Book 99: Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by HP Mallory (Rating: 3 Wine Glasses)

Posted October 6, 2010 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 0 Comments


From Goodreads: 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.

Purchased: Received for review from author

What I Loved: The characters and the world that HP created are very entertaining.  They are each unique with their own pros and cons.  I felt you really got to know the key players really well and a lot about the society in which they lived. It is a very interesting world that has a richness that I only think we have seen the surface of.

What I Liked: I think HP incorporated almost every kind of “supe” there is into this story.  There really is something for everyone.  I like how she doesn’t exactly follow the rules but the traits are very recognizable for each type.

Complaints: Really only 2: 1) Not enough Sinjun who was by far the most interesting character in the book to me and 2)I just felt like the story ended in the middle of an arc. 

Why I gave it a 3: This is closer to a 3.5 (I really should consider getting a half scale LOL)!  It was a fantastic read with engaging characters and a wonderful start to a new series.

Who I would recommend it too:  Urban Fantasy readers–this doesn’t have an HEA but it does have a bunch of hot guys and good heroin.  PNR readers would probably like it too as it isn’t quite as dark as most UF books.

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