The Witch Who Cried Wolf by Sarah Mäkelä

The Witch Who Cried Wolf by Sarah Mäkelä
Publisher: Kissa Press
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (68 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Poinsettia

Be careful what you wish for…

A potion gone wrong: Mia Brooks is a reluctant witch, with powers that she tries to hold in check. But when her magic gets mixed up, supernatural forces are unleashed and suddenly she’s being pursued by werewolves—that she didn’t even realize existed…

Hidden emotions: Ethan Parker, Mia’s brother’s best friend, is home from deployment for the holidays. Mia’s not only hiding from werewolves, she’s trying to keep her feelings for Ethan secret; it would be a disaster if he knew she’s been nursing a long-time crush…

The power of love: things take a terrifying turn when Mia and Ethan are attacked by a werewolf. Ethan is amazed when Mia reveals her paranormal prowess as she tries to shield them from danger. But can she really protect them from the darkness that lurks? And how can he tell her that, for ages, he’s been denying what he really wants? Mia…

It was supposed to be a simple healing salve.

When Mia agrees to make a healing salve for a mysterious man, she senses there is something different about him. Rather than listening to her instincts, she makes the salve, seeing it as a simple and safe opportunity to practice her magic. Unfortunately, Mia unintentionally wreaks havoc in the werewolf community with her magic, and before she knows it, the lives of her friends and family hang in the balance. Mia must find a way to come to terms with her powers before it is too late.

I definitely felt sorry for Mia and her predicament. Not only is she dealing with angry werewolves and her intense feelings for Ethan, but I also don’t think she’s ever fully embraced her own powers. Mia is basically a doormat. Everyone pushes her around, even her own family. While Mia is unhappy about this, she does very little about it. I have the feeling this has been a pattern in Mia’s life for a long time. I found her behavior very frustrating at first, but as I read, I was very pleased to see Mia take some small steps in developing some self-confidence.

While I enjoyed watching Mia learn to stand up for herself, I must say that I was left wanting much more detail concerning her family history and witchcraft. Ms. Mäkelä indicates that Mia’s grandmother was very powerful, but no one in Mia’s family seems to know anything about the paranormal community. How and when did Mia discover she was a witch? How did Mia connect with her current mentor? Providing these details would have brought the story to life and made it much easier to slip into Mia’s world.

Mia and Ethan spend a lot of time agonizing over their feelings for each other. I found this extremely frustrating because there really weren’t any major obstacles preventing them from having a relationship. Both profess to be worried about how Mia’s family will handle the news, but Mia’s family is loving and very reasonable, and Ethan has been a trusted friend of the family for years. Consequently, this excuse isn’t very compelling. I must also note that this story does contain some graphic language relative to male anatomy as well as some cursing. Readers sensitive to this type of language are forewarned.

Despite these issues, The Witch Who Cried Wolf is a good book. Mia is a sweet character, and the plot is fast paced. Readers looking for a quick, fun read might want to give The Witch Who Cried Wolf a try.

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