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Welcome to The Isle... Lily Locke has never believed in witches and wizards, ghosts and magic, shifters and vampires—especially cute blonde vamps with blood-intolerance issues. A rising star at a hotshot marketing agency in Minneapolis, Minnesota, all Lily knows is that she’s a PowerPoint guru, an Excel ninja, and a coffee-maker extraordinaire. Not to mention she’ Welcome to The Isle... Lily Locke has never believed in witches and wizards, ghosts and magic, shifters and vampires—especially cute blonde vamps with blood-intolerance issues. A rising star at a hotshot marketing agency in Minneapolis, Minnesota, all Lily knows is that she’s a PowerPoint guru, an Excel ninja, and a coffee-maker extraordinaire. Not to mention she’s next in line for a huge promotion. All that changes when Lily’s assistant delivers a strange quiz to her, one titled A Magical Assessment for Normal Folks. With it comes the promise of a land she's never known existed. A land where Lily not only discovers her biological family for the first time, but a place where she can make a difference, change lives, and step into the role she’s destined to fulfill. But first, Lily must admit she’s a witch. Then, she has to acknowledge that the tall, dark, and mysterious man who offers his help is strictly focused on business...at least, for now. When a body turns up dead and the next target is Lily, she must trust her powers and accept the help of her newfound friends. Otherwise, she'll never survive the trials of the magical island tucked far, far away in the frigid waters of Lake Superior. Welcome to The Isle. ** ** This novel is a full-length, humorous cozy mystery featuring a splash of magic, a handful of witches, and a dash of romance. It's rated PG-13 due to mild language and some romance.


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Welcome to The Isle... Lily Locke has never believed in witches and wizards, ghosts and magic, shifters and vampires—especially cute blonde vamps with blood-intolerance issues. A rising star at a hotshot marketing agency in Minneapolis, Minnesota, all Lily knows is that she’s a PowerPoint guru, an Excel ninja, and a coffee-maker extraordinaire. Not to mention she’ Welcome to The Isle... Lily Locke has never believed in witches and wizards, ghosts and magic, shifters and vampires—especially cute blonde vamps with blood-intolerance issues. A rising star at a hotshot marketing agency in Minneapolis, Minnesota, all Lily knows is that she’s a PowerPoint guru, an Excel ninja, and a coffee-maker extraordinaire. Not to mention she’s next in line for a huge promotion. All that changes when Lily’s assistant delivers a strange quiz to her, one titled A Magical Assessment for Normal Folks. With it comes the promise of a land she's never known existed. A land where Lily not only discovers her biological family for the first time, but a place where she can make a difference, change lives, and step into the role she’s destined to fulfill. But first, Lily must admit she’s a witch. Then, she has to acknowledge that the tall, dark, and mysterious man who offers his help is strictly focused on business...at least, for now. When a body turns up dead and the next target is Lily, she must trust her powers and accept the help of her newfound friends. Otherwise, she'll never survive the trials of the magical island tucked far, far away in the frigid waters of Lake Superior. Welcome to The Isle. ** ** This novel is a full-length, humorous cozy mystery featuring a splash of magic, a handful of witches, and a dash of romance. It's rated PG-13 due to mild language and some romance.

30 review for Hex on the Beach

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Just didn't do it for me, I had such high hopes (WAS a huge fan of Stephanie Plum and Harry Potter). After reading it (It's closer to Stephanie Plum and really has none of the wonder and magic of HP). I think I've outgrown Stephanie Plum type silliness, rating reflects that.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emalie

