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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Book Review: Wickedly Wonderful (A Baba Yaga Novel #2) by Deborah Blake

Wickedly Wonderful (A Baba Yaga Novel #2)
by Deborah Blake
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
December 2nd 2014

by Berkley
Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them…

Though she looks like a typical California surfer girl, Beka Yancy is in fact a powerful yet inexperienced witch who’s struggling with her duties as a Baba Yaga. Luckily she has her faithful dragon-turned-dog for moral support, especially when faced with her biggest job yet…

A mysterious toxin is driving the Selkie and Mer from their homes deep in the trenches of Monterey Bay. To investigate, Beka buys her way onto the boat of Marcus Dermott, a battle-scarred former U.S. Marine, and his ailing fisherman father.

While diving for clues, Beka drives Marcus crazy with her flaky New Age ideas and dazzling blue eyes. She thinks he’s rigid and cranky (and way too attractive). Meanwhile, a charming Selkie prince has plans that include Beka. Only by trusting her powers can Beka save the underwater races, pick the right man, and choose the path she’ll follow for the rest of her life…

Beka Yancy looks like any California girl who enjoys the beach and the sea, and owns a dog—except she is not. She’s a Baba Yaga, a witch from Russian fairy-tales, who lives in a hut with chicken legs. In this retelling, there are more than one Baba Yagas. She is young and has a dog, but the dog is in reality a dragon. When something appears to be poisoning the merfolk and selkies, she is tasked with finding out what is causing it. Hiring a fishing boat owned by the Irish father of a former marine, Marcus McDermott, who at first seems to not like her. But over time both become attracted to each other. There is a third male trying to woo her, a Selkie prince, who isn’t all that he seems.

This paranormal romance is wonderfully wicked, in that once you start reading it, you can’t put it down. Addiction was never more enchanting

5 sheep

Pamela K. Kinney

About this Author:
Author of seven non-fiction books from Llewellyn. Circle, Coven & Grove: A Year of Magickal Practice (2007), Everyday Witch A to Z (2008), The Goddess is in the Details (2009), Everyday Witch A to Z Spellbook (2010) Witchcraft on a Shoestring (2010), Everyday Witch Book of Rituals, and The Witch's Broom. I am also the author of the Baba Yaga series from Berkley Romance, including Wickedly Magical (novella), Wickedly Dangerous, and Wickedly Wonderful.
When not writing, Deborah runs The Artisans’ Guild, a cooperative shop she founded with a friend in 1999, and also works as a jewelry maker, tarot reader, and energy healer. She lives in a 100 year old farmhouse in rural upstate New York with five cats who supervise all her activities, both magickal and mundane.


  1. My first and only encounter with Baba Yaga was in Enchantment, by Orson Scott Card. That is a fairytale character I will never forget. This will definitely will go on my to read list. Thanks!

    1. lol, that was an interesting character. Hadn't heard of her before this book. Duck feet?! ack! or I guess I should say "quack!" was funny in my head