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Ivy Wilde, the laziest witch in the West, is still entangled with the Hallowed Order of Magical Enlightenment. That's not a bad thing, however, because it gives her plenty of excuses to spend more time with sapphire-eyed Raphael Winter, her supposed nemesis. And when he comes knocking because he needs her to spy on the latest series of Enchantment, she jumps at the chance.Hanging around a film set can't be hard-or dangerous-right?… (mais)

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Star witchThis is a joyful, tongue-in-cheek, piece of fun. It's an ice cream sundae with scoops of witty humour, cosy mystery, and dissected Reality TV, topped with smooth swirls of Rom-Com and sprinkled with the occasional zombie.

It takes a deft touch to write something this light and get it right but Helen Harper makes it seem easy,

I started "Star Witch" on a day when I'd been struck down by a merciless head cold. Not only did "Star Witch" provide me with an escape but it kept me smiling throughout and sometimes made me laugh out loud.

"Star Witch" carries on from "Slouch Witch". This time, the Order (who expelled her in her youth and who she rescued in "Slouch Witch", ask Ivy to go under-cover on her favourite Reality TV Show, "Enchantment" Ivy's never missed an episode but is put of by the prospect of all that work. Still, it gives her the opportunity to work with the man she has a big crush on and she'll get to see how reality TV works.

The book moves along at a pace, with Ivy's dry humour slicing left and right. There's a real plot and even a strong sense of threat at times.

Tanya Eby does a good job as the narrator, even though she inexplicably give Ivy an American accent.

I recommend it to anyone who wants to free their mind for a while and go to a better place with fun-to-be-with people. ( )
  MikeFinnFiction | May 16, 2020 |
I really liked the first book, a random Kindle Unlimited find. This was also a fun read, definitely edited and ready to be published. At time I read, it was also in KU.

After enjoying the first book so much, I immediately binged the next two books. I recommend the books and the series but not to binge them back to back. Because the books are good with excellent story flow -- the series not so much. Not sure how to explain except the three books I read don't seem to belong together despite a shared main character. Oh, there are a few bits getting on with expected plot, careers and romance. But the main character just seems after first book to be thrown into settings and circumstances that don't seem to mesh with previous book -- maybe even completely different genres for each book.

I'm actually going to repeat this review for the third book. ( )
  Spurts | Jul 25, 2018 |
Star Witch
The Lazy Girl's Guide to Magic, Book 2
By: Helen Harper
Narrated by: Tanya Eby
OH MY GOD! This series is so funny! I love it! A funny, slightly overweight, slightly lazy witch, but smart, powerful, witch with a gorgeous witch that likes things orderly. She has a cat that can talk, boy, can he! She spelled him so he can talk with her and the cat is my favorite character...lol. Although Brutus the cat doesn't have much of a role in this book, he does in the other books. In this book, there is plenty of fun things going on. I giggled the whole way through!
The narrator is half the fun. She make the characters really pop! I don't think it would be as fun if I read the books. She adds her own funny way about her to the characters and I can't help myself but giggle and even give a snort here and there! Super fun! ( )
  MontzaleeW | Apr 23, 2018 |
Ivy, the Laziest of All Witches, is still being pulled into the machinations of the Hallowed Order of Magical Enlightenment. And not just because she finds Winter hot and isn’t entirely willing to see him lead her life

The Order needs a witch to investigate some possible grisly magical murders… one without official capacity. Sounds like a job for the talented Ivy - especially since the murder is happening on the set of her favourite reality TV show.

We return to Ivy and our completely non-heroic heroine. A protagonist who is perhaps the most normal person I have ever read. She’s lazy, she hates getting up early and certainly before her cup of tea, she is too idle to be easily impressed. Her lofty goals in life is to happily lay in front of the sofa bingewatching bad television. And she’s a fan of bad reality TV

And that works - because this is who Ivy is, a normal person. And while the genre is full of protagonists who are Not Like The Others and like classical piano concerto and Impressionist art or classical literature; actually being interested in popular entertainment, especially something as low brow as reality TV, is unheard of!

Her daily interactions also excellently continue this thread of normality. Sure she is a very powerful witch, an extremely talented witch - but she also lacks focus and concentration and willpower. Basically, she’s too lazy to reach her full potential. And how many of us could be many things if we could bring ourselves to get up an hour earlier, go to the gym a bit more, spend a bit more time studying.

And when she’s investigating the crime and mystery, she doesn’t make vast leaps of logic and be RIGHT. She makes massive leaps of logic, in enthusiasm as the amateur investigator. And is hilariously, sillily, wrong - because she isn’t a perfect savant or brilliant and half the time she’d be putting in twice her current effort just to half-ass something. And it’s not frustrating. It’s really, it’s fun and I really love her - because she also doesn’t really take herself all that seriously. Or the situation she’s in. She joins a reality TV show as both a huge fan and entirely aware of just how silly it is. She plays with the job, the events, and is willing to have absolutely immense fun all from an epic place of really Not Caring.

This applies even to her crush on Winter. Like many people she can indeed be stirred from her laziness because she wants to impress the hot guy. But even then she has her limits - he can stir her to act but not keep her concentrating on it. Her relationship with Winter is fun, they’re direct opposites who work well together and have a nice amount of shark. Yes, Winter is still the up-tight, rules-obsessed over achiever -but Ivy nicely melts him in the same way that he gets her to actually focus on things.

Throw in a hilarious take on reality TV, openly pillorying the inability of the contestants, the blatant caricatures and stereotypes as well as tricks like letting all the contestants meet early so they have chance to get to know each other and not be still on “first impression good manners”. And she happily accepting the role of the Nasty One in between winning events by being too lazy (and losing them the same way). And a feud with wardrobe lady who dresses her ridiculously sexily - I love her response to Winter’s apoplexy about how all men will be staring at her: “that’s their problem, not mine.” We also throw in more weighty issues like nepotism and tv personalities using their influence to sexually harass the vulnerable

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Ivy Wilde, the laziest witch in the West, is still entangled with the Hallowed Order of Magical Enlightenment. That's not a bad thing, however, because it gives her plenty of excuses to spend more time with sapphire-eyed Raphael Winter, her supposed nemesis. And when he comes knocking because he needs her to spy on the latest series of Enchantment, she jumps at the chance.Hanging around a film set can't be hard-or dangerous-right?

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