• Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble

  • By: H. P. Mallory
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (321 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A self-deprecating witch with the unique ability to reanimate the dead.
A dangerously handsome warlock torn between being her boss and her would-be lover.
A six hundred year old English vampire with his own agenda; one that includes an appetite for witches.
The Underworld in a state of chaos.
Let the games begin.

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.

©2010 H. P. Mallory (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Awful, awful, awful

What disappointed you about Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble?

Story sounded like it was written by a sexually precocious teen-aged girl. It's one of the few books I couldn't finish. I don't usually write reviews, but this one is bad enough I feel like I need to warn people off.

Would you ever listen to anything by H. P. Mallory again?

Nope.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator sounded like an airhead. A different narrator might have improved the book slightly.

What character would you cut from Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble?

The protagonist.

Any additional comments?

If you want to read some GOOD witchy books, try Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, The Hollows series by Kim Harrison, Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearn (has witches in it), and Secondhand Spirits series by Juliet Blackwell.

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This protagonist has to be the dumbest witch ever!

She keeps forgetting she's a witch. She can conjure clothes from the air instantly but can't seem to realize she could conjure a weapon any time. Every guy in the story is after her but she refuses to give in to any advances despite her apparently rampant libido. I only finished the book because I was driving and didn't want to pull over.

The blurb made it sound like the narrator was famously good but I just found her performance too anguished all the time very forced.

Skip this one even if you are desperate.

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disjointed narration

I am looking for a new series and was disappointed with the narration or maybe just the writer.
It did not flow smoothly and I was not overly impressed by the language used.
Just because I read, and like bit of romance with my fantasy does not make me an idiot.

Plot was ok, however as a whole, it failed to deliver.
The new new series I am looking for unfortunately is not this one.

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Great potential but too much tedium

I wanted to like this book but found Jolie to be tiresome and irritating and found the book weighed down with WAY too much tedious details/dialogue that didn’t actually advance the story. I never connected with Jolie and lost patience with her constant naïveté no matter how many situations she experienced which should’ve begun to build her savvy. I also found her interactions with Trent and Sinjin to be contrived. I understood what the author was trying to do but I didn’t feel it was executed well so it just came across as awkward to me. As for the performance I don’t know why Ms Ryan thought a husky delivery was the same as a British accent but I found her Rand and Sinjin voices incredibly annoying because they were basically the same husky sounding voice that was supposed to be British but was decidedly not. All in all I slogged through to the end of the book and while I’m curious to see how the story ends, I’m not interested enough to slog through another 12 hrs of an annoying Jolie (an even more annoying Krista) and a really bad attempt at British accents.

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Too much drivel and repetition

**slight spoiler alert**

I really hate giving a two star review. There were times it could’ve been 5 stars. I really liked the Dulcie O’Neil series so I thought I’d read this one. I think what ticks me off the most, this author could be the most amazing author if she would only get her a good publishing agent or whoever reads through books and tells authors what to leave out and what to write. There’s no sense in writing extra crap for 50 pages in between the good, just so you can make it longer. NO ONE CARES WHAT SHE IS THINKING OR PICKING NOSE, WHAT HAVE YOU! It means nothing to the story. And added characters that have nothing to do with it are just a waste of a reader’s time. Like the kid in the last chapter when they are in land of fairy, he has nothing to do with anything, nor will he. There are several characters that are good and need to be in the book but at the end they pretty much don’t exist. I get it her friend is with her in England but she is pretty much like a body breathing air. Oh, if you listen to the audio, you will hate her voice! Sorry to sound so mean. The vampire had potential but no one’s character was developed very well. Except Rand. I loved his. What’s up with Jolie going to his room and you finally think they will have sex but at the last minute she says I’m not ready to have sex with you?! What are you 14?! She is the dumbest character I’ve read! I feel like readers are being cheated. Only so this author can write over 20 books. Btw, nothing gets resolved in this book. We don’t even get sex details. And I know it’s not for young adults because the GDing every other page is atrocious. I didn’t appreciate that at all. And I get leaving sex to the imagination but still. The story also changed abruptly a whole lot. Like a lot of telling of her encounter with Rand in the bedroom then stopping so fast. All the bad guys when they are at that party thing? You think they are bad then after the abduction, oh surprise, I was on your side all along. But you almost got raped. Sorry bout that Poppet. Oh it’s no biggie. I just won’t think about it again. Everything is coming up roses. But let’s don’t forget the bad vampire can track me now. But we won’t give Rand all the details of what actually took place. And over and over we get the same lines of what Jolie is thinking and saying. Repeating so much of same thing I thought I was back reading the same chapter again. This book could’ve been written in half the length it was written. My blood pressure is high from it all. Only because it had that much potential of being book of the year for me to just fall flat at the end. And the dumbest part? At the last two chapters, in fairy, Odran is letting her have a challenge and the fairy she is fighting is big and baddest of them all. But the fight is so lame. It goes on and on. All she does is put up a shield. Many times. And after? Odran hugs her and is happy but in the next breath angry as hell and red faced? Talk about your bipolar characters. Then it ends. The whole book is supposed to be about the wicked woman wanting Jolie to be on her team to take over the world or something. And all the species are warring. They are each trying to get others to join their side. Everything falls flat. It’s like ADD because in the middle of one story it stops and it’s all about another bunch with the last character never being mentioned again. Jolie is in demand because she can bring the dead back to life. I sort of aggravated too because I’ve read a few of the J.R. Rain books and this author is coauthor, but I’m beginning to think J R Rain is just her pen name because they have the same tendency. Not near as bad though. And we also never see a photo of said author anywhere or know much about. But what do I know? Idk why I’m on a haters kick with this book. I stuck with it because I did like the storyline.

