by Helen Harper
Released: June 8th 2017
Series: The Lazy Girl's Guide to Magic #1
“I really loved this book, it was a lot of fun…”
~ Under the Covers
Although Ivy Wilde is a powerful witch she prefers chilling out on her sofa with a plethora of snacks watching her favourite reality TV show Enchantment. However, her quiet and lazy life quickly gets disrupted when she is roped into investigating a theft at the witches college. The witches college that expelled her 9 years ago. Now, she is not only having to wake up disgustingly early, but she has to work with the gorgeous but very straight laced Raphael Winter.
The urban fantasy is packed full of action packed, gritty and complex series and I love them. But, what I also love is a series that takes it self less seriously and allows you to have fun, which is exactly what you have with Slouch Witch the first in The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Magic series.
Helen Harper takes us to Oxford, England and into the life of Ivy Wilde. Ivy likes to be comfortable, rather than long walks on the beach, she prefers long sleeps on the sofa. She is my kind of heroine. However, although Ivy seems like a bit of a bum, she is actually a very powerful and clever witch…when she puts her mind to it. And, when she is forced to help out on an investigation due to some magic bumbling by another witch she demonstrates what she’s capable of.
I really liked Ivy’s character, she was so much fun with her sarcastic brand of humour and quick wit. She loved her life and didn’t care that other people may look down on her. She was the perfect foil to the uptight Winter. They were a great pair and despite being completely opposites they brought out the best in one another. Both in a professional sense as they tracked down the thief turned murderer and in the romantic sense.
… it did afford me a very enjoyable view of his arse, which was particularly tight and well-rounded specimen. He might have had a rod jammed up it but that didn’t mean I couldn’t appreciate the way it was put together.
They mystery they were investigating was okay and served as a great vehicle for showing off Harper’s new world and introducing the characters. But, by itself it wasn’t that exciting, but it was a lot of fun tagging along as Winter and Ivy investigated together.
I really loved this book, it was a lot of fun, from Ivy’s talking cat who is either demanding food or spiting out expletives to Ivy’s off beat sense of humour. The only reason I didn’t give this a full 5 stars is because although the mystery element of the plot was okay, it wasn’t that exciting. However, I can’t wait to see what happens next for Ivy and Winter and will be immediately grabbing the next book in the series.
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?