“In “WitchLove,” the third installment of her “Witchblood” series, Emma Mills seems determined to prove that her bag o’ tricks is far from exhausted. I mean, the series already features vampires, witches, and angels ... and she tosses zombies into the mix.
So, what’s next? What else can she possibly throw into the cauldron? Dragons? Dwarves? It’ll be interesting to find out.
Nevertheless, “WitchLove” finds us returning to poor Jess—if you can call being a vampire and a witch poor—a trio of months after the catastrophic conclusion of “Witchcraft.” Not much has happened during those months, beyond grief, but things heat up quickly. In short time, Jess responds to yet another surprise by fleeing her home and taking up residence with her witch family in the States.
The transition is less than smooth. Along the way, she finds that one love interest kisses like a brother (not cool), another has serious jealousy issues (even worse), and yet another sneaks into her room one night and tricks her into sucking his blood (could be worse, I suppose). Oh yeah; she’s also unwelcomed by a jealous cousin and has to deal with the aforementioned zombies.
I loved the nod to “The Little Mermaid” and the discussion of whether or not “American tasted different.” The book’s pace was markedly slower than its predecessors—far more YA drama than action—which isn’t my preference, but the ending more than made up for that.
About the ending: if anyone had asked, I would have said it was unlikely that “WitchLove” would deliver an ending to trump “Witchcraft.” No one asked, of course. No one asks me anything … but that isn’t the point. Nor is it the point to explain that any doubt I harbored had nothing to do with Emma’s abilities—which are tremendous—and everything to do with the jaded New Yorker in me, who finds faults with endings far more than the average reader might. The point is that amazing endings are hard to find and even harder to write … and by this point, Mills doesn’t need an amazing ending to hook people into the next book.
Nevertheless, Mills delivers a killer ending. Anyone who says he/she saw it coming is lying. Period.
I highly recommend the “Witchblood” series to YA, paranormal romance, and even light horror fans everywhere.
I can’t wait for book four. Let there be dragons!