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How To Train Your Witch


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How to Train Your Witch by Bettina Johnson appears to be a little spin off that continues with Lily’s mystery-solving persona.

When you just know that someone is up to no good, would you be the one to dawn your investigative hat or would you be fine with leaving it up to the police? It’s hard to know what might happen if you’ve never been put to the test, but there are a lot of readers who enjoy a cozy mystery and this one is a witchy one as if the words “cozy” and “mystery” weren’t enough for you to be intrigued. Johnson combines a little bit of magic with some meddling and we have another installment in the Lily Sweet Mysteries.

Lily is a little behind in her witch training, okay… she is REALLY behind. Now, twenty-five and an adult, she hasn’t even been taught the basics of witchcraft. Lily’s aunt has enlisted the help of some instructors around town to help her come into her own in a short period of time and prove to the Elders that she is a powerful witch, but Lily has her doubts. Everyone is keeping her list of powers under wraps, especially her aunt. When suspicious-looking notes start showing up around town, inviting fellow villagers to a Christmas celebration, Lily is only too quick to assume something nefarious is being planned for her which may end up with her in the hospital again. Can she leave it alone since all of her friends tell her it seems harmless or will she go undercover yet again? AND…will her sleuthing do more damage than good?

Johnson’s installment is good, but if you are just jumping in here, it may be a little too much. There isn’t a whole lot of back-story with descriptiveness on main characters or development of the town, nor the other witches in the town. The book is very fast paced and there seems to be a lot missing, hopefully, all of this is explained in the first two installments. This one appears to be a little spin off from those that continues with Lily’s mystery-solving persona. The reader can definitely understand that Lily is a witch, but the reason she acts the way she does is not fully comprehensible by reading this installment alone. Lily is supposed to be in her mid-twenties in this installment, but quite frankly, she acts as if she were a teenager. The whole vibe of the story jives as if it were a middle grade series instead of a new adult. There are noticeable errors throughout the story, but these may have been cleaned upon publication. Since this was an advanced reader copy, these errors are not counted toward the review rating. If you are a reader of cozy mysteries with a paranormal or fantasy twist, you may enjoy this story; however, it is not recommended as a standalone. It would be easier to start with the first book in the series and move through it in chronological order.

An electronic copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Reedsy Discovery and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a three-star rating to How to Train Your Witch by Bettina M. Johnson.

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Author of witchy mysteries, paranormal fantasy suspense and romance. I live in the foothills near the N Georgia mountains on a farm, with my husband and almost adult kids, a Cairn Terrier, two black cats, and fish. I can usually be found behind my laptop or driving around in my Jeep. It's a thing. view profile

Published on September 30, 2020

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Genre: Cozy Mysteries

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