Book Review: Witch Fairy Series 1-6 by Bonnie Lamer

Witch Fairy Series
Bonnie Lamer
"I have a television so I know what a family is supposed to look like but mine is nothing like that. To begin with, both my parents are dead. Not the kind of dead where you bury them in the ground, say some nice words, cry a lot and then never see them again. Nope, when they died they refused to ‘go into the light’ or whatever it is you’re supposed to do when you die. Instead, they came back home. As ghosts. Have you ever been sent to your room by a parent who has no corporeal form? I have and it sucks..."

Xandra Illuminata Smith has lived for the last three years with ghosts as parents but her life gets even stranger after her seventeenth birthday when she finds out that her mother is actually a Witch in hiding and her biological father, whom she knew nothing about, is a Fairy and King of the Fae realm. 

Xandra is the first Witch Fairy to be born in thousands of years for very good reason. No one should be able to control that much magic and Xandra was never meant to be born at all but her mother has manged to keep her hidden away until now.

The Witches want her dead and the Fairies want her blood, for only her blood will reopen the gateway to the Fae realm and allow them back into this realm to take revenge on humans and Witches alike for having banished them hundreds of years ago.

Xandra has very little time to learn how to use her powerful Witch and Fairy magic that has been bound since her birth while running from the Fairies who managed to jump realms and want to take her blood to set the others free. She needs someone to teach her and her parents enlist the help of one powerful Fairy who claims to want to keep the realms closed to each other. He will help keep her safe and alive as she learns, at least that's what he says...

Xandra Illuminata Smith. Now that is a name that would get your attention. It's a unique name to be sure but you have to have a pretty unique name when you are half-witch and half-fairy, have ghost parents, a fairy father who wants you dead and an ancient prophecy hanging on your head.

I loved reading Xandra's snark and attitude in book one. At that time, I had read some heroines who, although were strong, who still are quite meek and docile in the face of bullies and people who wanted to kill them not to mention a jerk of a guy (I won't oppose you because you're so gorgeous). There is nothing wrong with being meek and docile but when I face would-be murderers and gorgeous jerks, I would want to punch them in the face and dance on their intestines. Thank the heavens Xandra didn't take any shit. She tells it like it is. As she said, who wouldn't be when your own flesh and blood wanted you dead.

However, her sassy, fierce attitude also became a problem for me in the later books. When she discovered that she was the most powerful being, she became arrogant. Kallen said in Blood of Destiny: "You do things your way, when you want them, and the rest of us be damned." Yep. That summarizes it. She apologized of course but...

The rest of the books felt like some gratuitous fanfiction for those of us girls who wanted to have a unique and charmed life - one of adventure, one where you are unique, one where there is a boy who loved us unconditionally (I swear Kallen really loved her. Very patient, this guy.), and a great destiny. Of course one would argue that no one would want constant danger (He wants to kill me. Oh, she wants to kill me, too. Those worms are also out to get me) but no one also said that the path to the great destiny are not fraught with an attempted murder or two.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading these books and I very much enjoyed shouting at these inanimate objects whenever Xandra did something worth a facepalm and a headdesk. It was one of those series that although not very good, it becomes your secret thing... your *snaps* there's a term for it... I forgot. Someone tell me that term in the comments.

I have only read books one to six but I am going to read books seven and eight.
 Ayanami Faerudo

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