I’ve been looking at these cute, cartoony covers for a while now and seeing H.P. Mallory’s name pretty frequently. Then, another author I follow mentioned on facebook that Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble was FREE at Amazon. Now, you all know that I can’t resist FREE when it comes to a paranormal read, much less one that has already peaked my interest. Tricky, sneaky authors. Offering first books in a series FREE knowing you’ll pick up the rest of the series if you get hooked on the first book. *sigh*The first thing I noticed about Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble was the humor. The book was told from Jolie’s POV and I absolutely loved her ‘voice.’ It was such a fun read!Even the premise was cute. Jolie stumbled upon her power when Rand, a warlock, found her in her fortune telling shop. Until then, she was perfectly happy being ‘normal’ as she put it. Nothing in her life, after meeting Rand would ever be normal again. The whirlwind of magic, mystery, almost romance, danger and fun that follows kept the pages turning.On the downside, I wasn’t exactly crazy about Jolie’s best friend Christa. She did seem to have Jolie’s best interest at heart and opposites as friends usually work, so I put up with her. I’ll also admit that Rand was frustrating. He had his reasons, but he fought so hard against them and almost gave in so many times and then backed off again – I was about ready to smack him. Yet, he was just sexy enough and cared enough about Jolie throughout the book that I’ve almost forgiven him. ALMOST! Beyond that, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble was quite an entertaining read and I really can’t wait to see what happens next.I have a feeling that things are just going to continue to get more and more interesting as the series progresses. The ‘oh-so-sexy’ vampire – Sinjin – is probably going to have something to do with that I’m sure. It won’t be long before I pick up Toil and Trouble. I know I’m a couple of years behind in starting this series, but the good part is I don’t have to wait for the next book.