As one of the few witches in Britain, Mika Moon knows she has to hide her magic, keep her head down, and stay away from other witches so their powers don’t mingle and draw attention. And as an orphan who lost her parents at a young age and was raised by strangers, she’s used to being alone and she follows the rules…with one exception: an online account, where she posts videos pretending to be a witch. She thinks no one will take it seriously.
I enjoyed Mika as our main protagonist. She is inquisitive, she asks questions about the situation and even though she feels like she is in over her head she doesn’t give up and really tries for the girls. I liked the witchy elements through in, like gathering stardust in the middle of the night and casually mentioning the koi pond she has in her car. She continually questions Primrose why witches have been made to ostracize themselves from each other and doesn’t stick to the status quo.
Now with Jamie, I can understand why he is opposed to Mika coming but the outright rudeness I didn’t think was necessary. He could see just how much his averseness to her being there was affecting her potential relationship with Terracotta and yet didn’t change until something bad happened. In the end once he started coming around and opening up to Mika I was able to garner more affection for him.
All of the other characters were super distinctive and for the most part very wholesome. I loved how Ian kept trying to push Mika and Jamie together even though they were both so against it for so long but he knew they were meant to be. The girls were precious, the teaching scenes between them and Mika really made me appreciate how much patience and understanding she has for them.
I liked the fact that the relationship between Mika and Jamie was a slower burn. They each have issues from their past that they have to overcome before they can see clearly that the person right in front of them might be the one. The way that they naturally progress from enemies to friends and then ultimately end up together was a joy to read.
⭐️4/5 stars this was super cute!
For the last couple of years I’ve been listing 5 of my favourite fantasy stand-alone books that I read in the year previous. So I figured I had to continue on and list 5 more for you all!
A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson
Nettle and Bone by T. Kingfisher
Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree
House of Hunger by Alexis Henderson
The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna
Hello friends it’s time for another WWW Wednesday update:
The Villa by Rachel Hawkins
Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden
A Day of Fallen Night by Samantha Shannon
Quite a smaller stack of books for this month’s library haul but it’s some titles I am very excited to get to! I have acquired quite a collection of CJ Tudor books in my collection but I have yet to pick one up so I figured why not start with the latest release? Belladonna has been in quite a few of these hauls now but I haven’t managed to get to it yet but it keeps catching my eye. I didn’t love Ninth House as much as the majority of people do so instead of going out and buying Hell Bent borrowing it first was a good compromise. And of course I can’t help but give in to the hype and see what Daisy Haites is going to give.
Piper Bellinger is fashionable, influential, and her reputation as a wild child means the paparazzi are constantly on her heels. When too much champagne and an out-of-control rooftop party lands Piper in the slammer, her stepfather decides enough is enough. So he cuts her off, and sends Piper and her sister to learn some responsibility running their late father’s dive bar… in Washington. Piper hasn’t even been in Westport for five minutes when she meets big, bearded sea captain Brendan, who thinks she won’t last a week outside of Beverly Hills. So what if Piper can’t do math, and the idea of sleeping in a shabby apartment with bunk beds gives her hives. How bad could it really be? She’s determined to show her stepfather—and the hot, grumpy local—that she’s more than a pretty face.
I think Piper was a good mix of delusional and realistic. She lives in a completely different world in LA than when she comes to Westport and she is very much aware of her privilege. Seeing her having to deal with the consequences of throwing that party and being arrested when she obviously thought she could get away with it was satisfying. I really enjoyed the gradual shift in her persona as she became more and more interested in Brendon and finally succumbed to her feelings.
Brendon is everything I want in a guy and more. I love the grumpy/sunshine trope in romance and this couple just encapsulated it perfectly. For a man that is so set in his ways for him to be willing to change all of his routines and patterns to make room for Piper was heartwarming.
This started off so nice and soft that by the time we got to the spicy scenes I was taken aback. This got very steamy and naughty pretty quickly once these two gave in to the temptation and it was fun! No fade to blacks here and the language had me feeling a little warm for sure.
⭐️5/5 stars I LOVED THIS!!