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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  1,292 ratings  ·  242 reviews
Allison Darling, former foster child, now a stay-at-home mom of three, desperately wants to fit in with the organic latte drinking, hundred-dollar-yoga-pants-wearing moms who run Monrovia, her charming seaside village. Constantly feeling like an outsider, Allison dreams of more for her children. When the Glamour Girls, a soap-selling company run by the most charismatic and ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 17th 2015 by Forge Books
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Barb (Boxermommyreads) I am reading this now and feel the need to comment on this question because while it is definitely not a cozy mystery, I don't really know what genre …moreI am reading this now and feel the need to comment on this question because while it is definitely not a cozy mystery, I don't really know what genre it falls into. My library has it as fantasy. My best description would be contemporary fantasy with a little chick lit thrown in.

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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Allison Darling was raised in foster care. So all she wants is for her family and herself to fit in with the super mom's in the town of Monrovia.
So when the Queen Bee of the town wants her to become a "Glamour Girl" she dives in for that chance. Glamour girls sell soaps and lotions door to door and are those perfect moms.

Allison had begun to notice that she has some powers that aren't normal and then her long gone mom passes away after informing her that she is a witch. Then she finds out th
Old School Witches Unite!!

Outstanding! I enjoyed this so much. It's a real treat when you find a great witch story that doesn't get all Sabrina the Teenaged Witch on ya.

Having a mother teaching them witches witchery old school style. It's on like Donkey Kong! The plot is very good and so are the chatracters details. Everyone should read a good witch book in their day and this is one.

Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.**

I love magical realism in books. It always takes me away (God is that a Calgon comercial or what?!?), lets me really sink into a world that isn't so impossible and escape my own for just a brief spot of time. And this book did just that. I read it in one day and my only regret is that I didn't savor it better and spread it out over a couple days. This book is so reminiscent of Weird Sister by Kate Pulli
Small Review
Oct 09, 2014 marked it as did-not-finish
Originally posted on Small Review

With its Witches of Eastwick (the tv show) meets Practical Magic (the movie) vibe, Housewitch was a book I could have easily liked. And I almost did like it. Or, I did like it, mostly. Kind of.

See? I'm feeling ambivalent here.

Look, in theory, I really liked Housewitch. All of the ingredients are there and the writing is easy and comforting. It's like lounging inside wearing sweats even though it's sunny outside. Fun, soothing, nice.


I read a little over hal
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Housewitch by Katie Schickel is a great book about witches. I was fortunate enough to get an excerpt of Housewitch. It is such a good book and I cannot wait until the book is released so that I can finish reading it. The book starts out talking about three sisters in Misery Shoal. The three sisters are Aurora (youngest), Freya, and Wilhemena (the oldest). Elizabeth is their mother and a witch. The girls are also witches and their mother is teaching them magic using the “old ways” (herbs and spel ...more
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Magnificent. And if Katie Schickel doesn't make this into a series, my life will not be complete. ...more
Oct 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars: A fun witchy read in a perfect town with dark secrets.

Allison wants desperately to fit in with the rest of the perfect moms in Monrovia. Yet no matter how hard she pushes, she can't seem to attain the easy perfection that the rest of the pink cashmere cape wearing ladies exude. Things change when Allison is at the local carnival. Inexplicably, her long buried magic reemerges. Soon Allison learns the truth behind the return of her magic. Before long she begins to understan
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Debut author Katie Schickel chooses here to construct two stories that inter-relate. Allison Darling is a stay-home mom in coastal Massachusetts with two problems- she suffers from 21st century homemaker angst, and she comes from a family of witches from which she has become estranged. As ye tale develops, we get glimpses of her childhood and her weird family history. But at the same time, we see how her surface existence of wanting to keep up with the trend setters of her community is feeding o ...more
This book was ok. I really enjoyed parts of it, but I was hoping for a cuter, Bewitched kind of story. It was more like Stepford Wives, and felt underdeveloped. I also thought the ending was a bit rushed. I would have liked more magic and fun spells, and less shallow elitist drama. The overall story was ok, and a fun idea. It was a good, quick read for October, but not great writing or anything. I thought the parts of the story that took place in the past, were written much better than the prese ...more
Completely Melanie
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Allison Darling was born a witch but lost her abilities as a child. Now many years in the future she is an adult with a family of her own and all of a sudden her powers come back to her an it's up to her to save her town and her family. I thought this was such a fun read. ...more
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, urban-fantasy
This seems to be a fun and entertaining novel in the style of Desperate Housewives meets Witches of East End with a touch of Bridget Jones put in the mix. I will not post a full review because I only had the chance to read a preview excerpt (the first 100 pages or so) via netgalley. But I can say the following: It’s written extremely well for a debut author. If not for the author profile I wouldn’t have guessed from reading the book. I simply couldn’t put it down. It’s entertaining, funny, hilar ...more
D.L. Howe
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked it. I thought Allison was a relatable character, I too feel like I'm sometimes drowning in a sea of yoga pants. I was with her every step of the way, from being overwhelmed by kiddos, to family sometimes failing you when you need them most to being lured into a situation that just has to be too good to be true.

