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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Review, Author Guest Post & Giveaway: The Cat's Meow by Stacey Kennedy

Title: The Cat’s Meow
Author: Stacey Kennedy
Series: Witch Brew, book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“Libby is an Enchantress—a witch gifted by the Goddess to conjure spells. When a magical presence is detected around a recent string of feline slayings, Libby takes the case to uncover the reasons behind the odd deaths. Much to her displeasure, the coven also sends a sexy warlock, Kale, to assist her. 
While having the muscle around proves to be useful, fighting the attraction between them is worse than a hex, especially considering Kale is keeping secrets. But soon, Libby has bigger problems than the elusive warlock when her spells turn up clues that point to something far more sinister than slaughtered cats. 
Now Libby has landed herself in the midst of an uprising. She trusts no one and isn’t safe—not from the warlocks stirring up trouble. Not from the worrisome rebellion she can’t escape. And certainly not from Kale, who is weaving a very dangerous spell over her heart.”
The Cat’s Meow is the first book in the new series Witch Brew by Stacey Kennedy.

Libby is not your usual witch; she is the most powerful enchantress of the Charleston Coven. She loves her job but doesn’t agree with the Priestesses that governed it and she can’t help but push their buttons. They give her some leeway and allow her to work alone because of her status in the coven, but when cats are found murdered in a sacrificial manner she is assigned a warlock to work with her in the case.
After having her heart broken by a warlock Libby has a growing displeasure towards them; in her opinion they are all arrogant and only care about themselves and how they can use others to advance in their careers. Working with a warlock is not something she wants, but the orders come from high up and she has to suck it up. To make matters more complicated Kale, the warlock assigned to work with her is sinfully handsome, but has many secrets he’s not sharing with Libby. Not being able to trust him makes things even more difficult and uncomfortable for Libby; things become even more complicated when they realize there is something even bigger than the cats’ sacrifices brewing in the city. If dealing with that wasn’t enough, Libby’s hormones are treacherous and are making her fall for the secretive warlock! 

Stacey Kennedy has done it again; she took a used theme like witches and made it new and refreshing. 

Libby is a great heroine, she is strong and knows it but at the same time she knows she is not infallible and has some limitations. She is a protector of the ones she cares for and takes her job very seriously. Sometimes she comes as a bit rebellious towards authority but at the end she does what is right.

On the beginning we don’t know much about Kale or if we should trust him or not. He is a wet dream in pants but he is also full of mysteries and secrets. As the story progresses his actions and behavior towards Libby made us like him and trust him. He is keeping secrets but not because he wants but because he has and when the reasons are explained there is nothing left to do but understand and accept his actions.

I really liked Libby and Kale’s relationship, I liked that there was an attraction from the first encounter but it took sometime to develop into something else, this made the relationship a more believable one, especially with Libby’s distrust and dislike towards warlocks.

The action is this book starts on page one and doesn’t stop until the very end. The story is packed with twist and turns that you won’t see coming but will keep you on the edge of your chair and with some steamy scenes that will have you looking for a fan or a very cold drink.

One thing I really liked about The Cat’s Meow is the witch world Stacey Kennedy created for this series.  I loved how the witch relating stuff felt so realistic, I almost wanted to take notes every time Libby did a spell, I loved the way she used herbs and the knowledge she had about witch crafting, I loved it so much that it made me want to be a witch.

The end is not a cliffhanger, but one that Mrs. Kennedy left open to many things to come for Libby and for Kale, things I can’t wait to read.
I recommend this book to all urban fantasy lovers, or anyone who wants to read a good, fun and entertaining book with strong and likeable characters and a world so interesting that as me you may start considering a career change to become a witch. 

My Verdict: 4 Paws

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Help me welcome Stacey to my blog; she is here to talk about why she enjoys writing about witches; but that is not all, she and Entangled Publishing are giving away an eBook of The Cat’s Meow to one lucky winner. 
Giveaway is open internationally; you just need to fill up the Rafflecopter form below.

Big thanks to Marcela for letting me stop by and chat today!  So, the big question is, why do I enjoy writing witches?

I’ve written a few witches before and I wrote Libby with one important thing in mind—I wanted her to use herbs and such for her magic.  I wanted her gifts to be more realistic than the other witch, Nexi (Werewolves Be Damned) that I write, who commands the elements.  As in, uses the fire element to burn stuff up.  And I wanted Libby to have to depend on those spells, instead of it being magic that was contained inside of her.

Most of all, I wanted to use the spells I’ve seen in research books or even on the web, and that witches still believe in today.  But I wanted to take all those neat spells and place them into a fictional world.  It was one of my favorite parts to writing The Cat’s Meow.  All the fun rituals and interesting ingredients made creating the magical scenes in the book so exciting to write.

Personally, for me, it gave the book a very real feel. And come on, haven’t you ever thought to yourself, “wouldn’t it be so cool to be a witch?”

I find witches so enchanting, and yes, I totally want to be one!  So, I guess the question isn’t why do I write witches, but should be, why did it take me so darn long to write Libby?!

Stacey Kennedy’s novels are lighthearted fantasy with heart-squeezing, thigh-clenching romance, and even give a good chuckle every now and again. But within the stories you’ll also find fast-paced action, life-threatening moments, and a big bad villain who needs to be destroyed. She lives in Southwestern Ontario with her husband and two children. If she’s not plugging away at a new story—which is rare because her muse is annoying—you’ll find her camping, curling up with the latest flick, or obsessing over Sons of Anarchy, Games of Thrones, Supernatural and Dexter.

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  1. I think I really need to try this book, it sounds really nice! thanks!

  2. I love escaping into the world of witches! I can't wait to read this book!
    stephstime (at) cox (dot) net

  3. I loved Kale! I wish we had more sexy time with him. I love this book too, Libby is put to get Dulcie O'Niel and Holier Wilkins' broom

  4. I do enjoy reading about witches, especially powerful ones.

  5. Thanks to everyone for stopping in!! ;-D

  6. I really have to fit this one in sometime... And they really did do a good job on the cover. I agree with you and blodeuedd there.

    Fun post Stacey :)


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