Aug 31, 2011

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Review: Whatnots & Doodads by Stacey Kennedy

Paranormal Romance
April 18 2011
63 pages (according to my Kobo)
Liquid Silver Books
Received from author

Yummy Man – Zeke
Kick Ass Chick – Bryanna

From Goodreads –
For Bryanna, a witch from the Asheville Coven, magic is on the fritz. Shunned by her coven and her boyfriend Layton for her unruly magic, she seeks a new life for herself. It just so happens, fate steps in and brings her to Strange Hollow–a place where being different is not only acceptable, but encouraged.

When Bryanna arrives in Strange Hollow, Zeke, a demon gone good, is burning with Hell’s fire over her. Not only has she set his world ablaze, but he’s found one soul he can save. He’s determined to free her from the insecurities that have damaged her soul.

Together they experience lava-hot passion as they weave their way through a tornado of emotions. But when Layton returns for her, will Zeke’s attempts to break the unworthy cage woven around her be enough to keep her in Strange Hollow forever?


Whatnots & Doodads is a little story by Stacey Kennedy and it is super cute.  Bryanna is an Earth Witch, but her magic is broken.  When she calls upon her element to try to conjure something, what she actually gets is nothing like what she wanted.  Not even close.  She gets what she calls whatnots and doodads.  When she runs away from her coven, she ends up in Strange Hollow.  This is a little village that welcomes everyone who is “damaged” without passing judgement.  This is where Bryanna meets Zeke, the good demon.

I loved the idea of Strange Hollow.  We often read of places filled with super strong and powerful beings, but rarely is there anything about misfit magicians.  Be it magical beings or magic users, if you do not quite fit into the mould your community want you to fit in, you can find a safe haven in Strange Hollow.  It’s like the island of misfit toys but for the supernatural!

Bryanna was just fine for me at first, but then she grew on me.  She’s a cutie.  When Zeke had her standing in the middle of the field and having her use her magic, I giggled out loud.  What she conjures really is a bunch of doodads – but fun and unexpected ones!

Zeke was great.  He’s going against his nature because he can’t stand what he is meant to do.  He decides that he wants to save a soul as opposed to steal one.  He wants to help Bryanna realize that she is not a useless witch and that she can be an important part of Strange Hollow.  There is definite chemistry between them and their ‘special scenes’ together are hot!  Did I mention that Zeke is sexy.  Yeah…he is.  I liked him and Bryanna together. They were sweet.

This is a romance story but there wasn’t a clear ‘Oh my god I love you so much’ at the end – and I LOVED that about this book!  This story happens in one day so if that was what was said by the end, it would have lost me.  I mean c’mon!  But even though there isn’t a defined ‘I love you’, the way it ends is wonderful.

All in all, I enjoyed reading Whatnots & Doodads.  I liked the concept and the characters were fun to read.  I like this author – her work is solid – and I am anxious to see what she comes out with next.

3.5 stars

Giggle worthy quote

’”Now you know why using my magic is pointless, it gets nothing.’

‘I’d say it gets you something.’ He smacked the heel on the chair and laughed. ‘It gets you a chair.’

Without thought, she laughed with him not wanting to see the amusement in this all. However, in truth, it was kind of funny. ‘Maybe I should do some advertising: Don’t need any more flowers? Come to Bryanna and she’ll give you a weird chair.’”

  1. I love Stacey’s writing! I am adding this one to my wish list! smiles…

  2. Sounds like a good short one 🙂
    And the title is just so funny

  3. Stacey Kennedy says:

    Thanks for the review Julie! This story was to give my muse a break and just have a little fun! I’m happy you had fun reading it too! 🙂

  4. This does sound like a really fun read. I’m happy to see that at the end they weren’t falling over themselves saying I Love You because I agree with you, in one day you shouldn’t be saying that! Thanks for the review…I love the title for this story!

  5. This sounds like a fun and perfect short story for those days you don’t have much time to read.
    Great review.

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