Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats

35433429Summary: Seventeen-year-old homecoming queen, Gracie Mason, is a budding burglar.

While attempting her inaugural break-in, Gracie blacks out and wakes up far away from the scene. It turns out she accidentally intruded on a male witch’s “circle of power,” and now she’s bonded to him for life.

Gracie quickly learns that dissolving the bond with Asher, admittedly a very handsome and charming witch, is more complicated than she initially thought. To break the bond, Gracie must delve deeper into a society of witches that involves a secret club, a shadowy council, and all sorts of magical mischief. And right when it seems things can’t get any worse, witches start turning up dead.

It’s clear that Gracie is out of her depth as her quest to sever the bond magically turns into a murder investigation. But if Gracie and Asher don’t quickly uncover the killer, they might be next on the list.

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Review: 3 stars

I received a review copy of this title

My initial draw to this title was that it sounded like a cute YA read and it also had witches. It sounded like a light read that I might enjoy. A few chapters in I felt as if the story was overflowing with cliches and the main character, Gracie, was too superficial. Fortunately she wound up having enough depth to her character that I was able to enjoy the read.

The world building was pretty cool. I liked the idea of witches each specializing in a particular element. The politics of witch royalty and how they must marry influential humans was all pretty neat as well. The world constructed within this story was pretty well crafted.

Asher made for a pretty interesting character and a good love interest. In some ways I did find him a little too perfect though, but it wasn’t over the top. My favorite character was probably his twin sister Willow. I think it would be far more interesting to read a story from her point of view as she is not so vanilla.

The plot and pacing were good and this was a captivating story. At times I found myself irritated with how superficial and self-absorbed Gracie was. Brand name clothes and expensive clothes were too important for me to take her seriously all the time. But from the cover and description all of that seems like what I signed up for, so it wasn’t surprising. There was no false advertising.

The plot, world building and writing really make this book shine though. It could have fell flat with how superficial and vanilla it was at times. But the author really added depth with her writing. By the end of the story Gracie felt more likable and I’m glad I didn’t give up reading this one. The best aspect of this book was probably the world building.

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