Title: Witch’s Jewel (Kit Melbourne #1)
Author: Kater Cheek
Genre: Fiction/New Adult/Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
First published: 2020
Edition: E-book, kindly sent by the author
Kit Melbourne longs to quit her brother’s coffee shop to pursue her artistic dreams. And despite the temptation to sell the sought-after enchanted gem she inherited from her uncle, she promises her family to protect it at all costs. But when her brother’s tea-leaf reading predicts her imminent death, she’s terrified to discover those who want it will kill to make it theirs.
I do not read paranormal/urban fantasy that often, but when the author contacted me I thought it sounded like a fun read. And it was!
This novel, the first book in the Kit Melbourne series, sits somewhere between YA and New Adult. Our main character inherits a bindi from her uncle and craziness ensues, as several parties try and get their hands on this bit of bling. I really enjoyed this take on witches, monsters and vampires and it did not really felt forced or overdone anywhere. This book does not take itself that seriously and I really appreciated that.
There is some sex, but unlike in too many other books in this genre, love is really not the centre point of the story. It is more a side plot as Kit grows as a person.
There is enough drama, action and fun to keep you reading and I ended up really enjoying the read. Is it really my kind of jam? No, not quite, but it was well enough plotted and written for me to enjoy the ride.
If you like your paranorma/urban fantasy books light hearted andones that do not sexualize every vampire they come across, you will likely enjoy this book. Will I personally continue the series? To be honest, probably not any time soon, but you never know. I would definitely not rule it out!
5 out of 7 stars