Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Werewolves Be Damned

Werewolves Be Damned (Magic and Mayhem #1) 
By Stacey Kennedy 

Werewolves Be Damned (Magic & Mayhem, #1)Book Description
Nexi Jones—part witch, part guardian, and wannabe kick-ass warrior—can’t throw a punch or conjure the simplest magic. But that doesn’t stop her from hunting the werewolves who slaughtered her human family. She’ll have her revenge, but only if Kyden, the elite guardian, would get the hell out of her way.

Kyden can’t decide if Nexi wants to get herself killed or if she just has no clue what she’s doing. But her father made it clear: keep Nexi safe…or else. Of course, the more Nexi runs toward revenge, the more she needs Kyden’s aid, and as she grows into her power and confidence, so does his desire to protect her. The only problem? She’d rather he dropped dead.

But when a vampire paints a bull’s-eye on Nexi’s back, she’s hard-pressed to deny Kyden and the help he’s offering. Even if it means getting her revenge will be a little bit harder. At least it will still be as sweet.


This story was previously published elsewhere under the title The Willow in 2010, and has been revised and expanded for Entangled Publishing.


Kindle Edition, 204 pages
Published April 15th 2013 by Entangled Publishing

I was given this as a thanks for participating for the Cover Reveal of Werewolves Be Damned, and I wished I could've read this sooner but with personal life issues I couldn't. So I'd like to thank Entangled Publishing for giving us blogger an ARC uncorrected PDF of WBD.

Stacey Kennedy delivers a twist of magic and magical beings all in one. 

Review
Nexi Jones got the horrify moment of her life and if watching fully grown man turn into a werewolves wasn't scary enough. Now guardians of the Otherworld must step in to save her and protect her, but they couldn't save her family. Nexi is one of a kind person, being both part guardian and part witch the council are intrigue to see if she can truly be one of them for her purposes and theirs. Training with the super hot elite guardian Kyden, Nexi wonders if there was more beneath that caveman and guardian qualities. Kyden is that silent type when it comes to his personal life but he sense an overwhelming connection with Nexi, he wonders if she is his mate? Together these two are a spit ball of fire but also has great respect for another, and the idea of romance quickly grew. Nexi learns the skills of how to be a guardian, understand the world of Otherworld and deal with supernatural problems, but one question remains . . . would she ever be able to get in touch with her witches power? And will she find the person that destroyed her family.

This deserves a 5 cat's Tails up! It was so unique and it set apart from other books I've read with similar of magical beings and magic.

Ramble
I have to say, this was a pretty good book! I like how Stacey combine all magical beings such as werewolves, vampires and witches altogether! All my favorite things! Stacey also created the witches in a very unique way rather than write what witches have what power, that would have been hard to keep track altogether so what she did was use elements of Fire, Water, Air and Earth as her component for the witches of otherworlds. The vampires have their own way of being unique, even having some vanished or opening a portal although most cannot.

The main Villain vampire has the ability to do what ever magic there is because he feeds off the blood of witches to obtain their powers (that one way to do it). All the while Nexi learning her guardian side, she also is learning her witches side.

Nexi must face the vampire that killed her mother and face the werewolves that killed her human family, what I thought was interesting was how Lazarus showed Nexi her mother's death to save hers. Even more so when Drake her father step in front of a werewolf that was about to attack Nexi also was killed. After all Nexi went through, she gain and lost but never wanted more than what she deserve.
 
The Characters:
Haven: She is a witch, but her primary element is Earth and what is cool about her abilities is that she can recreate scenes that has already happen. This is a helpful tool among the guardians when dealing with mysterious death of supernaturals and humans involve.
Lia: She the Mistress of witches, she is also on the council and she also has a deep connection with Nexi's biological mother. So Lia is even more curious how Nexi was always drawn to her mother's willow tree all the while Nexi never knew about her real parents. But Lia and Nexi's mother Tillie were soul sisters, Lia believes that the connection she has with Nexi's mother also pass on to Nexi as a baby so there that inner connection.
Drake: He is Nexi's biological father, he asked the council to block Nexi's powers so she could live and die as a human without any connection to the otherworld. This was asking a lot from him, after the lost of Nexi's mother/ his lover, he made a choice.
Kyden: He's the big time elite guardian who has to train, the ball of fire Nexi. Although he knows he can handle her but can he handle his heart? His desires for Nexi continue to grow while he trains her, he no longer can wait to initiate the romance between him and Nexi.
The Councils: Lia(Mistress of Witches), Talon(Master of Guardian), Zade(Master of Vampires), Holten(Master of Werewolves)
Lazarus: The vampire that nearly killed Kyden, killed Tillie and wants Nexi's power to become the most powerful vampire around. But he's was the bad guy and bad guys always loses the battle.

I really enjoyed this book, and I can't wait to read more of Nexi and Kyden what will be the new greater villain? Highly recommend


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