Review of Would-Be Witch (Southern Witch #1), by Kimberly Frost

Would-Be WitchI picked up a paperback copy of Kimberly Frost‘s Would-Be Witch from Goodwill for $0.70. Yea, even I’ll throw down less than a dollar for an evening read.

Description from Goodreads:
The family magic seems to have skipped over Tammy Jo Trask. All she gets are a few untimely visits from long-dead, smart-mouthed family ghost Edie. But when her locket-an heirloom that happens to hold Edie’s soul-is stolen in the midst of a town-wide crime spree, it’s time for Tammy to find her inner witch.

After a few experiences with her dysfunctional magic, Tammy turns to the only person in small-town Duval, Texas, who can help: the very rich and highly magical Bryn Lyons. He might have all the answers-and a 007savoir faire to boot-but the locket isn’t the only heirloom passed down in Tammy’s family. She also inherited a warning: stay away from Lyons.


This is a fun, light-hearted read. Tammy Jo is having a bad week, a really bad week and despite her lack of magical abilities finds herself mixed up in more hocus-pocus than she can handle. And some of it is just plain funny. The humour is what makes the book worth reading. Tammy Jo has a sharp wit and her sarcasm is a joy to partake in. 

The book does feel a little chaotic at times, with Tammy Jo trying to accomplish multiple tasks at the same time, with no real understanding of what is going on around her. Plus, the world-building is a little on the slim side. But, all-in-all, it’s a fun little ride. And while the whole werewolf mystery is cleared up, this is still very much a first book in a series. There are a number of threads left loose and a lot of unanswered or unaddressed questions. This left me feeling dissatisfied right at the end.

I’m also at a bit of a loss about the Bryn/Zach situation. I like both men, despite their serious control issues (Zach especially). It’s not quite a love triangle, but is too close to be comfortable. There’s little chance of either one escaping unscathed and I find myself cringing at the prospects. 

If I come across the sequel, I’ll definitely be giving it a read. But even a Kindle copy is $11.00 (and not even lendable)! There is just no chance of me paying that. So, it’ll have to be a secondhand copy from somewhere. 

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