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Wickedly Dangerous (A Baba Yaga Novel) Mass Market Paperback – September 2, 2014
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- ASIN : 0425272923
- Publisher : Berkley (September 2, 2014)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780425272923
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425272923
- Item Weight : 6.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #201,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The first pages that were setting thing up were fun and I was enjoying it , but as soon as the actual story began with Maya making an appearance, I started to lose interest. The plot did not seem to move, it got stuck between an amateurish detective story, a drop of magic, and very formulaic romance. Magical characters spoke like some corporate management cast. A Queen of the Outer World was utterly predictable and derivative. Baba Yaga came across like a real idiot: she is 80+ years old and has a laptop, drives a BMW but is amazed by a cell phone? She does not know much, she cannot do much without her helpers other than summon a storm; she has 2 emotional responses to everything: this is not right, and I am now really pissed off. She gets outraged at things that no Baba Yaga would even notice. She behaved as a very young witch wannabe, not as the most powerful force between 2 interconnected realms. And the whole cookie cutter love story with the sheriff, really? Anyway, the upshot was I lost interest and could not make myself care. Too bad really, it was a very interesting premise.
Barbara Yager is a Baba Yaga. Her cover is adjunct professor of botany. Her chicken-legged hut is a recalcitrant Airstream now with perks, or is that quirks, like a fridge that might or might not deliver what you asked for. Her primary sidekick is a large pitbull who is actually a small dragon.
Liam is the sheriff who has problems with missing children and a no-confidence vote pending from the local council who hired him. The last thing he needs is a stranger with a big dog.
Turns out he does need Baba even if he's not the one who called her. The antics include biker dragons, slightly psychotic Faery Queens, and mysterious women.
I won't go into a lot of plot fal-de-rol but this book is very true to the Baba Yaga mythology. I loved loved loved it. So much that I bought the prequel novella (3.5 stars) and preordered book 2.
If you like sassy heroines who don't know how to handle love and damaged heroes who hover between alpha and beta without being whiny or overbearing, go get this book. :D
I am already a huge fan of Deborah Blake's non-fiction books, and now I'm one of her fiction fans too! I particularly appreciate that she has actual comprehensive knowledge of witchcraft. When you're familiar with that, you can immediately tell when an author is faking it, and just read some witchcraft blogs to create a character. Deborah is the real deal!
I will be continuing with this series!
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This is fine mind candy, as we discover more about Baba Yaga’s background, and the Sheriff’s own tragedy, as they work together to uncover the bad parties. But some of the aspects are disappointingly underused: the addition of a fairy Queen dilutes the Baba Yaga role; Baba’s three dragon helpers play a minimal role, mostly off stage; and even her enchanted caravan could have contributed more than a fairy door and enchanted fridge. So, too much candy, and not quite enough substance.
With plenty of action, some great characters (who aren’t always human) and entertaining banter, “Wickedly Dangerous” is a fantastic start to this magical romance series. With another 2 full length novels in this series which feature the other 2 Baba Yagas, a couple of novellas and an offshoot series featuring The Riders, there’s plenty to explore if you are new to the magical world of the Baba Yagas.
Only that’s all a fairytale. ‘Baba Yaga’ is really a title, and there are currently three of them living in the US, helping out where they are asked and keeping an eye on ecological issues.
This book is about one of them: Barbara Yager, a herbalist travelling the country in an Airstream trailer that has a mind of its own when it comes to decor – and the contents of its fridge. It also contains a door to the otherworld, and a giant pit bull called, you guessed it, Chudo Yudo. And yes, he can talk and yes, he really is a dragon in disguise.
Called by a Russian grandmother when a child goes missing, Barbara discovers that this child is not the first abductee, and with no clues as to what’s happened to them, or who might be taking them, the local sheriff, the delightful Liam, is at his wits end. It doesn’t help that he’s still mourning the death of his own child and the belief that his missing wife is probably dead somewhere of an overdose.
After a little persuasion, Barbara starts digging, and at first, even though clues are scant, things seem to be moving along smoothly. And then it all starts to go horribly wrong.
‘Wickedly Dangerous’ is a light paranormal romance, with wonderful characters, vividly told with just the right amount of action, emotion, and humour, and with a perfect little twist at the end that left me smiling and satisfied. Just what I want from a book of this genre, when there is a certain amount of inevitability built into the story by its classification.
I’ve also read and thoroughly enjoyed the prequel novella, ‘Wickedly Magical’, and I thoroughly recommend them both. I’m looking forward to the next one, ‘Wickedly Wonderful’, due out soon.
Oh, and there are 3 Baba Yagas in the USA. I look forward to the next book in the series about the second Baba Yaga.