(Can I ask what's with this title? No witch seems to get woken in this book. I just wanted to ask.)
Witch Savannah Levine has been a continuing supporting character in this series since she was orphaned at age 12, but this is her first narration. She's been raised by paranormal PI's, and now that she's 21, she works for them. While Paige and Lucas are on vacation, Savannah's very eager to prove herself, by herself. So when an associate of Lucas's named Jesse comes in with a case of three dead women in a small town, smacking of magic stuff, Savannah is all gung-ho to do it.
Savannah is a young badass (rolls around on her motorcycle proudly) and it seems a wee bit put on at times so she can be tough, but she is sensible enough to reach for help when she needs it. She teams up with Jesse, as well as Michael Kennedy, a human cop trying to find out who murdered his sister. On the phone regularly is Adam, Savannah's longtime crush. Savannah doesn't exactly make friends in the town too well, other than with one murder victim's young daughter. The town sheriff is a difficult guy to work with. There's a local "cookie cult" where the charismatic fiftysomething guy is clearly boffing most of his young female acolytes. The richest guy in town (and boinkbuddy of a murder victim) and his wife are very hostile.
I'm not sure how I feel about Savannah yet, I guess she seems a wee bit "poser"-y to me. Which is understandable, since she's trying to prove her independence in this book big time. She seems to get more "real" by the end, which I liked. And I did like the twist that the ending had with the villain, plus it was a pretty memorable scene for me. That was the point where the story got gripping for me. But it's not over...
The main problem with this book is that it is the first book of a trilogy. Since that's the case, there isn't much of a romance (it feels like it is barely warming up by book's end), some loose ends of the mysteries aren't wrapped up, and it ends on a cliffhanger that will shock regular readers of the series. I was relieved to hear more Savannah books were going to be done after that. And there is one strange plothole (let's just say that one can't figure out how that particular act happened when the person who did it was incapacitated).
I'm giving it three and a half stars overall. Not bad, but there's been better.