Title: Witch’s Jewel
Author: Kater Cheek
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: Five stars
“A sorcerous jewel. A mysterious uncle. Can a barista keep her magical heirloom safe from murderous crooks?
Kit Melbourne longs to quit her brother’s coffee shop to pursue her artistic dreams. And despite the temptation to sell the sought-after enchanted gem she inherited from her uncle, she promises her family to protect it at all costs. But when her brother’s tea-leaf reading predicts her imminent death, she’s terrified to discover those who want it will kill to make it theirs.
Forced to dig into her late relative’s murky past, Kit is doubly shocked when she learns the artifact’s mighty power cannot be transferred unless its caretaker is dead. But despite her command of karate and fierce vampiric allies, her attackers show no sign of giving up their relentless lethal pursuit.
Has Kit’s vow not to sell sealed her doom?”
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This book slapped me square in the face. I don’t know how else to describe it!
For one thing, Witch’s Jewel is ridiculously page-turnable. I got thoroughly irritated whenever I had to put this book down. (Just ask my husband if you don’t believe me).
Kit Melbourne is a barista who aspires to be a full-time florist, with a troubled past and serious boy trouble. The guy she fell in love with is one of her best friends but he’s all over his girlfriend, perfect Julie.
Kit always thought that her brother was crazy for practicing withcraft. But when she inherits a magical heirloom that allows her to see every magical creature, Kit quickly changes her mind. Problem is, there are people in their town who are more than willing to kill Kit to take this heirloom off her hands.
With the help of the magical community, Kit learns just how much danger she is in and how to protect herself. But with an attempt on her life every five minutes, she wonders how she can go on living in Seabringen.
Kit’s character is wonderfully immersive. Her childhood was traumatic and she has developed a lot of complex issues as a result. Now she has the support of her brother and her best friends, she can concentrate on making her life the way she wants it. Kit is so full of love but at a loss as to what to do with it because of the abuse she suffered as a child. I love that she’s a dedicated martial artist, too!
One of my favourite parts about this book was the romance (no spoilers: I won’t tell you who it’s with!). This romance was masterfully crafted and made me feel all the right things at just the right moments. Better yet, it helped Kit realise her self-worth and how much she had to offer her friends and family.
The story was thoroughly unpredictable. There were so many twists and turns and from one minute to the next, I didn’t know who was friend and who was foe. Witch’s Jewel was a total roller-coaster and I can’t wait to read book two!
Thanks for reading!