    Going into Hex On The Beach I didn't know what to expect exactly, because it was my first book by Gina LaManna and I just knew that this wouldn't be a typical book about witches. I really liked the idea of a girl - Lily - being the fated mixologist on a weird island with weird people, for example a vampire who has a blood intolerance and a shifter, who is unable to shift into anything scarier than a kitten, aka her cousins. Lily's interaction with her family was quite funny, because most of her fa Going into Hex On The Beach I didn't know what to expect exactly, because it was my first book by Gina LaManna and I just knew that this wouldn't be a typical book about witches. I really liked the idea of a girl - Lily - being the fated mixologist on a weird island with weird people, for example a vampire who has a blood intolerance and a shifter, who is unable to shift into anything scarier than a kitten, aka her cousins. Lily's interaction with her family was quite funny, because most of her family isn't right in the head, they are all a little insane. Also Lily wasn't stupid, she knew she had to work to fulfill her potential and I'm quite impressed that she could memorize the whole book she had to study in only 2 days. I wish I could to that, school would be so easy. Then there Ranger X - I'm really intrigued about what his real name is and why he calls himself Ranger X in the first place - and the potential of a love interest. Hex On The Beach is definitely a slow-burner in that department. Not that that is a bad thing. I'm actually surprised about how light a read this book was, even in the "dark scenes" there was something to laugh about. It for sure was a great read for a lazy sunday evening. Also the moment when the title of the book makes sense - best feeling ever! I really enjoyed Gina LaManna's writing style, the only thing that bothered me a bit was that some scenes were made up of so much description, sometimes I would have liked a bit more dialogue. But I guess you need a bit more description in the first book of a new world, otherwise how would you describe it properly? :) I definitely can see me reading the next book Witchy Sour. Rating: 3,75 stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Lily, 26, finds out she's a witch and moves to secret island to learn witchcraft. I'm in, but wait, this all read like a YA book that's got the controlling cute boy. Ugh. I couldn't keep any of Lily's new family characters straight. They all, and I mean ALL, the female characters sounded like they were in high school. Even the mothers of these "almost thirty" year old cousins. They talk about cute boys, and "oooh did you KISS him?" Begin teenage squealing. And.... I'm out. I could have looked past Lily, 26, finds out she's a witch and moves to secret island to learn witchcraft. I'm in, but wait, this all read like a YA book that's got the controlling cute boy. Ugh. I couldn't keep any of Lily's new family characters straight. They all, and I mean ALL, the female characters sounded like they were in high school. Even the mothers of these "almost thirty" year old cousins. They talk about cute boys, and "oooh did you KISS him?" Begin teenage squealing. And.... I'm out. I could have looked past this if there was more. I wanted world building, inquiry into her mother who never told she was a witch, and wasn't in her life growing up. Why was she never curious to ask the new aunts or grandmother about her own absent mother? Also, please explain the genetics behind witch parents having a shifter or blood-intolerant (that's right, no blood drinking) vampire child? Is it all just a lottery with magic babies? Maybe all this is remedied in further books, but as I said, I'm out.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Josie Shinkfield

    This was a light, fun read - if somewhat a bit silly at times. There were some things that were totally skimmed over, or ignored (and if I were Lily, I'd have been demanding answers). IMO the story really needed to be fleshed out some more. I'm not sure if I'll bother continuing with this series. It had so much potential, but just fell flat. This was a light, fun read - if somewhat a bit silly at times. There were some things that were totally skimmed over, or ignored (and if I were Lily, I'd have been demanding answers). IMO the story really needed to be fleshed out some more. I'm not sure if I'll bother continuing with this series. It had so much potential, but just fell flat.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sally906

    What a fun read - only complaint - the story had finished for this adventure but there is a last minute cliff hanger to lead you into the next book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    NicoleG

    What a fun book! I can't wait to read more in the series!

  7. 5 out of 5

    i fall in love book blog

    I LOVED this book. It just made me happy and giddy, and put me in a good mood. It is a fantasy, but a humorous type of fantasy set in a contemporary world. This book is currently part of the "Prime Reading membership", so I was able to read it for free through my Amazon Prime membership. It was well worth the time spent reading it, and I'm considering picking up a copy to own. I picked up this book on the recommendation of two different bloggers I follow. I've heard it described as Stephanie Plum I LOVED this book. It just made me happy and giddy, and put me in a good mood. It is a fantasy, but a humorous type of fantasy set in a contemporary world. This book is currently part of the "Prime Reading membership", so I was able to read it for free through my Amazon Prime membership. It was well worth the time spent reading it, and I'm considering picking up a copy to own. I picked up this book on the recommendation of two different bloggers I follow. I've heard it described as Stephanie Plum meets Harry Potter, but I think you will be disappointed if you go in expecting Harry Potter. This is definitely a light book, and a "chick lit" version of magic. BUT if you go in expecting a light, silly, magic-ish romance then you will be happy. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a funny PG-13 romance with a touch of magic.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina Roy

    I really enjoyed this series. Lily and her family are fun characters, Ranger X adds some love tension. It will be fun to finish this series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joy Novel Thoughts

