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Wisteria Witches

(Wisteria Witches #1)

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Zara Riddle moves to the town of Wisteria for a dream job as a librarian. She hasn't even unpacked her moving boxes when she and her teen daughter, Zoey, are swept up in a murder mystery. With all the ghosts and supernatural creatures around (Including a real hunk of a wolf shifter! Meow!) it's a good thing the Riddle women are tougher than they look. Now, if only they cou ...more
Kindle Edition, 198 pages
Published November 27th 2015
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Montzalee Wittmann
Wisteria Witches
Wisteria Witches Mysteries, Volume 1
By: Angela Pepper
Narrated by: Tiffany Williams
This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary.
I am a fan of this author's books but this new series is hilarious! There is so much witty banter and clever remarks, I feel I should listen again because I might have missed some! It is such a fun listen! I had a smile on my face most of the time the book was playing. I loved the plot, the crazy characters, and the silly connectio
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Katyana
It was ... okay.

Honestly, I don't feel like I entirely know what was going on. Like, I couldn't really tell whether she was be-spelled, possessed, or TSTL at least half the time.

And I just really really don't understand why Chet was so cagey. I actually don't like him at all. Not sure if I'll read onward.
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Arunimaa
This was such a delightful read. I must say, this one exceeded my expectations.

*4.5 STARS*

Also, ding-dong has become my new favourite word. I shall now use it all the time.

I bought Wisteria Witches on a whim. The blurb seemed cool, the reviews were pretty convincing too. Seemed like a nice lighthearted, witchy-witchy read. But since I got this on a whim, when I was reading a lot of other stuff, it had ended up being lying in my Kindle library for months now.

Suddenly I remembered about it re
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Beth Pratt
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By the end of the first chapter I found myself giggling at how adorable Zara and Zooey are. They reminded me of Lorelai and Rory on one of my favorite TV shows, Gilmore Girls. Just like in the first season of Gilmore Girls, the mother and daughter in Wisteria Witches are ages 32 and 16. They have an unusually close mother-daughter relationship, and alternate between clever wit and genuine emotion. They tease each other and take care of each other and feel like the best of friends.

The girls move
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Anubha (BooksFullOfLife, LifeFullOfBooks)

The Wisteria Witches is the perfect combination of magic and mystery with a sprinkle of romance. The main characters are surprising, witty and supernatural. A great light hearted, fast paced, supernatural mystery. For full review. Click here
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Kelly
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, read-in-2017
Aww, this one was kooky and fun. Actually, I think it was Zara herself who was kooky and fun. Zoey's not quite at her level of kookiness, but she's only sixteen. She has time to grow into her off-beatedness.

So. Wisteria. A small town with some big secrets. Moving there seems like a dream come true for Zara, but those secrets start popping up almost as soon as she rolls in. Things like ghosts and otherworldy critters and an aunt Zara hadn't seen in ages.

You know, LITTLE THINGS.

As the secrets beg
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
It crossed my mind Gilmore Girls fans may dig this - most of the story if light and amusing banter between mother and teenage daughter. A new house has been purchased, a new town has been moved into, new neighbors have been introduced, and of course new powers discovered. Yippee!

I like the humor in the book, and the characters - the issue is that there isn't actually a plot-plot. It's fun, it's cute, I liked seeing her accidentally step on the strange boss's toes and meet a ghost in the house (k
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Sandee
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of laugh-out-loud humour! I had so much fun reading this book. Zara Riddle and her daughter move to a new town where Zara starts a new job as a librarian. The fun starts immediately with a spooky house, unusual neighbours and the arrival of unmet family. There are lots of supernaturals in this new town. The only thing I found a bit frustrating is that this story doesn't have a plot. It does have a mystery, clues, red herrings and fabulous characters but no plot. It wanders. But I liked it s ...more
Arnaud
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun little story

