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Nineteen-year-old Mercy Habernackle is a witch gone off the rails. Causing problems with the law in her hometown, she’s faced with two options. Go to a correctional institution or get shipped off to witch boarding school, or as her mother prefers to call it, finishing school. Choosing the latter, Mercy’s mother, Linda, drives her daughter cross country to the Paranormal In Nineteen-year-old Mercy Habernackle is a witch gone off the rails. Causing problems with the law in her hometown, she’s faced with two options. Go to a correctional institution or get shipped off to witch boarding school, or as her mother prefers to call it, finishing school. Choosing the latter, Mercy’s mother, Linda, drives her daughter cross country to the Paranormal Institute for Witches, situated high in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains in cozy, Aspen Falls, Pennsylvania. Upon arrival, Mercy is faced with cheerful smiles, friendly people, and a sticky sweet roommate who has turned their dorm room into an advertisement for the Pottery Barn. Mercy had hoped her fellow witches would be more like her, dark, dreary, and a little bit self-destructive. When the murder of a local teenager takes place on the first day of class, Sorceress Stone, headmistress of the college for wayward witches, takes the class on a consulting job to help the Aspen Falls Police Department solve the murder. Mercy and her mismatched classmates find themselves in the heart of the murder investigation and when the body of the murder victim suddenly goes missing and her roommate turns up abducted, Mercy must put aside her feelings of resentment about her gift and put her paranormal abilities to good use. Throw in a smokin’ hot cowboy wizard, a black cat that seems to be stalking her, and a Black Witch and you’ve got the first book in the new Witch Squad Cozy Mystery Series where the twists and turns just don’t stop!


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Nineteen-year-old Mercy Habernackle is a witch gone off the rails. Causing problems with the law in her hometown, she’s faced with two options. Go to a correctional institution or get shipped off to witch boarding school, or as her mother prefers to call it, finishing school. Choosing the latter, Mercy’s mother, Linda, drives her daughter cross country to the Paranormal In Nineteen-year-old Mercy Habernackle is a witch gone off the rails. Causing problems with the law in her hometown, she’s faced with two options. Go to a correctional institution or get shipped off to witch boarding school, or as her mother prefers to call it, finishing school. Choosing the latter, Mercy’s mother, Linda, drives her daughter cross country to the Paranormal Institute for Witches, situated high in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains in cozy, Aspen Falls, Pennsylvania. Upon arrival, Mercy is faced with cheerful smiles, friendly people, and a sticky sweet roommate who has turned their dorm room into an advertisement for the Pottery Barn. Mercy had hoped her fellow witches would be more like her, dark, dreary, and a little bit self-destructive. When the murder of a local teenager takes place on the first day of class, Sorceress Stone, headmistress of the college for wayward witches, takes the class on a consulting job to help the Aspen Falls Police Department solve the murder. Mercy and her mismatched classmates find themselves in the heart of the murder investigation and when the body of the murder victim suddenly goes missing and her roommate turns up abducted, Mercy must put aside her feelings of resentment about her gift and put her paranormal abilities to good use. Throw in a smokin’ hot cowboy wizard, a black cat that seems to be stalking her, and a Black Witch and you’ve got the first book in the new Witch Squad Cozy Mystery Series where the twists and turns just don’t stop!

