H.P. Mallory

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble (Jolie Wilkins #1) By: H.P. Mallory

Fire burn and cauldron bubble

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble (Jolie Wilkins #1) By: H.P. Mallory

Plot:

A self-deprecating witch with the unique ability to reanimate the dead. A dangerously handsome warlock torn between being her boss and her would-be lover. A six hundred year old English vampire with his own agenda; one that includes an appetite for witches. The Underworld in a state of chaos. Let the games begin. Life isn’t bad for psychic Jolie Wilkins. True, she doesn’t have a love life to speak of, but she has a cute house in the suburbs of Los Angeles, a cat and a quirky best friend. Enter Rand Balfour, a sinfully attractive warlock who insists she’s a witch and who just might turn her life upside down. Rand hires her to help him solve a mystery regarding the death of his client who also happens to be a ghost. Jolie not only uncovers the cause of the ghost’s demise but, in the process, she brings him back to life! Word of Jolie’s incredible ability to bring back the dead spreads like wildfire, putting her at the top of the Underworld’s most wanted list. Consequently, she finds herself at the center of a custody battle between a villainous witch, a dangerous but oh-so-sexy vampire, and her warlock boss, Rand.

Review:

Super frustrated by this book. I’m not sure why, but I was excited to read this, I should have tempered my expectations after I read the first book in the Dulcie O’Neil series, also by Mallory.

All the character flaws I disliked in Dulcie were amplified in Jolie. She was stupid, emotional, and seemingly incapable of a logical thought. She only ever reacted to what was going on and almost never did anything to further the story herself.

I think the reason I hated her so much is because she reminds me of girls who rely completely on others to take care of them, and do nothing to prepare themselves for the future when someone will not be there and they’ll be on their own. I don’t understand people like that, they’re so helpless and in books they always seem to fail up.

She has almost no curiosity. She’s just been told she’s part of this strange new world and while she is being tutored, she evidently isn’t taking any initiative and asking questions that apply to herself. For someone who comes off as self-absorbed she doesn’t try to figure out anything about herself or her place in the world.

When she joins in on conversations I felt like slapping her because she was so stupid. It’s as though she wasn’t paying attention to anything that was going on and just said something relevant to the current conversation, but not taking into consideration everything that she should have already learned.

I’m not sure how I finished this book, it took forever. The ending brought yet another man infatuated with Jolie and all of a sudden she has a huge magical gift and is able to defeat a fairy turned dragon securing the fairies aid in the coming war. Once again a stupid, vapid girl somehow saves the day.

1/5

To Kill a Warlock (Dulcie O’Neil #1) By: H.P. Mallory

To Kill a Warlock

To Kill a Warlock (Dulcie O’Neil #1) By: H.P. Mallory

Plot:

The murder of a dark arts warlock. A shape-shifting, ravenous creature on the loose. A devilishly handsome stranger sent to investigate. Sometimes working law enforcement for the Netherworld is a real bitch. Dulcie O’Neil is a fairy. And not the type to frolic in gardens. She’s a Regulator—a law-enforcement agent who monitors the creatures of the Netherworld to keep them from wreaking havoc in the mortal world. When a warlock is murdered and Dulcie was the last person to see him alive, she must uncover the truth before she’s either deported back to the Netherworld, or she becomes the next victim. Enter Knight Vander, a sinfully attractive investigator sent from the Netherworld to work the case with Dulcie. Between battling her attraction to her self-appointed partner, keeping a sadomasochistic demon in check, and fending off the advances of a sexy and powerful vampire, Dulcie’s got her hands full. As the body count increases, Dulcie finds herself battling dark magic, reconnoitering in S&M clubs and suffering the greatest of all betrayals.

Review:

This book has been on my to-read pile for a while, but for whatever reason, I didn’t read it until now. It’s weird, this is definitely my kind of book, but I never really got into it.

Dulcie is a fairy and her love interest is a Loki, neither are supernaturals I normally read, but both something I’m interested in. Dulcie was gorgeous but hated her pointed fairy ears. She was supposed to be the best at her job and was also writing a novel because she really wanted to be an author.

My favorite parts in the book were the parts where she was writing, the rest was fine but not something I really got into. The bad guy was fairly obvious and because of all the clues that were given I felt like Dulcie was stupid for not realizing it. I’m also tired of books where the heroine is beautiful and has multiple men after her, but that has become a pet peeve of mine.

It was an interesting world and I liked some side characters so I wouldn’t be opposed to reading the next in the series, I’m just not in a hurry to do it.

3/5