Monday, June 2, 2014

Review: The Witching Pen (The Witching Pen #1) by Dianna Hardy and Wilted (The Witching Pen Prequel)

Title: The Witching Pen (The Witching Pen #1)
Author: Dianna Hardy
Source: Self Purchased
Length: Novel
Release Date: December 3, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 3

It's hard being the most powerful witch on the planet. It's even harder when you're a
twenty-five year old virgin who'll lose all of that power the moment you sleep with someone ... that's why Elena's never slept with her best friend and flatmate, Karl, despite the true feelings they harbour for each other.

Elena's about to discover that there are even more difficult things in life to deal with. One of them comes in the form of a pen she discovers one day, a pen that allows anything she writes to come to pass...

Suddenly, it's not just her powers or her heart that's at stake, but her very soul, as a dream demon with a seductive pull uses the pen to try and turn her away from her reality, and from Karl.

But the pen is just the beginning. Everything Elena has believed in is a lie, and her world is about to fall apart...
Poor Elena - the most powerful witch in existence and she can't have the one thing she really wants.  Her best friends Karl has been in love with her since they were kids and she thinks she may be in love with him as well.  Too bad she can't do anything about it.  But that's nothing when a demon starts to visit your dreams and uses your body to do horrible things while you're sleeping.

Elena and Karl need to figure out what is going on - and fast - before Elena is forced to give herself to one of the creepiest bad guys I've read.  He's determined to make Elena his, but not for any good reason.  Elena and Karl begin to dig into Elena's past and find some pretty amazingly scary stuff.  And it's no longer just Elena that's as risk - if the demon gets what it wants, the whole world could be in danger.

There are some witchy friends and some other demonic types that  play a big role in the story - I really loved Pueblo and was happy to see his name mentioned on the blurb for book two.  Lots and lots of stuff happens for such a short novel, and there were a few times it got a little too rushed for me - especially the part right after the explosion (you'll know it when you read it).  The ending is one big massive cluster of awesome though.  I had to read it a couple times just to let it all sink in.

Title: Wilted (The Witching Pen #0.5)
Author: Dianna Hardy
Source: Amazon Free
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Short Story
Release Date: December 3, 3013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 1

(This story takes place ten years before the events of The Witching Pen.)

Fifteen-year-old Elena hides her magical abilities from everyone, except her best friend, Karl. Inseparable since they were very young, they've always shared everything together, including the darkest parts of their lives.

Elena's beginning to realise that her feelings for Karl are growing into something more. But her mother's about to drop a bombshell on her – one that will change the course of her life, and heart, forever.
This was a nice little addition to The Witching Pen.  It covers a short, but very important,  period of time in Elena and Karl's past.  The events are referenced several times in book one and it was fun to see how and why they became so important to both of them.

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