Siobhan’s Secret (Raven and Hummingbird, #1) by Nikki Broadwell #BookReview @nikkibroadwell

Siobhan’s Secret
(Raven and Hummingbird, #1)
by Nikki Broadwell

The author sent me an ARC of this book (Mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four-dot-five stars)

(by Goodreads)

Kat’s life is a disaster. Her mother is dead and her stepfather has kicked her out of the one home she’s always counted on, leaving her nothing but the Celtic knot locket Siobhan gave her on her eighteenth birthday. Unable to focus enough to hold down a job she ends up at the women’s shelter where she sees the truth of what life can dish out.

And on top of all that she is positive that her mother did not die from natural causes. But without a dime to her name she has no way to prove it.

In the shelter she meets Cerridwen, an older woman who seems kind enough. But when this same woman appears in Kat’s dream as the goddess of the underworld and keeper of the magical cauldron of inspiration, Kat is more than a little disturbed. Just a dream she tells herself the next morning, dismissing her uneasiness.

In the meantime a strange man seems to be stalking her, his torn jeans and filthy Grateful Dead T-shirt indicating that he’s a drug addict who she wants nothing to do with. And why are there enormous dark birds everywhere she looks? She’s never seen a raven in the city.

As life shifts around her Kat discovers a world she didn’t know existed, her grasp on reality disappearing as she struggles to understand what is happening.


Genre(s): > Mythology & Folk Tales (Kindle Store)
> Fairy Tale Fantasy (Kindle Store)
> Mythology & Folk Tales (Books)
Series: Raven and Hummingbird, #1
Length: 302 pages
Release date: 2019-04-15



The scream woke her, Kat’s heart beating fast in her chest. She was in bed and wearing her nightgown, her hair dry. She tried to pull it all aside, to tell herself it was only a dream, but it didn’t feel that way. Her body felt different, her limbs loose and relaxed.

She dressed hurriedly and went to the kitchen, wanting to tell Airmid about the dream before she forgot.

“Now tell me their names again?” Airmid asked, following Kat into the living room.

My Opinion

This book introduces you to 20-year-old Kat, still shocked by her mother’s unexpected death and – just kicked out by her stepfather.

With “Siobhan’s Secret”, Nikki Broadwell presents us with the intriguing story of a young and desperate woman. Kat is broken, staying at a woman’s shelter, without means; some of her new acquaintances appear in her dreams – has she gone mad? The story is skilfully elaborated, comprises interesting turns, and has a  great flow. Nikki Broadwell introduces each character with care, providing them with sufficient depth for their respective relevance. I was drawn into the story right away, very close to Kat, being her invisible ally. I could easily envision the characters and locations. I had a great time reading “Siobhan’s Secret”. It is a very enjoyable read; I am looking forward to reading more. My partiality for the combination of reality and mythology began when reading Marion Zimmer Bradley’s “The House Between the Worlds”, therefore I enjoy well-written stories like this one.

This is for you if you enjoy (urban) fantasy, very likeable characters to cheer on their ventures, mythology, surprises, and good storytelling.

This is a book to read again. Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough)
Violence :mrgreen:  (mentions, only)
Sexual content 😳  (kisses and mentions; not too detailed yet passionate activities)


About the author

Writing has become my life, and when I am not at my computer I feel like something is amiss! I’ve always been a writer, but only began seriously in 2002, when I decided to write about my parents’ life and my father’s time in POW camps during WW2. In between this very emotional undertaking I began a fantasy–my ‘fun’ escape writing. Three books later put me on the fantasy train, lusting after all things magic and mystical! I am now up to seventeen novels and counting. And the one featuring my father’s diaries has finally been released, the story revolving around two made-up characters who bear no resemblance to my parents. Funny how that happens. You can find it on the ‘In the press’ page!
I write what the goddess (muse) tells me to write, my characters taking hold of the plot and running with it. At times I feel I am only here to tap the keys. If the story does not move forward freely I figure something is not quite right and have to either put it away for a bit or go back to the place where ‘I” took over.

When I’m not at my computer you can find me somewhere over the rainbow…or on a trail in the woods or desert, hiking with my dog and my husband of over thirty years.

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My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “Siobhan’s Secret”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Siobhan’s Secret” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