#BookReview for Wonky Inn Series, books 1-8 by Jeannie Wycherley

I picked up the first book in the series when the author gave it away for free on Amazon, and was immediately hooked by this charming series. So when I got Kindle Unlimited for 3 months, I made it my mission to read all 8 books!

Alf is such a lovable character, and as the series progresses she overcomes her lack of self confidence, becoming feistier and stronger with each book. Unlucky in love, she has the added benefit of being able to turn annoying exes into toads if she wishes!

Each story has a murder mystery to solve, with the wonky inn and Alf right in the middle of things. There are ghosts, resident and non, vampires, a mysterious association that is trying to drive Alf away, dead bodies turning up, and even an episode of The Great Witchy Cake Off!

Full of dry British humour, great characters (good and bad), love and sadness, each book just gets better and better. I hope there are more to come, after Alf’s Mission Impossible antics in book 8!

These books are great fun to read, reminiscent of Midsomer Murders (with not quite as many deaths!) in their charm and gentle narrative. I highly recommend you pick up the whole series and let yourself be transported to the wonky inn for some well-deserved rest and relaxation!

Link to book 1, Amazon US
Link to book 1, Amazon UK

#BookReview for A Sorcery of Shadows by Sarah Northwood

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My review for A Sorcery of Shadows: The Westwood Witches 2 by Sarah Northwood, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

Aero Westwood is back! I’ve been (impatiently) waiting to read this sequel to The Westwood Witches, and it doesn’t disappoint. There’s more magic, more Shadow Creatures, and more witches, as Aero learns how to use her powers to help save the Earth.

A lot of the questions from the first book are answered, while many more are raised, as loyalties are won and lost, and good and evil battle each other.

I love how the author develops the characters of Aero and her best friend, Lilly. Secrets are revealed, and others hinted at. There are also many new characters, such as the Southwoods, and Shadow the cat, and wonderful Aunt Louise is back too.

The author has woven a magical story that is perfect for older children and adults alike, a wonderful fantasy in another realm with unicorns, witches, fairies, that is tragic in places and heartwarming in others, a story that you can read over and over again and find something new each time. I can’t wait for book 3!

Excerpt:

Joanna’s heart ached watching every step Louise and her granddaughter took. Each one moved them further away from her. As they both stepped through the bubble to return home to Earth, her legs burned with a longing to follow, compelling her with every fibre to aid them in their journey ahead. Her soul cried out in sorrow, inaudible to all but her. Wailing with secrets, regret and fear for their safety, the heaviness of the knowledge of the pain of what was to come was hers to bear alone.

It will be out on the 1 October, and is currently only .99, so preorder it now!

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#BookReview for Brimstone and Ashes: The Extraordinary Adventures of the Good Witch Anais Blue Volume 3 by P. J. Whittlesea

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My review for Brimstone and Ashes: The Extraordinary Adventures of the Good Witch Anais Blue Volume 3 by P. J. Whittlesea, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information).

I’m so glad Anais Blue is back! I love her quirky outlook on life, which gets quirkier in every book. In this one, we travel from Malta to Sicily and back again, following Anais on her quest to outwit the Inquisitor and save Nan.

The informative chapters about life, witches and the witching community are cleverly written, and give a completely unique perspective on this subject. I like how they intertwine with whatever is going to happen to Anais next.

The book gives us new details about Anais, her family, and witches in general, while still keeping you guessing where the story is going to go next. A page turner from beginning to end, and a book that older children and adults will enjoy. Highly recommend, and can’t wait for the next one!

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MG/YA Book Launch!

My good friend Sarah Northwood and I are hosting a Facebook event on the 29th September to celebrate the launch of our new books, The Westwood Witches and Adventure in Malasorte Castle, which are releasing on the 30th September.

All these other MG/YA authors are dropping in to help host with chat, games and giveaways, so please come along and join in the fun! We’ll be giving away paperback and digital copies of our books too! Hope to see you there!

