Blog Tour – Review of Awakening the Fire (Guardian Witch #1) by Ally Shields

Awaking the Fire

One Sassy Witch


Genre: Paranormal Suspense, Romance (Witches, Werewolves, Vampires)

Book Length (Est.): 290 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Guardian Witch Book One

Arianna Calin has sworn to keep the peace in Riverdale. Most of the Otherworlders prefer to haunt the Olde Town district—partying at vampire strip clubs, dining in elegant supper clubs, and inhabiting the cliffside caverns along the Mississippi. Being a cop is a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it, and Ari’s got her gun, a good sharp knife, and a few handy charms against things that go bump in the streets. She’s also a fire witch—a pedigree that comes in handy, since her partner’s only human.

But when a virtual reality drug hits the streets, people (and non-people) start to die, and an elusive pack of werewolves threatens the status quo. Ari and Ryan are drawn into a web of murder and evil that will lead sworn enemies to a confrontation, and while the city simmers around them, only Ari can prevent an all-out supernatural war…

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from Red Moon Book Tours in exchange for an honest review*

Ari is a witch, well part witch, who works policing the Otherworlders. She’d been trained since she was little and when it comes to a fight she’s the girl you want on your team, but when it comes to her magic she isn’t as strong as she could be. She’s full of sass and not only does her personality but also her emotions shine through across the pages.

Ryan is human and Ari’s counterpart on the human’s police force. He doesn’t particularly like Otherworlds, but he gets along with Ari. He’s a rule follower and ultimately a nice guy, although his prejudices do occasionally shine through.

Andreas is a vampire and although Ari is unsure of his position in Prince Daron’s Court she knows he can assist her with her investigation and despite her better judgment she’ll ask him for his help.

Awakening the Fire is an intriguing suspense with a little romance mixed in. And I do mean a little…this is a more “fade to black” than “hot with details” kind of romantic relationship.


He looked back.

“What about you? Who keeps you safe at home?”

A slow smile spread across his face, making his eyes glitter. “I have to wonder why you ask. Is this concern for my safety? Or that I might have a consort?”

When I first began reading I wasn’t entirely too sure that it was going to hold my interest, but then I realized I was finished and was so captured by the storyline that I had barely highlighted anything. That also meant I went right into reading book two, Fire Within.

My Favorite Moment: The moment when Andreas admits he thought he was too late and the actions that follow.

Jenn 4 Heart

*Clicking on the book cover above will take you to the Amazon purchase page.

The Guardian Witch Series


The vampire’s coal-black eyes found her and silken threads of magic wrapped her in a soft web. The room faded away. She floated as in a dream, warm and safe. A place to linger forever. Her witch magic began to sing in concert with his, and Ari called it back to her. The effort brought her out of his web with a jolt.

Damn, how strong was he? She wrapped her magical aura around her. As long as she kept it in place, his magic was held at bay. Then, mercifully, the song was over. Andreas bowed to a wildly applauding audience and left the stage.

“Good evening.” Startled, she stared at him.

“Uh, hello.” How did he move so fast? He produced a polite smile.

“If you will come this way.” He waved a hand toward a hallway on the left.

Ari hesitated. A meeting in private? She hadn’t anticipated that.

His brows rose. “We have twenty minutes.”

Swallowing her doubts, Ari preceded him down the hall. It was better this way, she told herself. Fewer interruptions. At least she knew her time parameters. He ushered her past four closed doors, not stopping until they reached an exit door at the end. He touched a security panel, the door opened, and they stepped into a paved lane leading to the rear parking lot. Dense trees lined the opposite side of the lane. Total privacy.

The night was pleasantly cool. The crisp cleanness of fall filled the air. Ari hung back and watched her companion as he stopped in the middle of the lane. Andreas arched his shoulders and threw back his head, breathing deeply. For a moment all Ari could think about was how sexy he looked.

“I hope you don’t mind talking out here. It has been a long evening, and I needed the fresh air.”

“Not at all. It’s nice.” She looked up at the stars, pinpoints in an uncluttered sky, to keep from looking at him. “What was that last song you sang?”

“An Italian love song. Did you enjoy it?”


He turned to look at her. “It was, or I was?” His voice invited a broader interpretation.

She smiled. “Both,” she said, not bothering to hedge. “But who’s fishing for compliments now?”

“Touché.” His familiar laugh came then, rich and intimate, strangely companionable.


Blog Tour and Excerpt Courtesy of:

Red Moon Book Tours



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