Waking the Witch (Women of the Otherworld Series #11)

Waking the Witch (Women of the Otherworld Series #11)

by Kelley Armstrong
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Waking the Witch (Women of the Otherworld Series #11) by Kelley Armstrong

Columbus is a small town, untouched by the 21st century. But when three young women are found dead - victims of what appear to be ritual murders - things start to get very dark and dangerous. Private investigator Savannah Levine can handle "dark and dangerous". As the daughter of a black witch, she has a lot of power running through her veins. But her arrival in Columbus has not gone unnoticed. Savannah may think she's tracking down a murderer, but could she be the killer's next target? Of course she could always ask her old friend (and half-demon) Adam Vasic for back up. But Savannah has her own reasons for keeping Adam well away from Columbus. And in any case, she can rely on her own powers...

Waking the Witch, the 11th book in the Women of the Otherworld series, is a novel of gritty suspense and tingling build-up, culminating in a fast-paced and revelatory conclusion that is not to be missed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525951780
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/27/2010
Series: Women of the Otherworld Series , #11
Pages: 309
Product dimensions: 6.48(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.22(d)
Age Range: 17 Years

About the Author

Kelley Armstrong lives in rural southwestern Canada with her husband and three children.

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Waking the Witch (Women of the Otherworld Series #11) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 339 reviews.
ReadingAngel002 More than 1 year ago
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???
T_K_Wulf More than 1 year ago
OK. Let me start off by saying this.. I was completely disappointed with Armstrong's last couple of books (Personal Demon, Living with the Dead) and was welcoming her new installment. Waking the Witch took me about a day to read and I devoured it without stopping. Savannah is the new addition to my favorites in the series. I can really relate to her being her age and in her shoes; desperate to prove herself. I love her attitude, but I must say her reliance on her magic was an irritating fact and I was very glad when she was left without them. I'm all about main characters learning a lesson. This book does have a major cliffhanger at the end, but that's ok. Some aspects of the storyline are easily figured out, but so are most other books, too. One of my favorite aspects of Armstrong's newer books, is that she is introducing new races, or making ones mentioned occasionally step into the spotlight. (Ex: the shape changers in PD, the clairvoyants in LVTD, and the pre-historic werewolves in Frostbitten.) I can't wait to see where the story goes, and eager to tag along with Savannah's adventures.
Romance_rookie More than 1 year ago
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.
Melhay More than 1 year ago
Nine year old Kayla is sneaking into the guarded building her mother was killed in. She had done this a hand full of times before, but this time would be different. Claire Kennedy was killed here a week ago and there had to be a connection between Claire's death and her mothers murder. Lucas and Paige are out of town for the week on a vacation - in which Savannah smuggled their cell phones away from them - and now twenty-one year old Savannah is trusted to be in charge of the PI office in their absence. Jesse Aanes, a half demon PI from Seattle who has worked with Lucas before, shows up wanting to run a few cases past Lucas. Jesse is investigating the murder of 3 twenty-something year old girls - two from last fall, one from 10 days ago - abandoned in the same vacant building appearing similar, in a quite small depressed town - Columbus Washington. This poor little town hasn't seen a murder in ten years. Jesse believes there is a supernatural connection to these cases from the crime photos he has. Savannah is excited. This would be her first solo case after five years of working under Lucas and Paige. She offers to take this case for Jesse while he finishes up the current case he's on. This book was a great quick read for me. The pacing was constantly moving forward and it wasn't diluted with heavy unneeded material, and the mystery kept growing in suspense for me driving me forward to read more and faster. This is a great book to jump in the series at even though it's the eleventh book. I learned a lot of history of Savannah and start off with her on her own adventures. Through the book you learn of the additional characters around Savannah; Page, Lucas, Adam, and a few others. In meeting a few of the characters in this deprived town there was one I hope to see more of as I just fell in love with, Kayla. I liked how Kelley answered my thoughts when I had a question. Like when Savannah easily uses several spells in a row in a short time frame, Kelley acknowledges this and explains it. A great style I enjoyed here is in reading this book from Savannah's view, you get glimpses of her history and heritage. I am very curious to learn more about her and when Paige and Lucas became her guardians. Savannah has moments where she compares what she is doing to what Lucas or Paige would do or what they would say to her. I felt I got to know them through Savannah. Kelley's writing style is easy to visualize and follow. The story starts off easy, but pulled me in to Savannah quickly. She really felt like a relatable character and one that was personable. I wanted to read more about her. The further I went the more in depth the mystery got. I enjoyed how the mystery turned around in the book. I found myself flipping back through the pages to reread sections to try and piece it together myself. This book could be read by some mature Young Adults. Savannah is responsible with alcohol even though she is old enough to drink. There is mention of sexual activity and acts, but no details. Savannah does have a moment in the book where she is kissing, but she does not let it go further - she has her limits. I really enjoyed the case with Savannah and look forward to reading more with Savannah, as the way this book ended Kelley has to come back to write more on Savannah and I will be waiting. But I am also ready to go buy the other books in the series as I loved what I learned of all the characters.
terilhack More than 1 year ago
