Review: Witch Hearts by Liz Long

Posted December 6th, 2013 in book review / 10 comments


by Liz Long

Publisher: Self-Published (April 2013)
Genre: Paranormal,  Mystery, Adult
Format: eBook (212 pages)
Source: Free book from author for honest review
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Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

How does a witch stay safe if a killer can get through her protection spells?

Witches like Ruby and Courtney can take care of themselves. So when Courtney is murdered, Ruby’s world crashes to a halt. The only thing keeping her grounded is the return of Courtney’s brother, Cooper. He seeks revenge, but Ruby wants to help other witches stay alive. To do that, she’ll have to reunite with her old coven’s High Priest, who also happens to be her cheating ex-boyfriend.

If that wasn’t awkward enough, when the killer gets too close, Cooper temporarily moves into Ruby’s place while a police officer tails her every move. Cooper’s presence distracts Ruby as they fight their desire against their need to stay safe. Then Courtney begins to haunt Ruby’s dreams and secrets are spilled, things from Cooper’s past that could get them both killed. The killer continues to stalk Ruby and the more she discovers, the more she fears she won’t be able to keep her heart in her chest.

At A Glance
I enjoyed the read but the I was annoyed with the stupid decisions made by the main character.

The Good
If you are looking for a paranormal mystery, Witch Hearts is the book for you. The action and suspense were nonstop. I truly did not know who was behind everything till the very end, and even then there were more surprises in store for me. I had the pleasure of reading Gifted by Liz a little while ago and I now realize Liz has a way of creating atmospheres and stories that stay with you.

Ruby was one determined chick. Ruby is still nursing a broken heart over her cheating boyfriend when her best friend is murdered. She is obviously devastated. But when her best friend’s brother comes home determined to find his sister’s killer, Ruby has a new sense of purpose. But these witch killings go deeper than anyone expected. I think Ruby did the best she could in her situation. She didn’t let herself break down enough to lose focus. She was so determined in stopping the killer and save the remaining people she cared about. I loved watching Ruby and Cooper work together because from the get-go I wanted them to get together. They had this obvious spark between them that couldn’t be denied.

Cooper was a good guy who wanted to get revenge for his sister’s murder. He had a very complicated and somewhat dark past that still haunted him. But when Ruby and him got together, you could tell he healed a little bit. I loved watching the awkwardness between Cooper, Ruby, and the ex-boyfriend. The tensions leapt off the page each time they were forced together. That was the best part for me.

The writing was good and the pacing was perfect. The mystery stayed a mystery until it wanted to be revealed. I loved how the paranormal aspect was so seamlessly integrated into this world, like is was normal. I think the story ended well and it overall felt satisfying.

The Bad
Over and over again Ruby made stupid decisions that put her in danger and made others worry for no reason. There are certain situations where you need to be cautious and ask for help, and a killer following you around and wanting to ripe out your heart is ONE OF THEM!!! It was like Ruby wanted to die because there is no other reason for her to make some of the decisions she did.

Even though I liked the characters, I never really fell in love with them. They all felt pretty average, nothing special.

The Snuggly
Even though the content of this book is adult, the sex is not. There are no sex scenes. Ruby and Copper were good together, but we don’t really get to see too much of them being lovey-lovey since this is more of a mystery book.

Final Thoughts
I think there is a definite audience out there for Witch Hearts. The suspense was spot on and the paranormal aspect was interesting. Recommended.

(I have no idea why both quotes are sexual, I guess my brain was in the gutter today :D)

“I want to change, be the person you want to be with. Give me a second chance.”

“You say that now but I know it doesn’t mean anything. Rebecca only needs to offer a blowjob and you’ll be back to your old ways.”

Michael blinked in surprise, opened his mouth to protest and Ruby waved her hand at him. “I’m done here.”

Miranda wasted no time. “So how was it?”

Ruby busies herself with unfolding a napkin and sipping her water. “How was what?”

“You know what. The sex. Naked Cooper. Is he huge?” Miranda winked at her as she took a huge bite of her veggie on rye. Ruby almost choked.

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10 Responses to “Review: Witch Hearts by Liz Long”

  1. sherry fundin

    Nice review. I love witches. I know what you mean about hating a character making bad decisions. I’m not sure what the author is trying to convey when they do that, especially when the character does throw caution to the wind and runs straight to a killer without a plan. Who would do that? I agree that it doesn’t have to ruin the story.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I think some authors may not know how to properly throw their characters into dangerous situations without having them make stupid decisions, but there are many ways.

  2. Elisa

    Ooh, this combines my favorite genres, mystery/thriller and paranormal – I will have to put this one the list!
    I also get irritated with the stupid decisions in thrillers – I know it forwards the plot and ratchets up the tension, but sometimes it is so annoying! ugh, anyway. I will need to read this when I am in a thriller drought so that I am more forgiving of that type of behavior (where the scary music is playing and the heroine still goes outside to check out the noise she heard – lol)

  3. Braine TS

    Heartbreak and a murder. Damn that’s heavy for a teen to handle. I also dislike it when it’s obvious it’s going to be trouble and yet these idiot characters still do it anyway. I guess it won’t be worth reading if it’s all fine and dandy right? I love the sound of this overall, I don’t shy away from stories like this.

  4. kimbacaffeinate

    Love the cover and the non-stop witch action but the character sounds like one of those dumb people from the slasher movies who end up dead because they go out alone, open a door etc. I admit I am still intrigued, at least now I will know about the characters and be able to que the b-movie soundtrack in my head.

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