Book Review: Melhara by Jocelyn Tollefson
Today I will be reviewing Melhara by Jocelyn Tollefson
About the Book
Witches. Demons. Angels. Ancient prophecies and eternal wars.
Kyra Parker seems to have it all: a successful career woman, wife, and mother; she's living the life she always wanted. But appearances are deceiving. In reality, she's a witch who has forbidden herself from using magic—at least the powers she has control over. Only two of her closest friends know her secret—one they share.
Kyra can no longer ignore her destiny when she is exposed as the key to the end of the world. She transforms into a dark witch after reluctantly surrendering her soul to the demon, Alastor, to save her loved ones.
With her friends, Alexis and Axel, chasing her across the country in an attempt to free her from the demon's influence, Kyra ventures ever closer to the point of no return. Her family and friends need to work together before it’s too late to save her—and the rest of the world—from the demon apocalypse.
There's just one problem—she doesn’t want to be saved.
I love anything with witches and demons in it, so when I first picked up this story I was super excited to see what it would entail! There were a lot of characters in this book on both sides, and I appreciated how the author showed both sides and gave them some clever tricks and tools with which to battle each other. The introduction of the supernatural elements was interesting and really helped bring the story to life,
I liked the witches Alexis and Axel and thought some of their clever machinations were really well designed. The only problem was there were so many characters sprinkled throughout the story to create this epic ending showdown that sometimes it felt like they were blending in with one another.
They all could have used a few more personality traits to distinguish them and make them feel a little more compelling. That isn't to say this seriously hurt the book or anything, it is just the sort of thing that would have made the book quite a bit better. Nothing really felt like the author cheated: for example, everyone is fairly powerful, but it wasn't just a series of unfair cheats (like 'the enemy has a spell so it insta-wins!') or anything like that. If the characters had been a little better developed I would have given this a five star rating, but unfortunately some of the side characters were weak. As such I will give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Worth checking out for audiences of fast-paced fantasy!
About the Author
Jocelyn is a Canadian Author.
She has always had a passion for reading and writing, drafting her own episodes of her favorite T.V. shows as a child and various other short stories about ghosts, witches, and other supernatural creatures.
Jocelyn grew up reading fantasy and horror novels from R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, Dean Koontz, John Saul, Anne Rice, and Stephen King; these authors shaped her love for darker fantasy. Currently, she’s into Kelley Armstrong, Pittacus Lore, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Her all-time favorite stories involve witches and magic.
Melhara is her first published novel with two more installments to come for this series.
She enjoys staying up late reading or watching B-budget fantasy and horror movies for inspiration then goes to sleep dreaming of dark creatures and magical worlds.
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