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Portable Magic

Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.

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A Cast-Off Coven ★★★☆☆

A Cast-Off Coven - Juliet Blackwell

I am absolutely charmed (no pun intended) by this cozy mystery series. I’m not entirely sure why – I don’t find the MC’s supposedly Texan roots at all authentic, I don’t care about vintage clothing, and I generally dislike Romance tropes appearing in my mystery/supernatural genre books. But, still, its just a lot of fun. The MC is vulnerable, trying to settle into her true nature, and struggling to resist the urge to deny her true nature for the sake of making her romantic interest less uncomfortable. She’s actually a very interesting character, and I rarely want to slap her silly. The mystery and settings are interesting, too, and the murders and supernatural elements are surprisingly dark for a cozy. I can’t say the final whodunnit were much of a surprise, but the journey was still worth reading about.


Paperback edition. I think I may like reading these in bound version better than audio, although Xe Sands does a terrific job on the audios.



I read this book for the Booklikes Halloween Bingo 2019, for the square Murder Most Foul: Any murder mystery.


Prior Updates:

Oct03 146/323 pg