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on Feb. 21, 2013 :
Couldn't see the danged stars! I think I got 'em all. That was my intent.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Feb. 21, 2013 :
Lately, it seems I'm being exposed more and more to genres which are new and unfamiliar to me. "Witch Hunt: Of The Blood" is no exception. One of the contributors to this medley of shared world novellas is a good friend of mine, so I knew I wouldn't be disappointed--in her work, at least. I had not expected to be so moved by the others.
Perhaps it's good for the soul to admit being wrong. The writing skill demonstrated throughout this book is superb. Given the choice, I will grab an action/adventure tale every time, but this foray into "things mystical" may force me to alter my habits.
Witches, it appears from this book (and confirmed by my limited association with those who follow Wicca), are good people for the most part. Like any other slice of humanity, there are good and bad, and there's at least one story in here which bears that out. But in the main, they're decent folk too often set upon and mistreated by a generally ignorant and intolerant public.
I have yet to read the book which spawned these tales, but I'm looking forward to it and the recently announced sequel. As both a novelist and creative writing instructor, I would not hesitate to recommend this book. Bravo to all the contributors! And for those who might contemplate delving into this blend of historical settings and spiritual possibilities, I say: "Hurry! You won't regret it."
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Jan. 04, 2013 :
You go through life. Sometimes bad things happen, sometimes good things happen. Being contacted about doing a possible review for Witch Hunt was definitely one of the highlights of my week. I don’t do reviews often, and it’s not a matter of preference, it’s a matter of time. Having a full-time job, being a full-time publisher, and being a full-time author takes its toll on the amount of hours in your day. I don’t get to read much for pleasure anymore. It just isn’t a priority. So using the excuse, “It’s for a review,” came in quite handy and you can expect to see a lot more reviews from me in the near future. Now that I travel a lot, I have to do something to keep me occupied on the flights!
I’ve always been a fan of the Paranormal. In fact, other than some steampunk and a smattering of science fiction, it’s all I read. Vampires, werewolves, monsters, you name it. I’ll read it. Witches, vampires, and demons are without a doubt, my three favorite character types. It’s why I jumped at the chance to review Witch Hunt. This is the part where I lay down my honesty clause. I include this in all my reviews: I am an author. I am a publisher. That does not taint or tarnish my review in anyway. If you value my opinion, keep reading. If you don’t, don’t read any further. I was also given this book free of charge in return for an honest review. That will also not taint or tarnish my review in any way, shape, or form.
Now, let’s get down to business, shall we?
Fan boy moment–> LIKE OMG, this book was amazing!
There. Got that part out of the way. Now I won’t sound like an idiot during the rest of the review. But daaaaaaamn I had to say that. The book itself is actually a compilation of 5 novellas. Don’t groan! I’ll smack you if you do. I am a kindle owner. NOTHING irks me more than to download a book and start reading it and have the percentage drop one percent with each page. You will not have one gripe about the length of Witch Hunt. I laughed maniacally as my “percentage remaining” dropped at a barely noticeable rate! So if you’re looking for a quick read, this book is NOT for you.
Now, for my other peeve when reading an anthology of different authors. Some are awesome, and some are so bad you want to take away their crayons. It’s human nature. Some people like a story…some people don’t. Some people like Twilight, the other 99.9% don’t. I kept looking for the story I was going to hate. When I got to the fifth story, I think I actually rolled my eyes and thought, Here it is. This is gonna be it. By the time I was done, I actually reread it to make sure I liked it. So here’s the bad part of my review. If you’re looking for one story in it that you will hate, this book is NOT for you. There. I said it. Im such a hard ass reviewer, eh?
Okay, now that we got the negatives out of the way, let’s focus on the positives.
Each story was just amazing, and no I’m not blowing smoke up your chimney. The stories themselves range from WWII witches doing all they can to aid in the war effort, witches in the 1700′s, A witch-doctor (hahahahaha, I mean a doctor who is a witch, not a witch-doctor, bing bang walla walla bing bang), and modern witches. The big surprise for me was finding two of the stories that are tied together and a prelude to the next book in the series. And no, I’m not going to tell you which two. I was surprised, you can be surprised! Trust me, you’ll be all like, “OOOOOH,” and stuff. Totally worth it.
Some of the authors truly shocked me. Some are well known, some are not, but all of them wrote with a quality of the most seasoned of veterans. I cannot recommend this book enough and it is truly worth every penny you WILL spend on it. No I’m saying YOU WILL BUY THIS BOOK, for I have commandethed thee. The future ruler of your world has spoken, make it so, number one, so shall it be.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)