Thursday, September 3, 2009

Barely Bewitching


A Review of Barely Bewitched by Kimberly Frost

Barely Bewitched is the second novel in Kimberly Frost's SOUTHERN WITCH series, and if you're new to the series, you'd be better off starting with the first novel. The events of this novel take place almost immediately after the end of book one.

Tamara "Tammy Jo" Trask wants to be a normal pastry chef, but she had to spell-cast as a result of werewolves (in book one, Would-Be Witch). Now the World Association of Magic (WAM) has classified Tammy Jo as a witch and she unwittingly became subject to the laws of magic. WAM sends two representatives to help prepare Tammy Jo for her mandatory Initial Challenge. If she refuses to take it or fails, she will face imprisonment or death, and she has a problem – she can’t control her magic. And to make matters worse, a wand-wielding wizard and a menacing fire warlock have come to Duvall to train her, and their arrival is most likely more than what it seems.

Then a curse and a huge spill of pixie dust, and the town goes wild. Tammy Jo needs the sinfully handsome Bryn Lyons to help her, even though WAM has declared him off-limits, and her ex-husband, Zach, refuses to believe the things he saw last week (in Would-Be Witch) and wants to talk to her about it.

Tammy Jo is a relatable heroine; she’s sassy but sweet, down-to-earth but embroiled in a quirky world of magic. Her character gives the paranormal romance genre a unique and refreshing protagonist who’s creative and has an endearing Texas charm. Many of the minor characters are also uniquely quirky and interesting. Of course, they are the ones who are trying to help but actually end up hindering Tammy along the way, during the story – and as a result the relationships between the characters seem to be ones we’ve all seen before.

The plotline is interesting, but nothing unique or out of the ordinary. Tammy's a reluctant and bumbling witch-in-training who as a result finds herself in trouble. She is also unsure about who she can trust, which then adds to the trouble. Minor characters who want to help, actually mess things up more, and problems are springing up everywhere – supernatural and not – and Tammy’s the only one who can fix them.

The love triangle bothered me. In continuation from book one, Tammy has two sexy guys she’s trying to decide between, and she’s drawn to the mysterious and possibly dangerous Bryn Lyons. Though his character is more fully developed in Barely Bewitched, I just don’t quite find him believable or as likable as Tammy’s ex-husband Zach (and I can’t understand why she broke up with him in the first place). But my partiality for Zach might be my own hang up.

The series is fun and definitely great if you're looking for a light urban fantasy/paranormal romance with some laughs. But it’s not necessarily one I’ll be continuing with.

CONTEST: One lucky commenter will win the ARC for Barely Bewitched. Be sure to include your email address so I know how to contact you.

Extra entries:
+1 New followers
+2 If you're already a follower
+1 Linking to my contest on your blog, twitter, etc. Include links. (up to 5)
+3 For posting about my contest on your blog. (Must be actual post)
+2 Add me to your blog roll.

This contest is open internationally! It will end September 15th at 11:59 pm Eastern time. Winner will be announced September 16th. Good luck and happy entering!

26 comments:

Wanda said...

Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks.
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Wanda said...

I am already a follower of your blog.
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RKCharron said...

Hi :)
I love the cover for BARELY BEWITCHED, don't you?
Thanks for the great review.
I like light UF or Fantasy, like Discworld or the Myth books.
:)
I am already a Member of course
and I am rkcharron at gmail dot com
:)
All the best,
@RKCharron
xoxo

Donna said...

I also really like the cover, actually I like the cover from the first book just as much. Would love to be in this contest.

- I'm already a follower
- Linked on my sidebar under contests
- Your on my blogroll

I'll post about this in my weekly round up on Tuesday - I'll come back with the actual link.

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donnas said...

Please include me.

I am already a follower.

I posted on the sidebar and the 9/6 contest post here: http://donnasbloghome.blogspot.com/

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BlackWolf said...

Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks for the contest.
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Extra entries:

+2 i am already a follower
+3 For posting about your contest on my blog. http://kingdomofthenight.blogspot.com/2009/09/win-copy-of-barely-bewitching.html
+2 your on my blog roll.

Llehn said...

I would love to play please!

+2 Already a follower.

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Jenny N. said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Enter me please.

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Beleth said...

Count me in!
+2 im already a follower
+2 i have you on my blogroll

thank you :D

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Mary Ann DeBorde said...

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Hi Suzie :) I love your book reviews & contests - you have FANGtastic taste in books lol

Please enter me to win and thank you so very much!

Mary Ann DeBorde said...

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And I signed up to Follow on Blogger!

Brodie said...

I've seen this book mentioned quite a few times and would love to read it - so please enter me!

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+2 Added to blogroll

By the way, I enjoyed reading your bio and five random things about you - humans are fascinating, it's fun learning about them *sounds like an alien* lol Awesome contest, thanks!

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chichaihana said...

Please enter me! This seems like a fun book to read

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Mishel said...

I really love the colors used in this cover =) I'd love a chance to win it.

-I'm already a follower
-&& I linked to this in my sidebar (http://creativitygone.blogspot.com)

Thanks Suzie

mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

Rhiannon Hart said...

There's an award for you on my blog! http://rhiannon-hart.blogspot.com/2009/09/feeling-love-and-vote.html

Froggy said...

+1 comment
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+2 Linking to my contest on your blog, twitter, etc. Include links.
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Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

Count me in please!

+2 already a follower

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Mystica said...

Thanks for the giveaway and please count me in.

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Jenn said...

Please enter me! (:

+2 Old follower
+1 Linked on sidebar

Thank you!

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Abigail said...

I'd love to win this!
I posted this on my blog

http://allthingsurbanfantasy.blogspot.com/2009/09/contests-giveaways.html

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Amandha said...

Oh, please, count me in! =D

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Kate said...

Please enter me.

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Anonymous said...

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Alexa said...

I'd love to be entered!
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+2 Add me to your blog roll.

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