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review 2017-10-30 17:24
One Sentence Review – Any Witch Way by Dylan Newton #DylanNewton
Any Witch Way - Dylan Newton

I won my copy of Any Witch Way by Dylan Newton from Chrys Fey. Thanks so much, Chrys. I had not read any of her work before and loved meeting Lily and Joshua.

 

I love this fabulous cover by Rae Monet, Inc Design.

 

Any Witch Way (Pagan Holiday Series)

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MY ONE SENTENCE REVIEW

 

“Every time things get steamy with a guy, I black out and beat the crap out of him,” Lily tells Joshua in this sexy tale of an incubus that haunts the cursed Lily and how she comes into her powers, finding her soul mate along the way.

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Graduate student Lily Andrews resigned herself to a life of perpetual virginity. With her recent twisted appetites and weird fugues hospitalizing every would-be boyfriend, it’s no wonder she uses her coursework as an excuse not to date.

 

Then, she meets a witch.

 

Joshua enters Lily’s life to complete penance for a deadly spell cast centuries ago. Joshua must counter Lily’s demon-wrought fugues with his own Wiccan magick, or lose her forever.

 

As the pivotal Wiccan holiday, Samhain, approaches, time is running out. Together, they must battle an ancient dark force, fighting for their lives and their new-found love…ANY WITCH WAY they can.

 

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review 2017-10-29 21:28
Star Witch (Lazy Girl's Guide to Magic #2) by Helen Harper
Star Witch (The Lazy Girl's Guide To Magic) (Volume 1) - Helen Harper

Ivy, the Laziest of All Witches, is still being pulled into the machinations of the Hallowed Order of Magical Enlightenment. And not just because she finds Winter hot and isn’t entirely willing to see him lead her life

 

The Order needs a witch to investigate some possible grisly magical murders… one without official capacity. Sounds like a job for the talented Ivy - especially since the murder is happening on the set of her favourite reality TV show.


We return to Ivy and our completely non-heroic heroine. A protagonist who is perhaps the most normal person I have ever read. She’s lazy, she hates getting up early and certainly before her cup of tea, she is too idle to be easily impressed. Her lofty goals in life is to happily lay in front of the sofa bingewatching bad television. And she’s a fan of bad reality TV

 

And that works - because this is who Ivy is, a normal person. And while the genre is full of protagonists who are Not Like The Others and like classical piano concerto and Impressionist art or classical literature; actually being interested in popular entertainment, especially something as low brow as reality TV, is unheard of!

 

Her daily interactions also excellently continue this thread of normality. Sure she is a very powerful witch, an extremely talented witch - but she also lacks focus and concentration and willpower. Basically, she’s too lazy to reach her full potential. And how many of us could be many things if we could bring ourselves to get up an hour earlier, go to the gym a bit more, spend a bit more time studying.

 

And when she’s investigating the crime and mystery, she doesn’t make vast leaps of logic and be RIGHT. She makes massive leaps of logic, in enthusiasm as the amateur investigator. And is hilariously, sillily, wrong - because she isn’t a perfect savant or brilliant and half the time she’d be putting in twice her current effort just to half-ass something. And it’s not frustrating. It’s really, it’s fun and I really love her - because she also doesn’t really take herself all that seriously. Or the situation she’s in. She joins a reality TV show as both a huge fan and entirely aware of just how silly it is. She plays with the job, the events, and is willing to have absolutely immense fun all from an epic place of really Not Caring.



This applies even to her crush on Winter. Like many people she can indeed be stirred from her laziness because she wants to impress the hot guy. But even then she has her limits - he can stir her to act but not keep her concentrating on it. Her relationship with Winter is fun, they’re direct opposites who work well together and have a nice amount of shark. Yes, Winter is still the up-tight, rules-obsessed over achiever -but Ivy nicely melts him in the same way that he gets her to actually focus on things.

 

Throw in a hilarious take on reality TV, openly pillorying the inability of the contestants, the blatant caricatures and stereotypes as well as tricks like letting all the contestants meet early so they have chance to get to know each other and not be still on “first impression good manners”.  And she happily accepting the role of the Nasty One in between winning events by being too lazy (and losing them the same way). And a feud with wardrobe lady who dresses her ridiculously sexily - I love her response to Winter’s apoplexy about how all men will be staring at her: “that’s their problem, not mine.” We also throw in more weighty issues like nepotism and tv personalities using their influence to sexually harass the vulnerable

 

 

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Source: www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/10/star-witch-lazy-girls-guide-to-magic-2.html
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text 2017-10-27 21:17
Double Bingo Oct 27
Carmilla - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Faerie Tale: A Novel of Terror and Fantasy - Raymond E. Feist
Dead Sea - Tim Curran
Foxglove Summer: A Rivers of London Novel - Ben Aaronovitch
In The Woods - Jessica Mallory,Thomas Washburn Jr
Stalking Jack - Madison Kent
Mirror Mirror - Anthony M. Strong
High Witch (High Witch Book 1) (Volume 1) - Mona Hanna
The Werewolf Whisperer: ¡Feliz Navidad! (A Werewolf Whisperer Novella Book 1) - Bonita Gutierrez,Camilla Ochlan

I'm sure they'll all fall fast and furious now, but it's fun anyway. Diagonal top left to bottom right and 5th row down!

 

 

Just two more squares to call!

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review 2017-10-25 10:24
has potential
Strange Magic: An Essex Witch Museum Mystery - Syd Moore

I'm not sure where the author was going with the story, I found the humour a bit laboured and it felt a bit forced to me but there were moments that kept me reading.

 

Rosie Strange has inherited the Essex Witch Museum and her family assume she's going to sell it. She decides to go there and get it ready for sale and then gets caught up with a child possessed by a ghost who is slowly killing him. To save the child she has to work with the handsome Sam Stone, the curator of the museum to find the bones of a witch.

 

Rosie is a burnt out cynical Benefit Fraud investigator who has met all the bad in society and has all the attitude of someone who has to do this too much. There are several infodumps and "as-you-know Bob" moments, which seem to be mostly there to educate the main character and to show how much research the author has done. 

 

There is potential here and hopefully things will improve with more. There were times when I felt like things were moving quite slowly and then it felt like I had missed some moment. This is basically a road trip through the English Countryside but it also felt only like the author was forcing the characters to spend time together.

 

Falls into Urban fantasy, amateur sleuth, supernatural, ghost, witches, possibly chilling children, terror in a small town and terrifying women but I'm using it for plain horror, possession that could kill you is pretty horrific.

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text 2017-10-24 10:47
Reading progress update: I've read 150 out of 392 pages.
Strange Magic: An Essex Witch Museum Mystery - Syd Moore

Minor quibble, it's "shot across the bow" rather than "shot across the bough"; Ship not Tree.

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