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Girl's Guide to Witchcraft (Jane Madison #1)

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,533 Ratings  ·  406 Reviews
Which is more unlikely?Meeting a single, straight, reasonably attractive, willing-to-commit man?Or discovering a secret cache of magic books?For good girl Jane Madison, neither has a shot in hell of coming true--until the day she finds a hidden room....Now she's done a bit of experimenting and found a spell that makes her irresistible to men--even those who have previously ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Luna Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jacob Proffitt
I just couldn't get into this book—mainly due to the heroine, but there are structural issues as well.

The main character, Jane, has one reaction to anything that happens in her life: freak out. Magic is real: freak out. I did a spell: freak out. I did a second spell: freak out. The second spell worked: call friend and freak out. Seriously, dial it down, woman, or we're never going to know if something happens that's actually worth a freak out. There can be charm in the heroine who goes from cris
Jun 27, 2008 Mita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who just started reading chick-lit
I love reading 'chicklit', but the problem with the genre is that the more you read them, the harder it is to find the good ones as opposed to those who were just capitalising on the genre's popularity the last couple of years.

I first became interested to read Girl's Guide to Witchcraft because Amazon recommended it to me in conjunction with my interest in Harry Potter and chicklit. It was years ago, and even though I've been meaning to read it, it's always just sitting on my wishlist for years.
Anna Karras
Apr 02, 2008 Anna Karras rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit
I found this book because it was mentioned in Library Journal. The author is a librarian, and so it the protagonist. So naturally, being a librarian myself, I had to read it. And I was pleasantly entertained by this book. (And I was excited to learn that the sequel was available at my library.)

This book introduces Jane Madison, a young reference librarian working at a special Colonial history library in Washington, D.C. At the beginning of the novel we find her mooning over a college professor w
Suzanne Costner
May 14, 2007 Suzanne Costner rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who don't realize chick-lit is dumb
The motivations for this character's eventual transformation from work-a-day reference librarian to new witch are shallow and murky at best. Also, she is titling the sequel "Sorcery and the Single Girl" when "Hex and the Single Girl" is much, much funnier. Sigh.
I kept getting annoyed with Jane as she idolized her Imaginary Boyfriend (aka the IB). But then I remembered her age,and my own frustrating tendency to idolize, pedestalize, or otherwise create my own version of someone- without necessarily looking beyond those rose-colored glasses and giving myself a chance to see the person, not as a reflection of my dreams, but as a real, flesh and blood person complete with all the grit and gristle that makes us human in the first place. Not fair to the pers ...more
Sep 03, 2013 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I should preface this by saying that I don't read much chick lit. Generally not my cuppa. I was intrigued by this because while it is chick lit, it is also fantasy, but not of the standard werewolf type that seems rather prevalent these days. I enjoyed the first bit, but there were several plot points I didn't like, some of the characters never rose above stereotypes, and finally, I thought Jane was quite irresponsible.

The plot points I thought were a bit forced included Jane being expected to
Sep 02, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this for free on Amazon. It was a goodie! Well written, funny, lighthearted and even silly at times. There was one thing that confused felt like it should have taken place in England. The author's choice of words ie: Grandma was "Gran", preference for tea, just made me think we were not on this side of the pond. Which would have been fine, except I was supposed to believe (and I kept on forgetting) that the story was taking place in DC. In my head Jane was defintely speaking with ...more
Jun 10, 2014 Ginger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
There were so many things I loved about this book - Jane is a librarian (holla!) And the author, Mindy Klasky is a librarian as well - you go girl! This book has had some excellent attention to detail and we reap the benefits on every page.

There are great plot twists, light-hearted magical fun to spice it up, good pace and solid relationships between Jane and her Gran, her best friend Melissa and to the new flip side of her life with her familiar Neko and warder David. And I'm giving special me
Oct 20, 2012 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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April Dowling
This may be the shallowest main character for a book I've ever read; the quintessential brat. She has a freak out over the smallest issues, and the freak outs are on a grand scale. She's self centered and while it's obvious she loves her grandmother she makes no effort to disguise her impatience with her grandmothers requests. The main character grows, a bit, during the course of the book but it appears as though any growth is purely self serving.

