Finally I’ve finished this week’s ARC goal! Yay!
– Witches and Wolves (Kelly D. Smith)
-Witch, Cat and Cobb (J.K. Pendragon)
Witches and Wolves – Life in the woods is usually fairly quiet, which suits Tory perfectly. She can focus on her witchcraft without the noise of the city or nosy neighbors, and the only visitor she gets is her ex-boyfriend—until late one night when she opens the door to find an unfamiliar wolf who promptly curls up in Tory’s bed and falls fast asleep.
Long used to wolves, Tory lets her be, and has no complaints at all when the morning reveals the wolf to be a beautiful woman. New to being a wolf, out in the woods to learn control and get more comfortable with her new life, Gee eagerly accepts when Tory offers to help her—and she doesn’t seem opposed to any other offers Tory might make.
But not everyone approves of werewolves, and Gee isn’t the only new visitor to the woods…
Witch, Cat and Cobb – Destined for an arranged marriage she wants nothing to do with, Princess Breanwynne decides that the only option for escape is to run away. Upon the announcement of this plan, her trusted pet cat reveals he can talk by asking that she take him along. Listening to his suggestion to venture into the lair of the Swamp Witch proves to be a very bad idea, but Breanwynne would rather face a witch any day than be forced to marry a prince.
Witches And Wolves – 2 stars
Witch, Cat and Cobb – 4 stars
Review: Since these two ARCs (from Netgalley by the way, so thank you to the respective publishers) are both short stories, I figured I’d just combine them into one review. One of these, I enjoyed very much, whereas the other I did not particularly enjoy.
First, the one I didn’t enjoy – Witches and Wolves by Kelly D. Smith. This centres around a witch named Tory who finds a wolf outside her house late at night. Inexplicably, she allows this wolf into her house for the night and the next morning she finds the wolf is actually a girl. Shocker. However there is hunters after her, so that’s trouble.
I just didn’t enjoy this ARC that much. It may have been just a short story, but I still feel it went too quickly and was over too soon. There was no character development of any kind, no chance for the reader to get invested in these characters. Everything happened over the course of a few pages and then – over. That’s it. I mean, I’m just as much a fan of insta-love as the next girl, but this relationship went too fast for my liking. The writing was good, but I feel like it could have been better developed.
The second ARC that I read though…that was amazing. Written by a queer author, the story brings together three characters – a princess, a witch and a cat who isn’t really a cat. Unlike the other, this story had a beginning, a middle, and an end, and there was actual plot! I can’t reveal too much without giving off spoilers, so I’ll keep it short and sweet – there’s twists and turns which keep you interested, there’s gender issues addressed (which I loved) and it’s all around a great queer fantasy story. I’d recommend this one to anyone who loves queer fantasy or just fantasy romance in general.