Morcant and Blake Korrigan own a little shop of horrors, where witches congregate and people ending up dead isn’t rare. When Karen Hiltzman joins their coven, she has no idea what she’s getting into. Drawn in, the group convinces her to recruit her best friend, Sarah Matthews, after discovering that she bears a very special birthmark; one that indicates she’s the girl they’ve been waiting for.
Eager to reincarnate a witch put to death by an angry mob five hundred years prior, Morcant unleashes a spell; a dark and sinister curse. His ritual transforms Sarah’s body and will bring the dreaded Brenna back to life when it’s completed. Blake wants to stop him; but will he be strong enough to defeat his elder sibling, and if he does… will he be able to let her go when it’s done?
MA – 18+V – violence – sexual content – coarse language
A Perfect Read Just in Time for Halloween
It’s October and almost every book club I am involved with is buzzing about horror and paranormal books, and it is fun for those of us who aren’t hardcore PNR and horror fans. I’ve indulged in several books this month that fall outside of my normal go-to genres, but I think Samantha Jacobey’s The Wicked Awakened has been the most enjoyable.
Sarah and her childhood best friend Karen are off to college, living together with several other students, but growing apart as Sarah is dedicated to her studies and Karen has, well, different priorities. I was immediately drawn to the relationship between these two. So many childhood friendships struggle to continue on into adulthood, and Ms. Jacobey does an excellent job of conveying those stresses and strains girls go through at this time in their lives. Then there is what proves to become the heart of the story, in their high school years both girls had been curious about witchcraft. I grew up in an area that was very open to Wiccan and other alternative types of religions, so most of my friends went through some curiosity about it at some time during their teens – Sarah’s thoughts that Karen hadn’t taken any genuine interest in it hit a relatable place to me.
The story gets deeper into the evil coven Karen has found herself mixed up in and focuses on recruiting Sarah. The storylines, and “haunting” changes Sarah goes through and the experiences she has are very creative and original twists on stories involving the occult. I was pleasantly surprised to be completely taken off guard by a number of different twists and turns the plot took along the way.
Underlying all of it, there is a sweet romance building (maybe upon a twisted start, but nevertheless. ..) and a tale of true friendship and the extent one will go to for a friend in need.
For mature, over 18, audiences only for explicit sexual situations and implied violence. Highly recommended for fans of paranormal romance, those looking for a twisted thriller with supernatural undertones, and my absolute highest recommendation for anyone seeking a Halloween read.