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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Beginnings by Lydia Sherrer is the first book in The Lily Singer Adventures series. Lily Singer is a wizard who works at the library of Agnes Scott College. Sebastian, Lily’s witch friend, seeks her help after he is hired to banish a ghost from a home, only to find that the ghost is there to protect innocent people from a curse. The ghost, Francis Jackson, had broken young prodigy Annabelle Witherspoon’s wizard heart a century ago, leaving her very bitter; the curse was her retribution, woven in such a way that breaking it would be very tricky. Against Lily’s better judgement, she works with Sebastian, calling in many favors to try to break the curse. Meanwhile, Sebastian is robbed and needs to find a way to track down his friend Cory, who is the prime suspect. When he discovers that Cory had been mixed up with organized crime, he quickly calls on Lily’s help to save Cory and get back the precious artefact that Cory has stolen from him before it’s too late. As Lily gets on the case with Sebastian, she soon realizes that 'something wicked this way comes.'
The hilarity in some of the scenes, while picturing a mischievous witch and a serious wizard working together, was literally laugh-out-loud funny. Lydia Sherrer’s ability to bring humorous situations to life is extraordinary, regardless of the paranormal story line. Each of the characters is believable and easy to relate to. Love, Lies and Hocus Pocus: Beginnings truly does lay the foundations for an epic book series which will be enjoyed by readers of all ages who like a bit of mischievous mayhem, magic and humor on their bookshelf.