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Bewitched Souls (The Coven) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 16, 2015
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Things are always more complicated than you expect them to be and the plot in this story was no exception. The book jumps right into the action with Dion's ex (also known as one crazy @$$ beeyoch) coming after him to basically drag him back into her den of evil for a life of subjugation. Seriously, girl needs help. Too bad for her, Dion had already made up his mind about what he wanted and who he wanted it with (see Talis for references and snarky commentary) and besides going to get his man, he also asked for help. This puts the two main characters, along with a couple of others, right in the middle of a fight, not only for Dion's freedom, but a bunch of people's souls. Unfortunately for Dion, however, since he isn't a witch, he ends up a hindrance rather than a help and as a result, ends up captured....a couple of times. Seriously, I kept expecting a talking mushroom to jump out and tell Talis that his princess was in another underworld or something. -.-
There's also a great deal of guilt floating around the two MCs for various things in the past and actions taken in the present because of them; truth be told that got a little old reading it after a while but by the time the real a@$$ kicking started, things were pretty much hashed out between them. And boy was there @$$ kicking! I think I lost track of how many times these guys all got into fights over the course of this book.
Overall I really enjoyed this read; it wasn't hard to get into the world and plot though I thought it was a little easy at times. There were also a few points over the course of the novel where the writing seemed a little choppy to me but it was easy for me to ignore in favor of the story itself. I do think the events in the ending were a little fast for both the story and the characters but things ended nicely and I plan on reading the next book when it comes out as I enjoyed this one.
3 Stars from the Galaxy!
The start of this drops you right into it. We meet Talis, a witch, who comes from a very small coven of three; his sister, her husband, and himself. They fight to protect this, how do I say it, magical island. Most importantly they must protect their home which is the center of all this magic. To start, Talis senses a familiar presense, which turns up to be, Dion. Dion and talis were friends in the past, but Dion afraid of his feelings for his friend, pushed him away. Dion has returned to Talis for two reasons; one, to own up to his feelings for his friend and two, to ask for his help.
As the reader, you just read theses two characters diving right into a relationship. I can understand they are supposed to have a past, but I didn't sense any closeness of any type. If in the start a bit of history had been set in before we are presented with these two males, it would've helped a lot.
Immediately following these two, is Dion's crazy lunatic ex to drag him back. This chick needs help, seriously. She's obsessive and I found it being a bit extreme because as a reader, we never are given a straight answer on why she's so intent on having him.
I did enjoy and appreciate the witchcraft part of this whole story, it was refreshing and an interesting bit. I did find mself also enjoying the butt kicking in this book.
The story was enjoyable, though short and a little lacking, but enjoyable!
I had a hard time getting a sense of who each of the characters was as an individual, aside from their dialogue, they all seemed to be interchangeable, especially Talis, Cian and Teryn. They all seemed to move the same, think the same, act the same, and respond the same to situations, which is a shame, because it would have added a greater dynamic to the story to see them all behaving differently.
I found the whole thing with Dion and Kolby to be very cliché and very unbelievable. There is obsession, but never at any point does the reader learn just what it is about Dion that make her so hell bent on having him and no other. I also found it very difficult to believe just how quickly Talis forgave Dion and jumped into a relationship with him after the way their friendship fell apart. The lack of a slow build made me wonder about the ages of the characters, because that struck me as very teenage like behavior to me and yet, Talis is supposed to be the head of a coven, which is a very, very serious responsibility.
I must say that the author seemed to have a decent overview of the aspects of witchcraft, which shows that some good research was done to make the moments in the book where characters used rituals and spells. There was a ton of prep in dressing for a scene that went by fairly quickly and never showed any need for all of that attention to detail to have been made.
Some of the Point of View changes were a little jarring and I had to go back and see exactly who was saying what as we would be in Talis’ head on line and the very next line be in Dion’s. One question I kept asking myself was that if most of the people there were witches, then why didn’t they go to the other witches for help and why, then, was their coven so small if there were so many other witches around, it simply kept pulling me out of the story each time someone was unsure of whether they were going to be able to handle a problem or not, and then did not go to someone else around them for aid.
Fight, exhaustion, return to bedroom, talk, sex, was a pattern that started to get a bit repetitive, the battle scenes started to blend together, making them lose their weight and importance. About midway through the book the conversations really got repetitive, especially between Dion and Talis in regards to Dion’s not being able to defend himself against demons.
At one point it is implied that several months had passed since they’d gotten together but in reading to that point, there was never any indication before that of months having passed by, it reads like days to me.
There was a great deal to like about this book, unfortunately, there was also a lot of things that got in the way of it coming through clearly. Two and a half is the highest score I can give this book.