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Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats by Carla Rehse

35433429Seventeen-year-old homecoming queen, Gracie Mason, is a budding burglar.

While attempting her inaugural break-in, Gracie blacks out and wakes up far away from the scene. It turns out she accidentally intruded on a male witch’s “circle of power,” and now she’s bonded to him for life.

Gracie quickly learns that dissolving the bond with Asher, admittedly a very handsome and charming witch, is more complicated than she initially thought. To break the bond, Gracie must delve deeper into a society of witches that involves a secret club, a shadowy council, and all sorts of magical mischief. And right when it seems things can’t get any worse, witches start turning up dead.

It’s clear that Gracie is out of her depth as her quest to sever the bond magically turns into a murder investigation. But if Gracie and Asher don’t quickly uncover the killer, they might be next on the list.

*Synopsis and photo from Goodreads


*Copy courtesy of NetGalley

After reading Book of Lies, I feel kind of unsatisfied with the witch story and so I decided to read another book about witches that is more light and fun, the Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats, which is for sure a lot different yet a bit more entertaining. Gracie Mason, a 17-year-old girl is attempting a burglary to impress an older guy she’s been crushing on. But then she suddenly blacks out and woke up in her car nursing a headache and have no memory of what happened. Turns out she stepped on a male witch’s circle of power and intruded a ritual without any knowledge about it. She also accidentally bumps her head that she almost died, and so the male witch, Asher, had to perform another ritual to save her life and in the process, it bonded them together for life. No worries, though. Asher’s brother, Jonathan, can help them dissolve the bond. Only, Jonathan has been missing for days and no one seems to know where he is. Gracie decided to help Asher look for his brother and she was immediately plunged into the world of witches she never even knew existed before meeting Asher. Things take on a different–dangerous–turn when some witches tried to kill them. Suddenly, severing the bond is not so important anymore (even if the bond seems to grow stronger as time passes by) especially when witches started turning up dead.

Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats is definitely a different flavor of witch story. Being a fan of Harry Potter means finding it hard to like other witch/wizard story. But this is so much different and surprisingly I really enjoyed it. Instead of wands, their power relies on elements and it’s something I wish the author delve into deeper. But then, maybe she’ll do since it looks like Carla Rehse is working on the sequel to this book. The plot is sure interesting but there are sure a lot of loose ends that needs to be tied and I need more world building when it comes to the witches. It is also curious as in this story, it is the guy who’s the witch instead of the girl and it made things more entertaining. The characters are likeable enough, even Gracie, despite her appearing to be a self-absorbed rich brat at times but I like how she gives such a fun POV. She is charming and funny and there’s more to her personality that will endear to others. Asher is a total dream guy, a handsome and sweet young man who also belongs to the witch royalty. But it is also interesting how he’s so sensitive and insecure about his power which only lies on the earth element unlike the others, and I’d very much like to know more about it. Even his twin sister Willow is a joy and Gracie’s friends are a riot and I hope they get a lot more exposure on the next book.

All in all, the writing is solid and it is definitely a fun read. The romance is cute and adorable. The pacing is fast and it is filled with magic, mystery, action, and humor that it’s so hard not to like. I can’t wait to see what’s the next adventure in store for Gracie and Asher.

RATING: 4.5/5






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