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2.07.2013

Review: The Cat's Meow by Stacey Kennedy

The Cat's Meow (Witch's Brew #1) by Stacey Kennedy
Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Witches
Ebook $2.99 (256 pages, ENTANGLED)
When a magical presence is detected around a recent string of feline slayings, Libby, an enchantress, is determined to discover who is behind the odd deaths. Being a witch gifted by the Goddess to conjure spells won’t protect her from the sexy warlock the Coven sends to assist her. Kale weaves a spell more powerful than any she’s ever seen.
While having the muscle around proves to be useful in her investigation, fighting her growing attraction for Kale is worse than a hex, especially considering the secrets she knows he’s keeping. But when her spells turn up clues that point to something far more sinister than slaughtered cats, the elusive warlock becomes the least of her worries.
Libby finds herself in the midst of an uprising. She trusts no one and isn’t safe—not from the warlocks stirring up trouble. Not from the worrisome rebellion she can’t escape. And certainly not from Kale, who is weaving a very dangerous spell over her heart.
Author Site: staceykennedy.com

Confusing world building, annoying protagonist... (2 stars)

I'm sure I'm not the only reviewer who dreads writing a review for a book they just didn't end up liking. There was a lot about THE CAT'S MEOW that didn't work for me even though the blurb sounded promising.

Libby is a witch, specifically an Enchantress. Kale is a rune-wielding warlock. She and her mother were deserted by her dad and she later had a warlock boyfriend who left her heartbroken. Now she hates warlocks. From the get-go the world building is really confusing. I was absolutely lost as to why there were different ruling groups for witches and warlocks, the whole thing felt really... I don't know... I just know I don't like when it feels so mysoginistic (whether that was intentional by Kennedy or not I'm not quite sure).

As an urban fantasy the story is alright but is so easily resolved I found it disappointing. The romance was alright but since Libby spends most of the time suspicious and hating on Kale I found it difficult to buy. Libby's constant suspiciousness and—since this is first person—attitude toward all warlocks based on the actions of a few were just annoying. I wanted to like her but she just wasn't a very likable protagonist.

Overall, as much as I love a witch story I just couldn't wrap my head around the world building or get past Libby's personality enough to like it at all.



Other Reviews:
All Things Urban Fantasy
Mara on Goodreads
My Not So Vacant Shelf

Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.

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