Julie Witt

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  • Of Witches and Warlocks: The Trouble with Spells on Aug. 17, 2011

    I just finished this book, literally just 2 minutes ago, and I was so excited I had to write this review immediately!! Oh. My. Gosh!! This book was SO good! It has everything you want in a YA book: romance, mystery, witches, warlocks and demons! (At least, that's everything I want in a YA book!!) The two main characters are Portia, the witch, and Vance, the yummy warlock, who is her soul-mate. Portia doesn't find out until her 16th birthday that she and her grandmother are witches, and her father is a warlock, very high up in their coven. Vance, who is on the run from his demon warlock father, first meets Portia when she is 14 and he is 16, and is instantly attracted to her, but he made her father a promise that he would not approach her until her 16th birthday. And true to his word, he waits until after her parents tell her, and then he goes to her. Yes, it was as romantic as it sounds!! Vance is tall, dark and handsome, and my new BBF (book boyfriend)!! These two together have more power between them than anybody has ever seen, so they know they are special together. What I really liked about this book is that they talk about how much they want to have sex, but they discuss how Vance made himself a promise that because he often has to pick up and go at a moment's notice (if word comes to him that his father has found out where he is and he has to run immediately), he will never leave a girl in the lurch after he has slept with her. Therefore, to keep his word, they can't have sex until after they are married, which they plan on doing when Portia turns 18. And believe me, it's not easy, because Vance is a delicious, romantic, thoughtful, sensitive little morsel!! The characters in the book are all very well fleshed out, even the supporting players. You feel like you know and care about all of them. The writing is superb. The story just flows from one scene to the next, without any confusion. The book grabs you from page one and doesn't let go, even after you finish it! Yes, there is one hell of a cliffhanger, and a major curve ball is thrown at you near the end of the book, but it is a good one! You don't see it coming and then it's there, and you're just turning pages (or in my case, clicking the next page button on my Kindle) as fast as you can to find out what happens next. I swear, I'm going to have to tape my thumb because it's worn out from clicking on my Kindle! I just couldn't put this book down, it was that good! In summary, in case you can't tell, I loved this book, and I am going to Amazon right now to buy the second book in the series, because I can't go to sleep until I find out what happens next!!
  • Stray : Touchstone Part 1 on Aug. 29, 2011

    I got this book free of charge from the Library Thing Early Reviewers Program in exchange for my honest review. From Goodreads: "On her last day of high school, Cassandra Devlin walked out of exams and into a forest. Surrounded by the wrong sort of trees, and animals never featured in any nature documentary, Cass is only sure of one thing: alone, she will be lucky to survive." I was really excited to read this book based on the premise alone - a girl is walking home from school and turns the corner into a whole new and completely different world. I wasn't disappointed! The book is very interesting, and I liked it very much. The world Andrea Host created was amazing - the detail, the people, even the environment were like nothing I had ever read before. The heroine, Cassandra, was a very strong 17-year old with a good sense of humor and a good sense of right and wrong. She was dealing with the total unknown but she did the best she could to deal with her current circumstances without giving up her dream of finding her way back home. The book is set up in a diary style, with Cassandra recording her day to day life in her new surroundings, which I wasn't sure about at first, but which worked perfectly for this book. The descriptions of her feelings, the people she met, and the things she did were spot on. The only problem I had with the book, and the reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5, was that some of the descriptions of the computer heavy age she found herself in were just too much all at once. Before I had time to understand one thing, a new one was being described, and then another, etc. Even without understanding everything, I was able to follow the story, it was just a bit frustrating at times. If I understood computers more, this probablly wouldn't have been as much of a problem, but even without understanding everything, I was able to follow the story quite well. One other little problem I had was that I was sent the e-book to review, and the Glossary of mostly "alien" terms was an Appendix at the end of the book, so I couldn't refer to it as I read. It would have helped if this had been at the front of the book so I could review them before I started reading. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I am looking forward to reading the second book in the series. Fun quotes: "My watch says 6 pm. It should be full light, but the sun's fading fast, so I'm not even in the same time zone. An hour or two ahead would put me where? New Zealand? How far ahead is New Zealand? Of course, having been raised on a diet of Doctor Who, Buffy and Stargate, I've no need to stop at New Zealand. I could be in an alternate Australia, any part of the planet at any time, or a different world entirely. Or in a mental straight jacket, giggling." "I'm out of tissues for toilet paper, too. History notes just aren't ... up to scratch."