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13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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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...
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???

posted by ReadingAngel002 on July 2, 2010

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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Not my favorite of the series, so far...

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...
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.

posted by Romance_rookie on October 18, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2010

    Uh oh..

    If it wasn't for 10 other books of tidbits about savannah and adam this book would be a 1 star. I didn't connect with this one as well as I did with all the others. I feel that savannah's personality isn't very original and wasn't well developed. I was really excited to get into the mind of this girl [especially since her mom was so exciting], but was a bit disappointed with what i found. And it seems the romance aspect of this series went out the window, except for a few cheesy moments at the end. All the characters besides the 2 just seemed thrown in without any real thought, no depth to any of them. I think the only character that was remotely interesting was kayla. Especially since she set up such a malleable setting, but it ended up being restricting to the plot and the characters.

    I kind of expected a cliff hanger, but the ending seemed more like a cut off. As in "this is part 1" and april will be "part 2". Not much suspense. Off to a rough start, but it can definitely be a good set up for the next one.

    should will one bad book stop you from continuing the series? no, just a down that can only go up.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2010

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    Loved it!

    Over all I enjoyed the book, but it seemed much shorter than the others to me. The over all plot was okay, not Mrs. Armstrong's best, but still engaging. Half way through I could tell who I thought the bad guy was, even so there was a neat twist to the ending of it. I hate cliffies, so I wasn't to thrilled with the ending - I kept hitting my 'next page' button trying to get to the next page thinking 'Surely it doesn't end like this!' only to find out that yes, indeed it did! I feel like I've only read half the story, partly because of the ending and partly because it seemed so short. I'll just have to wait until Spell Bound comes out in April to continue this one I guess. I'm assuming that Spell Bound will also have a cliff hanger though since the book after it is also to be narrated by Savannah. >.< Reminds me a bit of how her Darkest Powers trilogy books always end - she sure has mastered the cliffhangers!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2010

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    Eh

    I have been following Kelly Armstrong (in the hardback) since Bitten. I love her and enjoy immersing myself in both her characters and her plot. It is with great sadness that I report this latest book was a HUGE dissappointment. About 1/2 through it started reading like a 'B-grade' Agatha Christie mystery. To make matters worse it ended with a soap opera worthy to be continued...

    I am going to hold off on immediately buying her next book until I read the reviews.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    WAKING THE WITCH (Women of the Otherworld #11) by Kelley Armstro

    WAKING THE WITCH (Women of the Otherworld #11) by Kelley Armstrong

    WAKING THE WITCH is the 11th full-length storyline in Kelley Armstrong’ s Women of the Otherworld series.  The final three books in the WOTO series focuses on the now adult Savannah Levine and the loss of her witch powers, the investigation into the dark arts and the rise of demons that want to take over the world.

    Savannah was first introduced in STOLEN-the second storyline in Kelley’s WOTO series.  A then 12 year old orphaned witch, daughter of Dark Witch Eve Levine and Cabal Sorcerer Kristof Nash, Savannah struggled with her powers, her guardians and her attraction and love for half-demon Adam Vasic.  Now a grown woman, Savannah knows who she wants but there are too many road blocks standing in her way.
    Savannah is now a beautiful 21year old woman, and in this particular storyline, she agrees to investigate the mysterious deaths of two women, the only problem, the deaths are some-how supernaturally related and Savannah will suffer the consequences in more ways than one.  A friend will die, another will seemingly pull away and her powers will become part of a bargain.
    WAKING THE WITCH is the beginning of the end for the Women of the Otherworld series.  The final three storylines follow Savannah as she must literally prevent the rise of Lucifer and the end of the world.  If you are a fan of Kelley’s werewolves, the final three stories are a major departure.  At one point I thought Kelley was preparing for the spin-off series featuring Savannah as the lead character when the entire focus of the last three books was Savannah.

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