Review: Slouch Witch by Helen Harper

Review: Slouch Witch by Helen HarperSlouch Witch by Helen Harper

Narrator: Tanya Eby
Series: The Lazy Girl's Guide to Magic
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Tantor Audio on July 11, 2017
Pages: 8 hours 9 min
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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Let's get one thing straight - Ivy Wilde is not a heroine. In fact, she's probably the last witch in the world who you'd call if you needed a magical helping hand, regardless of her actual abilities. If it were down to Ivy, she'd spend all day every day on her sofa where she could watch TV, munch junk food and talk to her feline familiar to her heart's content.

However, when a bureaucratic disaster ends up with Ivy as the victim of a case of mistaken identity, she's yanked very unwillingly into Arcane Branch, the investigative department of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Her problems are quadrupled when a valuable object is stolen right from under the Order's noses. It doesn't exactly help that she's been magically bound to Adeptus Exemptus Raphael Winter. He might have piercing sapphire eyes and a body which a cover model would be proud of but, as far as Ivy's concerned, he's a walking advertisement for the joyless perils of too much witch-work.

And if he makes her go to the gym again, she's definitely going to turn him into a frog.

The Delight

The title of this series tickled my fancy and had me curious to give a ‘lazy girl’ witch a try.  A first time with author and narrator that have both been on my ‘need to try’ list made it all the more compelling.

Review

Slouch Witch introduces a light, fun paranormal world where witches and magic have long been a part of regular society.  Now granted, the witches tend to stay to themselves unless needed and some even get snooty about having magic and how much.  In fact, magic users are slotted into careers and status based on their magical abilities.

And…
You guessed it, our heroine Ivy is a pariah among the high brow Oxford witch-crowd.  She was expelled from the training school for ‘gasp’ cheating and assaulting a fellow student.  Ivy shrugged and moved on.  She slouches around as a taxi driver, lives with her contrary witch familiar cat, avoids her high energy over-achieving neighbor, and doing the bare minimum.  That is until she is accidentally roped back into the same crowd that spurned her before.

This read like an Urban Fantasy Cozy Mystery mash up.  There is a great world, plenty of quirky characters, light humor, and an engaging case for Ivy and Winter to solve.  Nothing is too challenging though I did enjoy seeing Ivy and Winter figure themselves out better and each other.  It was left with the big case solved, an amicable if a little regretful separation of the partners, and a to be continued note.

I experienced this one in audio format and absolutely adored narrator, Tanya Eby, in the role as Ivy and the rest of the cast’s voice.  She was a great fit for the story and had good timing, pace, and tone.  Only one niggle was that this story was set in Oxford with British characters and she didn’t do the accents.  I’m pretty sure I’ll hear her voice for Ivy from here on since I was so drawn in by her storytelling.

All in all, this was an abso-fab start to a new series that I plan to continue with and a great outing with a new narrator and author.  Light urban fantasy fans will find this one a treat and I daresay that cozy mystery fans who don’t mind paranormal elements will get a kick out of it, too.

My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #158 UF
New Release #115
Audio #48
COYER #41

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • I’ve not heard of this one but it has me intrigued.

    • Yay! Glad to introduce you to a new one, Angela. 🙂

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    Something about witchy stories has always fascinated me, and I love quirky fun characters. Hugs… Happy Friday!RO

    • Same here, Radiant Ro!

      You have a good weekend.

  • I do like the paranormal aspects of this one. I haven’t read this author but this has intrigued me.

    • This one totally grabbed my attention, too, when I read the title and blurb. It was a fun one, Mary. 🙂

  • This sounds like a fun read. I like reading a UF Cozy Mystery with a heroine who is a pariah in her witchy world. Thank’s for sharing.

    • Always glad to point folks in the direction of a book right up their alley. 🙂 Hope you like it if you get the chance, Angela.

  • Sounds like a hoot – especially with that premise of “laziness”.

    • It was quite funny the way she worked to do as little as possible, but then she couldn’t help herself when the mystery happened. 🙂

  • Sounds fun to me. Kinda like Molly Harper’s Nice Girl Vampire books which I love. Glad this one was a good one for you!

    • It was definitely a fun one and the humor was British which I enjoy. I am so bad. I still need to read Molly Harper’s books.

  • Ohh, sounds like Ivy is my kind of heroine. I love stories with witches so I’ll definitely check this one out. Great review Sophia Rose 🙂

    • She was fun and made me laugh. I enjoyed the witch aspect with the mystery.

      Thanks, Vanessa!

  • I read a review for this one on another blog recently as well and now having read your review as well I am even more curious about this one. It sounds like a fun one and I like how you describe it as an urban fantasy and cozy mystery mash up. Glad to hear the audio was well done too. Great review!

    • You would probably like it, Lola, with your cozy love and that you don’t mind paranormal elements.

      Thanks!

  • I love the sound of this book. For some strange reason, I feel like I could related to a slacker witch 🙂 Great review!

    • Haha! Yeah, me, too, Carole. I definitely had some strong rapport with Ivy. 😉

  • Oh it sounds nice, I always really like books like that and I confess that I didn’t know about it so now I’ll have to keep it in mind!

    • It was a fun one, Melliane. Glad I could introduce you to it. 🙂