    I think that Gina LaManna's books get better every time she publishes! I'm typically not into magic, shifters, vampires, witches, etc. But with the humorous twist that Gina puts on Hex on the Beach had me intrigued from the beginning! Hex on the Beach is such a magical book! I was taken for such a fun ride from a mundane office job to an island, unlike anything I have ever experienced in real life for fiction.  Along with these fun times, we still had a mystery that needed to be solved and looming I think that Gina LaManna's books get better every time she publishes! I'm typically not into magic, shifters, vampires, witches, etc. But with the humorous twist that Gina puts on Hex on the Beach had me intrigued from the beginning! Hex on the Beach is such a magical book! I was taken for such a fun ride from a mundane office job to an island, unlike anything I have ever experienced in real life for fiction.  Along with these fun times, we still had a mystery that needed to be solved and looming feeling of something darker coming in on the horizon which will leave you longing for more these stories. Not only did I love our heroine in Hex on the Beach, Lily, but the side characters and the love interest were just as fascinating! From the mysterious Ranger X to her cousins Poppy and Zin. Don't forget her grandmother and aunts.  These characters are original and hilarious! "It's more important now than it's ever been that we have an experienced Mixologist on our side. We need her prepared, and time's a-ticking. If we wait any longer, it'll be a danger to all of us." Hex on the Beach will leave you craving more from the magical and mysterious isle.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kat Lebo

    Hex on the Beach (The Magic & Mixology Mystery Series Book 1) by Gina LaManna This was a new author and a new series to me (although I believe the second book in the series just came out about a week ago). I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, found the book to be well written, the characters well developed (and easy to identify with), the editing and proofreading to be top notch, grammar, spelling, syntax all excellent. So why only 3 stars? A very definite and intentional cliffhanger ending. I know some Hex on the Beach (The Magic & Mixology Mystery Series Book 1) by Gina LaManna This was a new author and a new series to me (although I believe the second book in the series just came out about a week ago). I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, found the book to be well written, the characters well developed (and easy to identify with), the editing and proofreading to be top notch, grammar, spelling, syntax all excellent. So why only 3 stars? A very definite and intentional cliffhanger ending. I know some of you don't mind those, but I hate them with a passion. There are so many great series that don't rely on not ending a story in order to get readers to read the next book, that I can't see bothering with an author who has so little faith in her own writing that she needs to set up the reader with a cliffhanger to get the reader to buy her next book. This ain't TV, lady. So, yep, Gina LaManna lost one very dedicated series fanatic right here. There will be no more Magic & Mixology series for this long time reader of series fiction.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dallass

    A witchy cosy mystery with a twist Had a lot of fun reading this book. It was reasonably fast paced, and had some quirky characters that didn’t fit the usual mould. Lily was an utter nonbeliever of magic until it bites her in the butt during an important marketing meeting. After that disaster, she’s confronted with magical relatives and is whisked off to a magical island to become the next Mixologist (don’t forget the capital M). Lily encounters her offbeat relatives, a Ranger who keeps seeing her A witchy cosy mystery with a twist Had a lot of fun reading this book. It was reasonably fast paced, and had some quirky characters that didn’t fit the usual mould. Lily was an utter nonbeliever of magic until it bites her in the butt during an important marketing meeting. After that disaster, she’s confronted with magical relatives and is whisked off to a magical island to become the next Mixologist (don’t forget the capital M). Lily encounters her offbeat relatives, a Ranger who keeps seeing her underwear, and a grumpy old fart called Gus who is now her teacher. Along the way she runs into a few of the other inhabitants of the island, and gets caught up in a rather unfortunate death. Ranger X is a hard ass who isn’t sure whether to arrest her or kiss her, and her cousins have identity issues. Only real con for me was the lack of info a out her mother, and what’s up with her father. A lot of fun, will pick up the next book soon. 3.5 stars ⭐️

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gillian Murrell

    Hex on the Beach could have been a really good book. I'm not saying it was bad as it was funny and the ideas was interesting but this book needs a lot more work on it. The characters need to be developed a lot more and one of my pet hates the obvious things that Lily should have been asking were not even considered. Come on it stands out a mile that you should have asked where is my mum is she alive what happened that make her leave the island, how did you get the other half of my mums necklace Hex on the Beach could have been a really good book. I'm not saying it was bad as it was funny and the ideas was interesting but this book needs a lot more work on it. The characters need to be developed a lot more and one of my pet hates the obvious things that Lily should have been asking were not even considered. Come on it stands out a mile that you should have asked where is my mum is she alive what happened that make her leave the island, how did you get the other half of my mums necklace and many more ???? I do however like the grand mother as she is a bit cooky and would like to have learned more about her and the cousins. As for the aunts they don't really feature much and I think they should have as they will be the ones with a lot of answers.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Merry Chapman

