Review: Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by H.P. Mallory

July 16, 2012 1 star, Book Review 8

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble

Life isn’t bad for psychic Jolie Wilkins. True, she doesn’t have a love life to speak of, but she has a cute house in the suburbs of Los Angeles, a cat and a quirky best friend.

Enter Rand Balfour, a sinfully attractive warlock who insists she’s a witch and who just might turn her life upside down. Rand hires her to help him solve a mystery regarding the death of his client who also happens to be a ghost. Jolie not only uncovers the cause of the ghost’s demise but, in the process, she brings him back to life!

Word of Jolie’s incredible ability to bring back the dead spreads like wildfire, putting her at the top of the underworld’s most wanted list. Consequently, she finds herself at the center of a custody battle between a villainous witch, a dangerous but oh-so-sexy vampire, and her warlock boss, Rand.


Unfortunately, I had quite a few gripes about Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble.

To begin – the characters – Jolie and Rand were well enough developed but I just couldn’t find anything about them that made me latch onto them and really care. Now, Christa (the best friend) had pretty much no character development at all. I saw her as just the token friend character thrown in there so that Jolie could have someone to fall back on now and then and be made to feel more secure or insecure in situations where that was needed. The fact that she followed her around the country, then out of the country was way too convenient.

Jolie herself – yeah she bugged me with her whole lusting after several men and acting as if she wants to do more with Rand in one scene but then fighting off her urges in another? A bit of a ploy to build more sexual tension in my opinion – wasn’t working for me.

Now as for bad guy development – so not there. Why should we be afraid of this Bella lady, how did she get all these other races to join her side in the first place? Lots left open, which in a series book is normal but still a little bit more info should be there.

Too many supernatural races too quickly. I don’t know why it bugged me so much, maybe it was that she put a bunch in there but they all essentially felt so shallow in the species dept. Like each wasn’t built up very well. Just put in the mix to be there.

It left me with an annoyed feeling and I didn’t like it at all. Heck, going back to my convenient comment at the beginning maybe that’s what ticked me off so much about this read – so much of it was just ‘way too convenient.’ The plots, the characters, the additional races, the convenient use of powers and easy wins.

*especially irritating convenient powers, changing to an animal shape when you’re a witch, instant clothes, changing your appearance, no spells, oh and just miraculously being able to bring people back from the dead without having any real concept of ever having any power beyond visions before that?* …erg

I hate to write negative reviews – but because I stuck it out and read through the entire thing – I’m going to put my opinion out there.  Now of course you don’t have to take my word for it because I looked at the average rating for this book and it seems normal.  So it likely just wasn’t my cup of tea.


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*ecopy provided by Author for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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8 Responses to “Review: Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by H.P. Mallory”

  1. Erin A;-Mehairi

    Hmmm…well that’s not great news. It looked cute, but then again I got it free one day within the last couple weeks off of Amazon. Maybe I will try it out anyway.

  2. Scarlett

    Wow, that’s so weird because I just discovered this author today and wanted to try out her books. The other series looked more interesting, so I’m glad I decided to try that one first (though I haven’t read it).

    Sorry to hear that there were quite a few things that you didn’t like…but pretty much those would be similar things if I read it as well, so thanks for the heads up!
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  3. Jenny

    I’m so glad I’m not alone in feeling Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by H.P. Mallory was disappointing at best. With 360 kindle reviews averaging 41/2 stars, I expected it to be far better than it was. But it was free, so I gave it a chance. I regret doing so. The narrative was awful. The word “coursed” was used so many times, I lost count. None of the characters were truly likable, least of all Jolie, the main character. I think your review was generous all things considered and agree completely with each of your observations. I will return to this site in the future BEFORE selecting another freebie 🙂