30 review for The Witch Squad

  1. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    ACTUAL RATING 3.5* I'm not sure if this is classed as such, but this reads more like a YA mystery rather than one for adults. Nevertheless, this was an easy, light and enjoyable read and the story flowed very well. The story centres on a bunch of girls who attend a witches school, so Harry Potter fans may enjoy reading this. The main protagonist is Mercy Habernackle, a reluctant pupil at the school, but she didn't have a lot of choice in the matter. I like Jax, a quirky character, who unfortunate ACTUAL RATING 3.5* I'm not sure if this is classed as such, but this reads more like a YA mystery rather than one for adults. Nevertheless, this was an easy, light and enjoyable read and the story flowed very well. The story centres on a bunch of girls who attend a witches school, so Harry Potter fans may enjoy reading this. The main protagonist is Mercy Habernackle, a reluctant pupil at the school, but she didn't have a lot of choice in the matter. I like Jax, a quirky character, who unfortunately hasn't inherited any skills from her mother and other witch ancestors. Working together the girls unravel who's responsible for the murder of 17 year old Morgan and for the kidnapping of Jax. The ending, a great revelation to Mercy, leaves you wanting to find out what happens next. This is book #1 in the Witch Squad mystery series, the first book that I have read by this author. It is a standalone novel, but the ending does lead you into book #2, in some ways hooking you in and enticing you to buy #2. Will I read more - yes!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    The Witch Squad A Witch Squad Cozy Mystery, Book 1 By: M.Z. Andrews Narrated by: Lisa Cordileone This was far better than I ever expected it would be. I expected it would be a teen book and really didn't think it would have the depth I wanted. I tried it and boy was I surprised! This was a true gem! A fun book with the paranormal side, great characters, wonderful plot, silliness, a mystery, side things to keep your mind going, a school of witches and warlocks learning their craft, evil lurking about The Witch Squad A Witch Squad Cozy Mystery, Book 1 By: M.Z. Andrews Narrated by: Lisa Cordileone This was far better than I ever expected it would be. I expected it would be a teen book and really didn't think it would have the depth I wanted. I tried it and boy was I surprised! This was a true gem! A fun book with the paranormal side, great characters, wonderful plot, silliness, a mystery, side things to keep your mind going, a school of witches and warlocks learning their craft, evil lurking about, and a touch of romance. I truly enjoyed this book and will look for other books in this series. This was an audible book and the narrator was perfect for this book! I loved her silliness when needed and the multiple voices she did so well!!! Great job!

  3. 5 out of 5

    ☆☆Hannah☆☆

    I really enjoyed this book. At first I wasn't sure about it because the characters were okay. However, they got so much better as the book went along. Another thing I loved about this was that it put cozy mystery and paranormal together. I love both these genres. With the surprise at the end I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next book. I really enjoyed this book. At first I wasn't sure about it because the characters were okay. However, they got so much better as the book went along. Another thing I loved about this was that it put cozy mystery and paranormal together. I love both these genres. With the surprise at the end I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melonie Purcell

    This was a cute book. A little young for me. I was looking for a clean fast read, so I went with a young adult book. I chose poorly. Even though it was set in college age, it was still a little too filled with that teen angst thing that makes me want to scratch my eyes out. The characters are well developed and enjoyable, though and the plot is fun. Yes, this is a witch school, but it isn't trying to be Harry Potter, so don't worry. If you enjoy Vampire Diaries, Buffy and Faerie Wars, you will p This was a cute book. A little young for me. I was looking for a clean fast read, so I went with a young adult book. I chose poorly. Even though it was set in college age, it was still a little too filled with that teen angst thing that makes me want to scratch my eyes out. The characters are well developed and enjoyable, though and the plot is fun. Yes, this is a witch school, but it isn't trying to be Harry Potter, so don't worry. If you enjoy Vampire Diaries, Buffy and Faerie Wars, you will probably enjoy this.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Meegy

    A nice short read, and I really think I will read the rest in this series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    This was an okay read, although I'm glad it wasn't too long. The characters could be a tad annoying at times, but they weren't bad. Overall, An okay read. This was an okay read, although I'm glad it wasn't too long. The characters could be a tad annoying at times, but they weren't bad. Overall, An okay read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mel Ann

