Society of Wishes. Book Review.

Title: Society of Wishes (Wish Quartet Book One)

Author: Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh

Published: Silver Wing Press

Year: 2018

“Be Careful What You Wish For…”

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I was lucky enough to stumble across this book via a Facebook reading event for it hosted by the authors. I read along with a schedule and each day the authors would post questions and select winners for prize giveaways (I won twice and received a signed magnet and a signed copy of the book!). I’d never read a book that way before and it was so hard to stick to the schedule and not read too far ahead especially because I was hooked from the very first line “It was hotter than Satan’s tit outside, but Jo wore a fleece-lined hoodie zipped all the way up to her chin, a necessity so she wouldn’t catch frostbite in the computer room’. Never have i related to a character so quickly. As a gamer myself I have spent many a night in a cold computer room with 10 layers of clothes to keep me warm. We then jump straight into the story, no muss no fuss so here is a brief overview…

Josephina Espinosa is a kick ass Latina chick, a hacker-for-hire in the Lone Star Republic, a remnant of the fractured U.S.A. Jo and her best friend, fellow hacker Yuusuke, are gunned down in a government raid and Jo makes a wish to save her friend’s life. Her grandmother had told her of magical lore, using power to summon a wish granter, Jo thought it was just fairytales, until it actually works. But all wishes have a cost and for Jo it is the erasure of her entire existence. Jo finds herself in a mansion and discovers it is called the Society of Wishes, here she must build a new life with her fellow wish-granters.

We are introduced to so many diverse and deep characters throughout the story, you really wish they each had their own book (perhaps we’ll get some prequel stories some day!). I love the way Elise and Lynn write together, they complement each other so well. Circle of Ashes (book 2) and Birth of Chaos (book 3) are now available so I’ll be delving into their magical depths soon! Definitely a book for Young Adults but the way it’s written makes it cross into Adult Fiction too. I absolutely adore the artwork used for all 3 books which were created by none other than Elise herself.

You can read Society of Wishes on Kindle Unlimited for free.

You can also find copies of the book here: Society of Wishes

Rating out of 10: 10

The Witches of Blackbrook (Book One of Series). Book Review.

Title: The Witches of Blackbrook (Book One of Series)

Author: Tish Thawer

Publisher: Amber Leaf Publishing

Year: 2015

“Through space and time, sisters entwined. Lost then found, souls remain bound.”

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Three sisters escape the Salem Witch Trials when the eldest casts a spell that hurtles their souls forward through time. After centuries separated, fate has finally reunited them in the present day.

I flew through this book, it literally took me 4 and a half hours to read it, i was so hungry for the magic on these pages, I haven’t read a book so quickly since the Twilight series. Tish Thawer takes us on a magical but complicated journey into the lives of three sister witches. Katrine, now known as Trin, is the eldest and is living with Kit who she has found in every new life her soul leads. Together, over many centuries, they search for their other sister but something has been blocking them from finding her. Trin works as a massage therapist, using her magical powers for good. One day Trin meets a cute, local policeman named Jason and finds out he has a cousin, Caris. Immediately Trin feels a kinship with them, a magic spark if you will.

Tish takes us on a journey into their lives, she writes well, though the dialog does feel forced and somewhat stiff at times. We learnt quite a bit about Trin in this first novel but not much about the supporting characters. We are taken back and forth through time with Trin’s memories and flashbacks which were interesting and it was good to imagine the family dynamic they had in the past, it made me feel hopeful she would get to experience that again in the near future.

All in all I found it to be an enjoyable read and I look forward to seeing what comes next for Trin and her sisters and how this series ends. I’m really hoping we delve deeper into the supporting characters in book two, I’d love to know more about Caris. I’d definitely recommend this series for young adults, the older souls will probably find the writing to be a bit too young for them.

You can find Book 1 here: The Witches of Blackbrook Book 1

Rating out of 10: 8.5