First Published: May 14, 2015
2015 Popsugar RC Category: Book with Magic
My Star Rating:
BLUF: Cute, quick read – great for those who enjoy a little supernatural mixed into their mystery stories.
**I was provided a copy of this book from netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review**
Plot: The Witches Protection Program is exactly what you think it’s about. It’s a witness protection program for witches. After failing his first assignment within a highly regarded federal police branch, Wes Rockville is reassigned to the Witches Protection Program. Although Wes thinks the reassignment is an elaborate joke, (c’mon, witches don’t actually exist) Wes has little choice but to play along. Soon enough, and a rude awakening later, Wes finds himself fighting for the survival of humanity.
Okay, okay.. I exaggerate, but the level of action definitely reflects a good vs. evil battle.
Let’s start with the good…: The plot wrapped together quite well. Starting from a main character who doesn’t believe in the witches he is now hired to protect, continuing to the witches stirring up trouble, and ending with a successful thwarting of plans – the plot ramps up in a way that will keep your attention. Also, I can see this book being a good series – maybe episodic in nature?
… and move to the awkward…: Oh my, awkward relationships. The main relationship [Spoiler: between Wes and Morgan]was strangely developed. From distrust to sparks of chemistry to making out in inopportune moments to an actual relationship – it just didn’t flow naturally. The other awkward relationship was between [Spoiler: Alastair and Morgan. Alastair creeps Morgan out for the majority of the book. Then, at the end, she’s very excited to be a daughter to him – no questions asked. I did not understand this at all]. There were a couple others, but, for the most part, the relationships weren’t too questionable.
… and finish with the rest.: I know this doesn’t matter, but I am going to vent anyways. The book kept introducing one character as Junie “Baby Fat” Meadows, but, she was consistently referred to as Junie in the text. Why introduce a person with a nickname if you don’t use the nickname more than half the time? But.. maybe that was my perception. If not, it’s definitely just a pet peeve.