    Not only has Mercy Habernackle been sentenced to two years of Paranormal College, but she is going to find herself in a tighter bind then she started off. Meeting her new roomie Jax put a special something on the experience. Then you have Alba, Holly and Sweets. Mercy is definitely going to find some special abilities when Morgan from the Catholic school down the road is murdered and Sorceress Stone decides to take the girls with her on her special road trip; to assist in the investigation. A ver Not only has Mercy Habernackle been sentenced to two years of Paranormal College, but she is going to find herself in a tighter bind then she started off. Meeting her new roomie Jax put a special something on the experience. Then you have Alba, Holly and Sweets. Mercy is definitely going to find some special abilities when Morgan from the Catholic school down the road is murdered and Sorceress Stone decides to take the girls with her on her special road trip; to assist in the investigation. A very good read and a great little cozy mystery.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Krantz

    I absolutely adored this little cozy mystery! It had all the genres I love: mystery, suspense, paranormal, and thriller. In this story, it’s Mercy’s first day at a witch academy that she was forced to go to after an incident with her powers got her in trouble. It’s here she meets a group of witches, each of them drastically different from one another. These unlikely friends go on the trail of a murdered girl, desperate to find out what happened to her. When they think they have the answers, one of I absolutely adored this little cozy mystery! It had all the genres I love: mystery, suspense, paranormal, and thriller. In this story, it’s Mercy’s first day at a witch academy that she was forced to go to after an incident with her powers got her in trouble. It’s here she meets a group of witches, each of them drastically different from one another. These unlikely friends go on the trail of a murdered girl, desperate to find out what happened to her. When they think they have the answers, one of their own is kidnapped. This book kept me on my toes, and I absolutely loved how different each of the main characters were. It made the book feel that much more real. I think Jax was my favorite character just because she was so bubbly and warm compared to the others. I’m happy to see this book is part of a series because I could use more stories with these characters. The narration was absolutely fantastic as well. Each character had a distinct voice. She even did a New Jersey accent for Alba which was awesome. Awesome audiobook!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Paula Dyches

    A little reminiscent of Harry Potter type of theme... but in America, modern, and at a Girls Witch College...they do however share common grounds with the all Male Wizard College so it's not all bad. ;) Throw in a local murder investigation and you have all the ingredients for a great story. The narrator for this book was a perfect fit and she makes it even more fun to listen to. If you like cozy mysteries with a fun fantasy twist then you'll love this book and although it is geared towards the A little reminiscent of Harry Potter type of theme... but in America, modern, and at a Girls Witch College...they do however share common grounds with the all Male Wizard College so it's not all bad. ;) Throw in a local murder investigation and you have all the ingredients for a great story. The narrator for this book was a perfect fit and she makes it even more fun to listen to. If you like cozy mysteries with a fun fantasy twist then you'll love this book and although it is geared towards the young adult crowd it was clean enough that I would be ok with my middle school daughter reading it and I think the older adults will still really enjoy it too.  I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kelli

    This was a fun book to read! It does read almost more like a middle school book, possibly younger YA type. But the plot and the characters were easy to follow and it was a simple story. As the book went on we learned a little more about each character, even some unexpected things! The twist at the end has me looking forward to book #2 and what mystery the witch squad will be faced with next!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Beth Oliver

    Cute, quick read. Mercy is sent to an all witch boarding school and she couldn't be more thrilled. Not. First day of class a girl is murdered in town, Mercy sees the her ghost. Mercy and the witch squad, Jax, Sweets, Holly, and Alda, start investigating. A good witchy murder mystery. Ready to read the next book. Who wants to sent me a copy. 😊 Cute, quick read. Mercy is sent to an all witch boarding school and she couldn't be more thrilled. Not. First day of class a girl is murdered in town, Mercy sees the her ghost. Mercy and the witch squad, Jax, Sweets, Holly, and Alda, start investigating. A good witchy murder mystery. Ready to read the next book. Who wants to sent me a copy. 😊

