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Monday, March 16, 2015

Book Review: Mother May I (Knight Games Book 4) by Genevieve Jack

Mother May I (Knight Games Book 4)
by Genevieve Jack
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Carpe Luna Publishing
Date of Publication: March 16, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-940675-17-6
Number of pages: 300
Word Count: 65,000
Cover Artist: Steven Novak
Love will launch the mother of all battles.

Grateful Knight is one stressed out witch. Not only has she failed to restore her caretaker, Rick, from an evil witch’s mind-control spell, but the loss he endured extends well beyond his memory. To make matters worse, compensating for his absence could cost her the job she loves and the strength she needs.

When a new supernatural threat leaves Grateful for dead, a vampire ally saves her life but at a price. Her assailant's calling card makes it clear she’s marked for death, possibly by her goddess mother. With the help of her half-sister Polina, can Grateful gain the power she needs to win Rick back and beat the goddess at her own game?

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Life has become complicated for Monk’s Hill witch Grateful Knight. With her job, love life, and very existence in jeopardy, the fourth installment of Grateful’s story is a frantic, non-stop tale of restoration and ruin.

Genevieve Jack is a first-rate paranormal storyteller. Her characters are vivid and ideas original. Jack has a way of extraordinarily describing the ordinary gestures of her characters making them human and relatable; like when a character lowers their chin, twists their lip, or laughs through their nose. She avoids the forced, tired clich├ęs of human movement and interaction so prevalent in this genre and subtly animates likeable beings who just happen to have magical abilities. Among my favourite characters is Poe, Grateful’s raven familiar. He’s a sassy, smart-talking fantastic sidekick and the perfect counterpart to the heroic, but fallible, Grateful. An original touch I adore in this book has to be Polina’s unique method of transportation. The metal witch uses gold dust and plumbing as a supernatural waterslide to pretty much any locale.

The love story between Grateful and Rick is innovative for this genre. Rick is Grateful’s caretaker, and although he has that alpha appeal, his singular purpose is to be a partner to Grateful. The caring works both ways with little to no power imbalance, which is a refreshing novelty. In the previous installment of Knight Games, Rick’s memory is erased by the malevolent wood witch of Salem. As a result, Grateful starts her current journey without her true partner, lover, and best friend. The road to reunification seems arduous at best and life-threatening at worst, forcing Grateful to seek a network of unlikely allies. This adds to the richness of Grateful’s very character and her larger world.

Supernatural villains abound in this book. Goblins, rival witches, and the enigmatic mother-goddess Hecate all seem to have a hand in Grateful’s pending demise. The action twists and turns at a relentless pace with one perilous situation after another, all seemingly insurmountable.

A lot is revealed at the conclusion of this book, perhaps even too much. It feels like Rick and Grateful’s story careens to a central conclusion and that time quickly collapses. After such a rollicking ride, these reveals feel overly rapid and somewhat trite. Overall, I enjoyed this installment and adore this series. I look forward to the upcoming spin-off story featuring Grateful’s friend and restaurateur Logan Valentine.

4 ½ Sheep

Bianca Greenwood

About the Author:
Genevieve Jack is a former registered nurse turned author of weird, witty, and wicked-hot paranormal romance. She grew up in a suburb of Chicago and attended a high school rumored to be haunted. There she developed a love for old cemeteries and ghost tours. Today, she specializes in original, cross-genre stories with surprising twists. She lives in Illinois with her husband, two children, and a Brittany spaniel named Riptide, who holds down her feet while she writes.


  1. Thank you for featuring Mother May I on your blog!

  2. Reviewing Mother May I was my pleasure, really. Thanks for checking in :)

  3. The series sounds really good! I have to check these books out!!
    Ashley Applebee

  4. You won't be sorry. Great series. Very well written.