Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Granting Wishes (Kindling Flames Novella #1) by Julie Wetzel Review

Hey readers! Happy Wednesday! Ethan here with a short, but fun review for you to check out. As many of you will remember, I absolutely devoured the first four books in Julie Wetzel's Kindling Flames series, securing them a spot on the shelf of my all time favorites. Tonight I'm offering up my thoughts on Wetzel's Kindling Flames novella, Granting Wishes. Before we get to my thoughts, here's a bit about the book and out author:

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Title:  Kindling Flames: Granting Wishes
Series:  The Ancient Flame Series Novella
Author:  Julie Wetzel
Published:   May 26th, 2015
Publisher:  Crimson Tree Publishing
Genre:  NA Urban Paranormal Romance
Content Warning:  Violence, adult language
Recommended Age:  18+

Synopsis: Leprechauns don’t exist. Or that’s what Cathren has always believed, but a chance encounter changes everything. When she saves a handsome stranger from a nasty electrical shock, not only does he claim to be one, but he also insists on granting her wishes. Now she must decide— is he insane, or a magical creature of lore? Unsure which is true, she grabs at the first three wishes she can think of: true love, happiness, and waffles. A tall order for most men, but not for Patrick Brogan. With a little persistence and just a touch of magic, anything is possible.

Julie Wetzel

Originally from Ohio, Julie always dreamed of a job in science. Either shooting for the stars or delving into the mysteries of volcanoes. But, life never leads where you expect. In 2007, she moved to Mississippi to be with her significant other. 

Now a mother of a hyperactive red headed boy, what time she’s not chasing down dirty socks and unsticking toys from the ceiling is spent crafting worlds readers can get lost it. Julie is a self-proclaimed bibliophile and lover of big words. She likes hiking, frogs, interesting earrings, and a plethora of other fun things. 


My Thoughts:

Generally I am pretty 'meh' when it comes to novella. They do little to further the storyline of the series and oftentimes leave me more disappointed than satisfied. I didn't really know what to expect from this one, but I am so glad I got the chance to check it out!

Unlike the other four books in the series, Granting Wishes takes a step back and explores the rest of the paranormal world outside of Darien and Victoria's vamptastic life. Get out your gold and buckle shoes folks, Julie Wetzel's gone Irish! Granting Wishes follows the story of paranormal skeptic Cathren as she learns to cope with not only the existence of the paranormal world, but also her newfound friend, Patrick, who just so happens to be a leprechaun. 

This is a very short read, clocking in at just shy of fifty pages, but one that had me laughing my way through it. When Cathren 'catches' Patrick, she is granted three wishes (in true leprechaun fashion). Thinking it's a joke, Cathren makes three off the wall wishes that end up making for some great literary fun! 

A short tale of discovering yourself, true love, and broadening your horizons, Granting Wishes is the novella for any paranormal fans out there. Never read anything about leprechauns? I know I sure hadn't. This novel is a great place to start, though, don't start looking for little men with green coats and hats, you won't find them here. Wetzel's interpretation of the Irish folklore is beyond unique! 

Cameo appearances are made by a handful of Wetzel's other characters in this series that definitely ended up putting a huge smile on my face. Any fellow fan of the Kindling Flames series will absolutely love this novella! I only wish Julie would consider a spin-off series featuring these awesome characters!

Given my track record with this series, it should come as absolutely no surprise that I am 'granting' Granting Wishes by Julie Wetzel another well-deserved 5-star review. You guys will not be disappointed by picking up this incredible series. Four amazing novels and a novella that are sure to leave any paranormal fan begging for more. Get to one-clicking people, Kindling Flames is ready for the reading!  

Click the covers below to read my 5-star reviews of 
Gathering Tinder (Kindling Flames #1), Flying Sparks (Kindling Flames #2), 
Smoke Rising (Kindling Flames #3), and Stolen Fire (Kindling Flames #4)


Alright folks, that's all I have for you on the topic of Granting Wishes by Julie Wetzel. I absolutely love this series and it just gets better with each passing installment. Head over and pick up your copy now. Also, head over to Julie's social media pages and give her a shout out, tell her Ethan sent ya! Be careful though, apparently, like her characters, she does bite. Watch out! Until next time, Happy Reading!


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