Series: The White Cat Chronicles #1
Author: G.A. Rael
Publication date: November 17th 2016
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Length: 198 Pages
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Harper Adams is a witch on the run--from her past as a faith healer turned accidental arsonist, and from the power she's kept locked away her whole life. She thinks she's finally found a place she can settle down and call home in the picturesque town of Cold Creek, Vermont, but a mysterious white cat who may or may not be bent on taking the curvaceous witch's soul has other plans. Harper's compassion gets the best of her and earns her an unwanted reputation as the town miracle worker as well as the ire of sexy veterinarian and militant atheist, Darren St. Clair.
Cold Creek's residents have a few supernatural secrets of their own, and Harper will have to face the destiny that led her to the last place a witch in hiding needs to be--that is, if Darren doesn't have her chased out of town with a pitchfork-wielding mob before she gets the chance.
“Are you an angel?” Harper asked, pleading internally for the answer to be no.
The tall, white-haired man gave a low chuckle.
“Not quite. What I am isn’t nearly as important as who you are–and what I can do for you.”
Let me start by saying that I am a little bit confused about Boy Meets Witch aka Bad Witch.
I was expecting a sort of YA cozy paranormal from the cover (see below) and title “Boy Meets Witch” from NetGalley. It was a bit deceiving and judging from the cover (see above) and title “Bad Witch” from Amazon…I am guessing some re-branding was done to make the cover and title better fit the story.
Truthfully I don’t know that either cover is right for this read…The original is too cutesy and the new one makes the main character Harper seem like a Vamp (in the sexy sense not the bloodsucking sense) which could not be farther from the truth…at least in this first book where she primarily dresses and looks like a stereotypical librarian.
Anyway…to back up a bit, Bad Witch wasn’t a bad read. The setting of the small New England town of Cold Creek with all of it’s charm, busybodies and matchmakers immediately captured my interest and G.A. Rael’s writing style is fluid and descriptive without slowing down the pace at all.
I loved that we got to know Harper and a bit of her history through her memories and flashbacks…it felt natural even though there was a lot of data. She is really an interesting character with a pretty unique past, “sheltered” as she puts it, which makes so much of what she experiences in her new town of Cold Creek brand new to her.
The romance develops a little quickly for my taste…especially considering what a sheltered life she led prior to this but it still felt believable. Darren is a great character even though I am sure I don’t yet have him all figured out.
Most of townsfolk are still a bit of a mystery to me…as I assume is intended. I am sensing
View Spoiler »that we may have a town similar to that in Barbara Bretton’s Sugar Maple series…coincidentally also set in Vermont…but « Hide Spoiler
I suppose only time will tell.
I have mixed feelings about the Pagan aspect of this read.
A lot of the aspects felt real and natural to me. I like that she is a sort of Kitchen/Green Witch who grows her own plants and makes her own remedies. I am not a fan of Blood Magic and was disappointed to see Harper using this form of spellcraft. I also was pretty upset by the fact that she chooses to View Spoiler »save a life at the expense of another life! I understand the idea of balance behind all energy but I am not of fan of sacrifice in my Witchy reads. « Hide Spoiler
Also, though I am by far no expert, I was surprised by the element of Demons and contracts for the soul in this work. These seemed like much more Catholic elements mixed in. It hasn’t been my experience in the past that many Pagan religions recognize the existence of Demons per se.
Although I wasn’t 100% wowed by Bad Witch, I am intrigued enough to give the second book in the series a go and see how this story develops.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: