Monday, August 27, 2012

Review: Witch Way To Turn by Karen Y. Bynum

Witch Way To Turn by Karen Y. Bynum
Published: August 6, 2012
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Pages: 237
Received: for honest review via Bewitching Book Tours
Buy Now: Amazon | Lyrical Press

Can you give one guy your heart and another your soul? 

The last thing eighteen-year-old Breena Cross needs in her life is more complications. It’s all she can do to balance studying, working, trying to keep her foster-sister safe and drooling over the new guy at work. But things go from complicated to crazy when a fit of rage ignites the dark magic inside her and she finds herself fending off the supernatural underworld. 

Myles, Breena’s drool-worthy coworker and vampire convict, is carrying a load of secrets--one of which is that he’s fang-over-lip in love with Breena and in danger of violating the terms of his sentence. 

Orin is a soul-hungry assassin sent to kill Breena. However, he takes one look into her eyes and sees his own lost humanity. For once thinking of someone other than himself, he chooses not to end her life, even though it means risking his own. 

Despite a convict and an assassin fighting over her, all Breena wants is custody of her sister. But to do this, she will need help from both Myles and Orin. And if Breena doesn’t learn to control the darkness within, she could lose her sister…forever. 

WARNING: Contains strong language and some graphic content.

Witch Way To Turn really does have you wondering which way Breena is headed on so many levels in this book. Between the love triangle she finds herself tangled in and the different levels of danger and misadventure you never know what is going to happen next. Breena starts off as a teenager trying to make a better life for herself and her sister by working full time, going to night school to better her life and looking out for her foster sister as best she can. She has had enough hardship in her world to last a lifetime and it just gets more complicated as the story goes on. Breena has grown up in foster care her whole life and is tired of the bad situations the life has dealt her, little does she know she's had a bit of a guardian angel watching over her the entire time. 

Breena's life gets complicated when she meets Orin, a smoking hot soul sucker, and her existing friend/possible love interest, Myles gets jealous. From this point on she is stuck in a love triangle between the two - the drool worthy boy next door vampire or the drop dead sexy preternatural soul eater. What's a girl to do? She has feelings for both but who will she ultimately choose?

And on top of the mess her love life is in, Breena still has a head on her shoulders when it comes to protecting her little sister. She means the world to her and it totally shows throughout this story - she is fiercely loyal, protective and sassy. I love the secret language that she and Jenny have made, it totally shows how much they love each other and how important family is. I guess finding out you are a halfling with magical abilities can have it's perks. 

The one character I'm really eager to learn more about is Jenny. I am certain that she has quite a story of her own to tell considering some of the things that happen to her. I'm looking forward to seeing where this story goes next. 

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About the author:
Karen Y. Bynum is an author of young adult paranormal fantasy. Her novel Witch Way to Turn is published through Lyrical Press. She grew up in Hickory, North Carolina where mountains and magic surrounded her. Even as a child, she wrote her own faery tales and prattled incessantly to her imaginary friends.
After graduating from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Communications, she went on to become certified in culinary arts from The Art Institute of Charlotte. But it wasn’t until her aerospace engineer husband accepted a job in Virginia and they relocated that she knew what she wanted to be when she grew up.
With the support of family and friends, Karen embarked on a journey with the voices in her head. They wouldn’t stop talking (yes, she does answer back) and their stories took shape.
Karen currently lives in coastal Virginia and enjoys reading, tweeting, writing and spending time with her husband and their spoiled rotten Vizsla named Rusty. 


  1. Hi Chrystal!

    Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog today! Really appreciate you taking the time to read and review Witch Way to Turn!

    Faithfully writing,

    1. Hi Karen! So happy that you stopped by today. :) Really enjoyed Breena's story and can't wait to see what happens next.


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