*I’m combining my reviews for Episodes 1 & 2 because Episode 1 was so short, it would be silly to make it stand on it’s own*
Book Description Ep. 1:
A genie’s life is full of wishes – the wishes of those who own him, that is.
When his owner, the powerful yet ugly witch Ezemelda, is called to celebrate the coming-of-age of King Nruk’s daughter, her prophesy of the princess’ future goes against everything Nruk desires. Promising a special spell to reverse the curse on the princess and change her future, but won’t cost him a cent, Ezemelda has more than the future of the kingdom in mind.
What’s the cost of signing a contract with a witch?
And, what does it mean for the genie of the lamp?
Book Description Ep. 2:
Ever since the witch Ezemalda and the Genie escaped him, the Dark Prince has plotted his revenge. Now it comes in the guise of the mortal countess Sybil van Dyk. After selling her soul to the the Dark Prince, she seeks to reverse her enchantment at the magic workshop of the Genie and the witch. As they work to set the countess free, the Genie and Ezemalda embark on a new adventure in their battle with the Dark Side, not suspecting what signing a contract with the Dark Prince on new moon portends.
**I would like to start off by saying I received both copies of The Witch’s Kiss Ep. 1&2 for free via a LibraryThing member giveaway in exchange for a review. Although I am super grateful and excited for any opportunity at receiving a book for free, I am also very strict with being honest. That being said, giveaways do not impact my reviews.**
My Rating Ep. 1: 5/5
This novella was crazy fun and fast read (only 25 pages)! It reminded me so much of old fairy tales having involved creatures from witches, dwarves, goblins, genies and more to involving concepts such as dark and light – so many ingredients make for a fantastic recipe!
But with that being said, it had a nuisance that I can’t ignore: the main character’s name – Ezemalda. This reminds me way too much of Ezmerelda so every time I read Ezemalda, I had to correct myself because I always read it as Ezmerelda. Ezemalda sticks to the tongue. Too much work for a main character’s name.
Other than that, very entertaining – was excited to read the next episode!
My Rating Ep. 2: 3/5
This book started with promise and completely lost it’s way which really bummed me out. I will not be continuing on to the third episode at all.
Let’s start off on a good note, as always:
I adored the repository! I wish I could find books in a bookstore by calling out keywords and having books just fly to me.. that would be glooorious ❤
The little drunk owl, I’m dying – so funny
This episode had a nice twist to it though, involving the moon clause. Nooooo! I felt so bad haha but I won’t ruin it for any one who’s interested in reading this.
And that’s about it for the pleasantries. Here’s where we start the decline to the depths of book hell:
The details – they weren’t much. I really wish there were more as far as drawing out the environments for the readers! I totally bet this author could construct gorgeous landscapes and creatures if she just took a little more time to describe things instead of throwing us from one room to the next without any transition or mere description such as “cellar” or “bedroom.” The reader’s aren’t given much to envision so good luck and start getting creative guys!
Another HUGE irk in mah birk is the Harry Potter like reference. If you’ve read this you KNOW what I’m talking about. The “You-Know-Who” that people are too afraid to say and the one person who sees that as giving him power so refuses to use “You-Know-Who…” come on now…
But we’re still not at the point where I’m ready to throw in the towel. At this point, I was still very interested in continuing on to the 3rd episode. The thing that completely made me throw in the towel and make me feel like I wasted my time on yet another poorly written ARC/Giveaway was the sexual ending. DAFUQ DID THAT COME FROM?! Now, I’m no prude by any means but 1.) this came out of absolutely frickin no where and 2.) rape is just crossing the line for me.
But gaiz, the 3rd book doesn’t redeem itself by any means. I read the synopsis, because up until this weird turn of events, I thoroughly enjoyed this story, but the 3rd book is all about some passionate love making and the genie becoming a hardcore rapist… that’s where I end this train. It’s one thing to be sexual but I picked a fantasy book not a fetish romance… I don’t want anything to do with rape, thanks.
And just so you don’t think I’ve completely lost it, here’s the synopsis from Goodreads for Episode 3:
NEVER BEFORE HAS PASSION BEEN MORE DANGEROUS.
Furious that once again the Genie and the witch Ezemalda escaped his clutches, the Dark Prince enlists the help of Lilith, the dark queen of sexual magic in his quest for revenge. Tricking them with a drink, Lilith bewitches Ezemalda and the Genie with obsessive sexual dreams. The Dark Queen’s plan backfires when Ezemalda comes up with an antidote, but she will not be stopped and implants a dangerous idea in all the kingdom’s subjects. With everyone around them now convinced that the Genie commits terrible acts against women, even rapes them, he and Ezemalda have to find a new way to stand against the dark forces and clear their names.
**DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME WITH THESE NOVELLAS/STORIES/BOOKS**