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Wickedly Wonderful (A Baba Yaga Novel) Mass Market Paperback – December 2, 2014
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"This is paranormal romance at its best, with all the magic and mayhem tied together with very human emotions, even when the characters aren't quite human."–Alex Bledsoe, author of Wisp of a Thing
"In Wickedly Dangerous, Deborah Blake has updated Baba Yaga for the 21st century; witchy and wild, with a kick-ass woman, witty repartee, and roots to the past. This book has everything I’m looking for." –Tanya Huff, author of The Silvered
"An addicting plot combined with a unique adventure and an intelligent, pragmatic heroine kept me glued to the page. I never had so much fun losing sleep!"–Maria V. Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of the Healer series
About the Author
Her Baba Yaga series includes Wickedly Dangerous and the ebook novella, Wickedly Magical.
- ASIN : 0425272931
- Publisher : Berkley (December 2, 2014)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780425272930
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425272930
- Item Weight : 6.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.2 x 0.92 x 6.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,795,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have two JarHeads, so perhaps that made this story even more special to me. Eh, perhaps. I don’t see myself as hippie dippy (hey~ that was a thing in the book! Don’t Flame me) but I do get feels about both our military and the sad state of natural affairs.
I teared up in a few places, the resonance of the storyline pinging with my heart. Great book. Gonna spend $$ to buy the next. If that’s not a recommendation, I don’t know what is.
Although I liked the book, I didn't care for the characters as much as I did those in Wickedly Dangerous. Beka Yancy is supposedly like a "typical California girl" - except, I am a California girl, and I know how far from "typical" Beka was. Now, I don't disagree with creative license; I just can't see some of what Blake was describing on a coastline that I'm not far from. Additionally, Beka was surprisingly emotionally fragile. Her confidence was deliberately undermined by the Baba Yaga who trained her, but with no real end. Beka still accomplished what she needed to, and her challenge to overcome that lack of confidence was not that great. I also wasn't wild about Marcus - the love interest. He just didn't seem real, and he didn't act like a warrior with PTSD.
Why, given I didn't like the main characters, did I give this 4 stars? The plot was really good. And the supporting characters were good, particularly Marcus's dad. I like the eco-edge that Blake includes, and I liked the way everything wrapped up. 2 of the 3 dragons made their appearance, and I liked the foreshadowing for the 3rd book in this series. The descriptions were good, and the end was satisfying. It was a lazy Saturday afternoon (and then some) read. I'm looking forward to the next Baba Yaga story.
Once the paranormal action got up to speed I didn't want to put the book down. It seemed like the Dragon dog took a while to put in some quality appearances but once he showed up he had me rolling. It felt like the riders and the otherworld just had cameos(very short appearances) in this addition as opposed to Wickedly Dangerous.
It felt like the Author was trying to show a girl with a lack of faith in herself grow into a confident competent person and it was painful to read for a while, however as stated previously once the book finally took off I was pleased.
Deborah does seem to have a habit of wrapping stories up. She has 2 out of her 3 American witches married off by the end of this book which makes it look like this world will be a 3 books and done series.
Would I read this book again absolutely, but it just wasn't quite 5 star material to me. The beginning seemed a bit rough.
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Just to complicate things, the only way Beka can get out to the site to dive, is on a fishing boat with a grumpy old guy dying of cancer, and his impossibly stiff-shirted son, Marcus; an ex-marine who can’t abide Beka’s flaky surfer-girl persona. He’s not to know she’s a powerful witch, and he wouldn’t believe her anyway...
This is the second of Deborah Blake’s Baba Yaga series, and it was great to have a totally different character from Barbara Yager, the Baba in Wickedly Dangerous. The writing is clear and crisp, and the story holds together nicely although I did think Beka was a bit too trusting and forgiving, even if she is understandably naive.
I think I may be suffering from romance-reading burnout, as I found the plot structure of the romance aspect way too predictable: boy meets girl and they detest each other on sight. Through circumstances they gradually come to the point of developing a relationship, have sex, and then girl reveals big secret which boy can’t forgive, and suddenly it’s all doom and gloom and looks like it’s all over. But hey, guess what? It isn’t! Now there’s a surprise... Not.
To be fair, the characters are beautifully drawn, and totally true to their natures. I just think the predictability is rather dull, but you may thrive on it. After all, there are only so many stories out there to be told.
The villain is gloriously villainous, there is a little lead in to the next book with one of the Riders (the Baba Yaga’s traditional assistants) missing, and all the immediate plot threads are nicely tied up by the end, so a satisfying read on many levels. I look forward to the next one, and discovering yet another Baba and her individual quirks.