A.J. Locke Review Tour
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Necromancer Selene Vanream helps ghosts settle their affairs so they can move on. But when breaking the rules gets her in trouble, she’s bumped down to tracking ghosts trying to avoid the afterlife. Ghosts like Ethan Lance, who claims he was kicked out of his body when someone else jumped in. Which might be plausible—if such a thing were possible. And if Micah, Selene’s partner, didn’t pull her into an investigation of brutal murders that lead directly back to Ethan.
But when the whole mess puts Selene’s life in danger, she suddenly has very personal reasons to get Ethan’s body back. Between her uncomfortable relationship with Micah, and problems with her boss, Selene learns just how much trouble it can be when you don’t follow the rules…
Malachi Erami can’t fall in love. After she’s caught with Knave, the witch Queen’s favorite lover, she’s cursed to savagely butcher any man she falls for. Exiled to live among humans, Malachi runs a bar that serves magic-laced drinks, but since her curse labels her high risk, she’s also closely monitored. Julian Vira is her latest babysitter, but he’s also the first man since Knave that she’s been attracted to. Good-looking and nonjudgmental of her horrible curse? Yeah, he’s hard to resist.
But when Malachi finds a body behind her bar, she knows she’s in trouble. If the Witches Control Council gets wind of it, she’ll be accused of murder and sent to her death. And when her friends start getting framed for murder, she realizes she’s not the only target. Malachi and Julian dig into the evidence to clear her name, but the closer they
get to answers, the closer the curse comes to taking over. So when Malachi uncovers a plot to kill the witch Queen, she finds herself suddenly recruited into service, with the promise of having her curse lifted and a reunion with Knave as well. But if she fails, Knave will die. And she and Julian might not live long enough to see that happen.
Jenn's Review: I am not sure why but i was hesitant about reading this book. I am so glad i did though. Malachi is a blackballed witch, cursed to live in the human world and attack any men that she is attracted to, not only attack but eat! Julian is assigned to watch her and make sure she stays out of trouble, from the beginning he is not afraid of her, he is interested, intrigued and excited...
But we can not forget the third player! Poor Knave who really dont get to know very well other than he is a dreamer and in my opinion to self sacrificing.
I really enjoyed the story and even the fact we knew who was behind the plot, it didnt detract from the story at all. I loved the out of the box, unique storyline. I loved the witches being out in the open, even though all humans were not accepting. I think A.J created a rich, diverse world and for the most part I was completelyi entrenched in teh characters.
I hope there is a second book because I want to know what happens, who becomes queen etc. I did wonder about a few things, like Julian tells Malachai to meet at his apartmen, though he never told her where he lived.. Not enough to detract but enough to catch my attention.
I love the authors name choices. Malachai for a female is brilliant, Julian and Knave are great choices! Overall I give this story
A.J. Locke is an author and artist, originally from Trinidad, now residing in New York City. Black Widow Witch is her second published novel, and other than writing she enjoys reading, drawing, painting, graphic design, and watching too much television.