Audiobook Review – Hex Appeal

Title: Hex Appeal

Author: Kate Johnson

Genre: Romance/ Fantasy

Goodreads Rating: 3.56

My Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Source: ARC


It’s just a bunch of hocus pocus…

Essie Winterscale lives in a huge and ever-changing house in the village of Good Winter, in deepest, darkest Essex. She lives with various witches of various ages, one of whom is still a bit salty about having been burned at the stake in 1635, one who keeps accidentally casting fertility spells, and one who knits things that create the future.

All Essie ever wanted was to have a normal life but in the end she found herself drawn back to Beldam House because she just can’t stop her witchiness (although the ability to instantly chill wine is pretty awesome, even she has to admit).

Into this coven of chaos stumbles gorgeous, clueless Josh, their new landlord – and he’s just discovered his tenants haven’t paid rent since the 1700s! As Josh is drawn further into the lives of the inhabitants of Beldam House, Essie is determined to keep him at broomstick’s length. That is, until a family secret, lying hidden for centuries, puts Josh firmly under her spell… 

My Review:

I’d like to thank NetGalley and One More Chapter for approving me for an ARC of this book, after reading and enjoying The ex Hex by Erin Sterling I was on the look out for another fun, witchy read to sink my teeth into.

This book screamed Hocus Pocus meets the Gilmore Girls! With it’s close-knit coven, sarcasm and an enemies-to-lovers romance, there’s plenty to keep us entertained. I loved the different witches in the coven and the powers they each possessed. From knitting the future to keeping the ice cream frozen, their powers seem to offer help with every day living but when the knitting predicts something bad it has them all on tenterhooks.

I was very interested in the history of Bedlam Hall and the witch hunter, I almost wish we’d had even more history, especially when we end up back in 1634. I could have easily stayed there a little longer and seen how Essie and Josh coped in that period. The unwinding of the family secret and its repercussions were well thought out and I liked the twists and turns along the way. Essie seems to have a very complicated history with her mother and once again I wanted to know more about the two of them, I feel there could be an entire second book on these two women!

My favourite parts were the magic, history and friendships between the women. I didn’t warm to Essie and Josh as much as a couple but could appreciate the sentiment. For me, I felt that Essie was such a strong character and the added romance only complicated the story.

This was a cosy, easy read where the magic just sparkled off the pages. I’d love to see a sequel and find out what is next for Essie and the coven.


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