Review: True of Blood (Witch Fairy Series 1) by Bonnie Lamer

Blurb:

“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 managed 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…

The ending of this book had me laughing.  I love the attitude of the main character, Xandra.  Turning 17, she is thrust into a world she never even dreamed possible.  Her parents, who are ghosts or spirits, stayed around after they died.  Her mother starts to explain a little bit about Xandra’s life when she turns 17, but it is so abnormal that she doesn’t believe her.  It takes a little convincing and a few fairies to have her believing that she is a Witch Fairy.

Enter Kallen, a fairy who chose to stop the prophesy that the Witch Fairy would open the Fae realm, which would allow the fairies to come to earth and take vengeance on humans and witches alike.

This was a wonderful, easy read that had me laughing at some of the things Xandra would think.  Kallen takes on the task to try to teach her fairy magic, but she has to leave her home because the fairy hunters have tracked her there.  So, she and Kallen are in the mountains training and hiding from the fairies trying to take her to the Fae realm.

The editing was good, and the character development was done well.  I would have liked a little more emotion on Xandra’s part, but what was written did seem to suit her okay.  I’m excited to start Blood Prophecy (Witch Fairy #2), which I will most likely start reading tomorrow.

Overall, I give True of Blood a 4.5 out of 5!

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