    Gina LaManna has started a new series! As soon as I started this book I couldn't put it down except to eat and sleep! This book is a laugh out loud romp through the world of Magic and Witches! the protagonist is at first unwilling to accept her fate, but once she has...all things crazy happens. Each and every character we are introduced to in this book is so quirky and crazy you can't help but be entertained nor can you wait to find out what could possibly happen next! Surprises and twists and t Gina LaManna has started a new series! As soon as I started this book I couldn't put it down except to eat and sleep! This book is a laugh out loud romp through the world of Magic and Witches! the protagonist is at first unwilling to accept her fate, but once she has...all things crazy happens. Each and every character we are introduced to in this book is so quirky and crazy you can't help but be entertained nor can you wait to find out what could possibly happen next! Surprises and twists and turns add to the incredible story and we are left with a cliff hanger for the author to give us book 2 in this series and I can't wait! A highly recommended book!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cissa

    Nothing in this book was well-thought out. Nothing. The characters are one-dimensional, incoherent, inconsistent, and annoying. The youngest ones are around 30 years old- but act like 11-year-olds. The romance makes no sense, since Lily is so incoherently written. The plot, such as it is, makes no sense, and the final climax was especially and obviously avoidable. The world-building and the magical system are also utterly incoherent. And as a bonus, it has no sense of place, because the magical Isle Nothing in this book was well-thought out. Nothing. The characters are one-dimensional, incoherent, inconsistent, and annoying. The youngest ones are around 30 years old- but act like 11-year-olds. The romance makes no sense, since Lily is so incoherently written. The plot, such as it is, makes no sense, and the final climax was especially and obviously avoidable. The world-building and the magical system are also utterly incoherent. And as a bonus, it has no sense of place, because the magical Isle, while in Lake Superior, seems to have a tropical climate. I got this for free through Amazon Prime, and that was too much to pay for it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Just not my usual reading genre. If you like problems solve by magic, jarring shifts in story line, and some really wacky characters, try this book. For me, these factors should have made it a skip.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    There is so much that made me love reading this book as a relaxing read, but can I just start by remarking on how freaking adorable Ranger X (aka my new book boyfriend) is?? He has got tall, dark, handsome and dangerous down, and I get the impression he can smirk and be sarcastic like it is his freaking job, but he also gets slightly awkward around Lily sometimes WHICH IS SO ADORABLE. Hes definitely Dangerous with a capital D but you also see his sweet side which is so freaking cute. You get the There is so much that made me love reading this book as a relaxing read, but can I just start by remarking on how freaking adorable Ranger X (aka my new book boyfriend) is?? He has got tall, dark, handsome and dangerous down, and I get the impression he can smirk and be sarcastic like it is his freaking job, but he also gets slightly awkward around Lily sometimes WHICH IS SO ADORABLE. Hes definitely Dangerous with a capital D but you also see his sweet side which is so freaking cute. You get the best of both worlds; the brooding bad boy mashed with the adorkable sweetheart, and I don't know about you but he is exactly what I love. Can't wait to get more of their adorable relationship and as I'm rooting for these books to become more than PG-13 because he is all kinds of beautiful. ;) Also, the book itself was adorably written, and I can honestly say I've never read anything like and and I enjoyed it so much. The characters are all realistic and I love Lily as a person because I relate to her so hard. Kinda awkward, stubborn, determined. She's also a full cutie which I love. And her cousin, Poppy and Zin are adorable because they are so different and each bring something unique. I have a huge 'unique' family so I definitely felt at home with this book, even though it is easy to forget they are all in their late twenties. As cute as it is, it also had a fun mystery in it and a bigger problem that will definitely be explored, so I didn't find it at all boring even though the first parts were mostly world-building and character introducing. Pick up for an adorable and entertaining read! I finished this one and started the second one as soon as possible.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    Just hearing the words “romance novel” makes me envision tearing bodices and throbbing manhoods. So why is it I just gave 4 stars to a romance novel? I couldn’t help enjoying this quick little beach book about a witch who knows nothing of her family or background until her two aunties send a mysterious assistant to give her a surprise quiz that proves she has a healthy dose of her mother’s genes. Lily is convinced to join them on an island conjured by the spooks of the world (witches, vampires, s Just hearing the words “romance novel” makes me envision tearing bodices and throbbing manhoods. So why is it I just gave 4 stars to a romance novel? I couldn’t help enjoying this quick little beach book about a witch who knows nothing of her family or background until her two aunties send a mysterious assistant to give her a surprise quiz that proves she has a healthy dose of her mother’s genes. Lily is convinced to join them on an island conjured by the spooks of the world (witches, vampires, shape shifters, etc.) as a haven from the hostile mortal world. It’s paradise, that is until someone turns up dead after Lily has performed her specialty magic and mixed him a drink to cure his hypochondria. All witches have their own brand of magic and Lily is destined to be a mixologist like her mother before her, that is if she lives long enough. As all eyes focus on Lily with suspicion, she’s forced to try to uncover the identity of the real murderer. With the help of the aforementioned aunties and a couple of spunky girl cousins, as well as the sexy Ranger, she needs to find her powers before someone turns her into the next “late” mixologist. The book is fast paced and fun to read, with a quirky plot that’s entertaining. There are several more books in the series and I intend to make a meal of them shortly. Go on, have some fun and join me!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    A great first book to start a series. A good story featuring charming characters with elements of humor, mystery, paranormal, romance, and an on going conspiracy/villainous organization. I'll definitely continue with the rest of the books.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Light, happy romance/paranormal...just fun!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Valerie Nicole

