Author: Darynda Jones
Narrator: Traci Odom
Audiobook Length: 7 hours 39 minutes
Forty-something Defiance Dayne only recently discovered she comes from a long line of powerful witches. Added to that was the teensy, infinitesimal fact that she is what’s called a charmling. One of three on the entire planet. And there are other witches who will stop at nothing to steal her immense power, which would basically involve her unfortunate and untimely death.
No one told her life after forty would mean having to learn new lifeskills—such as how to dodge supernatural assassins while casting from a moving vehicle—or that the sexiest man alive would be living in her basement.
Whoever said life begins at forty was clearly a master of the underappreciated and oft maligned understatement.
Bewitched is the second novel in the Betwixt and Between series. This story is a continuation of the journey following new witch Defiance (Dephne) Dayne. Therefore, although you could catch up by starting with this story, it is best to start with book one before continuing to this one.
The story takes place six months after the cliffhanger ending of book one. There are events that happened between the two novels that are explored in this one. Defiance is not only a powerful witch, but she is a very rare ‘charmling.’ She wakes up after a six months coma that she had no idea that she was in and now has to try to piece together what happened. Not only has time passed, but also so missed her birthday and she is now 45. Her life continues to be in danger, as she is the target of witch hunters that want to get rid of her power.
Defiance and Roane continue to have an attraction to each other. As the story is told from Defiance’s point of view, the reader gets to continue her lust after the shifter. This story goes into a little more of Roane’s background, which was interesting, considering he was mysterious during the first novel. Although they have an interest in each other, this story does not focus on the romance and it is secondary to the main story of Defiance’s journey as a witch. As her powers increase, she is starting to help those in danger and try not to be in danger herself. However, she has moments of doubt with her powers and even tries to convince those around her that she lost her powers during her six-month coma.
Although this series focuses on an older main character, I enjoy the fact that she is both mature and immature. It is very relatable to readers of any age as you can be 100 and still not be mature in every situation and you can be one and not be immature all the time. She has fun and I love her interactions with Annette. The two of them are fantastic friends that do not let their age define them as they have fun no matter the situation. I also like that she is a chaotic mess sometimes as it is nice to have a character that is not perfect all the time. I did have moments where I could not fully comprehend her resistance to the magic, as I would be doing everything I can to figure out what I can do with my powers, but I understand her behavior fits her character.
The characters from the first novel all return for this one and it was nice to have them all featured as it felt like a nice reunion after finishing the first novel. They all play their roles, but I enjoyed all of them. There is even the addition of a new ghost boy to this gang of quirky characters. The story goes through a new mystery as it works its way to another cliffhanger ending that will be addressed in the next novel. The overall novel was very entertaining and is a light and fun read that can easily be done in a single sitting. This novel continues, similar to the first, to be a simple story, but it is not boring as there are multiple subplots that all happen together. It’s a great series when you are in the mood for something cozier compared to the more involved series. As I did the audiobooks that were just released this year, I have to wait until the next one to be available. An excellent and fun sequel and I hope it continues in the next.