Book Review: Bad Witch aka Boy Meets Witch (The White Cat Chronicles #1) by G.A. Rael

Posted January 4, 2017 by Melissa in Book Review | 10 Comments

Book Review: Bad Witch aka Boy Meets Witch  (The White Cat Chronicles #1) by G.A. RaelTitle: Bad Witch
Series: The White Cat Chronicles #1
Author: G.A. Rael
Publication date: November 17th 2016
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Length: 198 Pages
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon
My Rating:

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.

Book Quote

“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.”

My Thoughts

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
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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 »

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.

Original Cover?

About G.A. Rael

G.A. Rael is a practicing witch and author of paranormal romance. She’s had a lifelong love affair with all things that go bump in the night, and it’s her firm belief that monsters deserve their happily-ever-afters, too. When she isn’t writing, you can find G.A. watching campy horror films with her husband and two cats in beautiful seaside New England.

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10 responses to “Book Review: Bad Witch aka Boy Meets Witch (The White Cat Chronicles #1) by G.A. Rael

  1. I’m going to agree with you on the cover and title – neither of which seems to accurately convey what you’l find between the covers. However, your review has me curious. I don’t read a lot of books with realistic witches/witchcraft/magic so I don’t know how I’d feel about it all. I do like the small town setting and even if the romance develops quickly, it seems as though you liked Darren and Harper together…even if you feel you don’t have Darren figured out.
    I look forward to seeing your thoughts on the next installment. Nice review, Melissa!
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    • Melissa

      It actually wasn’t YA…it was adult (maybe New Adult), I had just initially assumed YA based on the cover and the word Boy in the title.

  2. I can see why you would’ve been confused and disappointed based on that first cover and title. I’d have never picked that up because it does look like cutesy whereas this second cover looks completely different and a lot more urban fantasy/paranormal which is more my style. From your review it sounds like it falls somewhere in the middle. And that does sound strange that she dresses like a typical librarian in the book but looks like that on the cover. Glad you did enjoy some things about it though 🙂
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