dolancf's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

 I love this story so much!!! It has everything I love about RomComs all in one place
+ an adorable older gay couple who acted as the perfect grandpas
+ a stern older woman who raised Mika in isolation for her own good (it’s a long story)
+ a grumpy librarian; I love Jamie’s wounded heart of gold
+ a kind and loving motherly housekeeper
+ MAGIC!!! 🌟 💫
++++ not just any dog … A GOLDEN RETRIEVER!!! 

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mamawantsbooks's review

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emotional funny hopeful lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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msennflinn's review

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adventurous funny hopeful lighthearted reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0


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wilybooklover's review against another edition

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funny hopeful lighthearted relaxing medium-paced

5.0

This book is simply delightful. A lonely witch finds love and acceptance when she agrees to tutor three children in all things witchcraft. 

I absolutely loved this story. Mika uses her sunshine-y nature as a mask to keep the world – and her loneliness – at bay. Jamie, the librarian she falls in love with, similarly uses grumpiness as his mask. Ultimately, though, this was a story about found family. As the book progresses Mika becomes intertwined with this quirky, endearing family and it was so wonderful to see her walls come down and accept all of these wonderful people into her heart. I’m not always a fan of children in books, but I really enjoyed their inclusion in this story. They were maybe a little precociously funny but they had some lovely moments of connection with Mika. The whimsical way that the witchcraft was written was the cherry on top and really fit the vibe of the story. 

Just a beautifully written cosy and romantic story that made me smile as I read it. I really needed something uplifting when I picked this up and it fit the bill perfectly. This is one for the comfort re-read pile. 

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slythjetta's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional funny inspiring lighthearted mysterious sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

I personally want to exclaim how freaking good this audio is!!!!!!

To be in honest, I did not give this much thought in the beginning. My love of witchy woo things and seeing readers on insta rave about this title peeked my interest. So I placed a hold on it at my library and forgot about it. Now, I am so happy past me did this as I'm on my second round of listening to it. Now I'm kinda bummed missing out on Fairyloot's special edition of this book and hope to get a copy in the future.

I adore Mina Moon's character along with the entire cast. Later discovering it contains "found family" made my heart swell and love TVSSOIW even more🥰 mixed with a bit of romance was the frosting on top of this magical cake

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amandas_bookshelf's review

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adventurous emotional funny hopeful lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5


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booksthatburn's review against another edition

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lighthearted mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

THE VERY SECRET SOCIETY OF IRREGULAR WITCHES is a funny and heartwarming story of found family, starring a lonely witch and a house full of people working to protect three very young witches.

The setting is almost real-world England, but where magic and witches are real while the rest of history seems to have been unaffected. Mika was born in India but was taken to England by Primrose after her mother died (all witches are orphaned soon after birth due to a spell that went wrong sometime in the past). There are various themes of bigotry, marginalization, and even colonialism which are invoked by the characters, but only the magical counterpart is specifically explored. Since a lot of heavy lifting for the worldbuilding is implied by the contemporary setting and setting most of the book at Nowhere House, this has the room to focus mainly on characterization. 

Ian is a retired actor who resides at Nowhere House with Ken, his husband and the house's gardener. Lucie is the housekeeper, and Jamie is the grumpy and protective librarian who originally came to the house as a teenager. The children (Altamira, Terracotta, and Rosetta) are very young witches who were adopted by the house's absent owner, Lillian, a witch and archeologist. Ian finds Mika online and invites her to stay at the house for several months and teach the children to control their magic. Mika, who has led a very lonely life due to her former guardian's ideas about witches and the dangers of spending time with one another, agrees to stay but keeps feeling a bit on the outside.

The story is generally heartwarming, focusing on Mika's interactions with the inhabitants of the house. Jamie is grumpy in a way that's initially annoying to Mika but which starts being a bit sexy as she gets to know him better. Mika was invited to the house because there's going to be a visit from Lillian's lawyer and they need the children's magic to be under control (or at least hidden) during the event. They haven't been able to get in touch with Lillian, and none of the other adults are magical, so they have to hope that Mika can help them.

This was fluffier than I usually like, but I ended up enjoying it (especially once Jamie and Mika start really talking). The late-book twist was handled very well and led to some of my favorite scenes in the whole thing.

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kaitlinlovesbooks's review

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emotional funny hopeful lighthearted reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0


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lizgriffinwords's review

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emotional hopeful reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

Three words: sad, cozy, wholesome.

I sticky-tabbed so many times where Mika’s loneliness resonated deep in my soul. And grumpy heart-of-gold Jaime is just the perfect man.

The ending was satisfying even though I’d sleuthed out part of the big twist.

Highly recommend for an intrinsically diverse, clever, fantasy romance.

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theespressoedition's review

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hopeful lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

A little disclaimer: I'm not someone who typically enjoys the most hyped books--especially contemporary romances. Usually, I wind up disappointed that I've even read them at all, and sometimes I even go so far as to resent the internet for hyping them up when it feels so unnecessary.

PSA: The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches deserves every ounce of hype it has received. Hopefully, that says a lot considering the information that I just provided about my reading tastes.

I gave this one a shot with the lowest of the low expectations. I figured I might like it. Maybe I'd give it 3 stars if it was even semi-decent. Instead, I read it all in one sitting and loved every second of it!

The concept is pretty simple. A witch without a family is welcomed into a somewhat mismatched and unusual "family" in need of a witch. Emotions are high, hijinks ensue, and both parties are forced to make adjustments to the way they live and view the world. It's found family at its absolute finest.

Now, I've seen plenty of people compare this book to The House in the Cerulean Sea. While I would agree with some elements resembling one another, this felt different to me for some reason. THITCS actually made me slightly uncomfortable while I read it (sadly) but TVSSOIW brought great coziness and peace. I can see it becoming a comfort reread for sure! There was less innuendo (though some sexual content was in the book), the children were much more likable, and I never felt confused as to which age group it was intended for. It was a wholesome adult novel with lots of great vibes.

This was the last book I read in October, and while I wouldn't say that it absolutely blew me away or became my favorite book of all time, I did thoroughly enjoy it and I can see myself reading it again each year during this time!

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