  12. 4 out of 5

    Vicki Knox

    Cute and fun I loved this book and can't sIt to read the rest of the series. This story has everything I love, it is funny ( I actually laughed out loud many times throughout this book), It has mystery which kept me guessing for quite awhile, I love supernatural stories, all the characters were well done. Everything about this book was well done. There were a small amount of typos but no big deal. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA supernatural funny stories. The author did a fantastic Cute and fun I loved this book and can't sIt to read the rest of the series. This story has everything I love, it is funny ( I actually laughed out loud many times throughout this book), It has mystery which kept me guessing for quite awhile, I love supernatural stories, all the characters were well done. Everything about this book was well done. There were a small amount of typos but no big deal. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA supernatural funny stories. The author did a fantastic job. I am looking forward to reading more book is by M Z Andrews.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    This book was surprisingly fun. I liked the characters and found the story interesting. I’d definitely read more in the series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kitty

    After some initial trepidation, the writing got better, and I really enjoyed this. I docked it stars for the following reasons: 1.) Fat-shaming, stereotyping fat girls (grabbing a snack every spare second--really?), and some "light" slut-shaming, if there is such a thing (for the love of God, quit mentioning Holly using her boobs as her magic power); 2.) This is a very heterosexist witch squad, and if there are POC, it's not evident. (Everyone seems to be blonde or ginger.) Otherwise, cute, ligh After some initial trepidation, the writing got better, and I really enjoyed this. I docked it stars for the following reasons: 1.) Fat-shaming, stereotyping fat girls (grabbing a snack every spare second--really?), and some "light" slut-shaming, if there is such a thing (for the love of God, quit mentioning Holly using her boobs as her magic power); 2.) This is a very heterosexist witch squad, and if there are POC, it's not evident. (Everyone seems to be blonde or ginger.) Otherwise, cute, lighthearted fun.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brandi Martin

    Excellent read M. Z. Andrews has done an amazing job with Witch Squad. Great characters, a fun mystery, and lots of laughs makes for a great book. This is the first book I've read by this author and I will definitely be reading more. Looking forward to reading the next book in this series Excellent read M. Z. Andrews has done an amazing job with Witch Squad. Great characters, a fun mystery, and lots of laughs makes for a great book. This is the first book I've read by this author and I will definitely be reading more. Looking forward to reading the next book in this series

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Caswell

    I accidentally bought this book on Amazon - and as it's near impossible to return an accidentally bought digital book, I read it. It started out to be a fun read with quirky characters. The plot was somewhat interesting, though I kept getting distracted by the poor editing. It was quite difficult to push through the final 1/3 of the book, as the plot got a little "out there." I accidentally bought this book on Amazon - and as it's near impossible to return an accidentally bought digital book, I read it. It started out to be a fun read with quirky characters. The plot was somewhat interesting, though I kept getting distracted by the poor editing. It was quite difficult to push through the final 1/3 of the book, as the plot got a little "out there."

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    New author for me Awesomely entertaining. First of this authors books that I've read it sure won't be the last. Can't wait to start the next book. New author for me Awesomely entertaining. First of this authors books that I've read it sure won't be the last. Can't wait to start the next book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Julie Howard

