Book Review: Payback's a Witch by Lana Harper


Payback's a Witch

By: Lana Harper

Genre: Paranormal

Pages: 336

Release Date: October 5th, 2021

Publisher: Berkley

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

Emmy Harlow is a witch but not a very powerful one—in part because she hasn't been home to the magical town of Thistle Grove in years. Her self-imposed exile has a lot to do with a complicated family history and a desire to forge her own way in the world, and only the very tiniest bit to do with Gareth Blackmoore, heir to the most powerful magical family in town and casual breaker of hearts and destroyer of dreams.

But when a spellcasting tournament that her family serves as arbiters for approaches, it turns out the pull of tradition (or the truly impressive parental guilt trip that comes with it) is strong enough to bring Emmy back. She's determined to do her familial duty; spend some quality time with her best friend, Linden Thorn; and get back to her real life in Chicago.

On her first night home, Emmy runs into Talia Avramov—an all-around badass adept in the darker magical arts—who is fresh off a bad breakup . . . with Gareth Blackmoore. Talia had let herself be charmed, only to discover that Gareth was also seeing Linden—unbeknownst to either of them. And now she and Linden want revenge. Only one question stands: Is Emmy in?

But most concerning of all: Why can't she stop thinking about the terrifyingly competent, devastatingly gorgeous, wickedly charming Talia Avramov?


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A compiling tale of revenge with a Percy Jackson / Harry Potter kind of vibe.

I absolutely love the concept of a magical witch games. It fulfils all those childhood fantasies about winning the Olympics with my secret magic powers, but I digress. The aspect of revenge thrown into the mix gave the story depth and wanting. I was drawn into the girl click ready to give Gareth Blackmoore exactly what he deserved. It was glorious.

At times though, the story was bogged down by to much focus on the most mundane attributes. It made for slow reading. Still, I was out for blood and Gareth was in my targets. I had to know what was going to happen.

This was a fun read that filled my day with joy and absolute satisfaction. A good read for a spooky autumn day.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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