Payback's a Witch Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina meets The L Word in this fresh, sizzling New York Times best-selling rom-com by Lana Harper.
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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|Listening Length||10 hours and 13 minutes|
|Narrator||Jeremy Carlisle Parker|
|Audible.ca Release Date||October 05 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #8,312 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#34 in LGBTQ2S+ Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#116 in Romantic Comedy (Audible Books & Originals)
#138 in Paranormal Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
Top reviews from Canada
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Payback’s a Witch is a romantic fantasy with delightful worldbuilding of the ethereal quality. The novel follows Emmy as she returns home and comes to terms with who she is and where she comes from. Emmy is an intriguing, multi-layered character, who at times is quite frustrating, but she remains relatable throughout.
The writing style is the primary focal point of this novel. The book is chock-full of clever lines and insightful remarks about the world that the author has created. The prose is heavily laden with worldbuilding and imagery. The book uses flowery, at times old-fashioned syntax, but it’s nicely paired with modern expressions, such as “nasty woman” and talks of being “chaotically neutral”. Unfortunately, Emmy’s witty internal observations and beautifully implemented flashbacks do come at the expense of pacing, and the read is quite slow and heavy with description. This book is definitely for those who read for language and setting.
Because of the focus on language, the worldbuilding is phenomenal. I would say that it even rivals that of Harry Potter, with the way that magic works and the little idiosyncrasies that are explained throughout the book. There’s an intricate complexity to the magic described that shows the author put a lot of time and effort into constructing this fantastical world. The book is rife with magical history, for the town and the founding families.
Magic is in the air, along with a hint of sexual tension. The romantic chemistry between Emmy and Talia is cute, but it takes a backseat to everything else that’s going on in the book. I would almost say that this is a fantasy novel with a romance subplot. While the romance plotline does follow your typical romance story arc, it’s overshadowed both in quality and in amount of time spent on the main plotline, which reminded me a lot of the Triwizard tournament in Harry Potter (in a good way!)
I recommend this book to those who want a descriptive, modern story of witchcraft with phenomenal worldbuilding.
Payback's a witch book photo surrounded with hardcover books, a black skull, white roses, a large palmistry hand, a black quill, and runestones
*Thank you to Netgalley and the author for the ebook to review*
Top reviews from other countries
I LOVED this. The magic system? Obsessed. The queer rep? PERFECT. The discoveries of Emmy’s history whilst she explored her place, purpose and path in life? Gripping. This ticked so many boxes for me, to be honest! 🌟
I absolutely loved the tournament vibes that we got from the challenges; these brought action and fast plot pacing to the revenge plot line. I loved seeing the relationships (familial, romantic, friendly and with Emmy’s self) develop and be worked on. I felt like I was right there with them.
If you’re after some revenge fuelled alliances between witchy families, with self discovery, humour and queer romance thrown in, PICK UP THIS BOOK! You won’t regret it. 🤩
I devoured the first half of the book on the plane and then when I came back home I had to dive into uni work so it’s taken me quite a while to finish it! The characters are great - sarcastic, witty, emotional, fiery. It’s kind of similar to The Ex Hex and other paranormal stereotypes with duelling founding families, grimoires and a magic current surrounding the town.
This is a paranormal f/f romance about finding yourself, your place in the world and learning to be happy. I’m not sure what to read next to get over it but starting with What the Hex by Alexis Daria on audible might just be the ticket!