The Publisher / Author/ Book Tour Company has provided this book club with a copy of this book for review or we have purchased the book with our own funds. The opinions shared about the story are those of the book club or the individual reviewer and not influenced by The Publisher / Author/ Book Tour Company if received for review.Bitter Night by Diana Pharaoh Francis
Series: Horngate Witches #1
Published by Pocket Books on October 27th 2009
Genres: Paranormal Romance
SOMETIMES YOU CHOOSE YOUR BATTLES. AND SOMETIMES, THEY CHOOSE YOU...
Once, Max dreamed of a career, a home, a loving family. Now all she wants is freedom...and revenge. A witch named Giselle transformed Max into a warrior with extraordinary strength, speed, and endurance. Bound by spellcraft, Max has no choice but to fight as Giselle's personal magic weapon—a Shadowblade—and she's lethally good at it. But her skills are about to be put to the test as they never have before....
The ancient Guardians of the earth are preparing to unleash widespread destruction on the mortal world, and they want the witches to help them. If the witches refuse, their covens will be destroyed, including Horngate, the place Max has grudgingly come to think of as home. Max thinks she can find a way to help Horngate stand against the Guardians, but doing so will mean forging dangerous alliances—including one with a rival witch's Shadowblade, who is as drawn to Max as she is to him—and standing with the witch she despises. Max will have to choose between the old life she still dreams of and the warrior she has become, and take her place on the side of right—if she survives long enough to figure out which side that is....
January’s paranormal selection, Bitter Night, was the most popular with the Cover Girls. It was described as “well-written and unpredictable” with “multi-dimensional characters, and intricate, exceptional world-building.” The ladies that read this novel were hooked immediately, they reported, and most were well into the series, if not having completed the series already. The only complaint that any of the readers voiced was that she only liked tortured heroes, and that this story had too many tortured characters (although the rating this reader provided for the book was a 4 out of 5)!
Our ratings averaged to a 4.25, rounded to 4 stars for the blog.