Afternoon Delight Review: Wickedly Spirited by Deborah Blake

Afternoon Delight Review: Wickedly Spirited by Deborah BlakeWickedly Spirited by Deborah Blake

Series: Baba Yaga #3.5
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Intermix on 19 September 2017
Pages: 58
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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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.

The Delight

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.

Review

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.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #240 YA
COYER #76

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I like this novella and now I’m wondering if Jazz is getting her own book. Kinda genius too with “that thing” so transition Jazz from teen to adult. Although the age situation is a little tricky to navigate coz she is still techinically a teen/underage in case DBlake plans to write her book in the same vein as the previous three.

    • Oh, yep, yep, that twisty thing has me curious how it will be used, too.

  • I’d not heard of this series! Baba Yaga, I see… I’d probably skip this novella but the series sounds interesting. I’m always on the lookout for new PNR, since I don’t read nearly enough but love the genre. 😀 Great review, Sophia!

    Have a lovely week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Its got a neat worldbuilding and different characters. Definitely a good bet since you’re looking for more PNRs to try, Alyssa. 🙂

      You have a better week than last, lady. Cheering for you.

  • I did buy the first book when it was released but I haven’t read it. I need to try it!

    • Oh yes, its a great witch romance with fae elements. A little different from the usual. Love her companion and her magical caravan trailer, too. 🙂

  • Such a fun series. I skipped this one but will have to pick it up at some point 🙂 Always nice to get a little taste of those series you enjoy 🙂

    • It is a fun one. You’re probably okay to skip it save for one little quirky surprise at the end that may or may not play into future books (sorry to sound mysterious), but it likely won’t affect the plot so much as startle you if it shows up.

  • This sounds like a series that I should try. Glad you enjoyed it, Sophia Rose!

    • I’ve enjoyed her take on the Baba Yaga legend and the spin-off series. I think you’d like them, Carole. 🙂