    Gina's works just don't do it for me. I know a lot of people love her books but I'm just not one of those people. If you're on the fence about reading her books I suggest starting with Shades of Pink. In my opinion it's her best book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    Recommended to read Love this book . Characters are fun and interesting. Love the storyline I hope the main character eventually gets her man .They would great together.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I am going to DNF this book. I've just outgrown these type of books i think. not my thing anymore. I'm pretty sure this was a cover buy for me. :). maybe someday i'll come back to it but for i'm done with it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    KAREN SPANG

    Bring on the next Could not put it down. It's fast moving and a bit different from other similar stories. I do wonder why Lily did not ask more questions about her mother and what is her father doing. Hopefully some answers in the next book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Louise Ennesser

    This is book one of the Magic and Mixology Series a lighthearted mystery that is just fun. Magicical bartending....great to add to any summer reading list.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Hackel

    I can't think of any book about magic that had a better beginning than this book! From the newscast (that Lilly ignores as Ainsley talks about it) to the magical quiz, I couldn't read fast enough to see what was going to happen next. When we finally get to the Isle, I was delighted with Gina's magical descriptions and inspiration. The icing on the cake was the acceptance of Lilly's family and the happiness Lilly experienced as she got to know them better. I have read many magical inspired books, I can't think of any book about magic that had a better beginning than this book! From the newscast (that Lilly ignores as Ainsley talks about it) to the magical quiz, I couldn't read fast enough to see what was going to happen next. When we finally get to the Isle, I was delighted with Gina's magical descriptions and inspiration. The icing on the cake was the acceptance of Lilly's family and the happiness Lilly experienced as she got to know them better. I have read many magical inspired books, and this one comes way ahead of most with the creative characters, mystery, and challenges on the island. Having Ranger X and the "zing" between him and Lilly was a happy bonus. For those of you who aren't sure about reading a book "about magic and made-up creatures," I have to tell you to abandon preconceived ideas and give HEX ON THE BEACH a chance! I believe you will change your mind, and maybe even start believing in magic. Get a copy soon, because rumor has it the second book in the series will be out in just a little over a month. Can't be soon enough for me! I am waiting to find out what happens next on the Isle...especially with Ranger X! Fresh, fun look at magical beings. I do, I do, I do believe in magic!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    I have been a fan of Gina La Manna for a while now and I can honestly say that her writing is going from strength to strength with each new book. And this one has been my favourite so far. I loved this first book in this series and can not wait to get to find out what else is installed for the witches on the Isle. And more importantly, I want more of Ranger X! The story starts out with Lily preparing for a presentation for her marketing job. Little does she know that her presentation takes on a l I have been a fan of Gina La Manna for a while now and I can honestly say that her writing is going from strength to strength with each new book. And this one has been my favourite so far. I loved this first book in this series and can not wait to get to find out what else is installed for the witches on the Isle. And more importantly, I want more of Ranger X! The story starts out with Lily preparing for a presentation for her marketing job. Little does she know that her presentation takes on a life of its own! Things change in a big way after that for her, one being that she didn't know she had family besides her dad, and that they are witches. She leaves her old life behind to go to the Isle and join the family business. Not everyone is happy with this change of events and life is full of surprises for Lily. There are no cliff hangers in this book, but it is set up nicely for the storyline for book 2. I enjoyed this book for its humor as it wasn't over the top and silly, just the perfect mix. Gina has created a mixture with the characters, that you will want to get to know better with book 2. Witchy Sour is sure to be another bestseller for this talented author.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie Jackson

