Jazz, the powerfully magical teen first introduced in Wickedly Powerful, is now being trained as a Baba Yaga--and she's determined to free the Broken Riders herself.
Seeing Wickedly Spirited come out as a follow up novella to the Baba Yaga trilogy and also a nice tide-me-over while I await the next release in the spin-off Broken Riders series was a fantastic prospect.
Wickedly Spirited is a short novella-length piece that takes a minor character from the third Baba Yaga book, Wickedly Powerful, and gives her a little coming of age lesson adventure. This novella assumes the reader has read Wickedly Powerful (well, the first Broken Riders spin-off story, Dangerously Charming, too) so does not make a good standalone and it gives series spoilers so needs to be read in order.
So, Jazz, is sixteen, newly become a Baba Yaga witch apprentice to Bella, touched with teen arrogance, and a little wary that her new found home and family with Bella and Sam will be whisked away. She is determined to be the one who restores the immortality to the Riders and she has a big, gutsy plan to do it.
Jazz is depicted well as a survivor of the foster care system and of a harrowing adventure against a crazed witch. I appreciated that the author wrote her as a typical sixteen year old in her thinking (which led to me wanting to shake her for her thoughts at times). Jazz’s painful coming of age lesson here was an interesting side story and was a nice tweeny to help get me excited for Gregori’s story coming out soon. I’m curious to see how that surprising twist there at the end will play out for Jazz’s future.
This was a fun, quick reminder of what I enjoy about the author’s writing and the two connected series in the Baba Yaga-Broken Rider world. Magic and fae, romance and adventure for the paranormal romance lover that I can definitely recommend.
My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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