Published:January 25th 2022
Length: 288 pages
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Blurb:In the sleepy college town of Zenobia, New York, the only supernatural trace on display is the name of Gwen Engel’s business—Abracadabra Odd Job Service. But Gwen’s family has some unusual abilities they’ve been keeping under wraps—until one little letter spells big trouble…
Nearly a century ago, Gwen Engel’s great-great-grandfather cast a spell with catastrophic side-effects. As a result, the Grand Council of Witches forbade his descendants from practicing witchcraft. The Council even planted anonymous snitches called Watchers in the community to report any errant spellcasting…
Yet magic may still be alive and not so well in Zenobia. Gwen and her cousins, Trudy and Milo, receive a letter from Gwen’s adopted sister, Tannith, informing them that she’s bewitched one of their partners and will run away with him at the end of the week. While Gwen frets about whether to trust her scientist boyfriend, currently out of town on a beetle-studying trip, she’s worried that local grad student Jeremy is secretly a Watcher doing his own research.
Cousin Trudy is so stressed that she accidentally enchants her cupcakes, creating havoc among her bakery customers—and in her marriage. Perhaps it’s time the family took back control and figured out how to harness their powers. How else can Gwen decide whether her growing feelings for Jeremy are real—or the result of too many of Trudy’s cupcakes
This book had potential but the characters were one dimensional. Everything felt rushed with no real conclusion to the story.
The whole Gwen and Jeremy thing was just weird. How she went from living with one guy to another declaring his love for her was rushed by any standards. Everything happens within the space of the week.
I liked the idea of withces being unable to use their magic because of their ancestor’s mistake but there were too many characters and plots to fully flesh out the story properly.
I received an arc of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.