    I really enjoyed this book. I read it on my kindle when it first came out and just had to add it to my audio book collection but it wasn't available at the time. So when I discovered it was I jumped at the chance to listen to it and see if it was as good as I remembered. It was and I am glad to say I might have enjoyed it even more. I love everything about this series.The characters are such a mixed bunch but so well written you feel like you already know them or they remind you of someone. The I really enjoyed this book. I read it on my kindle when it first came out and just had to add it to my audio book collection but it wasn't available at the time. So when I discovered it was I jumped at the chance to listen to it and see if it was as good as I remembered. It was and I am glad to say I might have enjoyed it even more. I love everything about this series.The characters are such a mixed bunch but so well written you feel like you already know them or they remind you of someone. The mystery was good and entertaining with the use of witch craft to try and solve it. I can't wait to start the next book because that is so going to happen it like a spell.as been cast over me I have to find out what happens to the girls next. Mercy has finally found a place she feel like she fits in and it only took the courts demanding she go to college for it to happen. It's not just any college, it's a college for witches and for the first time Mercy isn't the only one who is different. In fact she is surprised she doesn't need to hide it anymore not even from the people in town who are "normal". This really is a surprise especially when the class have to take a field trip because he local sheriff is requesting help with a murder that has taken place in town. Mercy and her new found friends can't help but feel affected by the death of the young girl. They soon get into.trouble when there powers lead them back into town to investigate. Why was ane killed? And more importantly what happened to her body? Having powers should make solving a murder easier but not if you have no control over your gifts. Can the five new found friends work together and catch the killer before he strikes again? Or like normal girls will they get distracted by boys from the wizard college right next door. I like me the narrator she was so bubbly it was easy to imagine you were attend college right along with Mercy and her friends.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    "The Witch Squad” is Book one of the “Cozy Mystery” series (about six books, I think; two on Audible). This book is not lesfic, but it’s about witches and it’s narrated by Lisa Cordileone, one of my favorite narrators, and since it’s on Kindle Unlimited with a discounted audiobook I gave it a try. Mercy, the MC, is 19yo, and is sent off to a Paranormal University for two years as an alternative to a year in prison for freaking out the local police with her witchiness. Mercy meets up with four oth "The Witch Squad” is Book one of the “Cozy Mystery” series (about six books, I think; two on Audible). This book is not lesfic, but it’s about witches and it’s narrated by Lisa Cordileone, one of my favorite narrators, and since it’s on Kindle Unlimited with a discounted audiobook I gave it a try. Mercy, the MC, is 19yo, and is sent off to a Paranormal University for two years as an alternative to a year in prison for freaking out the local police with her witchiness. Mercy meets up with four other girls, and the five of them are dubbed “The Witch Squad” as they investigate a murder. Despite the setting being college, and the girls being 19-20yo, this is a VERY YA feeling book! The characters talk and act like they’re 14-16yo. They giggle about boys a bit, but there is no real effort at young romance. The mystery wasn’t complex, but there was a surprise twist at the end that I enjoyed. Overall, the story was fun in a very light-hearted, silly, entertaining way. The narrator did a great job expressing unique personalities for each of the girls. For an early teen, this would probably be a mid-4* book. For adults, I’d rate is as 3.5* with an added bonus because of the narrator, so it rounds to 4*. Yes, recommended, but for light-hearted entertainment, I kind of hate that my 4* list will equate this with some of the much better books that I’ve rated 4*, but that’s the nature of the Goodreads rating system (which is why I began paying more attention to, and writing my own, reviews!).

