Emmy Harlow has made a new life for herself without magic. But when a spellcasting tournament draws her back to her old life, she might realize that magic might not be so bad.
Thank you so much to NetGalley, Berkley, and the author for this book in exchange for an honest review! This was the perfect book to get me in the witchy mood. It has everything you want for a way to get into the Halloween spirit, if you love Halloween, but don’t need to have a heartache from screaming.
First of all, let me start by saying that the setting is absolutely amazing and CAN I MOVE TO THE TOWN OF THISTLE GROVE PLEASE!?!?!
Omg this setting sounded absolutely amazing, like Salem, but without the spooky vibes….. witch vibes and autumn vibes were the only things present here. I loved all the shops, the restaurants, and the bars that they mentioned in the book. I just kept wishing that I was a part of this fabulosity and never had to leave. Don’t even get me started on the Harlow family bookstore…. Why would anyone want to leave this amazing place, I mean I know why, but I refuse to acknowledge it in my fantasy….
The story follows the character, Emmy Harlow and her journey back to her childhood home after a long absence. Emmy comes to town for one purpose and plans on leaving again, but one thing leads to another and she questions whether she can truly leave her past behind.
Based on the title and the description of the book, I thought the read would have some hilarious one liners and even more hilarious antics. However, the plot told a much deeper and meaningful story. Although I liked the way the story went, I was expecting more funny from a romantic comedy. I really didn’t get the funny. I was expecting more pranks, but they kept it more serious. I mean it doesn’t negate from the story or the characters, but this book just wasn’t what I signed up for.
BUT…. this book’s concept was so cool! I loved learning about the witch families, their different magics, and the history of the town. I loved the action and the suspense from the spellcasting tournament that took place and I LOVED THE CHARACTERS. They were all so well developed, entertaining, and friends that I wish I had.
I LOVED the romance between Emmy and Talia so much and their scenes were SOOOO STEAMYYY omggggg… I loved them together so much.
Overall, I loved this witchy book and I can’t wait for more stories from the witches of Thistle Grove.
My Book Rating
4/5 Book World
Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper
Genre: NA Fantasy
Published on October 5, 2021 by Berkley
Copy Read: ebook (Kindle)