Sep 5, 2014

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Review: Wickedly Dangerous by Deborah Blake (Baba Yaga #1)

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Paranormal Romance
September 2 2014
Mass Market Paperback
320 pages
Berkley
Received from publisher

Yummy Man – Liam McClellan
Kick Ass Chick – Barbara Yager

From Goodreads –
Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them…

Older than she looks and powerful beyond measure, Barbara Yager no longer has much in common with the mortal life she left behind long ago. Posing as an herbalist and researcher, she travels the country with her faithful (mostly) dragon-turned-dog in an enchanted Airstream, fulfilling her duties as a Baba Yaga and avoiding any possibility of human attachment.

But when she is summoned to find a missing child, Barbara suddenly finds herself caught up in a web of deceit and an unexpected attraction to the charming but frustrating Sheriff Liam McClellan.

Now, as Barbara fights both human enemies and Otherworld creatures to save the lives of three innocent children, she discovers that her most difficult battle may be with her own heart…

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Wickedly Dangerous is the first book in a new paranormal romance series by Deborah Blake. The Baba Yaga series puts a new spin on the Russian tales about the witch who stalks children and has an interesting choice of transportation.

I feel the best way to write this review is to separate is into what I liked and what I didn’t so much like. So here goes.

What I enjoyed –

  • I liked Barbara (Baba). She is a strong character and I enjoyed watching her grow through the book. She’s all tough on the outside but seeing glimpses of her inner mushy side made me smile.
  • I loved the new twist on the classic Baba Yaga folklore. How there are many witches taking on the title and each help where they are called is very well done. The next book, Wickedly Wonderful, will focus on a different North American Baba Yaga witch and show us how she finds her HEA.
  • I found the mystery, which is the base of this story, to be well written. And once you find out who is responsible for the things that are going bump in the night, there is still more to learn. Well done.
  • I liked Baba’s dog/dragon and I liked the dragon/bikers. They were fun to read.
  • There is quite a depth to the characters and was impressed with how much we learn and feel for them by the end of the book.

What I didn’t enjoy. (“Didn’t enjoy” is not really the right way of putting this, I suppose. ” My biggest and really only beef” might be better. And it’s not even a ‘beef’. It’s a ‘well, that’s too bad’. So let’s call this the “Well, it really is too bad felt this way” portion of this review –

  • *sigh* I felt absolutely no chemistry between Liam and Baba. None. I know I’m like the only person out there feeling this way but there it is. For me, there was no spark. And every time I read a scene with the two of them, I felt sad that I didn’t feel something. And my not feeling anything put a real damper on my level of enjoyment for this book. Liam is a good character and his story is awful. He and Baba are good together. But for me, I felt they made good friends or cousins but not necessarily good life partners.

So there you have it. Sucks for me to feel this way when the book has so many great things going for it. Wickedly Dangerous is getting some very strong reviews so if you like the idea of folkloric tales being re-invented, give this one a try. I’m weary about continuing with the series because of how I felt towards the whole romance in this book but who knows, maybe someone’s review somewhere will convince me to give it a try. The bones are there, it’s just missing the spark.

3.5 stars

Books in the Baba Yaga series –
Wickedly Dangerous
Wickedly Wonderful (December 2nd 2014)

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  1. I think it sounds promising. I’ll put this on my list!

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