Review: Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper

Series: The Witches of Thistle Grove #1
Author: Lana Harper
Publisher: Berkley
Released: October 5, 2021
Received: NetGalley

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Lana Harper’s debut novel, Payback’s a Witch, is the first book in The Witches of Thistle Grove series. If you love witchy romance (and exes), small-town magic, friendship, and lighthearted tales of revenge, this is going to be a series worth checking out.

Emmy Harlow is not a powerful witch. Nobody in her family is. They’re the Harlows of Thistle Grove, which makes them the weakest of the witchy families. Perhaps that is why it was so easy for Emmy to walk away from it all. The town and her magic both.

Okay, having her heart broken certainly helped get her to leave – and stay away. But now Emmy must come home, for there’s a magical tournament happening in Thistle Grove, and they need the youngest of the Harlow’s to officiate it. Just what Emmy needed.

You better believe that I signed up for Payback’s a Witch as fast as I could possibly manage! This is one of three ‘light witch’ novels I read this Halloween season, and I had SO much fun with this little binge of mine.

I love the idea of modern witch society. I don’t care if it is super light and fluffy or all dark academia. I’ll take what I can get and be happy with it. For example, there’s Payback’s a Witch. This book had a lot of fun elements: a magical town with a magical tournament, a wealthy/powerful ex, and a broken heart. Oh! Not to mention a sapphic romance. Yes, please!

Learning about the different Thistle Grove families was so much fun, and I can’t wait to see what we’ll learn in the next novel. At the moment, the Harlows are my favorite, though, given their predilection towards books, that’s no real surprise.

Talia’s character is amazingly badass, and I’m not going to lie – I would love to learn more about her family (Avramov) as well. Actually, I want to learn about all the families! So, when’s the next book dropping? (Answer: According to Goodreads, From Bad to Cursed is releasing on May 17, 2022).

Thanks to Berkley and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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