Lazy? I don’t think so…

Slouch Witch Book Cover Slouch Witch
The Lazy Girl's Guide to Magic
Helen Harper
contemporary fiction, romance, humour, fantasy
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Hard Work Will Pay Off Later. Laziness Pays Off Now. Let's get one thing straight - Ivy Wilde is not a heroine. In fact, she's probably the last witch in the world who you'd call if you needed a magical helping hand. If it were down to Ivy, she'd spend all day every day on her sofa where she could watch TV, munch junk food and talk to her feline familiar to her heart's content. However, when a bureaucratic disaster ends up with Ivy as the victim of a case of mistaken identity, she's yanked very unwillingly into Arcane Branch, the investigative department of the Hallowed Order of Magical Enlightenment. Her problems are quadrupled when a valuable object is stolen right from under the Order's noses. It doesn't exactly help that she's been magically bound to Adeptus Exemptus Raphael Winter. He might have piercing sapphire eyes and a body which a cover model would be proud of but, as far as Ivy's concerned, he's a walking advertisement for the joyless perils of too much witch-work. And if he makes her go to the gym again, she's definitely going to turn him into a frog.

When I was working my motto was always,

be lazy.

By this I meant be organised. If you were organised, you were prepared and it all looked easy. no panics or running out of time. Laziness was organisation.

So we find here, the witch is actually not lazy at all.. except when she wants to lay on the sofa and watch TV whilst eating chocolate..

A humorous series about a witch who is so lazy she creates new spells to provide her with comfort easily. One who is very powerful but prefers not to be ordered around.

I thought this was a really good giggle set of books and as I was lazing on the sofa myself (post-operative I must add) when I read them, Ii thought the author may have just had the right idea… But i did take my reading chair outside into the sunshine and read rather than watch TV!

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What comes next?

On the Other Side Book Cover On the Other Side
Carrie Hope Fletcher
magic, occult, literary fiction
Sphere
February 23, 2017
432

THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'An enchanting and magical love story that reminded me so much of Cecelia Ahern' Ali McNamara EXCLUSIVE! Contains an extract from Carrie's next novel All That She Can See! Your soul is too heavy to pass through this door, Leave the weight of the world in the world from before Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It's the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she's become her twenty-seven-year-old self and the door won't open. Evie's soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over fifty years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it's too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow, some way, she may also find her way back to the only man she ever truly loved . . . Powerful, magical and utterly romantic, On the Other Side will transport you to a world that is impossible to forget. A love story like no other, it will have you weeping from the sheer joy and beauty of it all.

My daughter recommended this book to me as a really interesting book and nice to read.

I found it rather boring. I couldn’t get into it and found the whole premise rather sugary… sorry Darling!

But if you like this kind of thing – critics loved it – romantic, enchanting etc were the words bandied about, but it just didn’t do it for me. I failed to get more than about 20% of the way through.

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Things that go bump on a tube line near you!

The Furthest Station Book Cover The Furthest Station
PC Grant - Novella
Ben Aaronovitch
Fiction, contemporary horror, fantasy, thriller
Gollancz
March 8, 2018
144

There's something going bump on the Metropolitan line and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly who to call. It's PC Peter Grant's speciality . . . Only it's more than going 'bump'. Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter - making the follow up interviews rather difficult. So with a little help from Abigail and Toby the ghost hunting dog, Peter and Jaget are heading out on a ghost hunting expedition. Because finding the ghost and deciphering their urgent message might just be a matter of life and death.

My husband and I look forward eagerly for each new book in this series, but were disappointed that this was only a novella.

It is good, don’t get me wrong – they can never be bad, but we both wanted it it to be longer – a full-sized book – and felt that it had the potential in the story for this.

It does make me think though, that I should be a little more aware when  I ride our on the Met line – which I often do – as who knows just ‘what’ is sitting next to me!

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Let me have a feline familiar

Familiar Shadows Book Cover Familiar Shadows
Federal Witch Universe, Familiar Magic #1
Taki Drake, TS Paul
fairy tales, mythology, folk tales
Kindle

Some days are just BAD. A couple of thousand feet in the air, hanging from eagle talons and bleeding out. Just a typical bad day for a rebellious cat. Meet Dascha, a perfect example of contrariness and smarts. This young Russian Blue is not interested in following the family business, at all! But a moment of inattention leads to danger and pain, and she is left with some hard decisions to make. Will she survive mage attacks, wolves, and, worst of all, her instructors?

These stories are written from the viewpoint of the witches’ familiars, starting with the kitten, in Russia.

Here we find out something about life is like now in Russia for the magic community now that the wars have decimated the elders and the teachers.

It is rather short and for me lacked development of the idea. It is childish in style and I am not sure if was aimed at children or not. Which is a shame and means that I shan’t be reading the next 2 in the series: Familiar Trials; and Familiar Travels.

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Robyn always makes me laugh

Three's a Charm
Magic and Mayhem Book Six
Robyn Peterman
paranormal, humour, satire, romantic comedy
Robyn Peterman
(5 Feb. 2018)

What’s a witch to do when her magic is on the fritz and there’s a huge pile of laundry to be done? Easy. Flood the entire house. Everyone wants a bubbly indoor freakin’ swimming pool… right?

Just when everything is right in my life, something has to go wrong—times three. Number one: an unknown evil force wants to steal my power. Now, instead of protecting and healing the whacked out inhabitants of Assjacket, my power has wonked out on me and I’ve blasted ginormous holes all over town. Not to mention Roger the Rabbit is now sporting a pentagon of penii thanks to me and is keen on contacting the Guinness Book of World Records.

Unacceptable.

Armed with questionable voodoo skills and seriously frayed nerves, I’m Two: gonna do what any partially-sane, potty-mouthed, witch would do… I’m calling in the semi-evil, butt-ugly Bermangoggleshitz to train me. The warlock’s penchant for push-ups makes me hate him with the fire of a thousand suns, but if I can’t control my dark magic, it will control me.

Way unacceptable.

With Sassy and Cookie Witch by my side, I’ll Three: get a handle on my dark voodoo—or doodoo as I’ve renamed it—so Assjacket won’t end up as one massive crater. And I need all the help I can get. An evil like we’ve never seen is gunning for us—specifically me.

Wildly unacceptable.

We’ll be the Three Amigos. The Three Musketeers. The Three Stooges. Whatever. As the saying goes…three’s a crowd, three’s company, three’s a party.

Nope. Three’s a charm. And I’m gonna turn it on for all I’m worth.

 

Oh my Robyn, I am now seriously beginning to wonder just what you and your hubbie get up to when the kids are away…! I’m sure you’ll claim you just read it somewhere but I’m not so certain!

A really good funny, potty mouthed story, and the twins are adorable.

This book was really on form and I giggled my way through it.

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