For me the only downfall was which witch. Because that witch couldn't be anymore fucking obvious, lol.
Polly Krize
Dec 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I got a preview excerpt of this book. Reminded me a bit of The Witches of Eastwick, a book I enjoyed quite a few years ago. Witches in our times are always interesting. I'll have to get the whole book to find out what happens! ...more
Rhiannon Johnson
Loved it! **review to come**
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a darn good book, an excellent choice for a summer read at the campground.
Vanessa Mozayani
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A first from this author and this genre. This was a magical entertaining story. Predictable at times.
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun, original take on witches that I enjoyed reading. I did not watch "Desperate Housewives", but I do agree with other reviewers that it had that type of tone to it. I like how the author was able to allow the reader to relate to a struggling mom trying to fit in to the neighborhood while having to deal with her family-who just happens to be witches with ancient ways in a modern time. ...more
Kathryn Laceby
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes

I absolutely adored this book. I liked it so much that I told people about it before I was even 60 pages into it. Clearly there were a few reasons why Housewitch held so much appeal for me!

From the get go Housewitch felt original. There are other novels that have modern day witches and other novels that include herbal remedies and spell like concoctions and there are certainly many other novels with that “Real Housewives” feel but I have yet to find another on
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
This summary led me to requesting to review the preview and I am so glad I did. I did my rating off of just the preview, but I feel comfortable that the rest of the book will live up to the beginning chapters!

Katie Schickel has a great capacity to enthrall you with her words, paint both the mythical and everyday worlds in great detail and leave you entrenched in the story. I say this confident that other readers will feel the same because when I came to the end of the preview I kept clicking the
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Actually a 4.5 star, maybe even a bit more.
I read the preview edition from Netgalley and would gladly read more.

I love Lindsay's review comparing it to my favorite novels including Weird Sister by Kate Pullinger and Garden Spells or The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen.
The first section about three very young girls having to take on responsibilities for children much older than their years, and the hints at the terrible secrets had me intriqued quickly.
Then the jump to something totally diff
Kristin Stover
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Overall this book was a great read. I enjoyed the character development, the plot and the stereotypes the characters fill so perfectly. We all know those people who try to emulate perfection and on the outside it looks like they are. I love how this book uses these characters to show how imperfect we all really are.

My only issue with the book was how short and succinct the climax and ending were. The whole book was spent leading up to the main climax that ended in the last three pages. It just
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this as a review copy from Netgalley and to be honest, did not realize that this was just an excerpt. Had I known that, I wouldn't have requested it. I hate reading half of the book and then waiting to get hold of the rest.

Alison Darling is just a regular mother of three kids, trying to lead a normal life. Nothing is going very 'normally' though. Try as she might to try to fit in, she's struggling and when her past catches up with her, she has to stop and pay heed.

It was an interestin
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
An ordinary housewife and mother discovers she is a witch from a long line of witches. Never mind that she can't recall any spells, her mother abandoned her and she desperately wants to be a part of the Glamour Girls and wear the pink cashmere cape.

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book and how very entertaining it was. There are days when a "me first" masque would make my life so enjoyable and it would take no time at all to conjure up a list of people I would love to use s
Feb 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, net-galley, kindle
I received a preview excerpt of this book and would be keen to read more. It’s a very interesting concept. I want to know how it ends!
Allison want to fit in with the other mums in her town. It’s a bit like Stepford Wives and she’s longing to be accepted. What she’s hiding is the fact that she can make things happen using witch skills. She helps out at a fayre and one obnoxious little boy gets an onion in the apple bobbing and she makes the little piglets dance for her daughter like they do in he
Meg Moore
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I got the chance to read this book early and I LOVED it! It's witty and entertaining and superbly written. Think Mean Girls meets Bewitched meets Desperate Housewives. (I think, although I never really watched Desperate Housewives.) I loved the way the author moved between past and present so we learn the present-day predicament of the narrator along with the family history of witchcraft that got her where she is today. Highly recommend! ...more
Lolly K Dandeneau
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I just read a preview and it was really good, reminds me of Alice Hoffman's earlier novels. Can't wait to read all of it. For fans of magical realism, witches, etc. There is just something I love about herbs, natural healing, and concoctions, it brings to mind little old white witches and fairy tales.

UPDATE: I received an ARC and will review the entire novel soon. Nice to have in my hands before Christmas, landed on the doorstep today. Hurrah :)
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
This was the exact book I needed this past weekend. It was full of fun, sadness, adventure, family and friends. There were some very positive life values at the core of this story. The reader was given the chance to really use their imagination while reading this story. I do hope this author might make the characters in this book into a series of books. When you are looking for an entertaining story, pick-up this book.
May 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Terrible. A paint-by-number plot, very clumsily rendered. Not recommended, in spite of the attractive cover.
May 20, 2021 rated it liked it
I just realized something. After finishing the book and going "Yeah, meh, ok. Good", I let the book simmer in the back of my head before I moved onto my next read. I read for pleasure so I like to mull over things I just read and think about them at random hours of the night.

This morning, as I stirred my sugar into my coffee, mindlessly watching the light tan liquid swirl around and around, it hit me. Nothing is this book was actually wrapped up. It ended. But nobody really got an ending.

It ma
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think I expected this to be a little bit more of a cozy book, which it was on some level, but it also had a darker, heavier feel to it, not Satanic witchcraft or anything, but an evil witch who does some pretty heavy things, plus some strong language all of a sudden (which actually seemed forced to me and unnecessary). I enjoyed Allison's story and the background to her mother, Wilhemena, that the action would jump back to occasionally for a chapter here and there throughout the book. However, ...more
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Katie Schickel wants to live in a world where the surf is always up, high heels are outlawed, and love letters are as common as pink slips.
She graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in English. Her two obsessions — the ocean and writing — have led to careers in both, at times as an editor and writer, and at times as a scuba instructor, first mate, and fishing boat cook. Her debut novel

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