I had to postpone my review for this one, because I was running behind, but I wanted to share it now! :)
Witch and Wolf
Publisher: Pen & Page Publishing
Release Date: November 24, 2014
The Hunted Wizard
When Nicole dabbled in the occult, she lost it all: Her voice, her family, and her name. Now on the run from the Inquisition, she must prove to herself—and the world—that not all wizards are too dangerous to let live.
The savage murder of a bookstore employee throws Nicole into the middle of Inquisition business, like it or not. Driven by her inability to save the young man’s life, she decides to hunt the killer on her own. Using forbidden magic to investigate the past, she learns that the murderer is in fact a disease that could kill the entire werewolf race.
Forced to choose between saving lives and preserving her own, Nicole embraces the magic that sent her into exile. Without werewolves, the power of the Inquisition would dwindle, and she could live without being hunted.
Nicole’s only hope for success lies in the hands of the werewolves she hates and the Inquisition she fears, but finding someone to trust is only the beginning of her problems. There are those who want to ensure that the werewolves go extinct and that the Inquisition falls.
But, if she fails to find a cure, her family—including her twin sister—will perish…
Well I am pleasantly surprised that even without ever reading a book by this author how much I loved this book. It was so much fun to try to figure so many things out. And I happen to like the characters very much. So, this is a paranormal story, yes, but it's very strict with it's laws, do not tell the humans, it's like big ole rule number one. But, there's a lot of things happening, and we are just along for the ride as we figure it out. I also don't know if I can go to a book store again, or at least not without creeping out because of this book. LOL
I loved how well developed and in depth the characters of this story are. I know that we are going to see more of these characters in the future, but I loved that I knew nothing and still felt like I knew them anyway. Nicole is a wizard, not a witch, they are different. She was born to werewolf parents, but because she wasn't born with the right stuff, she's been hiding, on the run from her family and the Inquisition- the law of the supernatural world. They won't let her live just because she's a wizard. They have too much power, too much at their disposal, and every other wizard she's known of has been wiped out. She's running, she's hiding, and though she's surviving, I don't think she realizes she's not really living until she gets caught up in a murder investigation. She's can do several things, like control electricity and fire. But that's not all, when a book seller dies next to her, horribly, bloody, violent, then she's almost killed at work, things are not seeming so safe anymore. She starts looking into magical ways to solve these issues. She's then kidnapped, rescued, stalked, surprised, and devastated. I mean, this girl has had some crazy crap thrown onto her. And she's still standing. And fighting for it. She's quite funny, and she's definitely brave. And even though she wants nothing to do with werewolves and the inquisition she ends up with both of them right next to her. That was an awesome part of the book!!
The plot is wonderful. murder, mystery, romance, magic, guns, fighting, werewolves, executions. I mean come on!! She's trying to find a murderer, then a curse for a disease, then a magical murderer for someone else. It's crazy. She's definitely on a wild ride! I loved that this one kept me on my seat the whole time, and I couldn't put this one down. I needed to know who did what, and if this one would be saved, and who was really the bad guy, and what about her family, and the Inquisition. And no worries, there's a lot of crazy happening, but it's not confusing nor is it left open. No big whammy of a cliff hanger, and I can't wait for more, after that SHOCKER of an ending. Like way to throw just one more twist into all those curves!!
About the Author:
RJ Blain suffers from a Moleskine journal obsession, a pen fixation, and a terrible tendency to pun without warning.
When she isn't playing pretend, she likes to think she's a cartographer and a sumi-e painter. In reality, she herds cats and a husband. She is currently on a quest for a new warrior fish.
In her spare time, she daydreams about being a spy. Should that fail, her contingency plan involves tying her best of enemies to spinning wheels and quoting James Bond villains until she is satisfied.
RJ’s Favorite Books & Series in no particular order:
Anne McCaffrey's Pern
Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar & Gryphon Series
Jim Butcher's Codex Alera & The Dresden Files
Brandon Sanderson's Elantris
Patricia Briggs' Alpha and Omega, Dragon Bones, & The Mercy Thompson series
Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time
Happy reading and later gators!!