Black Witch Magic is a spooky Christmas read

Family curses, paranormal investigators, a witch working as a librarian? Black Witch Magic was a novel I knew I needed to read. 

Thank you Netgalley for providing me an arc in exchange for my honest review.

Summary: 

Selene Blackstone’s trapped in her small New England town, courtesy of her family curse. Selene’s unable to leave or find true love. Aiden’s a paranormal investigator with a web series looking to investigate Selene’s hometown and the ghost of Selene’s grandmother. 

But when strange things happen to people in town everyone is side-eyeing Selene believing she’s descended from witches. They aren’t wrong. However, Selene’s more interested in exploring the world of books than causing chaos.

When Aiden and Selene meet insults are thrown, but the two keep finding their way back to each other

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Thoughts: 

This novel’s a cute Halloween Christmas read. If you’re the kind of person who prefers a spooky Christmas, then consider reading this one.

I liked the supporting characters in this story, especially Selene’s BFF Noelle, a nature witch, who keeps running from her cute ex. Noelle’s convinced Aiden’s a fuck boy and is worried Selene’s dickmatized.

“Selene, how are you dickmatized before the dick?

Her jaw dropped midbite of her crisp bagel, cheeks heating up. “I’m not dickmatized!”

Black Witch Magic Mila Nicks

And as Noelle’s caught up in Selene’s love life Selene’s also interested in seeing her bff happy as well.

The author, Mila Nicks, makes it a point to write romance novels featuring women of color, and as Selene’s Black and a witch, I expected those two things to work against her in her small town. However, everyone in town is more concerned she’s a witch. However Selene’s boss, Miriam, is aggressively mean to her, her weariness is pointed towards Selene’s witchy reputation. But I think Selene’s race also plays into Miriam’s prejudice.

Selene’s bff Noelle is also a witch and Miriam also loathes her, but Selene’s scenes with her boss hint at microaggressions. At least that’s how I was reading it.

I wish this novel developed more of the magic of the universe, explored more of Luna’s history via Selene’s weird uncle, as well as Aiden’s paranormal web series. I think it would have been interesting to see Selene and Aiden team up and investigate spirit boxes included. 

I hope the sequel does explore more of the paranormal investigator subplot as I am a ho for ghost investigations.

Until next time I’ll be living in libros,

Gaby

Nocturna: or two idiots fall in love in Latin America

Hello booklovers! Today’s review is an idiots to lovers story courtesy of romantic prince and a stubborn theif, That’s right today am reviewing Nocturna by Maya Motayne.  Nocturna is Maya Motayne’s debut novel and the first in the Forgery of Magic series. This series is high fantasy, set in Latin America, and contains lots of […]

Mini review: Blacker than Blue

Hello readers! I am back with another smutty vampire review! Blacker than Blue is the sequel to Rebekah Weatherspoon’s Better off Red, a sapphic vampire love story which I reviewed last week. Blacker than Blue is set in the same sorority house and follows Cleo and Benny, two side characters we met in Better off […]

Keep an eye on Historically inaccurate

“Hey sunshine”

Is what Mr. Ethan Winston of Historically Inaccurate would say!

Hi readers! Remember last week when I shared some of my favorite quotes from Historically Inaccurate? Well today I’m sharing my review for the novel. I received an advanced readers copy of Historically Inaccurate in exchange for my honest review thanks to the team at Colored Pages Blog Tours.

Historically Inaccurate is a new adult story by debut author Shay Bravo. Historically Inaccurate was originally on Wattpad but is now going to be published for the masses. This novel features diverse characters, a Black love interest, College clownery, and finding yourself.

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Bet Me by Jennifer Cruise cleansed my book slump

Midnight Sun was a dreadful read, but Bet me yanked me right out of my feelings and into a world of bets, Elvis, chicken marsala, Krispy Kreme, and love stories. This enemies to somewhat friends to lovers story will keep you guessing and make you fall in love with all the characters. It might be the best book I read this year. Keep reading if you want to hear what I thought about this romantic contemporary.

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Beautiful Bastard was not what I was expecting

It’s been a while since my last post and safe to say the quarantine stress finally got to me. To combat it, I threw myself into sewing and watching animal crossing streams. That was great and all, but I was not able to focus on reading nor creating content for this blog.

I’m feeling much better now, and I hope to be able to get some bookish crafts up soon. For now, though, here is a book review for Beautiful Bastard.

Beautiful Bastard is one of the first books best writing friends Christina and Lauren published together. The first draft of Beautiful Bastard was a twilight inspired fanfiction written by Christina. Although readers won’t be able to tell while reading Beautiful Bastard. To read more about the origins of Christina Lauren, check out this interview.

