Slouch Witch (The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Magic Book 1)


Ivy Wilde is almost relieved when she is expelled from the Hallowed Order of Magical Enlightenment. A free spirit, she could no longer be controlled by rules and regulations. When Ivy’s friend is summoned out of town by the Order, she commandeers Ivy to check on and feed her feline familiar. Ivy’s first day on the job leads to a mistaken identity that will cost Ivy and the witch she is forced to work with time and effort, neither of which they want to spend on the other. Until a spell can be located to release the witches from their bond, Ivy and Adeptus Exemptus Raphael Winter must work together to solve a murder and the case of a missing artifact.

Helen Harper has created an interesting mixture of J.K. Rowling and Janet Evanovich. There is a unique blend of paranormal and superciliousness to keep the reader intrigued and laughing at Ivy and Winter as they attempt to work together. “Slouch Witch” is the first book of a five- part series that promises to be one that many readers will enjoy. Although readers may find the plot and some of the characters enjoyable, other characters lack any true depth and detract from the storyline. The background information might be somewhat confusing as well and readers may feel bogged down in certain places. Readers who want lots of action and wand spelling may find “Slouch Witch” a bit disappointing, but readers who like intrigue and slapstick humor might find this one a gem. 

Mary-Nancy Smith