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Monday, June 16, 2014

Black Widow Witch Blog Tour - Book Review + $20 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway: Black Widow Witch by A.J. Locke



Author: A. J. Locke
Format: ePub
Release Date: May 15, 2014
Pages: 377
Publisher: Etopia Press
Genre: Urban Fantasy


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Synopsis from Goodreads

A deadly curse, a deadly assassin, and one shot to save everyone she loves…

Malachi Erami can’t fall in love. After she’s caught with Knave, the witch Queen’s favorite lover, she’s cursed to savagely butcher any man she falls for. Exiled to live among humans, Malachi runs a bar that serves magic-laced drinks, but since her curse labels her high risk, she’s also closely monitored. Julian Vira is her latest babysitter, but he’s also the first man since Knave that she’s been attracted to. Good-looking and nonjudgmental of her horrible curse? Yeah, he’s hard to resist.

But when Malachi finds a body behind her bar, she knows she’s in trouble. If the Witches Control Council gets wind of it, she’ll be accused of murder and sent to her death. And when her friends start getting framed for murder, she realizes she’s not the only target. Malachi and Julian dig into the evidence to clear her name, but the closer they get to answers, the closer the curse comes to taking over. So when Malachi uncovers a plot to kill the witch Queen, she finds herself suddenly recruited into service, with the promise of having her curse lifted and a reunion with Knave as well. But if she fails, Knave will die. And she and Julian might not live long enough to see that happen.
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     Black Widow Witch is a story that follows a witch named Malachi. Malachi is stuck in the human world because she has been cursed. Witches are treated like lepers in the human world and Malachi is treated worse than most due to her curse. But given that her specialty is in mixing drinks, she has a bit of an upper hand. Things are going as usual until Malachi finds a body behind her body. If that wasn't bad enough, the body just happens to look like how it would if her curse kicked in. She thought she was able to take care of it until her best friend is accused of murder. Now Malachi is beginning to think that it is no coincidence and she needs to get to the bottom of it. 

     I had a lot of fun with this book. Locke's storytelling is just impeccable. I really get lost in the worlds she builds and this is no exception. Malachi was a great and complex lead character. Her curse makes her turn into an actual maneater. The queen of their world is evil and insane. Malachi made the mistake of falling for one of Queen Solenne's many lovers, her favorite lover. Now anytime she finds that she is attracted to a man, she turns into a monster and will actually eat them. Malachi keeps most people at an arm's length because of it. But she did have friends that I enjoyed. Her other best friend, Xiune, cracked me up. She is nothing but a head. She was cursed and sent to the human world too. She doesn't let that stop her though. She gets busy... a lot. It was actually quite funny. I love that despite her situation, she still knows how to have a good time. 

     I also really loved Julian. Julian is an officer sent to shadow Malachi. The human world has their own witch control, the WCC. They keep tabs on all the witches and not much else. Anything happens they are the ones they put the blame on them without caring whether they are innocent or not. Julian, however, didn't see witches the way the rest of the WCC did. Julian treated Malachi like an equal. He didn't see her as a monster and he wasn't disgusted by her. I really loved how well they connected. It was nice seeing Malachi open up because it is obvious she never lets it happen. I did have a bit of an issue on how Julian wasn't at least apprehensive about being with Malachi. I loved that he accepted her, but he knows what her curse entails. It just never seemed to faze him. It would have been nice to see if he at least thought about it. 

    I really loved the way the story progressed. Mysterious and action packed. I loved the conflict between humans and the witches. It sort of reminded me of the beginning of the Sookie Stackhouse series. It created a lot of buildup in this book because you can see that someone is going around framing witches, but you have no idea who. It could easily be the queen who could be screwing with the witches she exiled or one of the many witch haters. I really liked uncovering this mystery. 

    I would hate to spoil this, so I won't. This was a great read. There were laughs and a lot of magic. I am a huge fan of Locke's style. I really enjoyed the flashbacks in this book as well. It really gave us a look into Malachi's past with the terrible queen. I really liked the characters. I hope we see more of the in the next book. I don't see a name for this series, but I know there has to be one especially because of the ending. You know there is much more to the story for sure and I can't wait to find out what it is. This is a great introduction into this new world Locke has given us and I am looking forward to visiting it again.

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About A. J. Locke
I am a writer of Urban Fantasy, as well as an avid reader. I love reading both YA and adult novels, and also enjoy post modern Japanese fiction. I'm also an artist, and enjoy drawing, painting, and graphic design. Affairs of the Dead is my debut novel and is available now from Etopia Press.
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GIVEAWAY TIME!!!


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Black Widow Witch Blog Tour Schedule

June 16 Guest blog and review
Happy tails and tales 

June 16 Spotlight
Cassandra M's Place 

June 16 review
Offbeat Vagabond

June 17 Interview
Darkest Cravings

June 17 Spotlight
Madwoman with a Writing Box

June 17 Spotlight
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!

June 18 Interview
Pembroke Sinclair.  

June 18 review
Paranormal Romance and Authors That rock

June 18 Spotlight
Deal Sharing Aunt

June 19 Guest Blog
Fang-tastic Books

June 19 Spotlight
Book Liaison 

June 20 Guest blog
Cloey's Book Reviews and Other Stuff

June 20 Spotlight
Fantasy Book Lane

June 23 Interview and review
Little Read Riding Hood 

June 23 Spotlight
Jodie Pierce's Ink Slinger's Blog

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6 comments:

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    1. LOL! That is why I wanted to read it LOL! That and Locke is a great author.

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  2. This sounds like a great read! :) I have added it to my TBR list and can't wait to read! :) Thanks so much for sharing & Happy Reading! :)

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    1. Definitely add it. It is a great read. Locke has amazing imagination. You are welcome. I am glad you like it. Happy Reading!

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  3. Hey! Hope you are doing well! :D It's been so long. I'm finally getting some sort of blog visiting schedule back. :)

    Oh, this sounds like a great read. I like the sounds of the building here. :) Thank you!

    Take care!

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    1. Thank you hon. I am doing well. I am so with you. Things have been topsy-turvy, so I know what you mean. It was a great read. I can't wait for book 2. Hope you start it soon hon.

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