Trisha J. Kelly
https://www.facebook.com/TrishajkellyAuthor/

Kade Cook
https://www.facebook.com/kadecook.author/

Kate Frost
https://www.facebook.com/timeshiftersbooks/

Bob Stone
https://www.facebook.com/BobStoneAuthor/

Jenny Burke
https://www.facebook.com/Jenny-S-Burke-721518861218158/

Terry Marchion
https://www.facebook.com/TerryMarchionAuthor/

Blurb for The Westwood Witches

Aero trembled as she held the box sealed inside black paper. The dilemma was a difficult one – her mum had told her the box contained secrets she might not be ready for. Once she opened it, there would be no going back… 
Aero has always felt like a misfit and an outsider. Thankfully, having a best friend like Lilly, along with a grandma like Joanna, makes life worth living. But a terrible event tears her world apart, and Aero Westwood is about to discover that her family has more secrets than most.

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Blurb for Adventure in Malasorte Castle

Twelve-year-old Izzy is excited to be spending the summer holidays with her Italian grandmother. She eagerly listens to spine-tingling tales of the evil spirits that once infested Val De Monio, in awe of the Guardians who did battle with them. But when Gran tells her about a Mazzapeghoul, a wicked demon, still inhabiting Malasorte Castle, Izzy starts to doubt whether her stories are true.

When her new-found Italian friends suggest spending a night in Malasorte Castle to prove it isn’t haunted, she jumps at the chance to join them. But things start going bump in the night, and they begin to wonder if the Mazzapeghoul is more than just a local myth.

Why did the last members of the family flee the castle in 1932, leaving it empty and desolate? Can Izzy and her friends solve the puzzle and break the curse on the castle before it’s too late?

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#BookReview for The Westwood Witches by Sarah Northwood

Pink quill books pick_jpegThis is my review for The Westwood Witches by Sarah Northwood, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information).

I’ve read all of Sarah Northwood’s books, so when I got the chance to work with Sarah on her latest novel, I was really excited! I’ve seen this book transform from its first draft to the final, polished version it is today, and it has been a privilege to be a part of the whole process. Sarah has worked hard at developing the story into something she should be extremely proud of.

Right from the start, I loved this book! Aero, the protagonist, lacks self-confidence, finds it hard to make friends, and is fed up with being bullied at school. But underneath her timid exterior is a feisty young girl just waiting to come out. And when she inherits something special from her grandmother, her life completely changes.

This story is different from your usual YA. There’s no eye-rolling, or flouncing out of rooms in a huff, or stroppy teenage fights with the parents. And there’s no soppy love story with blatant misunderstandings and teenage angst. Instead, Aero is portrayed as a ‘real’ teenager – one who is trying to find her place in life while dealing with school, studying, and all the usual problems 17-year-olds have to face, which are exacerbated when a tragic event occurs. And of course, Aero is no ordinary 17-year-old girl.

The book is a mix of fun, sadness, hope, terror, new beginnings and sad endings. The reader goes through every emotion with Aero as events unfold and mysteries are revealed. The author has also created a whole new world called the Shadow Realm, filled with mystical creatures, which I look forward to learning more about in the next book.

This is a wonderful, unique YA story that I highly recommend!

You can pre-order it now at the special price of 99c/99p. The book releases on 30 September 2018.

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Morwitch: Breaking the Rules by Jennifer Redmile

My review for Morwitch: Breaking the Rules by Jennifer Redmile, 5/5 stars.

I really enjoyed this YA fantasy, it’s well-written and has a good narrative voice. Ellie is about to turn 18 and finds out she is actually a witch when her long-lost mother turns up. Jayce is also about to turn 18, and is a dragon disguised as a human, taking a year away from home to live in our world. Both must make an important decision by the time of their birthdays.

When they meet, sparks fly and they discover that their destinies are entwined. They soon form a bond and fall in love, but the Councils of Witches and Dragons are determined to separate them. When a mysterious disease starts to spread on Earth, they find themselves on a quest to save the Tree of Life and mend the discord that has arisen between witches and dragons.

Ellie and Jayce are both likeable characters, and the author has created a believable relationship between Ellie and her mother. Jasper and Isabelle, two rogue dragons they meet along the way, are the voice of wisdom for the two headstrong youngsters.

The book ends on a cliffhanger, and I’ll definitely be reading the next one in the series!

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