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jae

    Upon arriving at the Paranormal Institute for Witches, Mercy is hoping to meet others like herself--gloomy and morose and shunned by the rest of society. Instead, most of the girls she encounters are chipper, cheerful, and sweet, including her tiny dynamo of a roommate, Jax. It is Jax who drags Mercy into the beginnings of friendship with three other students: Alba (who's more like Mercy with her aloofness), Sweets (the plump, cheerful girl who stress eats), and Holly (the vivacious blonde bombs Upon arriving at the Paranormal Institute for Witches, Mercy is hoping to meet others like herself--gloomy and morose and shunned by the rest of society. Instead, most of the girls she encounters are chipper, cheerful, and sweet, including her tiny dynamo of a roommate, Jax. It is Jax who drags Mercy into the beginnings of friendship with three other students: Alba (who's more like Mercy with her aloofness), Sweets (the plump, cheerful girl who stress eats), and Holly (the vivacious blonde bombshell). On their first official day of classes, the Headmistress, Sorceress Stone, takes the five girls to the scene where a local girl has recently been murdered. The police in Aspen Falls are aware of the special abilities of the students at the Institute, and Sorceress Stone wants the girls to learn how to aid an investigation, There, Mercy encounters the ghost of the dead girl, but she and her classmates are whisked away before she can speak to Morgan. The girls continue to bandy about solutions to the murder in their spare time, but when one of their own is abducted, they must pool their unique, individual talents to save her and to solve the murder. This was a fun, light story. Characterizations were done well, including Sorceress Stone, who reminded me of an odd combination of Dumbledore and Umbridge. It was interesting to see Mercy learn to embrace having friends, when she'd spent most of her life keeping others at arm's length. Likable enough to entice me to read more in the series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I really liked this book. The characters are well written. The story flows nicely. The book begins with Mercy Habernackle starting school at The Paranormal Institute in Aspen Falls, PA. For her, it was either go to school or go to jail. She wasn't looking forward to going to school but she didn't want to go to jail either so she was stuck there. She was determined to make no friends and just get her 2 years in and be done with it. She meets her roommate right off who looks like a witch from the p I really liked this book. The characters are well written. The story flows nicely. The book begins with Mercy Habernackle starting school at The Paranormal Institute in Aspen Falls, PA. For her, it was either go to school or go to jail. She wasn't looking forward to going to school but she didn't want to go to jail either so she was stuck there. She was determined to make no friends and just get her 2 years in and be done with it. She meets her roommate right off who looks like a witch from the purple and black striped tights to the pointy black hat and she is so perky and Mercy is SO not into perky. Jax hugs her right off the bat, she and her mom, and Mercy SO does not do hugging. So the first day of class they meet their teacher Sorceress Stone who doesn't seem to like Mercy from the get go...anyways, sorceress stone is called off to a murder case right there in class and she takes the whole class with her to scene of the crime. Not to give too many things away, Mercy and her soon to be friends end up solving the murder after much action between them and sorceress stone and police detective Whitman. Mercy also sees a black cat hanging around her dorm who seems to know what she is saying to the cat and the cat nods back. So they perform a spell and lo and behold Mercy's mother has enchanted the cat and has been keeping her eye on her daughter through the cat. Mercy never having had a boyfriend also meets a guy next door in the school for wizards who she becomes close to as well. Very good YA book. Highly recommend for anyone in to the paranormal.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Derreck

    Not a bad read actually. I liked it and all. I just found some parts a tad cliche, but overall the characters were enjoyable. Just not 100% authentic with some of their lines. They come across as High School kids to me, not college adults. But seeing as I read this easily in 1 day, there was a lot going on that kept me interested. The story is told through the eyes of Mercy Habernackle. She's 19 and this is her first year of 'College'. To be frank here, she's been through some shit. Which ultima Not a bad read actually. I liked it and all. I just found some parts a tad cliche, but overall the characters were enjoyable. Just not 100% authentic with some of their lines. They come across as High School kids to me, not college adults. But seeing as I read this easily in 1 day, there was a lot going on that kept me interested. The story is told through the eyes of Mercy Habernackle. She's 19 and this is her first year of 'College'. To be frank here, she's been through some shit. Which ultimately landed her here. All Mercy ever wanted was just to get by. Unnoticed if possible and keep her nose clean. As if things were ever going to be THAT easy for Mercy Habernackle. She soon makes fast friends, though not entirely willingly. There appears to just be that natural draw to her. At least that is the vibe I pick from her friends. They make quite the motley bunch and I found myself laughing out at a few parts. Of course there's more but that would lead to too many spoilers. But barely 24 hours since Mercy's arrival, a dead body turns up in a near by town. Mercy, due to her abilities and a certain 'friend' of hers, quickly get dragged into it. And so do her loyal friends. I will admit this book shows a promising start to a series I would love to explore to in the near future. I do love a paranormal mystery and this pretty much has delivered for me. Looking forward to see what other shenanigans The Witch Squad will be up to in the near the future!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lidia

