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Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble: The Jolie Wilkins Series, Book 1 Paperback – September 2, 2010
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The author did nothing to make Jolie appealing...at all. I understand that as an author, you have to give your characters flaws so that your audience can relate to them. But honestly H.P. went overboard on Jolie. And perhaps its just me, but having a weak character constantly admit how dumb, unattractive, and weak they are only makes the character that much more annoying. Especially when every other character is blue in the face trying to convince them otherwise. Jolie's thoughts and emotions are so ridiculous it becomes painful to read, more so because the story is told from Jolie's perspective so you never are given a reprieve from her immature musings.
My head's still buzzing trying to make sense of this novel. It was exhausting trying to keep up with Jolie. One second she's lusting after Rand...and then Trent...or was it Sinjin? Technically she thought Sinjin was hot before she met Trent...but didn't really start lusting after him until Trent dumped her...but all the while she's really sweating for Rand...Read more ›
Jolie starts out as a normal everyday girl who realizes she is a witch when she is hired by Rand, a very handsome Warlock; to discover the murder of a now ghost. Jolie did not realize how much her life would change once she met Rand. Jolie's character evolves into a more mature powerful person or in this case witch. Throughout her journey Jolie has to leave family and her country behind, have a small fling with a handsome and dark werewolf only to realize that she has very strong feelings for Rand, that could even be love. However Jolie is not the only one struggling with their feelings, Rand has to fight against his for fear or ruining anything and in this process they both make mistakes.
There is much more to this story than Rand and Jolie's relationship which is what makes it the perfect blend between PNR and Urban Fantasy. If you like Lynsay Sands, Gena Showalker, Jeaniene Frost, Jennifer Armintrout then you will definitely love H.P. Mallory and the adventures of Jolie.
That wasn't the ghost's fault, at least not directly. It was more the influence of one ultra-sexy warlock Rand Balfour, who sent the ghost to Jolie as a test of her powers. And then told her she was a witch. A powerful one. She didn't believe it, of course, but when she brought the ghost back from the dead - purely by accident, really - she knew her life was forever changed. And she had Rand to thank, so to speak, for it.
Unfortunately, Jolie's gift paints a big target on her back and soon a power hungry witch of age and skill tries to coerce Jolie into her service as she gathers forces to lead a charge to become Queen of the Underworld, and only Rand stands between the powerful Bella and the timid Jolie. She has to rely on the warlock to teach her, employ her to keep her safe, and to move her from Bella's territory to his own in England. And while her previously neat little life spins wildly out of control and her attraction to Rand grows into heated intensity, Jolie struggles to get a handle on the use of her powers, as they may be the only thing that will save her from the myriad of things that go bump in the night...creatures all who seem to be out to use her as a pawn in a deadly game of war and supremacy.
Despite my appreciation for the concept of this story and the many positive reviews on several different sites, I was horribly disappointed in this book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Honestly, I almost stopped reading this, but I continued and I ended up enjoying it. I didn't like Jolie in the beginning, and wasn't sure I liked the authors writing style.Published 8 days ago by Kindle Customer
The characters are fully fleshed out, the plot intriguing
Well written and entertaining I laughed out loud at times.
Loved her character but hated the wish you washy back and forth with guyPublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
I liked the story and looked for more, but I'm not the soap opera love story type. Jolie and Rand drove me crazy with the will they won't they thing. Sorry not my thing. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Brian
I enjoyed this novel for the most part. The main thing I found slightly irritating was how everyone seemed to want to hook up with her. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Kat J.
This book is all about those evil things that go bump in the night. War is coming and the 'good' magic is fighting 'bad' to keep the world safe.Published 1 month ago by lubylu55
I think I want to meet some of the characters in this book. They seem so real, and yet, I hope they really are not. Great way to hook me into the series.Published 1 month ago by Jeanne M. Jacquet