What I Read this Month

Witchy Book Recommendations

It’s finally the BEST month of the year! October is truly my favorite month out of the entire year– falling leaves, pumpkin-flavored everything, and of course, Halloween! Speaking of Halloween, do you need some light-hearted, witchy book recommendations? I sure hope so, because you already clicked on this post!

Since being on bookstagram, I was constantly seeing two contemporary romance books pop up on my feed, The Ex Hex and Payback’s A Witch. So I had to buy them and see what the fuss is about! I am so glad I was influenced to read these two witchy book recommendations because they were so so cute! Keep reading for a mini-review of The Ex Hex and Payback’s A Witch!

The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

“You almost ran your ex-boyfriend over with a car, and then left him lying in the literal dirt on the side of the road. It is such a big deal, you absolute queen.”

Erin Sterling–The Ex Hex

First of all, one of the main characters’ names is Rhys (SJM fans, iykyk), so I was a fan of the book pretty much from page 1. Secondly, Graves Glen is described in a way that makes me think of Stars Hollow, so obviously, I’m moving there ASAP. Thirdly, enemies to lovers is my favorite trope, and The Ex Hex definitely fits into that category! Here’s the synopsis in case you need a little more convincing to read it for yourself.


Nine years ago, Vivienne Jones nursed her broken heart like any young witch would: vodka, weepy music, bubble baths…and a curse on the horrible boyfriend. Sure, Vivi knows she shouldn’t use her magic this way, but with only an “orchard hayride” scented candle on hand, she isn’t worried it will cause him anything more than a bad hair day or two.

That is until Rhys Penhallow, descendent of the town’s ancestors, breaker of hearts, and annoyingly just as gorgeous as he always was, returns to Graves Glen, Georgia. What should be a quick trip to recharge the town’s ley lines and make an appearance at the annual fall festival turns disastrously wrong. With one calamity after another striking Rhys, Vivi realizes her silly little Ex Hex may not have been so harmless after all.

Suddenly, Graves Glen is under attack from murderous wind-up toys, a pissed off ghost, and a talking cat with some interesting things to say. Vivi and Rhys have to ignore their off the charts chemistry to work together to save the town and find a way to break the break-up curse before it’s too late.

Synopsis from Goodreads

Payback’s A Witch by Lana Harper

“The night air gusted against my face, smelling like an absolute of fall; woodsmoke and dying leaves and the faintest bracing hint of future snow. And right below that was the scent of Thistle Grove magic that I’ve never come across anywhere else. Spicy and earthy, as if the lingering ghost of all the incense burned by three hundred years of witches had never quite blown away. A perpetual Halloween smell, the kind that gave you the good-creepy sort of tingles.”

Lana Harper–Payback’s A Witch

Payback’s A Witch is a literal explosion of all the autumnal/Halloween things, and it is what my soul needed this year. The dialogue had me cackling several times– I love witty writing! Again, if Thistle Grove was a real place, I’d sell everything I own (except my books) to move there! I did feel like the middle of the book was a bit slow, especially trying to keep up with the spellcasting tournament, but I loved Emmy’s story and the angst between her and Talia. My biggest pet peeve with this book was how much power Emmy gave to Gareth– he should have been put in place much earlier, but I do appreciate Emmy’s character arc regardless.


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?

Synopsis from Goodreads

Have you read either of my witchy book recommendations? Let me know if there are any others I should read next year! Also, did you see last month’s post? Click here in case you missed it!

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