by J. S. Watts


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Witchlight by J. S. Watts

"Harry Potter for the grown-up crowd."

"Witchlight is an enchanting read that will tickle the reader with its humor and adventure." - Darcie Cameron, The San Francisco Book Review

In this humorous urban fantasy, Holly has been mortal all her life. Now at thirty-eight, her fairy godfather arrives to tell her she's a witch, and suddenly she's having to come to terms with the uncertainties of an alarmingly magic-fuelled world. Magic is not like it is in the books and films, and Holly starts to doubt whether her fairy godfather, Partridge Mayflower, is the fey, avuncular charmer he appears.

As a new romance blooms, appearances become magically deceptive, and Holly can't afford to trust those closest to her, including herself. Accidents start to happen, people die, Old Magic is on the hunt, but in the age-old game of cat and mouse, just who is the feline and who is the rodent?

An unusual take on the fantasy chick lit genre, Witchlight is no ordinary paranormal romance, and Holly is no ordinary witch. J.S. Watt proves that wonder, magic -- and love -- wait around the corner at every stage in life. And just when we think we have it all figured out, fate sets us on another unexpected adventure and has us fighting to protect our own.

"Holly girl, you are all too human, I can assure you. Prickly and awkward and human, because that's what witches are -- human, that is. Not necessarily the prickly and annoying bit. That's just you."

Fans of strong female characters in a magical world -- like Terry Pratchett's Granny Weatherwax and Tiffany Aching, or J.K. Rowling's Professor Minerva McGonagall and Hermione Granger -- will love Holly Jepps in Witchlight.

"I was a fan of Holly from the first page." - GoodReads Reviewer

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692406908
Publisher: Vagabondage Press
Publication date: 05/11/2015
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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Witchlight 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
cindyc2015 More than 1 year ago
This is definitely the first time I've read something like this. I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I opened this book, but inside, there is a great story to be found. It's definitely not your typical fantasy book: it has magic and the paranormal, but it's without the fluff that can be found in most YA books. I would say that this would probably be for older audiences, (though that is not to say the younger audiences can't enjoy it as well...), but if you're looking for a cast of lovely characters, an interesting plot, and the story that will reel you in right from the start, then this is it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the stories where the main character's life is completely turned upside down and they have to cope with a brand new reality. This is one of those books and the author does a great job of deconstructing and reconstructing the life of Holly. She's made it to 38 without discovering she's a witch and now her Fairy Godfather appears to show her the way. The dialogue in the book is quite clever and funny. Some of Holly's thoughts border on sarcasm but again accompanied with enough humor to balance out some of the darker aspects of the storyline. Not to use a witch term, but I was enchanted by Witchlight. I was a fan of Holly from the first page and the writing kept me interested enough to keep turning the page. I would recommend this book to Paranormal fiction lovers. It's full of witchy goodness, dark and light.
LoneAlaskanGypsy More than 1 year ago
This fairytale with a paranormal twist is not your average every day Twilight-esque book. No, this little novel is so much more than that. The storyline although strewn with all of the magical influence you'd hope for in a witchy tale, is completely unique- and I truly cannot compare it to anything else I've ever read. Holly is your average every day 38 year old... well, at first she is. Unknown to her she's actually a witch- with magic inherited to her through her mother. In a twist of fate her Fairy Godfather arrives and announces to her who she truly is. And that's where this tale of mystique begins. Holly is thrust into a world of magical intrigue. But as with most magical tales, the perfect fairytale world we imagine is no where near perfect, and Holly finds herself amidst a chaotic battle between Old Magic and modern times. The suspense rises as Holly must figure out who she can trust during a time when it seems no one can truly be trusted. I feel like this book is targetted towards a middle-age audience. Women in their mid twenties to late fourties are the ones who are most likely to pick up and love this book. Imagine a version of 'Harry Potter' or 'Twilight' for your grown-up crowd. This book is just that. Holly is a likeable strong female character that captures the essence of what it means to be a powerful woman- even in a magical world. For anyone like myself who is infatuated with stories with a magical backdrop, they'll love Holly's witch influence and the way magic plays out in the story. It's not overdone or theatrical, but very natural. It was really interesting the way this particular author used magic in the story and I really enjoyed the different perspective on 'witch-ish powers'. Different interpretations of supernatural creatures always fascinate me, and I really enjoyed reading into the picture Witchlight painted for me. The story kept a nice pace the entire way through with some plot twists that made it even more enjoyable. The scenery and characters were brought to life in exquisite detail. Holly is by far the one character that sticks with you in the story. Following her through the trials and tests she faces once she realizes who she really is will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire way through. There was never a place in this story that felt bland or underdone. The entire way through this book kept my attention with great detail, intrigueing characters, and an appropriately-paced mystique storyline that captured my imagination right from the start.