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Slouch Witch

por Helen Harper

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Hard Work Will Pay Off Later. Laziness Pays Off Now. Let's get one thing straight - Ivy Wilde is not a heroine. In fact, she's probably the last witch in the world who you'd call if you needed a magical helping hand. If it were down to Ivy, she'd spend all day every day on her sofa where she could watch TV, munch junk food and talk to her feline familiar to her heart's content.However, when a bureaucratic disaster ends up with Ivy as the victim of a case of mistaken identity, she's yanked very unwillingly into Arcane Branch, the investigative department of the Hallowed Order of Magical Enlightenment. Her problems are quadrupled when a valuable object is stolen right from under the Order's noses. It doesn't exactly help that she's been magically bound to Adeptus Exemptus Raphael Winter. He might have piercing sapphire eyes and a body which a cover model would be proud of but, as far as Ivy's concerned, he's a walking advertisement for the joyless perils of too much witch-work. And if he makes her go to the gym again, she's definitely going to turn him into a frog.… (mais)
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Now that was fun

I normal don't like the Urban Fantasy that seems snarky and clever. Too often the snark and clever repartee is used to mask a weak plot and poorly constructed characters. This is an exception.

While there is a hint of romance, it is kept to small doses and mostly confined to awkward moments when a witticism becomes sexual.

The magic is mostly a rune system with some herbs. No appearance of vampires or weres. While the system is ill-defined, it merely supports the story instead of altering it.

This is really a mystery in the mode of the tv show Moonlighting.

I am going to buy the second book immediately. Best recommendation I know how to make. ( )
  wildwily | May 28, 2020 |
Now that was fun

I normal don't like the Urban Fantasy that seems snarky and clever. Too often the snark and clever repartee is used to mask a weak plot and poorly constructed characters. This is an exception.

While there is a hint of romance, it is kept to small doses and mostly confined to awkward moments when a witticism becomes sexual.

The magic is mostly a rune system with some herbs. No appearance of vampires or weres. While the system is ill-defined, it merely supports the story instead of altering it.

This is really a mystery in the mode of the tv show Moonlighting.

I am going to buy the second book immediately. Best recommendation I know how to make. ( )
  wildwily | May 28, 2020 |
I knew Helen Harper could write original, compelling, dark, angst-ridden Urban Fantasy, her Bo Blackman series proved that.

I didn't know that she could also write light, witty, laugh-out-loud, ever-so-slightly-RomCom Urban Fantasy.

I know it now.

"Slouch Witch" is a delightful piece of comedy that twists and tickles Urban Fantasy, odd-couple buddy movies and RomCom tropes until they collapse in a fit of giggles, while still managing to build a credible magical universe and deliver a satisfying whodunnit plot.

This is clever stuff that Helen Harper makes look completely effortless.

Ivy Wilde drives a taxi in Oxford, but it would be a mistake to think of her as a taxi driver. She's a witch. True, she's not in the Order like other witches, at least not anymore and her favourite occupation is watching "Enchantment" from the comfort of her sofa while eating food that has been delivered to her door, but she's still a witch who knows a thing or two.

A misunderstanding compels her to work with a senior witch in the investigative arm of the Order. He is everything Ivy is not. Although he is many things Ivy finds attractive.

As the two of them track down wrong-doers within the order, sparks fly, spells are cast, karaoke is performed and a great time is had by all (well, not the bad guys of course, but everybody else).

This is escapist fun at its best. I listened to the audiobook version, narrated by Tanya Eby. She's a talented narrator and does a great job but I'm puzzled as to why Ivy seems to have an American accent when the story is set in Oxford, is laced with English vernacular and where the other characters are given some form of English accent. I forgave this after a while because Tanya Eby's comic timing is perfect. I'm happy to listen to her perform the next two books in the series. ( )
  MikeFinnFiction | May 16, 2020 |
Just good fun. One could wish that the cover art matched the heroine's weight a little better, but such is life. The snark was great, and a heroine who unabashedly would rather cuddle on the couch and watch TV is a fun novelty. ( )
  being_b | Jan 8, 2020 |
5 magic (and lazy) stars

After reading Wraith from the same author and absolutely adoring the stand-alone but wishing it was a series, I decided to go for a series from Helen Harper and boy was I not so happy of my choice!

Ivy is one of my favourite main characters of all times and it is certainly due to the fact that I identify to her so much as a fellow couch potato myself. But that's not all, no siree! She is brilliant and sassy, she made me laugh, which is what I'm often looking for in a novel. She perfectly knows where she stands, what she's willing to do and what she's capable of, which includes all her qualities as well as her faults. She's multidimensional and just so relatable that I just couldn't stop reading.

I read reviews stating the plot was meh, but I disagree as I found it rather well thought and quite entertaining. Sure, there are a few things I expected, but it turned out differently from what I thought, there are multiple things also happening at the same time and plenty of characters to follow, just enough to get to know them and remember who they are and not too many as to get completely lost. These characters are also all really realistic, and I'm in love with Iqbal and hate Tarquin so much I just totally get Ivy's pov. I like that we discover other sides of Raphael along with Ivy, to see him evolve a bit but not brutally change all of a sudden.
And let's not forget Brutus. Damn if that cat literally got my tongue in the last few pages!

It's urban fantasy, which is a genre I really love, especially when it involves witches. Those ones can use herbs and runes but that's about where the difference with mere humans stops so, while it is truly urban fantasy, it isn't that far from the world as we know it as other books.

Last but not least, the entire epilogue is from Winter's pov and that couldn't have made me happier, promise. I love dual pov stories so a bit more would have been great as well but, as I said, Ivy is kind of my hero so the way it's done is just the kind I love.

All in all, just a brilliant way to start a series, I would more than definitely recommend this book! ( )
  AnaelleG | Jul 28, 2019 |
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Hard Work Will Pay Off Later. Laziness Pays Off Now. Let's get one thing straight - Ivy Wilde is not a heroine. In fact, she's probably the last witch in the world who you'd call if you needed a magical helping hand. If it were down to Ivy, she'd spend all day every day on her sofa where she could watch TV, munch junk food and talk to her feline familiar to her heart's content.However, when a bureaucratic disaster ends up with Ivy as the victim of a case of mistaken identity, she's yanked very unwillingly into Arcane Branch, the investigative department of the Hallowed Order of Magical Enlightenment. Her problems are quadrupled when a valuable object is stolen right from under the Order's noses. It doesn't exactly help that she's been magically bound to Adeptus Exemptus Raphael Winter. He might have piercing sapphire eyes and a body which a cover model would be proud of but, as far as Ivy's concerned, he's a walking advertisement for the joyless perils of too much witch-work. And if he makes her go to the gym again, she's definitely going to turn him into a frog.

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