Rated 4.67/5 based on 6 reviews
10,000 word Short Story -- When reluctant teen witch Brenda Collins is sent to a magical pet shop to pick out her animal familiar, she settles on a tawny-striped kitten not realizing it's a shapeshifter currently in hiding. Discovering the gorgeous but troubled Owen's secret plunges the witch-in-training into a dangerous and romantic adventure that'll test her magical abilities like never before. More

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Words: 9,830
Language: English
ISBN: 9780987687609
About Michelle Rowen

National bestselling author Michelle Rowen writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and young adult fantasy. She was the winner of the 2007 Holt Medallion for Best First Book and the 2009 Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award for Vampire Romance.

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Review by: fantasybkchick7 on June 04, 2012 :
Familiar is a short but really fun read!

Brenda is a witch in training who thinks she picked out her familiar, a kitten. Only to find out the her adorable kitten is really a hot shapeshifter on the run from the bad guys.

This was a short story that I read in like an hour. It is a quick read and there is not enough time for much background information or character development. This did not keep me from loving the story though. The plot and the characters were well written. I loved the cute romance that developed and how the story flowed along. I would love to see this written into a series, it's that good. This is a 5 star in my opinion and one of my favorite short stories.

This e-book was given to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)

Review by: Jackie Unknown on July 05, 2011 :
Wow that story was really cute :) It might be short, (about 10,000 words -.-) but it's worth reading anyhow.

I know this review is so small, but hey, I don't know what flaws to point out cause I can't find one ;)

It's only a dollar!!! Read it
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lisa C on June 29, 2011 :
This was a quick but cute read. Brenda really isn't interested in being a witch but agrees to go to the Witch Shop and pick out a familiar and ends up getting more than she bargained for and a series of adventures ensue.
It set up two likable characters and I wouldn't mind reading a full length story about Brenda and Owen.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Kelly Rubidoux on June 19, 2011 :
This was a quick little read but it was cute and it features one of my favorite themes - the idea that family doesn't necessarily have to be the people you're born to but rather the people who are there for you in your time of need.

Brenda was a typical teenage girl who just happens to be a witch in training. She fights against her mom's good advice. She blows off the things she should be focusing on. She only goes to pick out her familiar to get her mom off her back. Like I said, typical. Owen, on the other hand, is decidedly untypical. He's all alone and he's looking for a way back into his pack. He's done what he has to do to stay safe and being mystically bound to Brenda throws him for a loop.

For a short story it doesn't feel like we've been slighted on character development. I really wouldn't mind more set in this world.

-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Rose May B on June 05, 2011 :
First off, let me say that some of the very first adult paranormal romance books I read were by Michelle Rowen, and I loved them (I believe it was her series about Thierry and Sarah Dearly). Her young adult short story, Familiar, captures some of her signature spunk that I love – though I really did wish it was longer. It had a lot of potential that simply wasn’t fulfilled in the 10,000 word limit.

The short story is about a young witch-in-training, Brenda, going to pick out her familiar. She chooses a runty little kitten – only to find out that this kitten is actually a shape-shifter named Owen. Brenda and Owen, in their little two-day adventure, run into quite a bit of trouble with werewolves and a really nasty older brother named Jeremy (Gr!!!). They help one another explore their situations and fears (albeit, rather hurriedly – this is a short story). A little bit of love blossoms, a happy ending occurs.

What does Ms. Rowen do well? She captures the essence of teenage uncertainty, desire to belong, and desire to please. She also writes the completely illogical nature of teenage logic (i.e. I don't want to disappoint my mother by being bad at magic, so instead I won't even try) really well. Any teenager would be able to easily relate, and all of us who have been teenagers once recall those feelings with clarity. If the story had been a little bit longer she could’ve done a better job developing the story and the characters and added more of her signature witty flair. As it was, it wasn’t bad – in fact it was pretty good for a story of its length. If you’re looking for a quick, fast-paced, light read, this is a book to pick up.

To read more of my reviews (mostly adult romances) visit: http://romantic-rosesblog.blogspot.com
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Fictional Bookshelf on May 15, 2011 :
Oh, my this was a fantastic read! Brenda and Owen were mesmerizing from the beginning. With Brenda’s witchy background and Owen’s furry second nature, I was a captive audience to Michelle Rowen’s fast, witty, charming, and dangerous plot.

While werewolves, magic, and devious brothers lurked in the storyline the budding romance between Brenda and Owen made this a literary treat.

Michelle’s short story Familiar is without a doubt one of the best short stories I’ve ever read. The cleanliness of the ‘heat’ between the couple made this intriguing paranormal story a great book to offer to teens.

As an added bonus I found it comical to.

I would definitely recommend this story to everyone young or old.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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