#BlogTour THE ONCE AND FUTURE WITCHES by ALIX E HARROW @Tr4cyF3nt0n @orbitbooks #bookreview

A huge delight to be the lastest stop on the Blog Tour for the magical THE ONCE AND FUTURE WITCHES by ALIX E.HARROW. My thanks to the author, publisher and Tracy of Compulsive Readers for putting the tour together and letting me be part of it all!

ABOUT THE BOOK


In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.


But when the Eastwood sisters–James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna–join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote-and perhaps not even to live-the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.


There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.


PUBLISHED BY ORBIT BOOKS

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon

hive.co.uk

blackwell’s

MY REVIEW

It’s witchy and it’s wonderful!! Buy it!!! 

How’s that for an easy review haha!! I absolutely adored every single second I spent in the company of the Eastwood sisters – all very different and not even in each others lives for a number of years UNTIL they are drawn together to fight the unfairness of a world that seems set on destroying women wanting to be heard.  Seen but not heard seems to be the order of the day but for these women that is not how they want things so despite their differences they come together to form a united front in fighting for what is right.

This is a story of strong women, of overcoming adversity and for standing up for what you believe in.  Their lives haven’t been easy and there are grievances between them but in fighting this common battle they grow closer together again and it was just such a wonderful story to read.

Many in New Salem want the past of their town forgotten and will do whatever it means to keep the old ways gone, but changing times are upon us so June, Beatrice and Agnes are at the centre of the efforts of the women’s movement. It’s an angry book, but inspiring and beautifully written from the  slow pace at times, to the revelations of the past and I just completely lost myself in the world created.  In the 3 main characters, Alix has conjured (sorry!) up such fascinating and polar opposite characters – you can see yourself in all of them – but they have that determination to keep fighting for what is right despite the obstacles put in front of them and the danger they put themselves in.

 I loved her previous book, The Ten Thousand Doors of January, but think I loved this even more!! Definitely one of my books of 2020!!

★★★★★

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A Spell in the Country by Heide Goody #BlogTour #BookReview #Giveaway

Hello!  Delighted to be taking part in this magic blog tour today, hosted by Rachel at rachelsrandomresources! So thank you for stopping by!  Am posting a review and a giveaway today  – you lucky people!!!

THE BLURB

Dee is a Good Witch but she wonders if she could be a better witch.

She wonders if there’s more to life than Disney movie marathons, eating a whole box of chocolates for dinner and brewing up potions in her bathtub. So when she’s offered a chance to go on a personal development course in the English countryside, she packs her bags, says goodbye to the Shelter for Unloved Animals charity shop and sets a course for self-improvement.

Caroline isn’t just a Good Witch, she’s a fricking awesome witch.

She likes to find the easy path through life: what her good looks can’t get for her, a few magic charms can. But she’s bored of being a waitress and needs something different in her life. So when a one night stand offers her a place on an all-expenses-paid residential course in a big old country house, she figures she’s got nothing to lose.

Jenny is a Wicked Witch. She just wishes she wasn’t.

On her fifteenth birthday, she got her first wart, her own imp and a Celine Dion CD. She still has the imp. She also has a barely controllable urge to eat human children which is socially awkward to say the least and not made any easier when a teenager on the run turns to her for help. With gangsters and bent cops on their trail, Jenny needs to find a place outside the city where they can lay low for a while.

For very different reasons, three very different witches end up on the same training course and land in a whole lot of trouble when they discover that there’s a reason why their free country break sounds too good to be true. Foul-mouthed imps, wererats, naked gardeners, tree monsters, ghosts and stampeding donkeys abound in a tale about discovering your inner witch.

Purchase Links

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B078NRFL93/

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078NRFL93/

 

Heide Goody is the stupid one in the writing partnership and Iain Grant is the sensible one. Together, they are the authors of seven novels, two short story collections and a novella.

The ‘Clovenhoof’ series (in which Satan loses his job and has to move to Birmingham) has recently been optioned by a Hollywood production company. Their latest novel, Oddjobs 2: this time it’s personnel, was published in August 2017.

Heide and Iain are both married, but not to each other.