I also borrowed the audio through the KU program. I like to listen while driving to work. The narrator is ok . I didn’t like the tone to begin with but it got better. I think it’s mainly the characters and not her. I hated Christa’s voice! But it went with the character so well. I do think I’ve listened to other work by this narrator and I loved her.

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really weak female lead.

The love store is frustrating but honestly the female lead is annoying in her weakness and stupid lines. I want to enjoy the fantasy story line but it seems to be a bunch of sexual frustration and weak love story triangle blah.

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Jolie Wilkins -- someone I'd never want to meet.

I bought this audiobook after listening to a free excerpt of chapter one. It sounded entertaining and I had fairly high hopes. Boy, was I misled. Nearing the end now and it just keeps getting worse. Jolie Wilkins, protagonist and witch, is supposed to be beautiful, intelligent, perfect in every way, blah blah. Major fail -- she repeats herself, makes stupid jokes (and then explains them!), and uses crass language. Plus, she claims to be in love with the male protagonist, while salivating after every other man she meets, whether friend, enemy, or just random character passing through. Awful -- an embarrassment to women everywhere. Why aren't there any decent female leads in chick lit? I'd like some entertainment with a brain, please!

I had mixed feelings about the narrator. She had a pleasant voice and read fluently, but her accents were blatantly inauthentic. The English accent sounded like an American trying too hard, and the Scottish accent was just bad. "Lass" is made to sound like "la-ahs", among other irritations.

I just wanted a cute, moderately intelligent book. Instead I got a teenager's wet dream. Oh, HP Mallory, is this really the best you could do?

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Twists, turns and well written sexual tension

Where does Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 4 series. It's awesome.

What other book might you compare Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble to and why?

Dulcie O'Neil

Which character – as performed by Allyson Ryan – was your favorite?

Signgion (Not sure how to spell it, sounds like Sin jian)

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Nothing but witch

Any additional comments?

One reader said this book was boring. They could not have been more wrong!

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it was boring

What disappointed you about Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble?

Main femal lead was to whinny. The narrator did a good job makeing her sound pathetic.

Would you be willing to try another one of Allison Ryan’s performances?

Maybe.

Any additional comments?

Seemed alright at first but then it became ro harlaquin romance for liking.

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Enjoyable

I did not "purchase" this book, I got it through Kindle Unlimited. I didn't read this book I actually listened to it while hand knitting. Which was quite nice to be able to listen to a very enjoyable and entertaining book. I hope more in this series has audible. The story line is engaging, the relationship between the two female friends is close to a real life friendship. The main character still has growing up to do, not really believing she is 28. All in all I would recommend this book to anyone who would like an entertaining read.

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  • Breuddwyd
  • 04-21-14

Bad romance forced on the reader

From the very first chapter it was evident that the author was trying to insert romance into the book in a most unnatural way. It interrupted the flow of dialogue and seemed completely out of place with the narration being entirely 1st person by the main character with extremely frequent "ooh he's hot" digressions which seemed forced and made the storytelling slow and disjointed. The romance was entirely unnecessary, yet ended up being the focus of every new chapter.
For readers of supernatural fantasy the works of L K Hamilton are likely familiar, to this story her later works which focused on bad romance with minimal plot would be reminiscent. The main character has multiple besotted males of various species constantly complementing her for little apparent reason, who constantly tell her how amazing she is and how they must have her, while the plot is short, poorly told and unremarkable. This seems like a trashy, light, plotless, holiday-read, fantasy romance aimed at less intelligent readers.

The narrator reads every sentence as if it has a ! at the end of it, her voice making each sentence! an exclamation! like oh my gawd! Which gets old very quickly. Several characters were supposed to have English accents...needing quite a bit of work

There are more books in the series but I have no compulsion to explore them,the author has completely put me off!

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  • Brook10033
  • 07-26-19

Not impressed

This book was a real struggle. I just can't warm to the main character. She annoys me. I started listening months ago, left it, then decided to hear the rest. It was not worth the wait.

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  • Nicole
  • 03-02-17

There should be a 'too bad to finish' page

What would have made Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble better?

A main character without the IQ of a lettuce

What could H. P. Mallory have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not telling us EVERYTHING the lettuce is thinking about ALL the time, and then developing a decent plot around less-lettuce-like entities.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Allyson Ryan?

She has poor material... so who knows

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger!!! I spent my money on this!

Any additional comments?

Don't bother. There are way more creatively and intelligently written books which are very similar.