Rating: (a very confused but strong) 4/5 stars
Series: Last Witch Standing, Book 1
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal Romance, Vampires, ShapeShifters, Witches, Magic
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Almost right away I felt as if there was a lot to this story that I was missing. The world was already created and the plot seemed to be referencing events in the past as of they were common knowledge. Well, they are common knowledge if you’ve read the series this is a spinoff of – Crescent City Fae. This is my warning to you not to do the same thing that I did. While it was an enjoyable read, I found some things quite confusing without having the full background of the characters and the world.
Truth be told, I probably should have done my research before finishing this read and not after, so this review is from the perspective of someone who accidentally read the books out of order. Suffice it to say, a review on Influential Magic will be coming shortly.
Now, to get into the actual review…
Link, Willow’s wolf-shifting shih tzu, was in full-on agitated mode as he shoved his muzzle into my face and let out a low whine.
“Christ, you’re a pathetic wolf,” I said, gently patting the top of his head. (Ch. 5)
Right away, I was drawn in by Phoebe and her badass attitude. As the story progressed it became apparent that her attitude was warranted. I enjoyed seeing her prove time and time again that she was considered the top of her field for a reason.
I also enjoyed seeing the interactions between characters. These interactions are what really sold for me that this wasn’t the first book in a new world, but I can’t say I’m mad about that. Instead, I got to see the inner workings of a group of people that were already established. While it was confusing at times, it allowed the characters to pull me into their thoughts and lives faster than a developing character would have been able to.
Another thing I enjoyed about this story was the way that the two main characters tackled the mystery they were trying to solve. I always enjoy a story that does multiple perspectives well. Chase did a fantastic job at making these switches as seamless as possible, making it extremely easy for me to slip into the narrative whenever I picked the book up.
If you’re looking for a quick and fun read about supernatural beings, I’d recommend giving this world a try – but you should probably start at the beginning, unlike me.