I've always wanted an Otherworld story from Savannah's point of view. From the moment we met her and learned of her parents, I always wanted to see what it would be like to grow up with that legacy, with the conflict of knowing what you're capable of but not being able to do anything about it. So I was very excited to learn the last three books in the series would all be narrated by Savannah.
As a new woman of the Otherworld, I found Savannah to be not as great as I'd hoped. Perhaps because she's a bit whiny at the beginning, wanting to run her own investigation assignment. Perhaps because she's so eager to prove herself she takes dumb risks. I'm not sure if this is the fault of my expectations, or if she's a disappointing character. Perhaps I'm just not sympathetic to risk-taking twenty-somethings.
I loved the mystery in WAKING THE WITCH. I wasn't sure whodunnit until the very end. I love it when mysteries build up so that the outcome could go one of two ways.
With regards to the hot guys, I was very sad for Savannah. She was on the right track, getting involved with someone else, trying to forget about her school-girl crush, Adam. And then it doesn't work out. I wasn't too happy about this-- I wanted it to work out-- but I think the point of WAKING THE WITCH may be to see Savannah take risks, make mistakes and grow up.
I also loved that we were back to learning more about the witches' culture. Though their magic may not be as flashy as other races in the Otherworld, and the coven women can be quite catty, I think they're the most understated race, so it was nice to see them in action again.
WAKING THE WITCH is a great start to the final three books in the Otherworld series.