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TLDR: I recommend this book to those who want a descriptive, modern story of witchcraft with phenomenal worldbuilding.
~Full Review~ 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
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Payback’s a Witch has been on my kindle for about 6 months now and I’ve finally gotten around to reading it. I downloaded it about the time I read The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling.
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!
Hat mir wahnsinnig gut gefallen! Harry Potter meets Romcom. Ich fand tatsächlich das ganze Buch klasse. Es war super spannend trotzt relativ absehbaren Plot. Die Romanze hat mich auch völlig abgeholt, da wir endlich mal eine starke coole Protagonistin haben die sich verliebt und nicht immer nur die schüchterne Maus. 10/10 would recommend!
•Payback’s a Witch was an interesting sapphic romance book about three witches teaming up together for revenge.
•This was a good read as there were moments I did enjoy however, the overall story was very slow-paced.
•The small town feel and witchy element in this book was really nice. However, I would have liked just a bit more background and history on the town.
•The plot itself while entertaining was a bit dull at times and the writing just didn’t really seem to flow.
•I will say that I did enjoy the beginning as it felt somewhat like the movie “John Tucker Must Die” with the revenge plan. Though it doesn’t really continue in that direction, the revenge was still very satisfying.
•Unfortunately, the witchy tournament in this book wasn’t that big of a storyline, which was disappointing because it seemed so interesting.
•The main characters, Emmy and Talia were great. While they didn’t really have much character development their storylines were entertaining.
•The romance between Emmy and Talia was well developed. They had great tension, chemistry, and banter. There was also some very light spicy scenes.
•The ending did wrap up pretty quickly and I would have liked a short epilogue but it was still a nice conclusion.
•Overall, an enjoyable read filled with magic, witches, and revenge.
I went into this thinking only of a Witchy romance so once all the history of the families was being thrown at me, I was overwhelmed. Once I realized it was more of a Harry Potter Tri Wizard tournament vibe, I tried to shift my mindset but I still found myself pushing through. The author writes with great description but at times it was just too much for me to muddle through to get to the point.
I almost gave it a 4 but in good conscious couldn't with out how much pushing and skimming I ended up doing at the end.