Chick lit, Fantasy, Feel good, Romance

The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna

Narrated by: Samara MacLaren

I had both digital and audio copies of this book and decided to listen to it. It was further down my list of audiobooks, but it managed to make its way up, and I heard it to the end in very few sittings, something I rarely end up doing (continuously, that is).
The first thing I ought to mention is that this book caught me by surprise. The cover and the blurb do not actually hint at the tone of the narrative that is within these pages. I have seen the idea of magical realism brought into romantic/chick lit. This is not that. It is a work of fantasy with the human element woven to make it a cozy read.
If not for some small things scattered across the book (one of them being regular swearing that was jarring in this otherwise restful book, even in tense moments), I would have rated it five full stars. In fact, I highly recommend it to fans of just plain good writing and emotional books with happy endings.
I have seen this author on the blogosphere a lot, and this is the first book of hers that I have had an opportunity to read. Given the uniqueness of the plot that I stumbled upon, I will keep a lookout for any others written by her.
This is the story of a lonely witch. She wants to have a life, a simple one where she shares her joys and sorrows truthfully with people. Unfortunately, being a witch in the world meant that she had to remain incognito and frequently move in order to ensure no suspicions were raised. She is not even allowed to name the coven of witches who meet ever so often to discuss their spells. The tone of these conversations made me think of this as an adult book in the style of those written by Eva Ibbotson for children.
Her future looks bleak until she is contacted by someone on social media offering her a job to train young witches. She takes the plunge and makes her way to an unknown house and lands up in a very chaotic plot which only gets more convoluted the deeper her heart is invested.
There is a love story wrapped within a tale of found family. This is sandwiched in the growth arc of our leading lady.
The bonds and people mentioned in this book have heartfelt interactions, making it a delightful read. The narrator did a great job in bringing the book and the conversations to life.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own listening experience.


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