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The Bride Test


The spin off to Helen Hoang’s “The Kiss Quotient” tells the story of Khai, Michael’s cousin, who has autism and has never had a girlfriend.

Khai’s everyday routine is to eat a protein bar for breakfast, run to his office, and keep his garden unkempt to annoy his neighbor. Khai likes his life but his Mom thinks Khai is lonely and old enough to be married, so she decides to take matters into her own hands. Khai’s mother, Co, fly’s to Vietnam and makes a deal with My Ngoc Tran, who later changes her name to Esme, one summer in California to fall in love with her son. If the two are incompatible Esme is free to fly home, but Co knows they will work.

Khai aimed a disapproving look at her shoes

“You’re better off walking barefoot than wearing those.”

But they’re useful. It’s like having a shoe and a knife.

Helen Hoang

I was a little hesitant to read this book because how often do you hear the story of someone from aboard coming to the U.S to marry an American in order to secure residency status? Often. It feels icky to reduce the immigrant experience to this and because this same story was the main plot point for this novel I was unsure. Although, after reading the Kiss Quotient I had a change of heart. I love Hoang’s writing style and I was eager to read Khai’s story.

Esme may come to the U.S with the intention to gain a residency status but that changes when she falls in love with Khai. Additionally, Esme has a love for learning and enrolls into night school to get a GED. Soon Esme begins to see a future where she can gain temporary residency as a student. By adding Esme’s ambition to her character Hoang adds this layer to the immigrant experience that is often disregarded and ignored. That there is more to someone than people think.

What I really enjoyed about this story was that complexity of both characters. Khai convinced himself a long time ago that he is unable to love someone however, he is willing to marry Esme so that she can gain citizenship if that is what she truly desires. In reality, Khai is secretly in love with her, he just has not admitted it to himself. On the other hand, Esme is driven by the desire to go to University because some colleges will pay for international student’s family members to come to the U.S and Esme really wants to get her family out of poverty.

One of my favorite scenes in this book occurs when Esme visits 99 Ranch market for the first time. Just by visiting this grocery store Esme is reminded of her home. I think this scene is beautiful because it ties together food and culture: it reminds us that places like the grocery store serve as a time capsule of home.

Overall, I give the Bride test 5 stars and would recommend it for fans of romance novels or anyone who is looking for diverse characters in a novel. This book is also spicy and we have a few mature scenes but in my opinion there are way more sex scenes in the Kiss Quotient.

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Until next time continue living in Libros,

Gaby

Review for Bad Bachelor

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Bad Bachelor by Stefanie London

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Page count: 358

My rating: 4 stars

 

“…Darcy recorded all her reading activities and didn’t generally care what people thought of her taste in books. But there had been a phase when she’d read some erotic monster books for fun. Big Foot’s virgin mistress…” (p 157).

 

I don’t think I have read much contemporary romances since my days lurking on Wattpad. However, this month I decided to broaden my reading palette by reading some more romance novels. The two romance novels I read before this weren’t my favorite and honestly, I was feeling a little put off by the genre all together. But one evening I began the task of requesting more library books to read in the following weeks and somehow Bad Bachelor ended up in my pile.

Bad Bachelor is about Reed McMahon, a PR whiz, living in New York city. Reed’s done damage control for a fair share of his celebrity clients but that was all pretty easy compared to the shit storm that got thrown his way because of a budding new dating app, Bad Bachelor. Bad Bachelor is like yelp, it lets women rate the men they’ve dated, and in doing so the app is suppose to help women make their own decisions about the guys they’re seeing. But Reed ends up becoming the most rated guy on the Bad Bachelor app and the reviews aren’t all that nice.

Darcy Greer is out looking for love or at least someone to casually date after her last relationship. So, she starts using Bad Bachelor to look up potential guys who will definitely not break her heart. Darcy ends up meeting Reed through work and it isn’t all love and heart eye emojis at first site. The two hate each other but slowly they become friends and eventually lovers.

I loved Bad Bachelor because Darcy was so adorably quirky. She’s a tattoo covered librarian who loves her graphic tees and doc martens. She also loves to read, and she generally reads whatever she wants like monster erotica books apparently. But what really made me love Darcy was that after she sleeps with Reed for the first time she starts to make snow angels on the silk sheets, get it girl.

In general, this novel was a nice light read that I gobbled up. My only beef with it was that the ending felt rushed to me, but I think that was just because I was surprised I had gotten to the end so fast.

I recommend it for anyone who wants a cute but light romance read.