Saturday, January 22, 2011
Five Fangs for Halfway Hexed by Kimberly Frost
I've said it before and I'll say it again- Kimberly Frost's writing rocks.
The third book in The Southern Witch series is filled with as much drama, intrigue, and adventure as the first two- all twisted together with a little southern sizzle.
New witch Tammy Jo Trask has a whole town full of trouble, in the latest from the national bestselling author of Barely Bewitched.
First, there are the local residents who form a scripture-spouting posse and kidnap Tammy to "defend" Duvall, Texas, against witchcraft. Next, someone saddles her with a secret package chock full of dangerous visions, just as the president of WAM-the World Association of Magic- arrives with his entourage to investigate her.
And who worse to examine Tammy's entanglement with off-limits and drop-dead gorgeous wizard Bryn Lyons than his ex-girlfriend?
Not to mention that the clash between the locals and the magical visitors leads to a series of unnatural disasters that may doom them all. While the fate of the town hangs in the balance, one thing's certain: this would-be witch is ready to rumble, Texas style.
I haven't read any other character that can get into as much trouble as Tammy Jo Trask. Within the first couple of chapters she can go through more turmoil than most characters do in an entire book.
Who else could get kidnapped by two totally unrelated groups- in the same day? Yes 2 kidnappings in 1 day and she manages to get away from both of them and report it to the police who of course think she's insane.
Poor Tammy, not only is the World Association of Magic got her in their sights but now some of the locals have got it in their small minded heads that Tammy is a witch (which she is) and that she's evil ( of course she's not) and it's up to them to rid the town of her evilness. And they go to some pretty extreme (and very un-Christian like) measures to get rid of her.
Good thing WAM is more on her side than what she thought because they help her out of a jam more than once. But they probably have their own crazy agenda and selfish reasons for doing so.
Crazy much? Oh I forgot to mention that the leader of the fanatic Bible thumpers is none other than Tammy's arch nemesis Jenna Reitgarten. Of course it is. Who wants to get rid of Tammy more than Jenna?
With the whole town and WAM against her Tammy Jo is lucky to have Bryn Lyons. Sexy Bryn who she has worked so hard to stay away from because of some premonition her great aunt had about them and why her family should avoid any Lyons at all costs.
I personally think Bryn and Tammy are made for each other- crazy premonitions of visions be damned. They fit. Their magic fits. Above all else he believes in her and gets her.
Which is more than I can say about her good ol boy, southern ex husband Zack who nice as he is- he's not magic and he didn't believe anything about Tammy until the magic stuff smacked him right in the face so hard he couldn't deny it any more. I give him points for trying after that- he even went off to get trained in working with supernatural elements.
Which is why he was delightfully absent in this book.
I say good because the story got to focus on Tammy and Bryn and the their relationship. Byrn is everything Tammy Jo needs in a man- sure of himself, no need to belittle her or feel threatened by her, he loves her unconditionally, and he can teach her everything she needs to know- everything her family cut her off from. Plus it helps that he's gorgeous and rich. (Hey, if Tammy Jo doesn't want him I'll take him.)
I really hope this is not the last Southern Witch novel. If it is I will be pleased with the ending but there are still so many questions to be answered and a lot of what if's that I would really love to see more. I think Tammy Jo, Bryn and the rest of the crazy cast of characters could definitely see more adventures in future books. I'll keep my fingers crossed. I really want more Southern Witch novels.
The fast paced action combined with southern humor all mixed up with magical elements quickly made this one of my favorite series. Tammy Jo is a fantastic heroine who is quirky, kooky and down to earth. You can't help but love her.
I was hooked from the first page of the first book and have not been disappointed yet. Each book is a quick read I refuse to put down before I finish the entire book.