Having loved many of the other Tales from the Otherworld, I just finished Waking the Witch Savannah's story. The writing flowed so smoothly for me in this book. It was a nice fluid tale that had a few turns I was not expecting, but were surprising and yet were well woven in the story that I found them very appealing. This story follows along with several of the Otherworld characters, but mainly it is Savannah staking out a place in life by solving a case on her own with her PI skills ...more Having loved many of the other Tales from the Otherworld, I just finished Waking the Witch Savannah's story. The writing flowed so smoothly for me in this book. It was a nice fluid tale that had a few turns I was not expecting, but were surprising and yet were well woven in the story that I found them very appealing. This story follows along with several of the Otherworld characters, but mainly it is Savannah staking out a place in life by solving a case on her own with her PI skills. A lot happens, there are several deaths, and what was surprising for me is that even though the dead characters had only little parts in the book, the feelings of impact that I was having alongside the main character was pretty interesting. Mayhaps it was just an emotional day for me, but I really enjoyed this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
alexia561 More than 1 year ago
Whoa! When did little Savannah grow up? I've been reading Kelley's books for awhile now, and I've always liked Eve and her daughter Savannah. So-called "bad girls" are just more interesting for some reason. But suddenly Savannah is grown up and going out on her own while Paige and Lucus are on vacation? Boy, I feel old.... *L* This is a good addition to the Women of the Otherworld series. Savannah is a powerful witch who, while still relatively young, has a good head on her shoulders and will make a great investigator some day. Not wanting to "bother" her guardians while they're on a well-deserved vacation (okay, not wanting to tell them what she was up to!), Savannah heads off on her first solo investigation. Crush-worthy Adam is just a phone call away as her back-up, and she knows that he'll be there in as fast as he can should she need help, but Savannah wants to prove herself. There are unexpected developments, but Savannah doesn't do too badly and shows that she's able to handle herself okay. Gave this one a 4/5 rating as I really enjoyed it! Savannah is a great character, and it's been fun watching her grow up. Kelley is an awesome writer, love all of her books, and I can highly recommend this if you like urban fantasy with strong women characters. Already looking forward to seeing what Savannah gets up to next!
Menyon34 More than 1 year ago
Bought the hardback in store with high expectations. I've ready all of Kelly Armstrongs previous books and was looking forward to Savannah's storyline. The story is thin and predictable. Then I get to pg 248, what's suppose to be page 249 has no page number and then the book repeats for like a chapter, skipping pages 249-282, starts up again, with me having no idea how its gotten to the point where Leah? is in Jesse's body? It's freaking confusing and I'm missing plot connections so now I dont even want to finish the book...heading back to the local B&N tomorrow to return..
dulcet_tones918 More than 1 year ago
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!
studentyro More than 1 year ago
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.
suzatm07 More than 1 year ago
Though I don't think any of Kelley Armstrong's later books have been as great as Bitten and Stolen - this one kept me reading without stopping. I picked up Spell Bound right after I finished Waking the Witch and was glad to find it pick ups exactly where WTW stopped. I'm glad I held off reading WTW until now - I'm not feeling the frustration other readers have felt by the chopped ending of the previous book. I would recommend this book and this author.
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
The first book I read by Kelley Armstrong was BITTEN back in 2001. I remember being so into that book that I couldn't put it down. It was the first time I read a book that size in one day. I am happy to say that Kelley still keeps me entertained and I am so glad that I picked up her book ten years ago. WAKING THE WITCH renewed my love for this author's writing. She never lets me down and I'm looking forward to the next installment in the Women of the Underworld series. If you are a paranormal fan, you have to read this book. It's fast-paced, intriguing and a fun way to spend your day.
SeekerAZ More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, who ever works their magic for the ebooks some how made it impossible to receive the last two pages on NOOK. I will find a hardback copy to know how this book ends or leaves a cliffhanger for the next book. Hopefully in a future book the love interest between Savannah and Adam will be explored. You do get a tease at the hospital that Adams feels more than a big brother or friend towards Savannah. With a witch killer exposed and is still on the loose, Savannah, Paige, Lucas and Adam will have their hands full in a future installment. Leah escaping and causing pain and angst was a big surprise, did not see that coming. Looking for the next wonderful installment from Kelly Armstrong
Bud-Con More than 1 year ago
For any readers who enjoy mystery with a SyFi twist - I recommend you order a copy of this last installment from Kelley Armstrong!
C3_1991 More than 1 year ago
Loved It! This is why I read series novels more than stand-alones. A character like Savannah can be developed from the precocious teen to maturing adult. I wasn't sure how the Michael character was going to play into the whole plot and I felt he was stepping in where he didn't belong (i.e. on Adam's girl), but in the end it was a great plot move. I cannot wait for the next book to see how Savannah deals with everything. Secretly, I will admit I wanted Benicio to swoop in a save his "granddaughter" from the people being mean to her. but that's just me.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The three homicides in Columbus, Washington imply that a supernatural serial killer is on the loose. Portland, Oregon twenty-something witch Savannah Levine of Cortez-Winterbourne Investigations (one bolt would change the name to Levine Investigations) and hybrid human-demon investigator Jesse Aanes make inquiries. Savannah wants to prove that she has the mental and physical toughness to go it alone. She believes her witch powers will enable her to obtain the information needed to determine who the culprit is. However, to her chagrin when she casts a spell,her powers fail her. Meanwhile their unknown adversary continues the killing spree with no end in sight unless Savannah and Jesse find the serial killer. This is an entertaining twist to Savannah's saga as her traits as the tough sassy child of Stolen remain in the adult though more under control. Making matters difficult for her is when she most needs her bewitching skills they seem to vanish. Filled with wonderful spins and a horde of corpses, Waking the Witch is a wonderful Otherworld urban fantasy mystery as unlike her heroine Kelly Armstrong's bewitching ability to entertain remains as strong as ever. Harriet Klausner
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