    This is my review of the audio version as posted on Audible: 'The Witch Squad' is a great introduction to a new series of 'paranormal' cozy mysteries - it's fast-paced, intriguing and fun, and it has a group of main characters that will bring a smile to your face more than once:) Mercy, rather an outcast in her home town, starts over in a new school and right from the start nothing is what she expected it to be; she almost unwillingly makes friends with not only her roommate but also other girls i This is my review of the audio version as posted on Audible: 'The Witch Squad' is a great introduction to a new series of 'paranormal' cozy mysteries - it's fast-paced, intriguing and fun, and it has a group of main characters that will bring a smile to your face more than once:) Mercy, rather an outcast in her home town, starts over in a new school and right from the start nothing is what she expected it to be; she almost unwillingly makes friends with not only her roommate but also other girls in her year and, even more unexpectedly, they all get involved in a murder investigation. Mercy is also forced to use her powers, which so far has only caused problems for her, and suddenly she becomes the leader of the Witch Squad... and all this within the first week of school:) The plot is great - it keeps you guessing along with the girls, takes you through some good twists in the murder case and involves some really impressive (and useful:)) magic. It also has a talking cat - which is a nice touch:) Both main and secondary characters are memorable, well-portrayed, yet with enough room to be further developed in the next books in the series. Narration by Ms Cordileone is almost perfect; the voices are very well done, emotions conveyed clearly and convincingly. It's a very good interpretation of the book:) DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lauretta

    This is a fast-paced mystery with a paranormal twist. Mercy Habernacle is an unwilling witch who has tried to reject her gift (seeing and communicating with ghosts), as well as all other things related to being a witch. Her struggle with who she is has led to run-ins with the local law enforcement, so rather than going to a correctional institute, Mercy agrees to go to Witch College in order to learn to control her powers. There she finds acceptance for all, no matter their differences, and good This is a fast-paced mystery with a paranormal twist. Mercy Habernacle is an unwilling witch who has tried to reject her gift (seeing and communicating with ghosts), as well as all other things related to being a witch. Her struggle with who she is has led to run-ins with the local law enforcement, so rather than going to a correctional institute, Mercy agrees to go to Witch College in order to learn to control her powers. There she finds acceptance for all, no matter their differences, and good friends who quickly become labeled the Witch Squad. This quirky group of girls work together to help each other and to solve the brutal murder of a "town girl" who was targeted to be a virgin sacrifice in an evil wizard's quest for eternal youth. The book ends with a tie-in to the second in the series in which Mercy meets a brother she never knew she had.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    This is about the Paranormal Institute for Witches. Mercy is sent there as a punishment by the courts for some trouble she got into. Jax is her roommate. The school is run by the Supreme Sorceress. The girls there have different abilities including telekinesis, premonitions, talking to ghosts and being a total snob. There's a murder in the town and the girls are brought in to learn from the investigation. Five of the girls end up forming a squad of their own to find out what happened after one of This is about the Paranormal Institute for Witches. Mercy is sent there as a punishment by the courts for some trouble she got into. Jax is her roommate. The school is run by the Supreme Sorceress. The girls there have different abilities including telekinesis, premonitions, talking to ghosts and being a total snob. There's a murder in the town and the girls are brought in to learn from the investigation. Five of the girls end up forming a squad of their own to find out what happened after one of them sees the dead girl's ghost. No good deed goes unpunished, though, as their efforts result in their being chastised by the Supreme Sorceress. One of their group gets kidnapped, there's a talking cat, a guy that straps girls to a table for a fiendish purpose and even a Black Witch. It all blends very well together. There's an entire series of these books.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Brewer

    Good and fun read Meet the Witch Squad and help them investigate the goings-on at a school for paranormals in a town where strange occurrences are the norm rather than the exception, even to police investigators. Add a bit of quirkiness and some humor and end up with an absorbing read that will entertain you. Be prepared, though: far too many loose ends are wrapped up at the very end with no hints in the foregoing plotline to have them make a lot of sense (which would have been fairly easy to do) Good and fun read Meet the Witch Squad and help them investigate the goings-on at a school for paranormals in a town where strange occurrences are the norm rather than the exception, even to police investigators. Add a bit of quirkiness and some humor and end up with an absorbing read that will entertain you. Be prepared, though: far too many loose ends are wrapped up at the very end with no hints in the foregoing plotline to have them make a lot of sense (which would have been fairly easy to do), one reason this delightful book did not earn the fifth star. The cliffhanger ending likewise materialized from thin air without warning and was so obviously designed to make the reader hungry for more that it made this reader angry instead of curious. Not sure if I am willing to pay for answers under these circumstances.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Belinda

