Review: Werewolves Be Damned by Stacey Kennedy (Magic & Mayhem #1)
April 16 2013
Received from publisher
Yummy Man – Kyden
Kick Ass Chick – Nexi Jones
From Goodreads –
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.
Werewolves be Damned is the first book in Stacey Kennedy’s Magic & Mayhem series. This book is a great initiation to the series and does a good job introducing us to the characters and their quirks. There isn’t one person in this book that I didn’t like and the chemistry between them, friendly or ‘more-than-friendly’ was really well done.
The book starts off with a bang. You are right in the middle of the action as Nexi is trying to escape with her life as werewolves destroy her family. Two saviors come to her rescue and Nexi finds out there is much more to her life than she thinks. In fact, she is the only half-guardian/half-witch in existence. Nexi is filled with fire and it’s that spunk that helps her deal with all the crap she’s faced with after her parents’ murder. I enjoyed watching her accept who and what she is and I am looking forward to reading about the next part of her discovery-journey in the next book.
Haven is a witch and Nexi’s best friend. She is adorable and her power is awesome. Finn is her boyfriend and a Guardian. We don’t see too much of him but I liked what I saw. He is a good balance to both Haven and Kyden. There are many other characters in this story but I never felt confused. Each plays a very distinct role in the book and I enjoyed them all. Drake, Zia, Talon, Valor, Briggs…all cool.
Kyden (love the name) is Nexi’s love interest. He is mucho sexy-o but I did sometimes find him a little all over the place. One second he’s sweet and tender and the other he is very protective. He is described as a ‘caveman’ but I honestly never felt he was that severe of an alpha. I like him a lot with Nexi and find them to be extremely well matched even though his character is a little discombobulated at times. And that brings me to the issue I had with this book.
I found the book was rushed. Things were happening without much explanation and people were introduced, again, without much explanation. Haven is a great example of this. He just appears on the page and we are told that she and Nexi are soul-sisters and that Nexi has a deep sisterly love for Haven. That’s how we are introduced to her. It would have done more for the characters and their development if we witnessed Nexi meeting Haven for the first time and watching as Nexi realized what being bonded to another person means. I felt as though there were many moments where more back-story would have helped me feel even closer to the characters and what they were going through. I would have loved to see Nexi being brought into her new ‘home’ and not just catch up with her one month later where she apparently is doing just fine. As much as I enjoyed all of the characters, I felt as though I was on the sidelines looking in as opposed to a real part of their lives.
The story, other than Nexi getting used to her ‘new life’, is quite neat. Supernaturals are starting to kill humans for no reason other than they can. That is a big no-no as you can well imagine. Each faction of supernaturals has a role to play when it comes to crime solving. The vampires cleans the scene so humans can stay oblivious to ‘other things that live among them’, werewolves track, a witch can re-create a series of events and guardians toll out the punishment. I really found this was cool. Of course it all leads to one big bad and one big bad why and that part lost me a bit. I didn’t quite understand why the ultimate villain was after what he was after. I mean, couldn’t just anyone do? Why did it have to be her specifically? Again that goes back to feeling as though pieces of the story were missing here and there. I’m assuming that that won’t be a factor in the next book because everything has been set in place in this book. I’m thinking things will read a bit smoother in book two.
Even with the feeling of ‘wanting more’, I enjoyed Werewolves be Damned. The bones for this story were excellent; all it needed was a bit more meat. I am definitely going to be reading the other books in the series as I am curious to see what’s up next for Nexi and friends.
“’That, Nexi, is a man taking what he wants.’”
Giggle worthy quote
“Kyden strode towards the house with Nexi in tow. Once at the front door, he glanced over his shoulder. ‘Bravery is good. Stupidity is not. Yell if you need me. Clear?’
‘Gotcha,’ she replied with a firm nod. ‘Now, you listen to me.’ Staring him down with a serious look, she added, ‘Bravery is good. Stupidity is not. Yell if you need me. Clear?’
Foley barked out a laugh.