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Waking the Witch  (Otherworld, Bk 11)
Waking the Witch - Otherworld, Bk 11
Author: Kelley Armstrong
The orphaned daughter of a sorcerer and a half-demon, Savannah is a terrifyingly powerful young witch who has never been able to resist the chance to throw her magical weight around. But at 21 she knows she needs to grow up and prove to her guardians, Paige and Lucas, that she can be a responsible member of their supernatural detective agency. S...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780452297227
ISBN-10: 0452297222
Publication Date: 4/5/2011
Pages: 403
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 52 ratings
Publisher: Plume
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Waking the Witch (Otherworld, Bk 11) on + 59 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Waking the Witch
This was another great book from Kelley Armstrong. This book is from the point of view of Savannah. Savannah is left alone to take care of Paige and Lucass PI business while they are on vacation. It is her turn to prove that she able to take care of herself in there dangerous supernatural world. However things are not what they seem to be when Savannah goes to work three related murders that have a supernatural angle. She needs to prove to herself that she can go solo from Paige and Lucas. Will Savannah be able to prove to everyone that she can be trusted to work on her own or will it all blow up in her face in a deadly way.

Savannahs character is another great strong supernatural female lead. Savannah is smart, funny, and extremely motivated to make her life work. I cant wait to hear more from savannah and she if she will untimely end up with Adam or some other supernatural hunk.

ETA: After reading other reviews of this book: I love the fact that Savannah is portrayed a little more timid than she has been in other books. She is just coming into her own and is not sure what her next move is. Her life so far has not been an easy one and she still has many things that she needs to work through. With everything that she has been through in her other books one would not expect to find a fully happy well rounded functioning adult. You would expect to find exactly what the author writes. Savannah is working though her phobias and her fears through this book while trying to get a better handle on whom she is exactly. Armstrong always writes great female characters most of the time though her characters are greatly damaged individuals. It is her forte and she will cling to it which is great that she continued this with Savannah. I would not have enjoyed this book as much had savannah been the happy bubbly self assured individual everyone else seemed to what to see.
reviewed Waking the Witch (Otherworld, Bk 11) on + 91 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
We first met Savannah back in book 2 of the Women of the Otherworld series. She was a smart-mouthed teen with razor sharp wit, and a screw-it-all attitude. Now, Savannah is 21, and although she has matured, not much else has changed. She's still just as smart-mouthed and smart, although she does try to reign in the attitude when she can. Of course, all of these things are the reason I love her! I've been dying for a Savannah book, and I was definitely not disappointed with it.

Savannah is on her first solo assignment and things keep going from bad to worse. There was a great amount of mystery in this book. You never know who the bad guy is from beginning until the big reveal. Every time I thought I had it figured out, it threw me for a loop and changed it all up again. This book was action packed and kept me turning pages until way late into the night! There was some great scenes with sexual tension, but this is just a small part of the story, not the overlying storyline.

All of the characters in this quirky little town were a lot of fun. Each had a their own unique personality, and their own secret to keep hidden. I love Kelley's writing and all the characters that are weaved in and out of this series. We get to see another side of fun-loving Adam, which was great. Not much Lucas and Paige, but you get to see a great deal how they have affected Savannah's life, which was wonderful. I definitely recommend this book it to all of the Kelley fans out there! If you haven't read her books yet, then what are you waiting for???
reviewed Waking the Witch (Otherworld, Bk 11) on + 156 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Grade = C

Waking the Witch is book eleven in Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series. Savannah Levine whom readers of this series first met as an unruly teenager and a very powerful witch in the second book Stolen. Savannah is all grown up now and has the opportunity to be a lead investigator on an important case while her guardians and employers, Lucas and Paige are off on a much needed vacation. Not wanting to bother Lucas and Paige, Savannah heads to the small town of Columbus to investigate the murders of three young women.

It's no secret that I am a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong and really enjoy her Women of the Otherworld series. Unfortunately, Waking the Witch is probably my least favorite book in this series. I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that this book seems very transitional. Kelley Armstrong seems to be taking her series in a new direction with Savannah as a lead character. She needed this book to set up new storylines and new characters for future books in the series. Plus, it was a way to show how Savannah is changing and growing into womanhood.

I have trouble with Savannah as a lead heroine. Since Savannah was introduced as a character early on in the series, I never really liked her. Savannah has always come across as selfish and her moral compass is slightly skewed. She is not afraid to use her powers and does not shy away from dark magic. By the end of Waking the Witch I felt much more sympathetic to the choices she makes. In this story she gets a rude awakening and I think it is the beginning of a new Savannah. She has a lot of growth to make and I think the upcoming books will reflect that.

Another reason why Waking the Witch wasn't my favorite is because there is almost no romance. Savannah has had a crush on Adam, a half demon who works for Paige and Lucas, since she was a teenager. Their relationship or the one sided feelings Savannah has for Adam was the extent of the romance. Again, I believe that Adam might have feelings for Savannah but won't act on them because he feels she is too young, as he is eleven years her senior. Plus, the story is told from Savannah's point of view and the reader only gets the romance from Savannah's perspective. But I am definitely intrigued as to how things are going to play out in future books.
reviewed Waking the Witch (Otherworld, Bk 11) on + 134 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Rats. I love this series and always look forward to reading the next installment, so this was quite a disappointment. First disclaimer is I despise cliffhanger books and was really annoyed to find one here. I also love the changing main characters through the series and don't want to read two in a row with the same character lead. The first half of the book went well enough and then it just kind of trailed away with "stuff happening to answer questions". Lots of telling, not much unveiling, lots of people, not much development. Just OK.
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Helpful Score: 1
I'm a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong and I loved this novella. Yup, novella. This was 1/2 of a novel. I'm assuming the second half is Spell Bound which in NOT released until July 2011. I'm sadden that she too has gone the way of MJD & C Harris in giving 1/2 books instead of a full story. With only one Women of the Otherworld book every 10 mos or so it seems only far to get a full novel! If you have not read this do yourself a favor and wait till closer to 7/11 otherwise you'll feel as unfilled. It was kind of like going to see the latest Harry Potter. I left the theatre sadly thinking there should be more! And there is! And I have to wait for that too!
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reviewed Waking the Witch (Otherworld, Bk 11) on + 1551 more book reviews
Young witch Savannah Levine is left in charge of the detective agency while Paige and Lucas are on vacation. Private Investigator Jesse Aanes, an associate of the agency, approaches her to ask for help on a murder investigation that may lead to a serial killer. He tells her that the clues show supernatural elements. Soon Savannah is investigating the death of three women in a small town with many secrets. With the help of Jesse, half-demon Adam Vasic, and a half-brother of a murder victim, Detective Michael Kennedy, Savannah sets off to prove that she is ready to take on her first solo case.

Savannah was first introduced as a 12 year old brat with both witch and sorcerer powers in book 2 of the series. Now in book 11, she is 21 years old and matured considerably. She's helped Paige, Lucas and Adam in their investigations, but wants to prove herself with this one. There is a solid mystery and several suspects. I did figure out parts of it, and was surprised by other things that were uncovered. The only drawback is the end of the story might as well of had "to be continued" and the end. Not everything was sewn up tight in this book, but it looks like the next book picks up where this left off. My rating: 4.5 Stars.

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