    4,5 stars! - Free kindle amazon book - Five mismatched college withes must bound together to solve the murder of a local girl while learning about friendship. Loved this read. Somehow it keeps surpising you. Every time you think okay it will go this way it turns arround in the other direction. Mercy is brought to college by her mother. Mum is a witch and she is also. In her hometown she is different, the do not understand her. She keeps getting in to trouble. She sees gohsts. Mum hopes she will ma 4,5 stars! - Free kindle amazon book - Five mismatched college withes must bound together to solve the murder of a local girl while learning about friendship. Loved this read. Somehow it keeps surpising you. Every time you think okay it will go this way it turns arround in the other direction. Mercy is brought to college by her mother. Mum is a witch and she is also. In her hometown she is different, the do not understand her. She keeps getting in to trouble. She sees gohsts. Mum hopes she will make some friends and learn to deal with her skills in a positive way. When the girls are taken to a crime scene on their first day the five find themselves in an non expected aventure. And off cource romance is not far away and a great surprise ending!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karlene Browning

    This is an interesting story, but it has some issues. First, the characters are at a magical college, and they are supposed to be 18+. But they act more like 16 year olds. Second there were editing issues—tense issues, etc. Really needed a better edit. I can't recommend it to adults because you're going to hit issues that pull you out of the story, but most teen readers would probably enjoy it without noticing the age thing. If this were set at a high school, and the girls were 16-17, I'd recomm This is an interesting story, but it has some issues. First, the characters are at a magical college, and they are supposed to be 18+. But they act more like 16 year olds. Second there were editing issues—tense issues, etc. Really needed a better edit. I can't recommend it to adults because you're going to hit issues that pull you out of the story, but most teen readers would probably enjoy it without noticing the age thing. If this were set at a high school, and the girls were 16-17, I'd recommend it as a fun paranormal cozy. Will I read another in the series? Probably because it was a fun read. I liked some of the plot twists, and I liked the characters. Just could have been better with a little more work and polish. I give it 3 1/2 stars.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Great Start I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a great start to a new series. Mercy had been in trouble for mist of her life, as she was a witch trying to live the life of a regular person. Eventually she was sent by the court to live for two years at a Paranormal Institute. She found herself part of a group of five girls andbon their first day they were taken by the head of the school to the scene of a murder. A young local girl was found dead off the side of the road. Mercy, as she sometime Great Start I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a great start to a new series. Mercy had been in trouble for mist of her life, as she was a witch trying to live the life of a regular person. Eventually she was sent by the court to live for two years at a Paranormal Institute. She found herself part of a group of five girls andbon their first day they were taken by the head of the school to the scene of a murder. A young local girl was found dead off the side of the road. Mercy, as she sometimes did, saw the girl's ghost, but didn't get a chance to speak to her. The five friends decided to look into the murder and got themselves into all sorts of trouble, including one being kidnapped. The characters are engaging and the plot was twisted and intricate.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Genevieve Bomes

    At first I thought this book was going to be silly, and not a book I would like. It was a bit of a slow start but I am so glad that I kept reading it because it quickly turned into a book I couldn't put down. The Witch Squad follows a group of witches who are first years at a college for witches and wizards. A group that never thought they would be friends work together to solve a murder of a local girl. The story line has a million twists and turns and red herrings in it. This is a great fun re At first I thought this book was going to be silly, and not a book I would like. It was a bit of a slow start but I am so glad that I kept reading it because it quickly turned into a book I couldn't put down. The Witch Squad follows a group of witches who are first years at a college for witches and wizards. A group that never thought they would be friends work together to solve a murder of a local girl. The story line has a million twists and turns and red herrings in it. This is a great fun read with a fantastic story line. I love each character and can't wait to read more books about them. I couldn't put the book down.

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