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Reviewed by Francine Zane for Readers' Favorite
In Bitch Witch by S.R. Karfelt, Sarah fights her addiction to magic as one might fight an addiction to heroin. She knows that for every high a dark cast might earn her, she faces the bitter effects of a backlash. When she meets Paul and accidentally casts a love spell on his brother, her addiction comes to a head, and she is forced into a cold turkey recovery that leaves her weak and confused.
S.R. Karfelt faced a mighty undertaking with Bitch Witch and won. She weaves her own magic around each word to treat her readers to a unique story filled with humor, depravity, attraction, and regrets. And to top it all off, she leaves the reader with a sense of hope and enlightenment that is satisfying and just a little bit wicked. Narrator Liisa Ivary does a professional job of bringing Sarah to life with well-placed inflections, perfectly timed delivery, and consistent modulation. The production quality is clear with no background noise or unexplained pauses.
If I had to pinpoint one fault of Bitch Witch, it would be why her adversaries would ever have returned to her home if they truly thought she was out to harm them. While Karfelt explains away the question, it still bothers me, as did Sarah’s lackadaisical acceptance of them running roughshod over her in her own home. It does not take a bitch of a witch to fight against the insults, invasion, and disrespect of an inner sanctuary. However, this little misstep along the journey is only a minor distraction from the truly entertaining cast and constantly moving plot.