The story itself is written like a movie. There
Gratis gedownload via kobo. Wel een leuk verhaal, maar niet heel sterk
Jun 22, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Girl's Guide to Witchcraft. Mindy Klasky. 2006. Red Dress Ink. 426 pages. ISBN 0373896077.

Paranormal chick-lit at its finest, Girl's Guide to Witchcraft is absolutely perfect for women looking for a pick-me-up and escape from reality for hours at a time. This book is the first in a trilogy from Mindy Klasky, author of the famed fantasy series Glasswrights' Guild.

Jane Madison is an awkward, single librarian with the problem (so typical and prevalent in chick-lit novels) of finding the perfect man
Jan 20, 2012 Chelsea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
up awhile ago and have been busy but I decided to try the book out tonight and I was pleasantely surprised and I LOVED this book. I'm really looking forward to snatching up all the other books in this series because the plot and characters I can really relate to.

We've got Jane who's a Librarian, who basically takes a 25% pay cut. Well, she's a bit upset about that because she won't even be able to make her rent and considering librarians don't make that much in the first place its a very sticky
Feb 10, 2011 Nora-adrienne rated it really liked it
I was first drawn to this book because of the cover.... then I read the blurb on the back.

Jane (our new witch) just seems to fall into situations at the drop of a hat. She is drawn to men who are definitely not right for her and isn't too comfortable because of it.

The mix of her budding witch craft, her flamboyant familiar, and the warder who comes knocking at her door when she unknowingly completes her first spell just makes you feel like you fell down the hole with Alice or went to OZ with D
I enjoyed this book and the story. I love Neko! It's a nice, light, easy read for breaking up the tougher reads. I'll definitely read more of the series to see how Jane's makin' out with her witchcraft.
Dec 28, 2015 Chelsea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, amazon
I got this book for free through a bookbub promotional email, so I can't really complain too much about it. I got what I paid for. It wasn't horrible, but I really did not like the heroine of the story. If I wanted to read about a juvenile crush on a boy, I would read YA romance. This grown woman was acting like a pathetic doe-eyed teenager and it was irritating. What grown ass woman has an "imaginary boyfriend"? And referring to him as her boyfriend after one date was just sad and pathetic. I l ...more
Relatively adorable, you really get to know the main character throughout the book. My main complaints are the slight spelling errors and the plot holes, the main one for me, is her instant acceptance of her familiar Neko, I'm sorry but if a giant cat statue turned into a prancing gay man that was suddenly living with and depending on me for things I would be freaked the flip out. Not so in Janes world, she acts like she is given gay men every other day.

Barring that I think the book was well wor
Janice (Janicu)
The Girl's Guide to Witchcraft is from the Red Dress imprint, which is Harlequin's "chick lit" line, so this book has a combination of chick lit along with the urban fantasy/ paranormal elements that you'd expect from the title. Our heroine Jane Madison juggles problems with finding a decent boyfriend (her ex for many years turned out to be a huge jerk who was cheating on her with several people), while trying to figure out her magic. Jane stumbles on her talent when her first spell woke her fam ...more
Oct 08, 2014 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gals looking for a light book as filler between heavy hitters
Recommended to Angela by: Cynzilla
Shelves: chick-lit
Supernatural chick lit of the highest degree.

I can see how some people would think it's crap. Probably for the exact same reasons I love it. It's a haphazardly cliche Cinderella story, minus the fairy godmother (Cinderella works the magic herself), plus one hot Warder, and one feisty-yet-fabulous feline familiar of the... frou-frou variety.

And I thought it was perfect!

