Magic, Murder, and Mayhem: The Unreviewed Books of October 2020

Posted November 2, 2020 by Angie in Monthly Recap / 0 Comments

It Takes a Witch by Heather Blake

I don’t read many Cozy Mysteries, but I generally enjoy the change of pace. I also like when they have a paranormal twist. Unfortunately, It Takes a Witch didn’t work out for me. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read it eight years ago (when I added it in the first place), because it does feel very dated. The world-building annoyed me a bit because the magical rules had convenient exclusions when necessary for the plot, and I didn’t quite believe Darcy’s involvement in investigating the murder. She had no connection to the victim. In fact, she and her sister had just moved to town and didn’t really know anybody. This felt like a long-winded way to introduce us to the Enchanted Village for following books.


Tempest by Beverly Jenkins

I really enjoyed this Black Historical Romance! In fact, I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by Beverly Jenkins thus far. Tempest made me smile a lot! It opens with Regan arriving in Wyoming Territory as a mail-order-bride, but that plan might be cancelled when she mistakes her future husband for a bandit and shoots him. Of course from there it’s a fun ride of these two getting to know each other and Regan turning the town upside down!




Street Magic by Caitlin Kittredge

Another one that’s been on my TBR forever and let me down now that I finally got to it. Street Magic was a bit of a mess. The dialogue gave me whiplash from flipping from proper English to uber-British English. It was the author needed to harshly remind us that this book is set in London. After reading several reviews, it turns out that I wasn’t alone in this opinion, and on top of that, the author is not English, nor does she live in England, and her usage of British slang and colloquialisms was off base. Awesome. I also just didn’t like Pete or Jack.




Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker

This is an uber-adorable graphic novel about a witch and a werewolf who need to defeat a demon! Nova and Tam are crazy cute together! Their developing romance is just the cutest thing ever. I absolutely loved the art style here. The forest creatures were just…I love them! It’s also deliciously diverse: Nova’s grandmas, POC, Tam is nonbinary, Nova wears hearing aides, and obviously the queer romance. It’s just so jam-packed full of goodness!




We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez

This book was…woah. It’s about three teens from Guatemala who need to escape their lives there and try to make their way to the United States. It’s a heavy story with a bittersweet ending, made even more upsetting because this is real life for many people.





Virtually Yours

This was a cute graphic novel about the ultimate dating app. Eva is sick of her family making comments about her lack of dating life, so she hires a fake boyfriend! Max was a child star who now has no direction, so he starts working as a fake boyfriend. Of course, stars and planets align, causing these two to meet for real.





The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag

Another cute graphic novel. I clearly don’t know how to review these, but I do enjoy them. Aster just wants to learn witchcraft but it’s only for girls. Then bad things happen and Aster steps into his power and blows gender roles out of the water!





And those are the books that I read but didn’t review in October! Well, I also read some books about Yoga, but I won’t bore you all with those.

Have you read any of these? What did you think?

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