Review: Wickedly Powerful (Baba Yaga #3) by Deborah Blake

February 11, 2016 Review 0

Review:  Wickedly Powerful (Baba Yaga #3) by Deborah BlakeWickedly Powerful by Deborah Blake
Series: Baba Yaga, #3
Published by Berkley on February 2, 2016
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Pages: 304 pages
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: Kissing, moderately graphic sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kristina
3 Stars

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…

In this third Baba Yaga book we are introduced to Bella, the Baba Yaga who watches over the forests and deserts of the Midwestern states. It was fun coming back to this series and seeing a modern take on the Baba Yaga of Slavic fairy tales. Since Baba Yaga lives in the forest in the old stories, Wickedly Powerful portrays a Baba in her most natural habitat amongst the trees and forest creatures.The plot was pretty interesting and what seemed like a small magical fire issue slowly unraveled into a huge fight for Belle, and her friends lives. I liked the steady build up to the final intense battle in the forest and I love the world building with the Babas living in magical houses that connect to the Otherworld of fairies.

It would be so easy to create three women and make them carbon copies of eachother over the course of three books since they are the same 'fairy creature' doing the same job. Luckily each Baba Yaga is different in not only looks and personality but in their backstories. I liked Bella's quasi-tragic backstory and since her element is fire she is a bit hot-tempered but very down to earth and caring.  I loved her Chudo-Yudo, Koschka who was a dragon disguised as a unusually large house cat. Sam, her love interest complimented her very well being a firefighter damaged by a fire. Both of them helped eachother with their fire related past traumas and their love story was very touching.

Aside from the sweet connection between Bella and Sam, I enjoyed getting  POVs from the Riders in this story. The Riders are sort of immortal Baba Yaga protectors. They were each pretty interesting and amusing from what we saw of them as they were playing the 'damsels in distress' and not up to much talking in this story. Usually my wish for a secondary character to have a book of their own doesn't come true. So I was very happy to see that one of the Riders is getting his own book!

Wickedly Powerful is a great paranormal romance that is heavy on the paranormal and fantastical. I enjoyed this trek into a modern day fairy tale and look forward to more of these lovely characters and this world in the next book.

 

Series Titles:

1. Wickedly Dangerous

2. Wickedly Wonderful

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