The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

Hello Readers!

In the spirit of almost-Fall, I want you to think about biting into a caramel apple. It’s sticky from the caramel, sharp from the dusting of salt, and tart from the apple underneath the layers of goodness. That’s how I’d like to present The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling – aka Rachel Hawkins, beloved former YA author, twitter aficionado, and cat mama. I recently won a giveaway on Goodreads for the kindle edition of The Ex Hex, or perhaps more widely known by it’s working title, Hocus Pocus but They F.

…I couldn’t not pre-order/enter giveaways for a book titled like that, alright? Although recently, Sterling has admitted to never actually having seen Hocus Pocus. But it’s a vibe, as the kids say. A state of mind, if you’re dated like me.

Let’s set the scene: crisp, autumn air; leaves crunching underfoot, haunted houses, ghosts, and witches. An unimaginable amount of fairy lights strung up in window displays featuring enough pumpkins to put Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash to shame. Also, there’s a sexy warlock – excuse me, witch, as it’s used for both genders now, that’s come to the little village of Graves Glen, much to the dismay of our heroine, Vivienne Jones.

Nestled in the Georgia mountains is a small village that holds a secret. It’s a hot spot for witches, and Rhys Penhallow has come to stand in for his family at the annual Founder’s Day celebration, an event that kicks off the most touristy time of year for it’s residents – Halloween. He’s also in town to charge the ley lines, which give power to the witches that reside in the village, and there’s quite a few of them as the college in town has it’s own spooky division. The normies know nothing of it, and that’s how our resident witches like it.

Vivi hasn’t seen Rhys since she threw a pair of jeans at him. After a passionate three months, Rhys announced he needed to go home and stop his father from moving forward with arranging a marriage for him. Vivi was unsympathetic to his plight, got drunk and cursed his hair, good looks, and sexual prowess. Nine years later they’re back together for a couple of days and the joke curse Vivi placed on him has come to light as an actual curse. Together, the two pair up for misadventures in attempting to contain the magic that’s been let loose on Graves Glen.

I really enjoyed Erin Sterling’s second foray into adult literature. Her quick wit, charming characters, and ability to bring a scene to life with her written words is pretty unmatched, in my opinion. And if you’re amenable, she’s pretty good at writing the sexytimes too.

This is a great read to ring in the spooky season. And I noticed this morning that Goodreads now notes this as The Ex Hex #1 – is this perhaps becoming a series? I’d be down.

Edit: Sterling confirmed there will be a sequel via her Twitter. Yay!!

Goodreads rating: 5 of 5 stars

Will I read it again? Yes! Definitely will be added into my October rotations.

Has anyone gotten their hands on a giveaway copy or arc? The Ex Hex releases 9.28, so if anyone wants to leave their thoughts on it in the comments, let’s chat.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern is a little bit Coville, a little bit Ende, a little bit Sendak, Carroll, and Lewis. It’s a lot of imagination, spirit, and wonder. You have to be prepared to undertake Morgenstern’s love letter to imagination, and that’s what it is. The kind of book you read through but can’t race through, love and cherish and keep. It’s beautiful for a display piece, but it’s meant be touched and highlighted and reread.

I started reading back when it was released but I wasn’t ready to undertake such an adventure. I’m glad I finally was.

The Starless Sea tells the tale of an underground labyrinth, housing a collection of stories only accessed through hidden doors around the world.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is about to finish his graduate studies when he finds a mysterious book in his college library, and that moment subsequently changes everything. One literary party later he finds himself swept up in a centuries old battle where he gets knocked out more times than I could keep up with, finds his Written in the Stars person, encounters the true love story of Fate & Time, and there’s cats. Lots of cats. Please don’t feed them.

Erin Morgenstern paints the most beautiful pictures with her words. She weaves them back and forth through time, switching narratives as easily as colors on a brush. She’s written an ode to tale as old as time, missed opportunities, adventure, and second chances.

They say all stories must end, but do they truly end if someone’s around to tell them?

an inn at the edge of the world

I’m currently sailing The Starless Sea and it’s taking much longer than expected. Since I appear to have visitors (which is a bit mind boggling) I figured I’d update that Erin Morgenstern’s lovely tribute to all things imagination is much more involved than I was expecting, so my weekend update will be missed.