*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of KINDLE Ebook Slouch Witch – Book 1 of The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Magic by Helen Harper

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Himself had bought this book and when he finished it, he said ‘Read this – it’s really good!’ So I did – and he’s right…

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, regardless of her actual abilities. 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 Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. 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.

The blurb gives an indication of the sharp humour that runs throughout the book as Ivy is pitchforked into the middle of this entertaining mystery, where there is clearly a nefarious plot brewing at the Order. What made this book for me is Ivy’s first person narrative as she is reluctantly dragged into this investigation, when she would far rather curl up on her sofa and watch something good on the telly. It is such a refreshing change to find a protagonist who genuinely would rather be doing almost anything else other than getting involved that I was completely beguiled and found it very difficult to put this one down.

The fact she is partnered with the very focused and ambitious Winter – a complete opposite – heightened my enjoyment. It would have been only too easy for Harper to become so involved in the spiky dynamic of this partnership such that she didn’t pay sufficient attention to the investigation. This doesn’t happen. As events steadily stack up, the stakes continue to become ever higher so that despite the humour and interesting relationship, I was staying up waaay too late because I wanted to know what was going to happen next.

Of course along the way, Ivy discovers that she is quite enjoying herself – not that she is prepared to admit it, and certainly not to Winter. This entertaining investigation provides plenty of tension and action as well as a genuinely funny main protagonist with a strong voice that pings off the page. If you enjoy your urban fantasy with a feisty protagonist, strong supporting characters and an entertaining mystery, then I recommend you track down this enjoyable book by a talented indie author. I’m delighted to report that the next book in the series, Star Witch, has just been released and I will certainly be getting hold of it just as soon as I can.
9/10

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19 responses »

  1. This sounds really good! I do love the idea of a “couch potato” protagonist which is something I’ve never come across before, especially a female character. Thanks for sharing!

    • And that’s why I love this series so much – Ivy really sounds like one of us – unlike so many protagonists that feature in these types of adventures.

  2. I’m going to have to read this. I like Ivy already. LOL So glad you liked it, Sarah. I feel good about buying it now:)

  3. It is refreshing to read about a reluctant heroine or hero at times, who get involved even though they didn’t intend to. And to see her partnered with a very focused human sounds like it would make for some fun dynamics. This one sounds really good! You definitely made me curious about this book!

  4. I’m not a big urban fantasy fan, but every now and then I get craving for something fun, and this one sounds exactly like what I’d be looking for. I think when it comes to my next urban fantasy binge, I’ll have a hard choice between this and the Clean Sweep you’ve also reviewed some time ago.

    • They are very different. This one is funnier with a far more punchy and rebellious character which is where the humour and attraction lies. I also enjoy her laconic writing style.
      Clean Sweep is far more about pushing the genre boundaries and mashing up fantasy and science fiction conventions. I love them both for different reasons.

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