Welcome to Little Raven: an unsullied, beautiful woodland hamlet in the heart of the Midwest. The sort of place where furry creatures romp about and spend their days bursting into song.
Actually, that’s a giant pack of lies.
Little Raven is a town…for witches.
And some of those witches might have bent the rules. A teensy bit. When six magical miscreants dabble with black magic, they end up together at Incantations, the town’s rehab center for witches gone awry. It’s a slap on the wrist for naughty witches. Pretty much a daycare center so they don’t wander off and start turning people into newts on a whim. Each witch must work through her addiction to black magic, and follow the tenets designed to lead them back to the path of the straight and narrow, as boring as that sounds. Even if following the tenets sucks worse than a group round of kum-bay-ya. Which sucks. Horribly.
Eclectic personal stories woven together
Each of the characters gets her own short story focusing on how she is dealing with enforced rehab and how she got there. Each story becomes tied together in the present with a present threat and a final story deals with the Union of forces to overcome evil. Serious themes dealt with by throwing romance at them, so a little too convenient but interesting all the same. The big bad at the end is a little bit of a let down in my option, after such a long build-up.
Wicked fun read!! Want more.
First of all this collection is designed brilliantly; if you’re a fan of short stories you can read this, in or out of order as standalones as they all wrap up nicely. Yet, if you’d rather a full-length novel, you can read them all (I’d suggest in order) as each has ties to the others. This has been an incredibly fun read that more than lived up to all the hype that the promotional materials built up for me over the past several months.
‘A Diary Full of Names’ by Tyffani Clark Kemp
Extremely well written, hard to put down and a bit mysterious. Although Die is open about what landed her in this situation, there is clearly a bit more to her that she’d rather not divulge so easily. In Die’s story, we are also treated to a glimpse of the other girls in rehab and I cannot help but feel excited for all that is to come.
‘A Closet Full of Demons’ by Miranda Stork
Catherine is hilarious and highly relatable for me. I suspect she’s only partly straightforward in telling us what landed her in Rehab but as dark magic is involved I have to find out but I get the feeling she really isn’t all that bad…
This one will leave you needing more – typical Miranda!
‘A Cauldron Full of Goodbyes’ by Cynthia Valero
Trista brings us to a very fun place in history – this story is not to be missed! A bit naïve yet fearless, her story is exciting every step of the way.
‘A Trunk Full of Peril’ by Tara S. Wood
Circe is my kind of chick – the style, the language the attitude. Even if you’re not a fan of her particular brand, you’ll find yourself hard pressed to keep a straight face at her antics. Her self-destructiveness is frustrating but stick with her; trust me…
‘A Basement Full of Secrets’, by J. A. Howell
Finally – we get to meet Gertie! Each of the other girls has had something interesting to say about her and I’m so ready to read her side. She grows on me quickly and fiercely – I SO need more Gertie in my life that I’m wondering if we can convince Howell to give her her own series or something… Without spoilers I will also say that some very satisfying stuff happens here as well.
‘A Suitcase Full of Revenge’ by Elle J. Rossi
Robie’s story is short and sweet and like some of the other girls, she isn’t actually bad, just screwed over. Very well developed characters and good continuity with the other stories but what I absolutely love here is the sinister feel the story gives off.
‘A Photo Full of Justice’ by All above-mentioned Authors
Action packed & well written, you’ll have to read for yourself to find out what happens here.