The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

Hello, guys!
Y’all know I’m always down for a good about witches, so you can imagine my excitement when The Once and Future Witches showed up in a subscription box a while ago. Let’s hope it holds up to all my expectations!

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.

But when the Eastwood sisters–James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna–join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote-and perhaps not even to live-the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.

There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.

The Rating:

Oh, I love love loved this book.
I fulfilled every single one of my expectations and more. You can tell how excited I am! Honestly, The Once and Future Witches gave me everything I wanted and more!

We get three brilliant main characters. They are sister and while they share blood, they are as different as possible. Harrow did an amazing job creating these three ladies, each one kickass and outstanding in her own right. You’ll be able to relate to every single one of them in one way or another. You’ll come to appreciate all three of them for different things, and all I can say is that Harrow 100% nailed it.
On a little side note: I absolutely loved the concept of those women having basically two given names, the second one chosen by their mother that is related to something in nature. It’s witchy in this perfect way wher the author understood the underlying vibe without being super in your face about it!

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Family-Friendly Halloween Horror: Hocus Pocus

Hello, hello!
Can you guys believe that it’s already October again?
Well, you know what this means. It’s time for horror movie reviews! And this time, I’m gonna kick things off with a true Halloween classic: Hocus Pocus.

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.

The Rating:

Fun fact of the day: this was the first movie I watched after signing up for Netflix! I’m going to start this review, letting you know that Hocus Pocus is not the best film out there. It’s not the smartest either. Or the scariest. Despite all that it is always a good time and a must watch for Octobers.

First of all, the idea is cute. And the way it was executed still holds up today. Many flicks that went over board with special effects and CGI often look super outdated after a couple of years. But here, they thankfully toned it down in that department and things still look charming.

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Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Hello peeps!
After everybody and their grandma raved about this novel, I finally picked up my Fairyloot edition and tore through the pages of Serpent & Dove. Did I love it? Hate it? Let’s find out!

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

The Rating:

I enjoyed this book a lot, and I’ll go into detail on the hows and whys in a moment. Before I want to address a rather big issue I had with Serpent & Dove that made me feel rather uneasy through most of the novel.

While I can enjoy well-written enemies to lovers stories, the fact that here the main guy is basically a religious fanatic out to hunt witches and then ends up with a witch somehow didn’t sit right with me. The way they referred to witches as “it” instead of “she” and how they saw himself as the savior almost made me sick to my stomach. For a big portion of the novel, I actually questioned whether I would be able to enjoy this at all.
At some point Shelby Mahurin managed to win me over, but that slightly uneasy feeling in my stomach never fully went away.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Witches

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a bookish favorites posts. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
Halloween is almost here and today I get to talk about books with witches. I’m super excited as I love witches, so let’s get down to it!

#1 Manon from the Throne of Glass Books

I am SOOOOO excited for a chance to talk about Manon. Out of all the amazing characters in the Throne of Glass books, she is the most badass and my favorite. She’s one of the coolest witches of all time.

#2 Lou from Serpent & Dove

I am a little late to this fandom and there are some issues I have with the book (review coming soon). Nevertheless, I was intrigued by the concept of magic and witches introduced here. Lou is an amazing character and I’ve grown to like her so much!

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Kiki's Delivery Service

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Welcome to another installment of my Studio Ghibli review series. Today I’m going to talk about Kiki’s Delivery Service, a 1989 production which is based on Eiko Kadono’s novel of the same name. So, let’s get down to it!

The Plot (as provided on Letterboxd):

A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.

The Rating:

Oh, this film is adorable. It is simply cute in just about every aspect. The character design is great, the music to go with the story fits perfectly and the story itself is lovely.

To be honest, there’s nothing that I can critique about this film. Although I did enjoy it, I wasn’t as impressed, enchanted or enamored as I was with other Studio Ghibli productions.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Magical Creatures

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It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a bookish favorites posts. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Bionic Book Worm and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
Let’s see about my favorite magical creatures!

#1 Ironteeth Witches

I’ve been a sucker for witches since I was a kid. My favorite witch was featured in Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series. While the Ironteeth Witches are absolutely amazing in general, Manon Blackbeak is my most beloved character of the entire book series.

#2 Gods

Those of you who visit my blog more often will know by now that I always get excited about Rick Riordan‘s novels. I’ve harbored a fascination for Greek myths since I was a teen so picking up his books was a natural choice for me. The way Riordan depicts the Gods is smart and hilarious, always a delight to read about.

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