February 22, 2016

Loved It: Wickedly Powerful by Deborah Blake

Series: Baba Yaga 3
Format: Paperback
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them…

The only thing more fiery than Bella Young’s red hair is her temper. She knows that a Baba Yaga’s power without strict control can leave the people she cares about burned, so to protect her heart—and everyone around her—the only company she keeps is her dragon-turned-Norwegian-Forest-cat, Koshka.

But when Bella is tasked with discovering who’s setting magical fires throughout Wyoming’s Black Hills, she finds herself working closely with former hotshots firefighter Sam Corbett—and falling hard for his quiet strength and charm.

Sam may bear the scars of his past, but Bella can see beyond them and would do anything to help him heal. Only before she can rescue her Prince Charming, she’ll have to overcome the mysterious foe setting the forest fires—a truly wicked witch who wields as much power and even more anger than Bella…

Hell hath no fury like a woman not ready to give up her Baba Yaga status.

For those who are unfamiliar with Deborah Blake's Baba Yaga series, it has an urban fantasy vibe with a touch of paranormal romance. Personally, I call it my hippie series, these Babas might hug trees, talk to their dragons disguised as domesticated pets, and dressed in colorful flowy clothes, but don't let that fool you. Mess with Mother Nature and you mess with them and the consequences are not pretty. Like the series name indicates, the novels are based on a Russian lore, but you won't find crones here, instead you'll meet hot, sexy, clever, badass young female guardians of nature. Definitely something you should try if you're a fan of the genre. 

Now for those who are fans of the series. WICKEDLY POWERFUL is such a delightful read. Though it carries the same theme of the previous novels, a Baba Yaga knee-deep in some nature issue, it also closes the Brenna (CRAZY deposed ex-Baba) arc. Oof, that Brenna, so bad but she's no match for a Bella's Chudo-Yudo and the Baba Yaga United. Yup, Barbara and Beka made appearances and they closed the Baba Yaga arc wonderfully.

WICKEDLY POWERFUL may have ended the arc of the witches (sort of), but it opened a new one featuring the Riders! Remember them bike riding handsome were-dragons? Yeah, something major happened to them here which added a fantastic twist to the series, and now we're treated to more books led by them! Woot! I've always wanted them to have their own novels because these dragon riders are sexy as sin and Mikhail Day's is first in line. I read the excerpt, and I don't usually read excerpts, and it sounds hot already. Cabin in the woods, lost girl on Murphy's Law, Day is yet to save his last damsel before settling down it seems. 

I love this series so much and the direction it's going! I'm very exciting what DBlake's going to bring to the table in terms of her dragons. I'm sure it's going to be unique and as fantastic as the Baba arc.

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  1. This really does sound fun, I so need to try this series!

  2. I'm loving the sound of this series and I just picked up a copy as anything with Baba Yaga must be awesome, lol. The Russian lore sounds so fun - something I haven't seen around too often.
    You sold me :)

  3. One day I'll have to read the first book I have since it release.... so late

  4. I want to kick myself for not starting the series sooner, but I'm glad I didn't. Now I 3 at my disposal! Can't wait to read them.

  5. This is a series that really intrigues me, Braine, and it's already on my shelves over at Goodreads. I just need some more time, you know? I have so many books already. But Baba Yaga will be among the new series I start this year for sure!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  6. So glad to see that you're still enjoying this series. I haven't started it yet, but I've picked up the first book on audio.

  7. This series sounds like so much fun, Braine! I'm glad you're enjoying it so much. I'm going to have to give it a go sometime. :)

  8. Hold on. Each of these books are different people?! How the heck did I not know this? Do you have to read the previous books to read this one? I've been eyeballing these books but have yet to get my hands on the first one to start them. They sound really good.

  9. I was so relieved and excited that the series would continue with the Riders' stories. This did end the witches' arc on a good note though I hope they and their dragon dogs/cat get more page time, too.

    1. Don't worry, Sophia Rose--the Baba Yagas show up in the Rider books :-)

  10. Ahh! Book three already. This is a series I keep saying I am going to read. I have to get after it. I just finished the Latest Mercy Thompson and it had Babba Yaga in it.

  11. What a cool spin on Babba Yaga! And a much prettier one, too - can I have a fluffy norwegian cat that is really dragon, too?! So this is a good series? Ah, crap... adding it!! Great review!!

  12. Woohoo! Loved this one too :D Can't wait to see what happens with the Riders :D

  13. I have become really intrigued with this series lately. Hopefully I can read the first book soon. Great review.

  14. I'm gonna have to try this series before it takes off too far. Glad that you're enjoying it!

  15. I've been seeing this series on Delighted Reader and Herding Cats and Burning Soup their blogs and recently added the first one to my to-read list. It sounds like a great series and one I would probably enjoy. Ad the concept sounds so fun and original. Glad to hear you're enjoying this series so far :)

  16. Good to see you enjoyed the kind of conclusion here.... awesome to see there's a kind of spin off though!

  17. I think this series might be perfect for me. I'm a big tree hugger. I may not always dress hippie but I'm a hippie at heart for sure. I'm going to make sure the first is on my wishlist!

  18. I am loving this series, and of course I am listening on audio and have to wait!!! So unfair. I am excited about the riders spinoff.

  19. Oh I love the sounds of this series. I want to get it. :) Thank you!

  20. I have this series, now I just need to pick it up. It sounds amazing and I bet I'll love it!


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