Monday, February 1, 2016

Quote-tastic/Review-- no, no children!-- Wickedly Powerful by Deborah Blake

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Okay so Wickedly Powerful. This series is about the Russian Baba Yaga fairy tale. Basically powerful witches that can help people when they're called. This is towards the beginning and made me smile. Basically, the guy was doubting that Bella was the Baba Yaga because she was young and not the old ugly Baba Yaga they were expecting to find based on the fairytales.  So she proved herself just a little. I like the children bit too. lol
Bella's smile widened as she snapped her fingers and transported a small green and pink tufted chair from inside the caravan to a spot about a foot to the left of Mrs. Kneis. Bella was a little afraid she'd give the poor woman a heart attack, but Mrs. Kneis just sank onto the seat gratefully. Big Bob, however, gave out a satisfying high-pitched shriek, and a few of the others gasped audibly.

"Now that we've established my credentials," Bella said briskly, "we should probably get on to the bargaining part of the program. That's when you tell me what you want me to do for you, and what you're willing to give me in exchange for my help."

"You're not going to ask for one of our firstborn children, are you?" one woman asked in a trembling voice.

"Not usually," Bella admitted. "Unless you happen to have on that likes to clean and doesn't eat much.

They all looked at one another and shook their heads.

Bella sighed. "Fine. Then no, no children."

Wickedly Powerful (Baba Yaga #3)

There is a Dragon-Cat, people. A Dragon-Cat. OMG. Seriously. This series. I'm freaking loving it down to it's toes!

Damn. That was good! A Russian fairytale witch, a former firefighter turned fire spotter, a runaway teen and a dragon disguised as a cat battling nature and an evil magic trying to destroy the forest and those dear to Bella. Action, romance, humor. Loved it. Seriously.

So the quick of it is that Bella is a Baba Yaga. They're witches that watch over the elements and can be called to help with there's trouble. This time it's unnatural forest fires that are plaguing the area. And it's up to Bella and her dragon-cat, Koshka, to figure out who is behind the fires and if there are magical elements involved. And, while they're at it, figure out what happened to a group of immortal men who help the Baba Yagas and have mysteriously disappeared. Are the two things connected? Something is definitely afoot!

Alright, flat out. I loved all of the characters. Blake does an amazing job bringing together an ensemble cast that'll give you all the feels. Sexy heroes, fierce heroines, delightful animals. I loved them all. Bella with her fiery spirit, her worries about controlling her powers, and the life that just radiated from her. Sam with his need to protect and his inner battles with PTSD and the scars on his skin from the fire that ended his career. Jazz, the runaway teen, who was full of hurt and in desperate need of people to watch over her. And the dragon-cat who watched over them all with the attitude only a dragon-cat could posses. They were each amazing on their own but together there was a special dynamic that was just magic. It was one of those times where you just look at a group and go...yes! these people were meant for one another. On the romance front it's fairly light but I loved the two and the way they were drawn to one another.

The suspense was very well done. You know who is behind the malicious fires and the disappearance of the Riders but you don't know how they'll be stopped. Or if they even can be stopped. I thought so many bad things about the bad guy in this one. Whew, boy! I wanted them to get it hard. I did want just a bit more with the big tado at the end but overall it kept me on edge and my palms sweating as Bella and her group worked to figure out what was going on in the area.

All in all, The Baba Yaga series is freaking badass and one you can't miss. Wickedly Powerful? Phenomenal addition to the series. I would say read this one in order if possible. They each have complete stories and romances but I think it would be more enjoyable if you get to know them all as the series unfolds. :)

The only thing more fiery than Bella Young’s red hair is her temper. She knows that a Baba Yaga’s power without strict control can leave the people she cares about burned, so to protect her heart—and everyone around her—the only company she keeps is her dragon-turned-Norwegian-Forest-cat, Koshka.

But when Bella is tasked with discovering who’s setting magical fires throughout Wyoming’s Black Hills, she finds herself working closely with former hotshots firefighter Sam Corbett—and falling hard for his quiet strength and charm.

Sam may bear the scars of his past, but Bella can see beyond them and would do anything to help him heal. Only before she can rescue her Prince Charming, she’ll have to overcome the mysterious foe setting the forest fires—a truly wicked witch who wields as much power and even more anger than Bella…


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