Review: Slouch Witch (The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Magic #1) by Helen Harper

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The Lazy Girl's Guide to Magic #1
Helen Harper
Urban Fantasy - Cozy Mystery
June 8, 2017
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Hard Work Will Pay Off Later. Laziness Pays Off Now.

Let's get one thing straight - Ivy Wilde is not a heroine. In fact, she's probably the last witch in the world who you'd call if you needed a magical helping hand. If it were down to Ivy, she'd spend all day every day on her sofa where she could watch TV, munch junk food and talk to her feline familiar to her heart's content.

However, when a bureaucratic disaster ends up with Ivy as the victim of a case of mistaken identity, she's yanked very unwillingly into Arcane Branch, the investigative department of the Hallowed Order of Magical Enlightenment. Her problems are quadrupled when a valuable object is stolen right from under the Order's noses.

It doesn't exactly help that she's been magically bound to Adeptus Exemptus Raphael Winter. He might have piercing sapphire eyes and a body which a cover model would be proud of but, as far as Ivy's concerned, he's a walking advertisement for the joyless perils of too much witch-work.

And if he makes her go to the gym again, she's definitely going to turn him into a frog.


It was too much effort to continually plead my innocence when the world thought otherwise. People believed what they wanted to. Whatever. It was their problem; not mine.25% Slouch Witch


Slouch Witch is book one in The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Magic by Helen Harper.

OMG I had a blast with this novel. It was so much fun! The title and blurb peeked my interest and had me curious about a lazy witch. 

Slouch Witch is a light, amusing, and enchanting tale. This novel introduces us to a fun paranormal world where witches and magic have been a part of regular society. Tho those witches tend to stay to themselves and are slotted into careers based on how much magical abilities they have. 

Ivy might be a witch and she might take the easy way in life, but she’s no slouch when it comes to magic. She’s actually quite brilliant, but just gets bored easily. She is a pariah among her Oxford witch-crowd due to something that happened in her past. She doesn’t let this put her down. 

This reads like an Urban Fantasy Cozy Mystery. I loved how Ivy is roped back into the crowd that spurned her. The world is great and we get plenty of quirky characters to enjoy. The humor is light and the case that Ivy and Winter need to solve is engaging and amusing. The case wraps up nicely, Winter and Ivy are amicable yet a bit of regret in their separation, and we are left with a little note of to be continued. 

Slouch Witch was a nice start to the series. I can’t wait to pick up the next novel and find out what might be in-store for Ivy. The mystery was a delight and the characters were entertaining. 

Rated: 4 Stars

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

10 comments on “Review: Slouch Witch (The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Magic #1) by Helen Harper

  1. sounds fun
    sherry @ fundinmental

    • It is a fun series. Each book gives you something to enjoy. Thank’s for visiting.

  2. thanks for sharing your reviews.

    • Thank you for visiting. Glad you enjoyed the review!

  3. Excellent review! I have this as a freebie and I recalled it sounding good. I should read it!

    • It was a lot of fun! I liked the humor and mystery. Hope you enjoy.

  4. I can see why the blurb would make you want t read this. I liked the blurb too. This sounds fun.

    • It was a lot of fun.

  5. So glad you loved this one, too. It was one I got to review on audio and I laughed out loud a few times. I enjoyed the mystery and paranormal elements and the pair of investigators so much.

    • I caught your audio review. It sounds like it would be fun in audio. I had a blast reading it. I even finished the series. It’s a fun series to read.