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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Slouch Witch by Helen Harper is book one of The Lazy Girl's Guide to Magic series. Ivy Wilde prefers lounging on her sofa to doing anything strenuous; add a warm cup of tea and her grouchy feline familiar and it's her ideal perfect day. Too bad her plans are derailed when her neighbor, Eve, asks Ivy to check in on her familiar while she's away. She didn't expect that being a good neighbor would lead to her being mistaken for Eve, and getting her bound to the uptight Adeptus Exemptus, Raphael Winter. Now she's forced to work a case for the Arcane Branch, which is an investigative department for the Hallowed Order of Magical Enlightenment, to find a valuable stolen object. Can they put aside their differences to solve this case before someone kills them?
Ivy is the perfect heroine! An everyday person that just happens to possess magic. She's prefers lounging to hard work, but she's also witty, smart, and caring. One of my favorite scenes is the opening where she's nearly robbed, but she uses magic to make the gun a banana, then chases down the robber. Even dire scenes have a spark of fun. She and Winter have the best banter, their scenes always have chemistry, and they challenge each other. Helen Harper writes a mystery with twists and turns that leave you guessing until the end, and then every connection falls together flawlessly. With each chapter, the prose gets stronger, and the stakes get higher, making for an unforgettable start to Ivy's story. Slouch Witch is a delightful, whimsical, and perfectly sarcastic adventure from beginning to end.