Broomsticks and Bones (Blackwood Bay Witches #4) by Misty Bane

Dru Rathmore is going to Hogwarts.

Just kidding. But she is going to Crocus Academy, ~Hogwarts light~ for a week. She’ll be dorming with teenagers, which she’s not thrilled about, but doesn’t have to wear the uniform, which she is thrilled about. And she’s there to learn to ride a broomstick.

But naturally, as soon as she arrives, she stumbles upon a secret Crocus Academy is hiding. Whispers are all around about who killed Savannah Scott. The resident Mean Girls think Ella (the quiet, shy one) did it, Ella thinks they did it, and Headmistress Bevil wishes they’d all shut up about it.

But threatening notes start showing up under Dru’s dorm room door and her handsome Guardian/boyfriend, Harper can only help her via his transformation skills. No boys allowed in this one. Dru enlists Granny and her cat to help solve this mystery, and the escapades they get up to are some of the best in the series.

Broomsticks and Bones by Misty Bane is my favorite in this cozy, witchy mystery series. It takes us out of Blackwood Bay for new adventures and Dru’s skills get to develop more, which usually end up with more high spirited hijinks.

Goodreads rating: 4 of 5 stars

Would I read it again? Yes!

Words Can Just Shred Your Insides

“It’s amazing how words can do that, just shred your insides apart.” – Lauren Oliver

They really can. Some ~10 years ago I read If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin. I read the book in a matter of hours and felt like I had been on a roller coaster of emotions. By the end I was in tears. And then I picked it up again and savored it a second time, taking in the highs and lows, the tearful parts, the sweet moments. I cried for days and thought about it for longer. I still do now, from time to time. I picked it up a couple of years ago again and realized it no longer brought out the same whirlwind of emotions in me, but Nowlin used her words to create something that has stuck with me through all the books I’ve read, and that’s special.

Has this ever happened to you? Tell me about a book that’s shredded your insides.

It’s a little bit strange sometimes

It’s strange because sometimes, I read a book, and I think am the people in the book – The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I don’t know that I’ve ever gotten so lost in a book that I thought I was a character from it. I have felt their emotions so deeply that I’ve cried for them, laughed with them, and been angry on their behalf. Sometimes I wish I was wherever they are. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to wander the halls of Hogwarts, or run through the valleys in one of the Anne of Green Gables books, or hide from the ghosts and monsters in a haunted mansion?

I’ve talked about this with other people before. They don’t really get it. I like to reread a book and relive the experiences and places and emotions of a character. Books are friends. Consume them, but it’s okay to cherish them too.

Tell me about a book you’ve felt this way about.

Bad Magic and the Big Top (Blackwood Bay Witches #2) by Misty Bane

The circus has come to town. But first, Dru Rathmore Davis has to do something about the dead clown on her doorstep. She wakes up one morning to discover her bookshop has been broken into, but something more sinister awaits.

Life in the sleepy seaside town Dru moved to recently has been anything but sleepy. It’s been a month since she found out she’s a witch, can see ghosts, and talk to animals. And now she, along with her Guardian, Harper, have to contend with an influx of acrobats, fire breathers, and – to Dru’s disdain – clowns. As a clown hater myself, I feel her pain.

While Harper and the rest of the police force are on the case, Dru pulls her former life’s private investigator skills out of her back pocket. As circus performers start dropping like flies days after their arrival in Blackwood Bay, it’s all hands on deck despite Harper’s pledge as a Guardian to keep Dru away from all things dangerous.

Bad Magic and the Big Top by Misty Bane is the second installment in her Blackwood Bay Witches series. It’s not as good as the first, but it’s a quick little cozy mystery if you’re into that sort of thing. I enjoyed Harper and Dru’s friends but wishing they were more thing, and their banter is realistic. Dru is the kind of woman who isn’t looking for a hero to save her, and I find it relatable and refreshing. This one needed more Granny and the rest of the Coven. Granny’s sarcastic demeanor and the witches lovable personalities were definitely missed.

But I did enjoy the breaking and entering chicken escapades. As someone who lives in a town where chickens occasionally get loose and stop traffic, it’s frustrating and hysterical and I loved that it showed up in a book I was reading. Also, I’d really like my own cleaning fairies. That would be fire.

Goodreads rating: 2 of 5 stars.

Would I read it again? Probably not.

Haunted and Hexed (Blackwood Bay Witches #1) by Misty Bane

Dru Rathmore Davis can’t seem to catch a break. She’s been in Blackwood Bay for less than 24 hours, and in that time she’s found out she’s a witch, her dead grandmother’s estate is being compromised by an impostor, and she can see ghosts. She should have stayed in Las Vegas.

Granny is dead. While that’s generally not cause for glad tidings, it has brought Dru to Blackwood Bay. With the Living Trust her grandmother has left her, she plans to start a new life away from what she knows. She’s giving up being a private investigator to run a bookshop in a small town, living above it in Granny’s old apartment. But immediately upon arrival she meets a handsome police sergeant, a handful of people that knew Granny well, a ghost girl, a potential stalker, and Fake Dru – someone equally new to town that wants the living trust to themself. Dru now has to rely on her old detective skills to solve two murders and claim what’s rightfully hers.

Haunted and Hexed by Misty Bane is a cute, cozy little book to while away an afternoon with while sipping cider and watching the leaves fall. If you like paranormal, witchy vibes + mysteries, this one’s for you. The first in a series, I’m excited to see what happens next in Blackwood Bay.

And I’m a little jealous that Dru can converse with her cat.

Goodreads rating: 2 of 5 stars

Would I read it again? Probably not.