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on May 26, 2012 :
I have to say I love Cate Dean. Her books are fresh, unexpected, and unique. Rest For The Wicked - The Claire Wiche Chronicles Book 1 is an individual take on the traditional witch fantasy tale. Cate takes the fantasy tale of witches and throws in a little Jinn (male genie) and some demons for good measure. I was kept guessing right to the very end.
I’m really glad it’s Book 1 because that means we will be seeing more of these characters, and I fell in love with them all. Sometimes a book ends and you are satisfied with where the characters are and what has happened to them, or you know enough to be able to picture how the story ends. I sooooo didn’t get that with this book. I want to know more, much more.
I give this book 4.5 out of 5 clouds, and anxiously await book 2 (see fingers tapping anxiously on table as I wait).
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on May 08, 2012 :
Rest for the Wicked was a delightful read. Let me start off by saying the cover was breathtaking. I loved the picture of the woman who looked like she was up to some witchy things. It just seemed to fit so well with the story. It was a great tie into the story.
This book starts out action packed with us meeting Jack who we can tell is working for a dangerous person. We soon learn that the person Jack is after is Claire Wiche. Claire is an ordinary woman leading a normal life running her shop. We soon learn that Claire is nowhere near ordinary though. She is a powerful witch just trying to live her life. I liked Claire from the start. She just seemed so powerful but yet still humble.
Claire's friendship with Annie was heartwarming. They seemed to bond so well together and felt more like sisters than friends. I loved that Annie could stand up for herself too. We learn she is also a witch too but not on the same scale at Claire. I like how when she met Jack she didn't let him intimidate her. She stood up to him. I look foward to seeing their relationship blossom.
Claire learns as the story progresses that Jack is being controlled by someone out to get her. This is where the story really kicked off for me as we got to see more of the real Claire. She was a true hardcore heroine. She was not above using and doing whatever she had to for her friends. We start seeing what she is really made of and learn just what she really is.
The author does a good job of showing how much strength one can have when it comes to defending themselves and their friends. I felt Claire's pain and her resolve to become stronger and that's a testament to Cate Dean's amazing writing style.
The addition of the Jinn to the story was also a great addition. I found myself wondering if he and Claire would get together as I could see them having a great relationship. They had amazing chemistry and could balance each other out. As the story progressed we are left with a cliffhanger ending. I found myself saying really Im being left waiting on the rest of this story. Although I was left waiting it was a great way to end it.
Overall this was a great read. The characters were well developed and felt like such real people. The author's writing style left me wanting more. I was so enthralled with this book I finished it in a day. I could not put it down. I can't wait to read more by Cate Dean and to see how the rest of Claire's story plays out. Bravo Cate Dean for a great book.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)