27 August 2010

Review: Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble - H.P. Mallory

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by H.P. Mallory
published July 2010, paranormal romance
got a digital copy for review by the author

Jolie Wilkins leads a pretty normal life. That is right until the day sexy warlock Rand Balfour (a male witch) comes into her life. He needs her help to solve a crime and seems to know more about Jolie and her abilities than she does. She is attracted to him and he also seems to feel something for her. Jolie agrees to help Rand but doesn't know that this decision will change her life completly.
It turns out that Jolie is a witch herself with the unique talent to bring back the dead. Because of her skill many people are interested in Jolie. Rand wants a normal life for her but when the witch Bella decides that she wants Jolie he sees no other chance but to take under his protection.
What started as an exciting discovery for Jolie develops into a serious fight for her life. In the end Jolie needs to trust in her own power if she wants to survive. 

I don't know if this book is Urban Fantasy ot Paranormal Romance but what I know is that I enjoyed reading it. The story is very entertaining and at the beginning light-hearted. I enjoyed the change to a more darker story throughout the book and liked that the characters got time to develop. Jolie is a great heroine and how she handled being a witch was believable. I enjoyed seeing how she got stronger and stronger. Her relationship with Rand is complicated and I want to know how it will continue. I guess Rand still has still some secrets to share with her. 

The world of witches, vampires, werewolfes and faires is a fascinating and complex one. It's not so easy  to say who's on who's side and I hope to learn more about the magical world in the next book of the series. 
Besides Jolie and Rand I especially enjoyed reading about the mysterious vampire Sinjin. I want to know if he really is one of the good guys and how Jolie will deal with him. 

The cover is fun and cool however I don't think that it fits the book perfectly.

final appraisal
I had a lot of fun while reading "Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble" and enjoyed that the book was easy to read, that the characters were great and that the story never bored me. The book made me excited to read what happens next in Jolie and Rand's life and the fight against Bella. 


  1. Great review Sabrina! I've got this book in my stacks and I'm excited to read that the book gets darker as the reader ventures deeper. Very cool but like you, I may be disgruntled with the cover if it misrepresents the book.

    Thanks for your thoughts!

  2. This sounds like a cute paranormal romance. The cover is a little too cute though. I may have to try the story though because it sounds neat and there's not that many urban fantasy or paranormal books I read lately where the main characters are witches.

  3. I was just going to read this book next. I'm glad your liked it. :) That makes me feel better about trying a new author.

  4. Thank you, Sabrina, for the very generous review and to everyone else for all the comments!




Email *

Message *