What I’ve Been Reading: Witches, Vampires and Even Some Humans

I’ve got three more books here. Maybe you’ll find something you can add to that dreaded TBR list. We’ve got witches and warlocks and vampires, and even human teens if paranormal isn’t your thing all the time. Sometimes it’s nice to take a breather from the supernatural.

Enchantment by Nikki Jefford (Spellbound #3) enchantment

A fun filled conclusion to the Spellbound trilogy. Check out my reviews of Entangled and Duplicity.
If you like witches, give this trilogy a go. It’s entertaining and well-written.

The plot veered off in a totally different direction to what I’d predicted. That was a nice surprise. The descriptions of Barcelona were spot on. I was brought right back to the gorgeous city I was lucky enough to visit last summer.
These books have become more New Adult than YA as the series progressed, something I appreciated as the characters are growing up. I’m sad to say goodbye to Gray and the rest of the gang.
An entertaining, magic infused trilogy.

Check it out on Goodreads and Amazon.


butterfaceButterface by Gwen Hayes

I adore this author’s style. I loved Totally Tubular (still probably my favourite read of 2013) and So Over You was just as witty.

Reading the blurb for Butterface made me both smile and cringe. Dogfight is one of my favourite films thanks to the characters and the 60s music and themes. I will always remember the scene in the bathroom of the restaurant/club when Lili Taylor realises why River Phoenix brought her to the party, and I was waiting anxiously for that horrible moment to happen to Beth.

I felt for Beth even before I started reading. In such a short space of time, I fell very much in like with both Beth and Lucky. They’re just kids, trying to make their way in a world that can often be cruel.
I liked the message at the heart of this story. Accept yourself, believe in yourself and your worth, work on your self-confidence and live.

Check it out on Goodreads and Amazon.


What Kills Me by Wynne Channing what kills me

A fast and enjoyable read.
I should be sick and tired of vampire stories at this stage (I read so many of them) but What Kills Me had a refreshing take. First of all, it starts out in Rome, the main character is Canadian, and how she becomes a vampire is unique. Zee’s voice was full of excitement, while Lucas is calm, steadfast and a little cranky – they balance each other out wonderfully.

This is an action packed yet charming paranormal coming-of-age story. I hope to hear more about Zee and Lucas in the future.
And the cover takes my breath away!

Check it out on Goodreads and Amazon.


Has anyone read these? If you haven’t checked out Nikki‘s books, I’d urge you to pick up the first book in the Spellbound series. She really is one of the best writers of paranormal fiction around. I’m looking forward to diving into her Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter books.

And for anyone who has never seen the movie Dogfight, I recommend it, especially for all you River Phoenix lovers out there. Here’s the trailer.

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22 Responses to What I’ve Been Reading: Witches, Vampires and Even Some Humans

  1. Indiewritersreview says:

    Once I get my TBR list manageable, I would love to try these, I actually have read Entangled and thoroughly enjoyed it, Fell very much in love with Adrian:) But great list!

  2. Indiewritersreview says:

    Sorry I meant Enchanted, well I’ve read the entire series! But Enchanted the ;last one was my favorite:) It had alot of Adrian and a more grown up feel

  3. Indiewritersreview says:

    Jeeze, I can’t edited these entries Emma sorry about all of these, it’s very early here:) Enchantment is the word that should have been written, LOL again 4:30amCST so,yep, that’s my excuse:)

  4. Emma says:

    Ha ha, that is way too early to be up, Michelle. Don’t you sleep?
    Yeah, I was all about Raj in the first book, then promptly switched to Adrian later on. I’m fickle!

  5. Mae Clair says:

    I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy and “creature” things lately and meanwhile adding to my lengthy TBR list. LOVE the moody cover of What Kills Me.

    I’d never heard of Dogfight (I almost didn’t recognize River Phoenix with short hair), but that’s a heck of a trailer!

    • Emma says:

      I started reading The Night Beat and there about 2 dozen different creatures in the first chapter – a lot of species to take in. šŸ™‚ A big part of why I picked up What Kills Me was for the cover, well that and I’d seen tons of good reviews for it on blogs.

      I adore Dogfight. I found it quite randomly when I was a kid. Stumbled upon it one night when I was staying up late and fell in love with it instantly. I hope you get a chance to watch it sometime, Mae.

  6. Noooooo! I can’t add to my TBR list! LOL

    You know, that movie looks really good. I need to check that out.

  7. Christie Rich says:

    I’ve read both Enchantment and What Kills Me. They are both great reads! Wonderful list, Emma šŸ™‚

  8. Oh, the movie looks so good! I don’t know how I missed it when it first came out. I adore River… excuse me while I have a little cry… okay, all done. You are a reading machine! Sheesh, I barely get through one book and you’re done with a dozen. Guess I have a few more to add. The Emma List is getting very, very long. I either need to read faster, or stop cleaning my house. Or both.

    • Emma says:

      It’s really good. There’s one moment that really affects me when Rose gets up on stage in an empty room and plays (quite badly) “What Have They Done to the Rain” on the piano and River Phoenix is watching her, and he’s feeling every emotion.

      Feel free to add these books and never get to them – I do it all the time. My TBR list on Goodreads is a joke. Maybe if you got some audio books, you can read/listen while you clean. šŸ™‚

  9. beckyday6 says:

    Nooooooooo, don’t tempt me Emma, don’t tempt me!

  10. Sewriously, do have one of those Time-Turner necklaces from Harry Potter,or are you part leprechaun? It boggles my mind how many books you can read. Maybe you should get into speed reading competetions.
    And I’m another one who’s never heard of ‘Dogfight’, but I love little indie type movies.

  11. I’ve heard of the 1st book, but not the others. You keep making my TBR pile grow and grow and…

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