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Review – Stir Until Petrified

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Last updated on March 3, 2021

Stir Until Petrified

by Theda Vallee

Stir Until PetrifiedSeries: Violetta Massoni Adventures, Book 1
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Witches
Release Date: May 13, 2018
Pages: ~435
Purchase from: Amazon
My Rating: ★★★★☆

Welcome to beautiful Palermo Bay, where the witches are fierce

…and the biscotti is to die for.

Violetta “Etta” Massoni is an Italian witch living and working with her overbearing family in the sleepy seaside town of Palermo Bay. Healing from tragedy, she wants nothing to do with the magic she was born with.

Etta soon finds herself forced into the world of magic that she had resisted for so long. The peaceful calm of her community is shattered by a string of attacks that leaves fifteen people trapped in their dreams. An ominous magic task force is sent to investigate, with Etta as their number one suspect.

Her family has never been able to mind their own business, and they aren’t about to start now! Dragging her grandmother from crime scenes will be the least of her worries. Join Etta and the whole Massoni girl gang on a perilous, hilarious adventure filled with magic, myth, and minestrone!


Stir Until Petrified was a great story. I LOVED all the strong, sassy females. And Stella has a great sass all her own. I look forward to seeing more of her. I’m hoping Etta will discover a way to reliably communicate with her.

I’m eager to read book 2, and I hope we’ll find out what the light show between Etta and Luc is. It’s a cool concept, whatever it turns out to be.

The entire story arc was an interesting concept, really. It felt very original to me, despite having seen many of the individual elements before.

The final conflict was especially satisfying. It felt appropriately difficult. No Harry Potter Syndrome here. That final fight had me wondering if anyone would make it out alive. Huge kudos to Ms. Vallee on that.

If you don’t mind mild spoilers, click here to read the next bit.

The dream walking sequence was fabulous. I really liked how the characters had to follow paths in and out of various dreams. And the inclusion of Phoenix blood was brilliant. I can’t wait to find out how else that affects Etta.

I knocked one star off for the errors I found, though. You know how I am by now. If I find a bunch of errors as I read, I take away a point.

But concept and story – 5 stars, so it gets a solid 4 stars from me overall. If you like witches, sass, or action, you definitely want to read Stir Until Petrified.

About the Author

Theda ValleeTheda Vallee is an author, of Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy and more; living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two sons.

A self-professed cat lady, she channels her rain-induced delirium into creating fierce independent heroines that kick-ass and take names. Her obsession with mythology, folklore, and old wives tales can be seen as she often interweaves known legends into her vibrant worlds, but with a distinctly Theda twist.

When she’s not writing, you can find her hiking, reading everything she can get her hands on, and traveling to distant locales in search of snacks.

Author links: Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Instagram | Twitter

Disclaimer: This review is based on a complimentary eBook I received from Theda Vallee. The complimentary receipt of this book has in no way affected my review or rating.

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