Review: Slouch Witch by Helen Harper

Posted September 8, 2017 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 20 Comments

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Review: Slouch Witch by Helen Harper
Slouch Witch
Narrated by Tanya Eby

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Series: The Lazy Girl's Guide to Magic
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on July 11, 2017
Pages: 8 hours 9 min
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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.


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.

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.


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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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Angela @ Simply Angela

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

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

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

4 years ago

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

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  RO

Same here, Radiant Ro!

You have a good weekend.

Mary Kirkland
4 years ago

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

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

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

4 years ago

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.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Angela

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.

vvb reads
4 years ago

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

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  vvb reads

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. 🙂

4 years ago

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!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

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.

4 years ago

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 🙂

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Vanessa

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

Thanks, Vanessa!

4 years ago

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!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Lola

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


Carole's Random Life
4 years ago

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

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

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

4 years ago

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!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

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