Coming down off of reading Interview with the Vampire, I knew I needed something fluffy and frivolous and easy to read, so I pick
May 31, 2015 Nesmi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The main character Jane Madison is extremely childish which felt weird because we're the same age. She refers to her Imaginary Boyfriend's friend a "proto-feminist controlling bitch" and a Russian Ice Queen. Honestly, I should've figured out her type when she called her ex boyfriend's lover the "British Slut" like her boyfriend has no blame in the affair. She's very shallow and has the biggest reactions over the smallest things. Jane also lashes out only at David often for no reason when he is o ...more
Susan (susayq ~)
This wasn't a bad start to a new series. We met Jane, who is a librarian that stumbles across some magic/witchcraft books in the basement of the house she moved into. Without realizing what she's doing, she recites a spell and thus begins her journey into becoming a witch.

Jane has some issues...she just learned that her mother is not dead, but just abandoned her with her grandmother and now wants to be a part of her life, she has trouble picking the right man (let's just say I wanted to smack Ja
Aug 05, 2015 Carlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-kindle
First in a series of light, fun chick lit. I love the premise; a 20 something, we'll educated, single librarian in Washington DC discovers a secret cache of books on witchcraft and discovers she is a witch. I will definitely read more of this series. Jane is sort of a female Harry Potter (I loved those books as well).
Elise Edmonds
Sep 10, 2015 Elise Edmonds rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read. I like the mixture of Chick-Lit and Fantasy. Although it's the first one of a series, all major plot lines tie up well, with a hint of what's to come.
Aug 24, 2008 Keely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
You can't but help but like the protagonist Jane Madison. Shes sweet yet Naive, and you watch her grow throughout the book(s). Its different from other "chick-lit" in that its not just another publisher/producer/assistant in the media industry who finally realizes the guy next door is the right guy for her. She makes mistakes, but learns from them. I loved it because it takes 2 of my favorite things, the supernatural and libraries, and combines them.

Sure, some parts are predictable, but thats o
Nov 30, 2015 Allena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very amusing and quick read
Arlene Allen
Apr 03, 2015 Arlene Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well done urban fantasy romance. great characters. I especially loved Jane's voice. and neko...I wish I had a neko! I loved the library, the cottage and the bakery. I loved the amount of colonial history she shared and her treatment of witchcraft and its ephemera respectful. would I read more in the series? Certainly. great break from heavy reading without being mindless.
Christie Maurer
Nov 13, 2015 Christie Maurer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightful story

I'd met Mindy Klasky at ConJose in 2002 and enjoyed her Glasswright books. When I came across her name again recently I was curious about what she's done since and got A Girl's Guide to Witchcraft.

Loved it! Couldn't put it down. The heroine is a librarian in a small private historical library in Washington DC where she must wear a Colonial costume. As the book opens her pay has been cut and she has to live in a cottage on the grounds of an estate. She and her best friend suppo
Oct 11, 2015 Diandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-kindle

This book is fun. I like the development of the story, and the characters are actually very relatable considering this is a story about magic. However, that also means that the characters can be very annoying with their decision making. You can tell from the beginning who Jane should end up with, who she actually has feelings for, and yet she delusions herself into another relationship. You can't help but feel kind of bad for her best friend, and Neko is just a cat in a man's body and show
May 03, 2016 Rosemary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book that I have read from this author...and I loved it ! It's the story of a single girl named Jane Madison. She works in a library,and doesn't make a lot of money. When her boss tells her that she will not be getting a raise,Jane worries that she won't be able to pay her rent,but her boss tells her that she can live in the shed on the library grounds free of charge in place of a raise. Jane isn't to happy with the choice since it is old and hasn't been lived in for many years ...more
Dec 22, 2015 Rebecca marked it as read-in-2015  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
okay my first problem was that Jane Madison's voice didn't really stand out to me. it sounded like a lot of other chicklit novels i've read.
my second, and bigger, problem, the one that stopped me reading, was the characterization/depiction of the cat/witch's familiar. problematic as hell. he fit the trope of the Flamboyant Gay Black Man entirely. couldn't read on after that.
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Mindy Klasky learned to read when her parents shoved a book in her hands and told her that she could travel anywhere in the world through stories. She never forgot that advice.

Mindy's travels took her through multiple careers, including copyright lawyer and law librarian. Mindy now writes full time. Her books fall in a number of genres -- including traditional fantasy, urban fantasy, and category
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