Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by H.P. Mallory
Sometime last year I was perusing through the book section at Smith's and came across either this exact book but most likely one of the newer ones I would think from the series. The cartoon witch on the cover and the name of the book is clearly what drew me in. I am very childish, in a good way, at heart. Since I didn't want to spend around $10 bucks for a book that I may not like (so should have bought it) I decided to head on over to my local library and see if they had it. To my disappointment they did not, BUT they are so awesome that they actually ordered the 1st, 2nd, 5th & 6th books for me. Where the heck did 3 & 4 run off to? I waited 3 months for them to come in and finally got the 1st and read it in a little over 48 hours maybe. Definitely two thumbs up, A+++++ from me. This series is addicting.
Fire Burn And Cauldron Bubble: The Jolie Wilkins Series (Volume 1) is obviously the first book in the Jolie Wilkins series. So far there are 6 books in this particular series done by the author H.P. Mallory. Before I go on any further, I just have to say that even though I absolutely love this book/series and have been recommending it to pretty much anyone, it may not be the best book for all or at least minors depending on what a parent deems suitable or not. There is a bit if not quite a bit of sexual content throughout the book that would make it inappropriate for some and more of an adult book. The cartoon cover makes it seem like it would not have any sexual content in it to me which can be misleading for those thinking it will be a sweet and innocent book. Like I said, that is depending on the parents views and standards.
Synopsis & Review
The series is centered around a psychic by the name of Jolie Wilkins with her best friend by her side. Her psychic powers are pretty much (to her knowledge so far at least) reading tarot cards and getting visions now and then. Everything changes when the gorgeous warlock Rand Balfour enters his life. He informs her of who she truly is and gets her to help him with a job of his that involves a ghost and his client who turns out to possibly be the worst witch in their world. Jolie falls into a world that she never knew existed full of witches and warlocks, werewolves, vampires, ghosts, fairies and demons. She encounters a complete lifestyle and living situation change, love, relationships, a dangerous yet sexy vampire and many people that want to use her because news of her amazing power has spread like wildfire. Can Jolie get her bearings and assert herself in her new life or will she forever be doomed to live as the evil witches servant? Hey, I'm not giving everything away :)
I found the beginning of the book rather hard to get into but once it started to pick up and the ever so gorgeous Rand Balfour came into the picture a bit more heavily I was glued to it. The way the author describes him throughout the book makes visualizing him rather easy and oh man is he gorgeous and out of every other character he is the one that I can envision more clearly even when compared to the main character of Jolie. A rather easy read for me with it only 306 even though I never wanted the book to end yet I wanted to get to the end and find out everything that was happening. There is definitely a lot of sexual tension in this book between multiple characters and quite a bit of sexual content. Some of which I wanted to smack and tell them that they were being stupid. The author provides just enough details to be able to envision everyone and everything that is going on throughout the book with ease even though some may not be as strong as others. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone that enjoys reading magical/romance novels like myself.
AUTHOR: Kimberly Fouché