immaturity. Thankfully this book, has less of that, (it's saved for Spell Bound.)

I did like how the story and the young child in it, parallels Savannah's life a bit - it was interesting to see how it came together and how it ended. Although I was hoping for a little bit more of explanation on how the ending played out, as I felt that part was rushed and a lot left out. The main story itself, for a murder/thriller side of things, was enjoyable. I'm not the biggest fan of those types of books in general, this series being an exception - and sometimes even then I'm find myself having some issues with it. But this story, I did enjoy trying to piece everything together. It was suspenseful at times, which made the book hard to put down, other time predictable - but after reading ten books by the author, all of which follow similar plot devices, it's not hard to see what will happen next - and that happens with most series that are a long as this one.

Overall, the book is up there as one of my favourite books in the series. Looking forward to seeing how the series comes to a close.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, this was a very enjoyable book well worth reading.

What to read next: Spell Bound and Thirteen

Challenges: 12 in 12, 100+ Challenge, Canadian Book Challenge VI, Finish That Series Challenge, Speculative Challenge


  1. I agree with your thoughts on this book. I wasn't sure if I would like the series ending with Savannah as the lead, but it worked out and she worked the other characters in.

    1. I still have one book left, so I can't wait to see what happens. Have you finished the series? Is it good? I want and don't want to know all the details!