Monday, March 9

Quote-Tastic: He’s finally come for me.

Witch Upon a Star

Midnight Magic Mystery, #3
Jennifer Harlow

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Date of Publication: March 1, 2015
Number of pages: 314
Cover Artist: Mary Ann Lasher-Dodge

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He came for her in the night. One of the most powerful vampires in existence. He plucked young witch Anna Olmstead from a life of poverty and degradation at the hands of her abusive father. He showed her the world—a dark paradise filled with excitement. Wealth. Privilege. Power. And above all... love.


But her love wasn't enough for him. He needed to possess everything about her—her identity, her soul. After a horrendous act of violence rippled through the supernatural community and caused Anna to flee his mad love, Asher still refuses to let her go. He's coming for her again. And this time, it's Anna's turn to take his everything.
“Mom?” Joe calls.

“I-I-I’m fine,”I shout back. “Do-Don’t come down here. Stay with your brother.”

“Is the mean man gone?”Max asks.

“He is. Are you two okay?”

“Yeah,” Joe says.

“Just …stay up there with the door locked until me or your dad gets you, okay?”

After a few deep breaths, I manage to stand, retrieve the poker in case I’m wrong, and dash over to the prostrate assassin. Those gray eyes remain open, unblinking as I lower myself to his level. Still. I exchange the poker for his gun, a Walther PPK with silencer. The only other items on him are a car key and third syringe. Three syringes. Me and the boys. Then why …the gun weighs heavy in my hand. He didn’t pull it once. A chill runs down my aching spine. Nathan. For Nathan. But when I peel off the dead man’s mask, my legs literally fail me. I thump to the ground and a second later realize I’m trembling.

I don’t know how long I sit here, shaking like a leaf on the wind pointing a gun at a dead man. Minutes maybe. Feels like a blink of an eye until I hear my husband’s voice. “Annie? Anna!” he shouts, panicked. I blink again, and he’s by my side, brown eyes double their size as he stares at the man. “Who is—”

“His name is Didier Fournier. He’s a Swiss National I met in Vienna when I was seventeen. Contract killer.”

“Killer? The boys—”

That word snaps me out of my haze. “My boys!” I bound up like a spring and sprint out of the room and up the stairs with my husband a step behind. “Joe?” I ask, pounding on his bedroom door. The lock clicks a second later, and the moment the door opens, I’m through, scooping up my son and hugging tight. Max dashes toward me from the bed, and I lift him too. I shower them with kisses. On a normal day, Joe would push me away but there’s nothing normal about today. He clings to me as tight as I do him. “Are you okay?”

“We’re okay,” my son says. “He didn’t hurt us.”

I carry my boys to Joe’s bed and lower us into the purple Darkwing Duck bedspread. “I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.”

“Was he a ghost, Mommy?” Max asks.

“No.” He just worked for one.

“What did he want?” Joe asks.

I turn from my son’s aquamarine eyes, so like mine, to my husband’s brown ones hidden behind his glasses. Even still I can see the dread stretching them to unnatural proportions. Because he knows the answer. Because he knows what it means. He’s alive. He’s finally come for me. The man who was my father, my mother, my friend, my savior, my mentor, my heart, my soul, my angel, and ultimately my devil.

My Asher. 

Witch Upon a Star is the third book in the Midnight Magic Mystery series by Jennifer Harlow. It is tied to her F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation Series as it inhabits the same world and F.R.E.A.K.S. are the supernatural police force for in this world. This book takes place approximately 20 years before the events in book 1, What's a Witch to Do.

Anna story is told in 3 parts - the introduction, the flashback and then current events. The events all center around her birthday, so we learn about her starting from age 9 through 19 in the flashback and then skip ahead to her 29th birthday and the current events. The tale is dark, very, very dark. There is discussion of abuse, drug use, blood lust, violence and rape throughout the flashback sequence - some of it done to Anna as a child. But it's also a tale of love. Sometimes twisted, sure, but love in it's many guises.

I don't know what I was expecting with this story, but it was it had my full attention. I have never read a series that seems to be working it's way backwards before. Seeing events unfold that were told as history in other stories, have given this series and truly unique feel. While the other stories gave us some of the good and bad side of the witches and werewolves, I saw very little good in the vamps. They were scary, violent and mostly psychotic. I am giving this 4 stars, because it really pulled me in and captured my attention, but I would caution others. This isn't a light and fluffy read.

Thank you to Netgalley and Midnight Ink for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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  1. Well that's interesting. You've got me curious :D Would have totally thought light and fluff from the cover.

    1. Yep, not so much. Netgalley has it as a mystery/thriller and romance. But to be honest, I wouldn't classify this as romance at all. Did you ever read or watch Interview with a vampire? You know the young girl they change and that whole slightly icky feel or their relationship? Yeah, think along those lines, except this young girl eventually gets to out grow it.


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