Saturday, June 11, 2011

SERIES REVIEW: WICKED SERIES by NANCY HOLDER & DEBBIE VIGUIE

TITLE:  WICKED SERIES  (Witch, Curse, Legacy, Spellbound & Resurrection)
Authors:  NANCY HOLDER & DEBBIE VIGUIE
Publisher: Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster)
Pages/Format:  Paperback
Acquired:  On Loan from Ellenbrook Library

RATING:    
4 OUT OF 5 
SUPREME MOTHER COVEN! STARS

These books are set out as 3 combined books containing 5 individual books in total. So......
Book 1 = Witch & Curse
Book 2 = Legacy & Spellbound
Book 3 = Resurrection

I read them as one wickedly enjoyable long book!!! So I will review the whole series as such.

DESCRIPTIONS FROM GOODREADS:

BOOK 1 - WITCH & CURSE
Holly Cathers's world shatters when her parents are killed in a terrible accident. Wrenched from her home in San Francisco, she is sent to Seattle to live with her relatives, Aunt Marie-Claire and her twin cousins, Amanda and Nicole. In her new home, Holly's sorrow and grief soon give way to bewilderment at the strange incidents going on around her. Such as how any wish she whispers to her cat seems to come true. Or the way a friend is injured after a freak attack from a vicious falcon. And there's the undeniable, magnetic attraction to a boy Holly barely knows. Holly, Amanda, and Nicole are about to be launched into a dark legacy of witches, secrets, and alliances, where ancient magics yield dangerous results. The girls will assume their roles in an intergenerational feud beyond their wildest imaginations...and in doing so, will attempt to fulfill their shared destiny.

BOOK 2 - LEGACY & SPELLBOUND
Holly Cathers is not the same person she was almost a year and a half ago. After discovering her connection to an ancient legacy of witches, Holly has accepted her destiny as a descendant of the House of Cahors. She is determined to end an intergenerational feud that has plagued her family for centuries.
Holly will have to overcome unworldly obstacles as she battles to protect her loved ones -- including Jer, a member of the rival House of Deveraux and her one true love. A war of magical proportions is being waged, and Holly is at the center of it all.
Lives will be lost, and sacrifices will have to be made...



BOOK 3 - RESURRECTION 
(Description from Book)
The time for waiting is over.
what the Cahors witches though was the end of their troubles was only the beginning. A threat more powerful and more frightening than anything they have faced has been watching and waiting. The Cahors witches must come together and find Jer and Eli as both the Deveraux and the Cahors family lines face eradication.
All the secrets of the Cahors will be revealed, forcing them to overcome their greatest weaknesses in order to achieve their most powerful strengths. And only united do they have any chance at victory.  Before the end, sacrifices will be made, alliances forged, and old friends lost forever.



REVIEW:

WOW!!!  This was a very impressive series from Nancy & Debbie.  They have certainly initiated me into a wider and more knowledgeable world of witches and warlocks.  They gave me understanding of the world of Covens that I had not read before.  Nancy & Debbie also delved on the more dark side of witchcraft in this series....It was refreshing to read a lead character dealing "with the devil" in order to save her own coven - bit by bit selling of parts of her soul each time.  Though don't be fooled.....the dark side isn't always made up of evil beings - sometimes dedication to those in white comes at a price!

Holly Cather's is our leading lassie!  She didn't know she was a witch - let a lone one of the potentially most powerful ever.  Naive to begin with.. Holly slowly evolves into a force to be reckoned with - but as I said above....it comes at a price.  Thrust into the top position within the coven Holly doesn't get a users manual or workplace practice guide - she has to think quick on the spot and after a few pleads with the almighty Goddess....she realises that each time she receives assistance to save the lives of her coven members.....she loses a part of her soul.....or a loved one.  To top it off, poor Holly is the vessel that her long deadish ancestor Isabeau shows up in.

Jer (Jeraud) Deveraux.....Holly's possible love interest.  He's from the opposing family and he's a warlock. Jer has a connection with Holly from the minute they meet. His family have been waring with Holly's family (originally known as the Cahors) for generations. An accident happens in the series (ok one of many!!) and regardless of it's outcome - I still see him as hotly handsome.  He's a bad, bad boy and has the added affliction of being the Deveraux that his ancestor Jean channels through.

Within the story of Jer and Holly also resides the recurring story of the tortured love between Jean de Deveraux and Isabeau Cahors which started centuries ago. They vowed on their own deaths to kill the other so they may be free.  They burden Jer and Holly with this continuing saga - they love each other and hate each other at the same time - their desire to fulfill their own dying wish becomes so overpowering that Jer and Holly must fight through Jean and Isabeau to find their own feelings.

Amanda and Nicole Anderson are Holly's cousins that she is to live with upon the death of her parents.  They are twins with a difference. One the popular rebel and the other fairly straight-laced and average.  They have a dislike and love for each other which is tested over the series time and again. In the beginning they are also not fully aware of the witching abilities.

Eli Deveraux = BAD BAD BAD BAD right to down to the core..... he's the creation of his ultra evil father Michael Deveraux.  Together they are hell bent on extinguishing the Cahors Witches (Holly, Amanda and Nicole).  Eli will surprise you - and his evilness will not dissappoint at times either.  He is Nicole Anderson's rebel boyfriend (the one to annoy the parents with!).  Micheal is just so evil words fail me to describe how utterly horrible a being he is.  He will stop at NOTHING to kill Holly.

There are so many characters within the 5 books - all of which play pivotal roles......you don't often find minor characters being so prominent within a story that they just about become lead characters in their own right.

I had an awesome action packed, dark magic ride with The Wicked Series.  The fight between good and evil is certainly not what it is always depicted in most novels and Nancy and Debbie have given us a roller coaster series filled with despair, grief, joy, happiness, suspense, action and shock!!!

ENJOY!
MARISSA

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