Audiobook Review – It Takes a Witch by Heather Blake
Darcy Merriweather and her sister, Harper, hail from a long line of witches who have the power to grant wishes using spells. They’ve come to Enchanted Village in Salem, Massachusetts, to join the family business, but they soon find themselves knee deep in murder…
Until three weeks ago, Darcy and Harper were working dead-end jobs and trying to put their troubles behind them. Then their aunt Velma delivered a bombshell: They’re actually Wishcrafters – witches with the power to grant wishes with a mere spell. Wanting a fresh start, they head to their aunt’s magic-themed tourist town to master their newfound skills.
But their magic fails them when a wannabe witch turns up dead – strangled with Aunt Ve’s scarf – and Ve’s sweetheart, Sylar, is found looming over the body. Ve is standing by her man, but Darcy overheard Skylar wish that the victim would disappear – forever. With Harper distracted by her handsome new crush, Darcy is determined to sleuth her way to the truth. But it’ll take more than a wish to unravel this mystery….
I was not in love with this book, however, it was entertaining enough to draw me into the series. There are many intricacies of the world that take a little time to grasp. Fortunately, Darcy is new to her powers and we are learning along with her. Turns out she is a pretty decent sleuth as well.
The romance angle here is nice, but way second burner to all the murder and learning the craft stuff. There are so many interesting characters coming at you. Lots of supporting to keep track of as well as their powers when you learn them. Her aunt Ve is a hoot, her sister Harper is fun as well, and the villagers are head spinning.
Totally clean romance, no bedroom action at all. Also, the mystery is fairly light. There are plenty of clues to help you solve right along with Darcy. A couple side plots keep things moving along at a steady pace.
Narrator Coleen Marlo does a great job with the read, although there were a few things I did not enjoy. Her pace was super swift, or at least it seemed that way in the Audible app. I also heard hints of a strange accent, her “o”s are very odd. I heard it most prominently when she says “potions” which happens often in this book. It was distracting at best.
In the end, I was entertained and curious to see more of the series. It wasn’t amazing, just okay, but enough to pull me into the lives of the colorful denizens of the Enchanted Village.