Monday, 27 January 2014

Book Review: Awakening the Fire (Guardian Witch #1) by Ally Shields

Series: Guardian Witch #1
Publisher: Etopia Press
Publication Date: 14 September 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Chelsea's Author Promotions & the Author (In exchange for an honest Review)

Goodreads Synopsis:
Arianna Calin has sworn to keep the peace in Riverdale. Most of the Otherworlders prefer to haunt the Olde Town district--partying at vampire strip clubs, dining in elegant supper clubs, and inhabiting the cliffside caverns along the Mississippi. Being a cop is a tough job, but someone's gotta do it, and Ari's got her derringer, a sharp stiletto, and a few handy charms against things that hunt in the night. She's also a fire witch--a pedigree that comes in handy, since her partner's only human.

When a virtual reality drug hits the streets, people start to die, and an elusive pack of werewolves threatens the status quo. Ari and Ryan are drawn into a web of murder and evil that will lead sworn enemies to a confrontation. While the city simmers around them, Ari struggles to prevent an all-out supernatural war..

My Review:
This is the second time reading Awakening the Fire. On a special note this was the first book I ever reviewed and you could say indirectly that it helped me on my path to starting a blog! 
It really is amazing how much you don't pick up the first time you read a book, and it's so great how much more you notice the next time you read it. The book starts off with an intense and intriguing scene with Ari out on patrol as the Guardian of Olde Town. 

Characters 3/5
Ally creates well rounded and likable characters. There is some room for development but good grounding was formed in this book.

Ari - Ari is feisty and you can connect with her easily. I find it amazing that she survives on so little sleep! She is a great heroine - she holds her own ground and doesn't swoon and fall over when she meets the  hero of the book. I was very intrigued by her powers that are developing, and are yet to develop.

Andreas - Andreas is smooth and charming. Even in the book he doesn't fit the stereotype of your typical vampire. He plays a low key role for the first half of the book and a much bigger role in second half. He is an intriguing and interesting character. I liked this character and am eager to see how he develops further in the series.

Steffan - Steffan is your fun, friendly, fun to be around, nice guy/werewolf. He was my favourite character in the book. If Ari doesn't end up with Andreas, I hope she gives it a shot with Steffan!

Plot, Pace & Writing Style 4/5
You definitely ease into the story easily. Ally has a great easy writing style - the pace is great, the story has a very nice flow and the story has good world building. 

Cover talk 3/5 - I like the cover - It's got a nice paranormal feel to it and I love the purple flames!

Final Thoughts: I will definitely continue with this series and have high hopes for it.

My Rating:

Books in the series:

~ Favourite Quotes ~

"What was he last song you sang?"

"An Italian love song. Did you enjoy it?"

He turned to look at her. "It was, or I was?" His voice invited a broader interpretation.
She smiled. "Both," she said, not bothering to hedge. "But who is fishing for compliments now?"


"You keep forgetting I can take care of myself."

"So you've said before. But it would be better to stay out of situations where you might have to prove it."


Spring was only a winter away.

Author Bio:
I write urban fantasy/supernatural mysteries. The first three novels in the series have been released and Blood and Fire is scheduled for the fall of 2013. I am currently working hard on book 5. When not writing, I read multiple genres--urban fantasy, thrillers, mysteries, romance, and I love to travel--anywhere, anytime. I live in the Midwest with my miniature pinscher Ranger within driving distance of the Mississippi River that is the setting for my books.

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  1. That's awesome that this is the first book you've ever reviewed! I wish I could remember mine. o_O It seems like a lot of authors have been mixing werewolves and witches lately... I love the former but I have a love/hate relationship with the latter. Either way, thanks for the review and for adding another title to my TBR pile. LOL

    1. *Tee hee* Thanks Carmel :) I do quite enjoy the mixture if they pull it off right!
      I enjoy a great magical witch story :) I am so glad to be adding to your Pile *Hee hee* I know the feeling <3

  2. That is so awesome that you remember which book you first reviewed. I am not completely sure about which one I first reviewed...
    This book sounds interesting except Vampires. Vampires tend to send me running in the other direction :/ and love triangles do that too :(

    Great review though, Chene! :)

    1. Thanks Rashika :) Well I haven't be blogging that long so it wasn't such a long stretch to remember ;) Lol I totally understand, I have the same effect with Zombie books!!

  3. That is so cool that you decided to do a reread of the first book that you read. :)

    1. Thanks Pamela :) I am the type of person that needs to start from 1 in a series *hides face* I can't do a review for book 3 if I didn't do book 1 & 2!! And since my first review was about 3 lines long.. it needed a fair chance at a blog review :) Plus I have a giveaway and author guest post coming up too!!

  4. I really like paranormal books (or any other) with headstrong heroines that focus on the matter at hand without losing themselves too much with the boy drama. It sounds more real to me, and the type of characters that are worth looking up to. But, I do admit that I like the romance in those books. Final verdict: there must be a balance between all those things. :)

    1. I completely agree with you about the balance of romance and strong heroine's :) Ally has got this right in this series!

  5. Awakening the Fire sounds like a great start to the series. I like a quirky heroine and Ari sounds like fun. I am intrigued by Andreas and Stephan... Vampire or Werewolf.... I like both! Great review!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    1. Ari is fun and this is quite a great start to the series! It's not an overwhelming romance in my opinion, yet it has enough to keep you interested - I am definitely hoping for it to grow and develop in the future books and I am quite excited about Ari's powers that we are yet to discover!!

  6. Wow, the book that kinda/sorta got you blogging. That's big. Mine was the Ilona Andrews series.

    1. It is Right!! *happy dance* Hmm I still need to try out one of Ilona book's sometime :)


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