Early Review: Something Witchy This Way Comes by H.P. Mallory

September 22, 2012 Review 0

*This title will be released on September 25, 2012*

Something Witchy This Way Comes (Jolie Wilkins, #5)


(Jolie Wilkins, #5)
by H.P. Mallory

Genre: Paranormal Romance |
Excerpt: No | Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Kristina | Source: Netgalley

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (September 25, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0345531582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345531582


Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.

Sexual Content

Some moderately graphic sex scenes


A witch’s work is never done, and in bestselling author H. P. Mallory’s mesmerizing new novel, Jolie Wilkins finds that the real magic is only just beginning.
For smart and sexy witch Jolie Wilkins, being Queen of the Underworld is a royal pain. Back from a round of time travel, Jolie must now protect her realm from the sinister Lurkers—a powerful breed of half-humans bent on conquering the undead. And if there’s one thing she knows, it’s that the supernatural never go down without a fight.

At least Jolie has her soul mate (and finally official boyfriend), warlock Rand Balfour, by her side. Honorable, brave, and unbelievably handsome, Rand is everything Jolie wants in a man. So why can’t she forget the dangerously alluring vampire, Sinjin Sinclair? With her private life heating up and a battle boiling over, Jolie sets out to prove that in matters of love and war, the fairer hex has its own set of charms.


SOMETHING WITCHY THIS WAY COMES had an interesting lightness in its tone and humorous dialogue which fit surprisingly well with the very dark plot. There was quite a bit of rehashing of what happened in the previous four Jolie Wilkins books which was very helpful in understanding what was going on. Though considering the recaps involved discussions of time travel there was a natural if not expected confusion in what or when things happened.

Recaps aside, I enjoyed the wonderfully complex and detailed world of witches, vampires, and fae that  H.P. Mallory created. The Lurkers felt like an actual threat and I was happy to see their perspective of the war which ‘humanized’ many of them. Although their defeat seemed too easy for a supposedly impenetrable enemy organization bent on the destruction of the Underworld.

While I really liked that Jolie came off as a strong, intelligent heroine who never gave up in the face of the overwhelming adversity she faced, I found the constant inner arguments with herself annoying and bordering on schizophrenic. It dragged the plot to a halt every time it happened. One of Jolie’s many conversations with herself involves her two suitors; Rand and Sinjin. This love triangle  didn’t really live up to the term ‘love triangle’ as Jolie seems to have made her decision early on and with one guy basically out of the picture for most of the book there is no real tension or doubt over who Jolie is going to end up with.

I enjoyed SOMETHING WITCHY THIS WAY COMES and liked Jolie’s positivity though I was disappointing to discover that this was the last book in the series since there were quite a few startling revelations and loose ends to tie up. It would have been more satisfying to have an epilogue or even another book since it definitely didn’t feel like a final book.

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