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Friday, November 5, 2010

Jackie’s Story by Lizzy Stevens

Jackie’s Story (The Witches of Snow Hollow Book 3) by Lizzy Stevens
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (48 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Orchid

The story of the Addison witches continues with Jackie Addison. Jackie falls in love with a vampire named Ricky and plans to take him to Snow Hollow to help fight the long awaited lunar eclipse battle. She knows that she has to get the blessing of her sister Jenna before the relationship can blossom. This is going to be a very difficult task to compete since her sister Jamie fell in love with a demon who tried to kill her. How was Jackie going to convince Jenna that Ricky was different. She knew he loved her for real and would never hurt her.

Ricky may be a vampire but he is different. He fights demons night after night side by side with Jackie. He fights demons with her but can he help protect the Addison house during the most important battle of their year? Can he win Jenna's trust so that he can be with Jackie? Will the Addison witches win this fight?

The time of eclipse is near and the Addison sisters must fight the demons once again. This is Jackie’s story, the third and youngest sister.

Jackie works as an estate agent by day and destroys demons at night. One night she meets Rick, but feels something is not quite right about him. He explains he is a vampire, but one who doesn’t drink human blood -- only animal blood.

Together they fight demons and fall in love, but Jackie knows the Witches Council will only accept Rick as her partner if her eldest sister approves. When Jackie is hurt by a demon energy ball, Rick has no idea how to save her. He knows she will die if he doesn’t do something.

This third book of the Witches of Snow Hollow again has depth I didn’t expect to find in a short book. Action, adventure, love and despair - they’re all there. Jackie is a modern woman with two jobs, neither of which seems to stretch her too much. Rick, through no fault of his own, has become something he hates. The two of them are strong willed but I believe this is what draws them together.

I didn’t feel such an empathy for Jackie as I did for her sisters when I read their stories. This doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy this story because I did, except for the last couple of pages and that was only because it seemed rushed over the last few scenes. They were told to me rather than shown and I found this a bit off-putting. However the rest of the book was excellent - what a shame there’s only three sisters, as I guess this is the end of the Witches of Snow Hollow.

Definitely worth reading, especially if you’ve read the other two books. It continues the trilogy to a natural end.