    Hex on the Beach is a fun light paranormal mystery. While it is obviously laying a solid foundation for the future, I found that if flowed smoothly and presented plenty of action as well as delightful interactions among the characters. Marketing expert and amateur mixologist, Lily Locke, discovers that her talents for creating new drinks comes from a surprise source, her witch heritage. A heritage of which she had no knowledge and in which has very little believe until she is carried into that wo Hex on the Beach is a fun light paranormal mystery. While it is obviously laying a solid foundation for the future, I found that if flowed smoothly and presented plenty of action as well as delightful interactions among the characters. Marketing expert and amateur mixologist, Lily Locke, discovers that her talents for creating new drinks comes from a surprise source, her witch heritage. A heritage of which she had no knowledge and in which has very little believe until she is carried into that world by bus, no stops, as in her amazing departure from the bus is what finally convinces her that magic does exist. Once on the Isle she meets and, mostly, falls in love with a family that was something else of which she had no knowledge. But! She refuses to fall in love with anyone else! For one thing she is a little busy learning her crafts and staying alive! She and her cousins are a little immature for their ages, but I suspect that is one of the growth issues that will work itself out as she becomes settled into her new life.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    I decided to read this book after seeing an ad for it on Facebook. The ad touted the story as a cross between Harry Potter and Stephanie Plum. It's not. I don't hate the book. I went on to read the second book in the series, though when the third book is released next week I don't think I'll bother with it. Things that makes this story like Harry Potter: There is magic. Witches and wizards live apart from humans. Weird people showed up to tell the main character she was a witch. Things that make this I decided to read this book after seeing an ad for it on Facebook. The ad touted the story as a cross between Harry Potter and Stephanie Plum. It's not. I don't hate the book. I went on to read the second book in the series, though when the third book is released next week I don't think I'll bother with it. Things that makes this story like Harry Potter: There is magic. Witches and wizards live apart from humans. Weird people showed up to tell the main character she was a witch. Things that make this story like Stephanie Plum: The main character has a weird family. She's kind of clumsy. She meets a hot guy who is in law enforcement. Things that make this story NOT like Harry Potter and Stephanie Plum: Everything else. It's not a bad story. It's not poorly written (though it could use a more thorough editing). It's just... meh.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ksandra

    When I bought this book, I thought it might be a cheesy fantasy. Well it is in it's own way, but it's also more than that. Equal parts fun, thrilling, and a touch romantic, this novel follow the journey of Lily. She learns that she is descended from Witches that live on the Isle - a magical place hidden from humans. Most witches are content with this. However, a group called the Faction is determined to wipe out humanity. Leaving her human life out of curiosity, Lily is told she is the new Mixol When I bought this book, I thought it might be a cheesy fantasy. Well it is in it's own way, but it's also more than that. Equal parts fun, thrilling, and a touch romantic, this novel follow the journey of Lily. She learns that she is descended from Witches that live on the Isle - a magical place hidden from humans. Most witches are content with this. However, a group called the Faction is determined to wipe out humanity. Leaving her human life out of curiosity, Lily is told she is the new Mixologist - a witch who brews potions for other. She is supposedly the strongest in a long time. But the Faction wants her working for them and will do anything to get her. Though an easy read, this book isn't just a cliche of romance and fantasy. Hence why I'm excited I have the second book!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Butenhof

    I really wanted to like it... I'm here, fresh off of gobbling up Angela Pepper's Wisteria Witches series. This book was mentioned by another reviewer of that series, if I remember correctly, so I felt it safe to try. The book felt like it dragged along, and I had to force myself to finish it. I frequently found myself imagining more interesting dialogue that the characters SHOULD have said, and editing the author's sentences in my head for better flow. The premise is interesting, but it falls fla I really wanted to like it... I'm here, fresh off of gobbling up Angela Pepper's Wisteria Witches series. This book was mentioned by another reviewer of that series, if I remember correctly, so I felt it safe to try. The book felt like it dragged along, and I had to force myself to finish it. I frequently found myself imagining more interesting dialogue that the characters SHOULD have said, and editing the author's sentences in my head for better flow. The premise is interesting, but it falls flat in execution. The series might get better, but there's so much more out there for me to read. I won't be sticking around to find out.

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