Series: A Midnight Magic Mystery #3
Published by Midnight Ink on March 8, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: Non-explicit sex scenes and rape scene, allusions to sexual assault of a child
Reviewed by: Kate
He's come for me. My savior, my heart, and ultimately, my devil.
As a child, Anna Olmstead is rescued from her life of poverty and drugs by a vampire named Asher. Over the years, she grows to love Asher, first as a father and later as a lover. But soon trouble interrupts her once-perfect life. While Anna wants to settle down, Asher wants a more voyeuristic, party-driven lifestyle.
When Anna leaves him, Asher does everything he can to bring her back to him--including murder. Even as she finally escapes and starts a new life with a special agent of the F.R.E.A.K.S., Asher makes a new move to kidnap Anna and her children. This time, she may not be able to escape him.
WITCH UPON A STAR, the third book in the Midnight Magic Mystery series, is really tough for me to write a review for. I have seriously conflicting feelings about the events of the book and while it was not poorly written, I think the content is a bit off-putting and not what one would expect from this author.
Having read nearly everything Jennifer Harlow has written, I requested this book on the cover and series alone. I'm not even sure the book description was up when I requested it. However, WITCH UPON A STAR has none of the levity of the earlier books in the series, or any of Harlow's other books. In fact, I'm pretty sure I did not laugh a single time - though I felt many other emotions while reading.
Touching on some really dark themes, like child abuse, WITCH UPON A STAR was engrossing and a very serious read. Unfortunately, it was not what I expected. And even had I been more aware, I think there are still aspects of the story that would have disturbed me regardless. Anna's all encompassing love for and her attempts to seduce her guardian, Asher, even at age 13, before she really knew what she was doing, despite the fact that we were in Anna's head, were still difficult to digest.
While the quality of WITCH UPON A STAR matches the quality of Harlow's other books, the content was vastly different and really dimmed my enjoyment of the book. This is obviously a personal preference, and if you're aware of what you're getting going in, I think that this book could be enjoyable to some readers - with its mystery, the sweet romance between Anna and her husband, and the emotional moments, it definitely has things going for it. So, while it may not have been for me, if you enjoy Harlow's writing, and are aware of the content, you may want to give it a try.Series Titles:
- For more by the same author, with some overlapping characters, try the F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation series.