Book Review

The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches – Sangu Mandanna

Book Title: The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches


Author:  Sangu Mandanna

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Release Date:  08/23/22

Star Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Charming, found family of witches.

As one of the few witches in Britain, Mika Moon knows she has to hide her magic, keep her head down, and stay away from other witches so their powers don’t mingle and draw attention. And as an orphan who lost her parents at a young age and was raised by strangers, she’s used to being alone and she follows the rules…with one exception: an online account, where she posts videos pretending to be a witch. She thinks no one will take it seriously.

But someone does. An unexpected message arrives, begging her to travel to the remote and mysterious Nowhere House to teach three young witches how to control their magic. It breaks all of the rules, but Mika goes anyway, and is immediately tangled up in the lives and secrets of not only her three charges, but also an absent archaeologist, a retired actor, two long-suffering caretakers, and…Jamie. The handsome and prickly librarian of Nowhere House would do anything to protect the children, and as far as he’s concerned, a stranger like Mika is a threat. An irritatingly appealing threat.

As Mika begins to find her place at Nowhere House, the thought of belonging somewhere begins to feel like a real possibility. But magic isn’t the only danger in the world, and when a threat comes knocking at their door, Mika will need to decide whether to risk everything to protect a found family she didn’t know she was looking for…. – Goodreads

Perfect review for Halloween! I’m not a big fan of spooky stuff, so a cute cozy fantasy book about witches is the perfect seasonal book for me. This has been a year amirite! I think we were all eager to bring in the fall vibes and this book hit in the right way at the right time.

It’s a nice fantasy about Mika, a witch who really hasn’t found a home or friends to call her own. Her abilities have left her isolated, even among other witches. Loneliness is breaking her down, but finding a job helping these three children at Nowhere House gives her a connection to others and to her own talents. It’s a lovely story. A lot of people compare this book to TJ Klune’s novels, and those are real comfort reads for me. If you enjoy his books then you will like reading this one.

The kids are cute, but I’m very picky about kids in books. Sometimes they can be a little too precocious and one of these little’s does tend to strike me that way but it’s not too bad. I enjoyed the book and I am looking forward to any new books from this author.


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