Reviewed by Ami
Title: Wickedly Powerful
Author: Deborah Blake
Series: Baba Yaga #3
Heroine/Hero: Bella Young/Sam Corbett
Genre: MF Paranormal
Length: 293 Pages
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them…
The only thing more fiery than Bella Young’s red hair is her temper. She knows that a Baba Yaga’s power without strict control can leave the people she cares about burned, so to protect her heart—and everyone around her—the only company she keeps is her dragon-turned-Norwegian-Forest-cat, Koshka.
But when Bella is tasked with discovering who’s setting magical fires throughout Wyoming’s Black Hills, she finds herself working closely with former hotshots firefighter Sam Corbett—and falling hard for his quiet strength and charm.
Sam may bear the scars of his past, but Bella can see beyond them and would do anything to help him heal. Only before she can rescue her Prince Charming, she’ll have to overcome the mysterious foe setting the forest fires—a truly wicked witch who wields as much power and even more anger than Bella…
Review: Wickedly Powerful is the last book in the Baba Yaga sisters trilogy, this time featuring Bella Young, the Baba Yaga of the middle United States. Wyoming’s Black Hills has been experiencing forest fires and there is wrongness about them. Bella has been called upon by the community to find out what causes the magical fires and to stop them. In addition, Bella discovers a call for help from the missing Riders and she has been tasked by the Queen of the Underworld to investigate where the Riders are gone…
I have to say that this book didn’t entertain me as much as the previous two. I think maybe because the story offered several matters at the same time: the magical fires, the missing Riders, heck, even Bella had to deal with a runaway orphan teenager too!! The explanation of those might be connected … but for me, it was slightly distracting. I also didn’t enjoy the multiple POVs aside from Bella and Sam. I guess I wanted this to be Bella and Sam’s book, and I didn’t want them to share it with other characters.
On top of that, the climax of this book where the Baba sisters came to the rescue and facing the villain was very anti-climatic!! After the build-up, and all the problems the villain created, it was over in one sentence. ONE SENTENCE. Urgh, I didn’t like that one bit. I was expecting an epic battle, with both sides showing off their power.
But the book did conclude things that weren’t solved before – we had a villain returned to wreak havoc, we finally found out what happened to the Riders (by the way, they are getting their OWN books!!), and in between, we had Bella and her love interest Sam, plus a Chudo-Yudo that this time took a form of humongous Norwegian cat. Overall, it was still a good read and I can’t wait to read about the Riders.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*