The Compulsive Reader: Short Story Review: "Familiar" by Michelle Rowen

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Short Story Review: "Familiar" by Michelle Rowen

Brenda is so not okay with being a witch like her mom, and does everything she can to get out of magic lessons, much to her mother’s frustration. To placate her, Brenda reluctantly agrees to go to the magic shop to pick out a familiar. She picks up a kitten, happy to get something cute and fluffy out of the situation, but is shocked when her kitten turns out to be Owen, a shapeshifter on the run from some very dangerous werewolves. This unusual premise is a great hook, and Brenda's generally upbeat and humorous narrative, punctuated by Owen's sarcasm, makes this an easy to read and enjoyable short story. The conflict may not be very complicated, but it does provide some room for a taste of danger, some drama, and a little twist, all of which wraps up in a satisfying conclusion. This is a fun short story with good dialogue, some cute characters, and a good amount of laughs. “Familiar” is a great pick if you're looking for something quick, fun, and well-written, and at $0.99, it's worth the money.

I downloaded this one to my Kindle!


LinWash said...

Okay you sold me! I bought it for my Kindle as well!

Mary @ BookSwarm said...

Oh, yay! Sounds adorable. Think I'll have to Kindle it, too. :)
Happy reading,
Mary @ Book Swarm