Good morning, everyone! It’s Monday morning and I’m about ready to climb back into bed. Why must I work on a Monday? Why must there be awesome parties on Sundays? I’m letting my youth slip away, honestly. However, for all those who feel less than chirpy this morning I’ll be reviewing Fir Burn and Cauldron Bubble by H. P. Mallory! It’s a fun little read guaranteed to put the pep back into your step. Hope you enjoy.
A self-deprecating witch with the unique ability to reanimate the dead. A dangerously handsome warlock torn between being her boss and her would-be lover. A six hundred year old English vampire with his own agenda; one that includes an appetite for witches. The Underworld in a state of chaos. Let the games begin.
Life isn’t bad for psychic Jolie Wilkins. True, she doesn’t have a love life to speak of, but she has a cute house in the suburbs of Los Angeles, a cat and a quirky best friend.
Enter Rand Balfour, a sinfully attractive warlock who insists she’s a witch and who just might turn her life upside down. Rand hires her to help him solve a mystery regarding the death of his client who also happens to be a ghost. Jolie not only uncovers the cause of the ghost’s demise but, in the process, she brings him back to life!
Word of Jolie’s incredible ability to bring back the dead spreads like wildfire, putting her at the top of the Underworld’s most wanted list. Consequently, she finds herself at the centre of a custody battle between a villainous witch, a dangerous but oh-so-sexy vampire, and her warlock boss, Rand.
Ohmiword!!! The beginning alone grabbed me! I loved the way this story was written point blank. Jolie’s a strong character who shines through H. P. Mallory’s writing. The only thing I didn’t like were some of the similes and metaphors used but that hardly matters. H. P. Mallory managed to create an amazing book with an exhilarating beginning
Author’s POV/ Voice:
H. P. Mallory uses the first person POV to let us right to the centre of Jolie’s head and heart. With her words alone she’s able to bring her protagonist to life in the blink of an eye. She is instantly real and believable. She could be our neighbour, our friend, even our sister. Thinking about how well written this story is, it’s a surprise that the words aren’t just jumping off the page and turning into larger-than-life images so that we see exactly what she wants us to see. I thought this was an excellent example of how the first person POV can be used in character development and imagery.
Jolie Wilkens is a brilliantly written character. Absolutely brilliant. She was easily likeable from the start and I felt like I could relate to her easily. Beyond that, she wasn’t one of those sit-down-and-take-what comes-at-her kind of girl. She didn’t take BS no matter if it’s a hot guy dishing it out and I loved that. She’s also sceptical when Rand first confesses who he is and she doesn’t easily learn to accept it, she fights for a believable amount of time and I think that’s excellent in a time where many protagonists just accept things that they should question.
Rand Balfour is probably the most delicious guy ever. First of all, he’s not a teenager and the feelings he inspires have nothing child-like about them. Secondly, he’s never cruel, mean, or taunting in any form or fashion towards Jolie. What a welcome change. While there are some inconsistencies in his character such as the physical part of the fight he takes part in, he is otherwise well-written and believable for the most part even though he still has that too-good-to-be-true quality about him. The chemistry between him and Jolie is very real, very vivid, and it quite frankly gave me shivers.
The whole point of this is that Jolie discovers she is a witch with the power to reanimate the dead. This makes her very desirable in the eyes of other supernatural beings and Rand, as the warlock who discovered her, feels responsible for her safety and possibly feels quite a bit more for her as well. Other all, it was an old story told in an upbeat manner with more believable twists. I quite like the fact that Jolie doesn’t believe she’s wholly mundane before suddenly finding out she’s a witch. I also like that she doesn’t take what people say at face value, she’ll fight, argue and disbelieve it until she gets the proper proof. That being said, she’s smart enough to realise when she needs to shut up and go with the flow. Smart and sassy witch paired with a sweet and sexy warlock? Who wouldn’t love that?
Cover & Blurb:
This was one of the cutest and most fun covers I’ve seen in a while, at least on a book I’ve read. I also loved the description and the blurb. Honestly, how can I visit a story that has so many hilarious twists? Besides, it made me more than curious with the talk of psychics, vampires, witches and warlocks AND a custody battle. Hello?! Drama anyone? This made this a must read on it’s own.
Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble earns a solid 4.5 out of 5 stars!!! It was an unbelievably fantastic read and I look forward to reading the other books in this series. I’d recommend this book to EVERYONE. Except maybe overly macho men since I don’t know any.
Wow! This was one of my favourite Morning Muse reads so far. Just writing the review felt exhilarating. This book leaves a huge impression on the reader even when you’ve finished reading. It is truly a masterpiece.
H. P. Mallory for the win!
K, the Popinjay