Review – Bewitched




Bewitched #1


Laura Thalassa


Paranormal Romance


At age twenty, Selene Bowers desperately hopes to be accepted into Henbane Coven, an academy for young witches. Since one of the requirements for entry is to connect with her powers via a quest through the wilderness, Selene books a trip to South America. When a nefarious supernatural force tries to drag her plane from the sky, Selene’s magic awakens to save her life—at a cost. Using her powers devours her memories, one by one.
Worse, when Selene braves the jungle and discovers the source of the attack, she finds herself awakening an ancient evil, Memnon the Cursed, who mistakes Selene for his long-dead wife. The wife who betrayed him. Selene manages to escape and begin her studies at Henbane, but when Memnon turns up at the coven and witches are found dead across campus, Selene becomes entangled in a dangerous plot. Accused of the murders on the basis of her memory loss, Selene must rely on Memnon’s help for answers—and his plans for her will change everything.


5stars rating

A new book by one of my favorite authors, and I have to say I absolutely LOVED it! Like… really, really loved it, and I need the next one asap *ahem* pretty please *puppy eyes*


It’s the world as we know it in the present day. Humans don’t know about the supernatural, or maybe if they did once, they have forgotten about it. In this book, we have witches, mages, and shifters. Oh, and not to forget the witches’ familiars (sorry, Nero, please don’t eat me).
While we stay close to home (the Henbane Coven) for most of the book, we start the story with a quest that takes us to South America, a plane crash, and an ancient tomb. Then seemingly random witches are getting killed, and the timer starts to discover who is behind everything.
We learn as we go about the different factions and what defines them, and while this is the first book in a series, there is no information overload. Excellent writing!
The scenes and environments were well described and clear enough to fully enjoy the story.

Character development:

Selene has been working towards one goal for the past year, and that is getting into the Henbane Coven and being able to study magic. Even though every spell she casts takes away a memory, she is steadfast in getting in.
She is very driven, and you have never met anyone as organized as her, I mean, I like lists and post-its, but it’s very different for her. She has notebooks galore and post-its all over the place as she desperately needs them in case her magic takes one of those memories.
I liked Selene from the start, trying to overcome her limitations, reaching for her dream, and doing everything possible to get there. She is kindhearted but no pushover, and while she knows the price of using her magic, she’s not shy to do just that when the situation demands it.

And then we have Memnom… I can’t describe him better than “hot and cold” wrapped in a very yummy package. He gives and takes, and it is seriously hard to get a read on him. I won’t say much more, as I do not want to spoil anything, but I’m balancing between hate and love, and that in itself is so so wickedly good 😀

Then we have our side characters: Sybil, the best friend, and Kane, a shifter Selene has a crush on *swoon*.
As we’ve come to expect from the author, all characters have great depth. They have their hopes and fears and reasons for doing what they do. They feel so alive. I love it!

Pacing & Flow:

We get thrown into it from the get-go. Selene goes on her quest, and boy, does she find adventure! And Nero! 😀 There wasn’t a moment in the book where it was too much action or the pacing was too slow. I just couldn’t put the book down, reading it during every break I could at work and then well into the night. I had to know what would happen!

The book itself:

The book was well written with no (noticeable) errors. There are some sexual scenes described (I would rate it 3 out of 5 so far).
The book has 443 pages, spread over 46 chapters, and is told from Selene’s point of view.

Final Thoughts:

I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book, courtesy of NetGalley and the author, and as I’ve said, I really, really enjoyed it! It’s flagged as one of my favorites, and I am soooooo looking forward to the next installment!
If you like a witchy urban fantasy with a lot of magic flying around and a romance that will leave you undecided if you love or hate him? Well, this book is for you!