Sunday, May 29, 2011

Review: Familiar by Michelle Rowen

Synopsis (Goodreads):
When reluctant teen witch Brenda Collins is sent by her mother to a magical pet shop to pick out her animal familiar, she settles on a small tawny-striped kitten not realizing it's a shapeshifter currently in hiding. Discovering the gorgeous but troubled Owen's secret plunges the witch-in-training into a dangerous and romantic adventure that will test her magical abilities like never before.
My Thoughts:  This was a quick little read but it was cute and it features one of my favorite themes - the idea that family doesn't necessarily have to be the people you're born to but rather the people who are there for you in your time of need.

Brenda was a typical teenage girl who just happens to be a witch in training.  She fights against her mom's good advice.  She blows off the things she should be focusing on.  She only goes to pick out her familiar to get her mom off her back.  Like I said, typical.  Owen, on the other hand, is decidedly untypical.  He's all alone and he's looking for a way back into his pack.  He's done what he has to do to stay safe and being mystically bound to Brenda throws him for a loop.

For a short story it doesn't feel like we've been slighted on character development.  I really wouldn't mind more set in this world.

Familiar was originally published in the Kiss Me Deadly anthology.

More books by Michelle Rowen

Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Shifter Challenge, The Morbid Romantica Challenge, The YA Reading Challenge, The Show Me the Free Challenge
Familiar was a free download I picked up from Smashwords on 05/29/11.

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