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Pigeon Park Press Website

Twitter: @HeideGoody and @IainMGrant

MY REVIEW

I found this to be such a fun read, full of crazy capers and a full cast of wonderful characters!  It doesn’t take long before you take the group of sassy witches to your heart as you follow their stories from the ‘real’ world where they each work in a variety of jobs and they find themselves all brought together on a course in the middle of nowhere but they aren’t sure why they’ve been chosen!  It doesn’t take long for the true reasons to be revealed!

I found myself chuckling along at many points and the character of Jizzimus is full of hilarious one-liners – he was definitely my favourite! I just couldn’t wait to find out what he would come out with next!!  The witches all learn so much about themselves and the others while they are away and how they need to pool their ‘witchy’ resources together to fight those plotting against them!  Dee, Caroline and Jenny aren’t your normal kind of witches – is there ever a normal kind?! – and when they all realise what they have in common you start to see the bonds between them strengthen, despite their reluctance in the beginning.

Highly recommended for all those looking for a funny, spellbinding read!!


And then there’s more!  A fabulous giveaway!! 

Giveaway – Win a Witch’s Pamper Package (Open Internationally)

The package, worth over £100 contains…

  • A lacy gothic bracelet
  •   A witch’s hat fascinator
  • A pair of green and black stripy tights
  • A Yankee candle in “Forbidden Apple”
  • A set of wand-shaped makeup brushes
  • A gothic notebook (for spells!)
  • A bookmark featuring a squashed witch (with just the legs sticking out!)
  • A gemstone ring
  • A gorgeous coffin-shaped vegan eyeshadow palette from Lunatick Cosmetic labs (with a bat-shaped mirror!)

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GOOD LUCK TO ALL WHO ENTER!!

Strange Magic by Syd Moore – book review

THE BLURB

Rosie Strange doesn’t believe in ghosts or witches or magic. No, not at all. It’s no surprise therefore when she inherits the ramshackle Essex Witch Museum, her first thought is to take the money and run.

Still, the museum exerts a curious pull over Rosie. There’s the eccentric academic who bustles in to demand she help in a hunt for old bones, those of the notorious Ursula Cadence, a witch long since put to death. And there’s curator Sam Stone, a man about whom Rosie can’t decide if he’s tiresomely annoying or extremely captivating. It all adds up to looking like her plans to sell the museum might need to be delayed, just for a while.

Finding herself and Sam embroiled in a most peculiar centuries-old mystery, Rosie is quickly expelled from her comfort zone, where to her horror, the secrets of the past come with their own real, and all too present, danger as a strange magic threatens to envelope them all

Publication Date – 4th May 2017

Amazon UK  £8.99 paperback

Hive.co.uk – buy online and support your local bookstore    £7.45 paperback

MY REVIEW

Any book that has a link to Essex and witches instantly catches my eye, and the stunning cover also helped draw me towards this book and it has been a really enjoyable read and a little surprising too!  

This is the story of Rosie Strange who is an Essex girl and benefit fraud investigator, with very little interest in the world of Witchcraft! But her life plan changes somewhat when her Grandfather Septimus leaves her his beloved Essex Witch Museum.  Her family was never the closest so she knows very little of this side of the family and when she travels to visit the museum her plan is to sell it as soon as she can!

But while she is there, she is immediately swept along in the hunt for the bones of one of the most notorious ‘witches’ of the 16th century, Ursula Cadence.  Sam who is the curator of the Museum and a friend of Septimus is wary of Rosie to begin with but their relationship is allowed to progress nicely in this book as they are sent all over the country to track down the whereabouts of the remains of Ursula to try and help the young boy whose body appears to have been possessed by Thomas, the son of Ursula.

I really enjoyed the mix of humour, history and mystery in this story and there were a few moments to give you the chills as well!  There was a fascinating glimpse into the history of Witches in the county through Sam and the knowledge he brought to the ‘team’ and it has definitely made me more intrigued to read up even more about what happened during that period. Very pleased as well to know that this is the beginning of a series of books featuring these characters so will be watching out for the next installment!

This book has been inspired by Ursula Kemp who was tried in Essex in 1582 for witchcraft and hanged, and then the remains of 2 women were later found in a garden in St Osyth and became a tourist attraction, such is the appeal of the history of the witches of Essex.