Sunday, October 29, 2017

4 Wine Glass #Review of Wickedly Spirited by Deborah Blake


34939729Title: Wickedly Spirited
Series: Baba Yaga #3.5
Author: Deborah Blake
Format: Kindle, 58 pages
Published: September 19, 2017 (InterMix)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Jazz, the powerfully magical teen first introduced in Wickedly Powerful, is now being trained as a Baba Yaga—and she’s determined to free the Broken Riders herself.

Jazz had a rough life before meeting her guardian, and she knows she’s lucky that Bella is training her to be a Baba Yaga. But the gifted young witch is frustrated by the slow pace of her lessons. Jazz knows she’s capable of even greater magic, and she wants nothing more than to find a spell that will give the Riders back the immortality they lost.

With the reluctant assistance of Bella’s dragon-turned-cat Koshka, Jazz travels to the Otherworld to get the necessary ingredients to perform the spell. A willful young witch, dangerous magic, and one powerful wish—what could possibly go wrong?

Linda's Thoughts:
“You might even say their bark is as bad as their bite.”

Wickedly Spirited by Deborah Blake is a fun little bridge-of-sorts between the author’s Baba Yaga series and her Riders’ series. It’s a quick, fun read that I thoroughly enjoyed. Jazz, a powerful magically-talented teen who was first introduced in Wickedly Powerful and who is apprenticing to Baba Yaga Bella, takes center stage as she covertly takes on the task of restoring immortality to the Riders - a task that other Baba Yagas consider impossible. Along the way, we learn much more about Jazz’s past, revisit the enchanting Otherworld and catch up with some previous favorite characters. There’s even a surprising twist at the end which will influence future books.

Here’s a delightful excerpt pulled from Jazz’s adventure in the Otherworld:

“My name is Koshka, and this Human person is Jazz. She is the protégé of the Baba Yaga Bella, and I am Bella’s Chudo-Yudo.”
“Oh,” said the Dwarf, and doffed his hat, briefly revealing a shiny bald spot before putting it back on again. “Why didn’t you say so?” He scowled. “I thought you were door-to-door salesmen.”
“Do you get a lot of that in the Otherworld?” Jazz asked, genuinely interested in the answer. Somehow she hadn’t imagined that would be a problem here.
Smythe shook his head. “Not yet. But I’ve heard all about them, and I expect they’ll turn up any day.”

I’m going to stop here so as not to spoil the story – just know that it’s not to be missed. I can’t wait to see what Jazz gets into next!

Suggested Reading Order: 
Wickedly Magical (Book #.5)
Wickedly Dangerous (Book #1)
Wickedly Wonderful (Book #2)
Wickedly Ever After (Book #2.5)
Wickedly Powerful (Book #3)
Wickedly Spirited (Book #3.5) 

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