THE CAT’S MEOW Blog Tour with Stacey Kennedy
THE CAT’S MEOW (Witches Brew #1) by Stacey Kennedy-a review
ABOUT THE BOOK: (Released December 2012) Libby is an Enchantress—a witch gifted by the Goddess to conjure spells. When a magical presence is detected around a recent string of feline slayings, Libby takes the case to uncover the reasons behind the odd deaths. Much to her displeasure, the coven also sends a sexy warlock, Kale, to assist her.
While having the muscle around proves to be useful, fighting the attraction between them is worse than a hex, especially considering Kale is keeping secrets. But soon, Libby has bigger problems than the elusive warlock when her spells turn up clues that point to something far more sinister than slaughtered cats.
Now Libby has landed herself in the midst of an uprising. She trusts no one and isn’t safe—not from the warlocks stirring up trouble. Not from the worrisome rebellion she can’t escape. And certainly not from Kale, who is weaving a very dangerous spell over her heart
REVIEW: The Cat’s Meow is my first Stacey Kennedy novel and not knowing what to expect was a little disconcerting. Although going into a storyline blind, as in not knowing anything about the author or the series, I had nothing with which to compare so I had to do a little research.
Stacey Kennedy takes the reader on roller coaster ride that sees Libby, a witch and an Enchantress, following the orders of her Coven as she must uncover the strange happenings involving dark magic, dead cats and a mysterious warlock who is keeping secret the real reason he has been sent to look after and guard the young witch. But it is Kale’s presence in Libby’s life that forces her to look at the bigger picture-not all is at it seems-there are secrets she is determined to uncover; warlocks with hidden agendas; feelings of betrayal; and someone from her past who is willing to sacrifice everyone she holds close. There is a cast of colorful secondary characters that have the potential to add something to future storylines-but there was little in the way of development in the first book.
Kale is a warlock but the more involved in Libby’s case Kale becomes, the more his true identity slowly unravels. And Kale is under orders not to reveal the whole truth to the woman with whom he is falling in love. This particular part of the premise fueled much of the storyline. As Libby worked to uncover a plot that would see demons, witches and warlocks at war, Kale was an ever-present question on her mind-why was he there and who sent him?
Kale and Libby’s relationship was tenuous at best. The sexual chemistry was almost nil and I did not feel the connection between Libby and Kale. Whether Libby was oblivious to Kale’s attraction or her refusal to accept anything beyond the obvious; or the fact that she was a single-minded heroine with enough attitude to spare-Kale’s refusal to reveal the truth amped up the heroine’s anxiety and in doing so forced an invisible wall between the couple that caught me in the middle. At one point I was rooting for Libby-understanding why she was confused and felt betrayed-then I was rooting for Kale-knowing that he had no choice but to conceal his identity from Libby-although everyone else in the storyline knew the truth-which did not make any sense. THE CAT’S MEOW is labeled under the Urban Fantasy genre but I would place the storyline in the combination of UF and fantasy.
Overall, I enjoyed THE CAT’S MEOW even though I did not feel the connection between Libby and Kale. Hopefully Stacey can bring this couple together in such a way that I feel their wants and desires.
EXCERPT LINK: http://www.staceykennedy.com/the-cats-meow/
Copy supplied by the publisher.
Reviewed by Sandy
Stacey Kennedy-INTERVIEW with the author
TRC: Hi Stacey. Welcome to The Reading Cafe. Congratulations on the release of THE CAT’S MEOW.
Stacey: *waves* I’m so excited to be here!
TRC: We have a few ‘TOP TEN’ questions but first we would like to meet the author behind THE CAT’S MEOW.
For everyone who does not know STACEY KENNEDY would you please tell us something about yourself?
Stacey: A little about me…well, I’m Canadian, and from Ontario. I’m married with two little monsters who keep me ridiculously busy! Most times, I’m very boring. But I love to party. If you get me out on the dance floor, I tend to make it fun! Add in a couple of drinks and I’m really fun!
TRC: OK…on with our TOP TEN lightning round:
1. Favorite Dessert
Anything chocolate. It doesn’t matter if it’s cake, ice cream, or a regular chocolate bar—just has to be chocolate. We get along very well!
2. Favorite Food
Chicken stuffed with goat cheese and herbs! YUM!
3. Favorite TV Show
Sons of Anarchy, Dexter, Games of Thrones, Supernatural, and The Walking Dead – I can’t pick just one! ;-D
4. Dark or Milk Chocolate
5. Favorite Fast Food
6. Favorite Childhood Memory
Going to Disneyland. I can’t wait to go with my kids.
7. Best Gift you have ever received
On my one-year anniversary, my hubby gave me a pretty glass container that had sand in it. Of course, I was entirely confused. Then he told me he collected sand from the beach where we stayed at for our honeymoon. Yep, I totally melted!
8. Best compliment you have ever received
“Your book kept me up all night. I couldn’t put it down!” – that’s a pretty incredible compliment for an author to receive.
9. Favorite Song
Run by Leona Lewis.
Horseback riding. I spent pretty much my whole life horseback riding. I loved it, but with two little kids, I don’t have time for it right now. I will definitely get back into it once they are older. I love those relaxing trail rides.
TRC: Thank you Stacey for answering our TOP TEN Lightening round questions. We wish you all the best and look forward to your next release.
Stacey: Thanks for having me! It’s been fun!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stacey Kennedy
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Stacey Kennedy’s novels are lighthearted fantasy with heart-squeezing, thigh-clenching romance, and even give a good chuckle every now and again. But within the stories you’ll also find fast-paced action, life-threatening moments, and a big bad villain who needs to be destroyed. She lives in Southwestern Ontario with her husband and two children. If she’s not plugging away at a new story—which is rare because her muse is annoying—you’ll find her camping, curling up with the latest flick, or obsessing over Sons of Anarchy, Games of Thrones, Supernatural and Dexter.
Stacey welcomes comments from readers. You can find her at:
Website – http://www.staceykennedy.com/
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/AuthorStaceyKennedy
Facebook Fan Page – www.facebook.com/StaceyKennedyFanPage
Twitter – https://twitter.com/#!/Stacey_Kennedy
Amazon Author Page – http://www.amazon.com/Stacey-Kennedy/e/B004G9KR9A/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
THE CAT’S MEOW Blog Tour Schedule
Wednesday – January 2nd – Booked & Loaded
Thursday – January 3rd – Preternatura
Friday – January 4th – Caribbean Accent Book Reviews
Monday – January 7th – Salacious Reada
Tuesday – January 8th – Books-n-Kisses
Wednesday – January 9th – Book Lovin’ Mamas
Thursday – January 10th – Book Monsters
Monday – January 14th – Bookish Babbles
Tuesday – January 15th – AwesomeSauce Book Club
Wednesday – January 16th – The Bookaholic Cat
Thursday – January 17th – Literary Escapism
Friday – January 18th – You Gotta Read Reviews
Monday – January 21st – Literal Addiction \ Book Monster Reviews
Tuesday – January 22th – All I Want and More
Wednesday – Jan 23rd – Doctor’s Notes
Thursday – January 24th – Reading Reality
Monday – January 28th – Ex Libris
Wednesday – January 30th – Delphina Readstoomuch
Thursday – January 31st – Urban Girl Reader
Friday – February 1st – On the Broomstick
Monday – February 4th – The Reading Cafe
Friday – February 8th – Romancing the Book
Friday – February 8th – Nette’s Bookshelf Reviews
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