Wednesday, September 12, 2012

REVIEW: Witch Way Bends by Olivia Hardin


Devan’s only intention when she teams up with Kent and co. is to put her father’s child trafficking business out of commission. She ends up on a magical journey that will lead her to discover so much more about herself, her world, and the one man she never knew she was destined to love.

Title:  Witch Way Bends
Series:  Bend-Bite-Shift Trilogy
Book #: 1
Author:  Olivia Hardin
Approximate Book Length:  274 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate


Olivia Hardin’s writing style reminds me a bit of Jacquelyn Frank’s in that a passage might focus on one character’s point of view, but we could still shift slightly to know what others are thinking or feeling. The tone of the story is also reminiscent of JF by having fairly demure love scenes and a big focus on the characters, story, and world itself rather than the individual events that transpire, such as every little thing during a fight scene.

As for the story, it grips you from the beginning by throwing you directly into the middle of a mission that Devan, Kent, and crew are on. It adds mystery by being vague and not telling you anything about what’s going on. My only problem with this was the fact that it stayed that way for the first few chapters before slowly beginning to give you some insight into what’s going on, and it take quite a while before revealing the larger, overall conflict in the big picture. This also made the validity of some of their plans come into question, because without knowing the truth, you can’t understand how a certain strategy could ever be viable.

Moving on to the characters, I like Devan and Kent, was suspicious of Roon at first, but ultimately I think Langston (aka Andre – read to find out why, you’ll love the reference!) was my favorite. The connection and chemistry between the characters was very believable and often made for some funny moments. Let’s face it, no one is truly comfortable with someone, even your best friend, knowing what you’ve been up to for…hours upon hours *wink*.

My favorite part of the whole thing though was the world. It was complex, it includes different species, and the potential for so much more. The possibilities of what to expect are truly endless in both the plot and the magic.

In Conclusion:

Mysterious, exciting, and mesmerizing, Witch Way Bends will take you on a magical journey where everything is possible and you should be ready for anything. Don’t miss this great start to a series with so much potential!



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