Book Review: The Witches of Dark Hollow Ridge by Rena Marin

The Witches of Dark Hollow Ridge was a great read!

In my opinion, there is so much lead up to the actual plot that felt a bit unnecessary, but I actually really enjoyed this book. The romance between Sadie and Dorian felt really underdeveloped, though. It seemed a little like it was thrown in there as an afterthought, when in reality Sadie’s relationship to her “coven” and her younger sisters was a lot more interesting.

Instead, I got a story where I had to follow a lot of (red herring) threads and an uninspired romantic plot to get to the meat of it. The most interesting things in the book were the betrayal of the coven, Cleo’s plot, and the High Priestess arc which I genuinely enjoyed. 

However, take everything I say with a grain of salt because if romance isn’t a long, pining slow-burn I have an intensely difficult time getting into it. So, if you like quick romances I would recommend this story. 

I rated this 4 stars, though because the actual plot of the story is really gripping. I intensely enjoyed the plot with Cleo and Ebony. Though, I imagined the characters a lot differently in my head. Ebony’s description was a huge surprise for me. 

I also intensely loved the relationship between Victoria, Veronica, and Vivian. Even though for most of the book I confused Veronica and Victoria because the names are very similar and it took me awhile to figure out which of them I needed to be angry at. (Short answer: both)

I hope the second book in the series will focus more on the coven and also better explain the relationship between Sadie and Dorian. Also less whining about how often the younglings were lied to. I get it, it sucks, but I got it the first 3 times you were outraged, Sadie. You don’t need to keep repeating it.

I’m also really interested to see how Sadie will grow as a person and as a leader throughout this series. I was heartbroken at the ending for obvious reasons (You broke my whole heart, Rena Marin, and you know why) and I know Sadie is heartbroken too. I wonder how that will change her in the future. 

Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
(4/5 Stars. )

Rating breakdown:
Prose: 👍👍👍👍
Plot: 😄😄😄
Characterization: 🧙‍♀️🧙‍♀️🧙‍♀️
Boredom meter: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

I look forward to reading more from this world.

Today is the day! Marjorie Book 2 is finally out!

Today is the day! Marjorie Diaz’s Unfortunate Introduction to Ancestral Politics & Foul Play is finally out! You can grab your copy on Amazon. It’s in both paperback, eBook, and it’s even on Kindle Unlimited.

So, get it while it’s hot!

And don’t forget to attend the release party on my Twitch account! Where I’ll be playing video games, doing giveaways, and answering questions about the book series!

RSVP here on Facebook! (Or just drop in and ask some questions).

And as an extra special add on! Anybody who drops by and asks some questions about me or my Marjorie Diaz series will be entered to win a signed paperback copy of any of my books!

So let’s party!

From the official synopsis:

“Marjorie Diaz has been marked for death.

After her relationship with Patrick Watkins ends, Marjorie discovers that everyone in her life has been lying to her. Even her best friend, Lucian Maravalle.

Now, Marjorie is being hunted by a powerful magical family who will stop at nothing to kill her.

Lucian and her family have sworn to protect Marjorie from these nightmarish beasts, but Marjorie isn’t sure she can trust them. They keep secret after secret and, even after Marjorie has begged for them to tell her everything, they continue to keep her in the dark.

Marjorie struggles with her own mortality as she embarks on a futile journey to remain alive and reason with the beings that are hunting her.

She finds out the hard way that humans don’t matter on the other side of the veil. Unless Marjorie has something of use to offer, she’s better off dead.


Book 2 in the Marjorie Diaz Series.

Cover art by Ariel LeAnn of Cat’s Paw Media

CONTENT WARNING: GORE, BODY HORROR, MAJOR CHARACTER DEATH

THIS IS AN LGBTQIA+ TITLE WITH A FULL POC CAST “

Get your copy Now! And Stay for the Twitch Release Party Today (April 2) at 3pm!

I’ll be doing giveaways, I’ll announce the winner of the $20 Amazon Gift Card, and I’ll read an excerpt from the book while I’m struggling through playing video games. It’s gonna be great. See you there!

Follow me on Twitch here.

Link to the event page to RSVP.

Only 1 day left to preorder Marjorie Diaz Book 2 and enter my $20 Amazon gift card Giveaway!

The second book in my Marjorie Diaz series is coming out April 2, 2019! You can preorder it on Amazon now!

From the official synopsis:

“Marjorie Diaz has been marked for death.

After her relationship with Patrick Watkins ends, Marjorie discovers that everyone in her life has been lying to her. Even her best friend, Lucian Maravalle.

Now, Marjorie is being hunted by a powerful magical family who will stop at nothing to kill her.

Lucian and her family have sworn to protect Marjorie from these nightmarish beasts, but Marjorie isn’t sure she can trust them. They keep secret after secret and, even after Marjorie has begged for them to tell her everything, they continue to keep her in the dark.

Marjorie struggles with her own mortality as she embarks on a futile journey to remain alive and reason with the beings that are hunting her.

She finds out the hard way that humans don’t matter on the other side of the veil. Unless Marjorie has something of use to offer, she’s better off dead.


Book 2 in the Marjorie Diaz Series.

Cover art by Ariel LeAnn of Cat’s Paw Media

CONTENT WARNING: GORE, BODY HORROR, MAJOR CHARACTER DEATH

THIS IS AN LGBTQIA+ TITLE WITH A FULL POC CAST “

Also, if you preorder it before April 2, you’ll be entered into my $20 gift card giveaway!

I’m also doing a release party on my Twitch account in honor of Marjorie and Lucian’s favorite games. Or, well, the games they played in the first book. I’ll be playing Far Cry 5, Overwatch, Bomberman, and maybe Fortnite if I still have it installed.

I’ll also be doing giveaways, I’ll announce the winner of the $20 Amazon Gift Card, and I’ll read an excerpt from the book while I’m struggling through playing video games. It’s gonna be great.

Follow me on Twitch here.

Link to the event page to RSVP.