Payback’s a witch – Lana Harper

Yes, I absolutely bought this book because of the title! And not only is the title just great, the blurb is very promising too:

Emmy Harlow is a witch but not a very powerful one—in part because she hasn’t been home to the magical town of Thistle Grove in years. Her self-imposed exile has a lot to do with a complicated family history and a desire to forge her own way in the world, and only the very tiniest bit to do with Gareth Blackmoore, heir to the most powerful magical family in town and casual breaker of hearts and destroyer of dreams. But when a spellcasting tournament that her family serves as arbiters for approaches, it turns out the pull of tradition (or the truly impressive parental guilt trip that comes with it) is strong enough to bring Emmy back. She’s determined to do her familial duty; spend some quality time with her best friend, Linden Thorn; and get back to her real life in Chicago.

On her first night home, Emmy runs into Talia Avramov—an all-around badass adept in the darker magical arts—who is fresh off a bad breakup . . . with Gareth Blackmoore. Talia had let herself be charmed, only to discover that Gareth was also seeing Linden—unbeknownst to either of them. And now she and Linden want revenge. Only one question stands: Is Emmy in?

Also, gorgeous cover!

I usually finish books in one sitting, so it’s not really a great compliment to the book when I say it… But in this case, I would have finished it in one go even if I normally wouldn’t. It’s a real page-turner and I couldn’t put it down. No wasted paragraphs or pages of irrelevant description and information. But not giving everything away at once either. The book switched between giving little hints here and there to action scenes to dialogues and back and forth. It had me hooked from the first chapter and there were some twists and turns I didn’t really see coming. Great read for a dark and stormy night, but just as well for a summery reading session by the pool. Fun characters that pull you in, storylines intertwining and some well-written girl power scenes to boot. Absolute thumbs up if you like those kinds of things! Oh, and there’s magic. I mean… Need I say more?

Go read it now! (I think it’s recent release as I bought it in a bookshop early 2022)

More info on Goodreads.

(Also, oh my god, it has a sequel! On the to-read list it goes)

Happy reading,

Loes M.

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