Giving this one a 4 star rating. It's an entertaining story place in a simple world of witches & Co. Characters are the strongest element in the whole affair, with snappy dialogues and enough humor to make them endearing. The world around Wysteria is simple enough, not too detailed but not to the point it feels lacking either. The main plot throughout volume 1 is simple enough to follow and gets a good resolution by the end of the volume. A few overarching elements are left opene
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Shannon Dyer
Round up to 4.5 stars. A sheer delight, especially if you love Gilmore Girls. I’m not usually a fan of funny books, but these were so good for my soul.
Coco.V
Aug 05, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
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Linniegayl
As the book opens, Zara Riddle and her teenage daughter Zoey are moving into their first house in Wisteria. Zara’s a librarian and somehow not only got a job in the Wisteria Library but managed to buy a large house for almost nothing. But as they’re moving in, strange things start to happen. The house seems to have a ghost. And within a few days Zara learns she’s a witch, and that the last owner of the house may have been murdered.

This was very slow for me in the beginning, as both Zara and Zoey
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Theresa
4 Stars... One word to describe this book would be, charming... From the small town cozy feel with adorable gingerbread style homes, to the wacky but lovable characters of Zara and Zoey, to the magical dynamics that intrigued as well as mesmerized... This read was sweet, fun, and entertaining from start to finish... There is certainly more to discover in the mysterious town of Wisteria; many secrets yet to unveil, and I am eager to go on the journey:)
Kara
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Wisteria Witches (Wisteria Witches #1)” is a fun story for a road trip when not everyone appreciates lesfic!

The narration is terrific, the story and writing is fun, and….we learn that Barbie Dolls can be placed under pillows as a tribute to the “boob fairy”!! 4*
April
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read! Many parts that had me lol. There were also parts that dragged. Over all I enjoyed the book and looking forward to the next.
Sadie Forsythe
This didn't work for me. Though I suspect it is a matter of taste over quality. There are some consistency issues, people knowing things they haven't been told and such, and I thought the dialogue got too formal at times (especially considering how informal Zara is in general). But for the most part what bothered me wasn't a matter of the book being bad, but of it being everything I dislike.

I found Zara intensely annoying! Yes, I see that we're supposed to think her Gilmore Girl cute. But I fou
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Indie Editor Nancy
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Maybe it was just a trick of the light, wouldn't it be cool if there was a ghost? I've always wanted something cool to happen to me, to make me less boring."

This was one of the funniest books I have had the pleasure of reading 2015! Zara and her daughter Zoey move to the small town of Wisteria for a fresh start and a new Librarian job for Zara. Strange things start to happen as they move into the red witch house, as they meet their new neighbour who happen to be shifters and the rest of the in
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Chelsea
This wasn’t what I was anticipating and so it’s not my style, but that’s not to say it’s a bad book. It’s just not something I would have chosen to read if I’d known what it was. I would catalog it as “very YA”, and while one mystery is solved, several others aren’t, so it does kind of end on a cliffhanger. The writing puts a lot of focus on just how kooky the town is, without really explaining much, so it leaves the reader feeling like we’re still waiting for the story to get going even 95% of ...more
Maggie
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindleunlimited
Those who know my reviews know I give 4 stars generously as long as there aren't horrible things (in my estimation) wrong with the book. Others may like the book and I don't want to penalize someone who wrote and published a book. Within the cozy mystery genre, there are things to expect. This one actually falls a bit short for me. It's another one of before-showing-any-redeeming-qualities the men just fall head over heels for her. The male characters aren't developed. The main character falls f ...more
S.K. Gregory
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Zara Riddle and her daughter Zoey move to Wisteria where they discover that they are witches. Chaos ensues as Zara becomes possessed by a ghost and gets cozy with the guy next door, who isn't all that he seems.
I really enjoyed this book. The dialogue was very witty and funny. I thought that the relationship between mother and daughter was great. I did think that the mystery sort of took a back seat at times as Zara played with her powers, but overall it was a good read and I would read other bo
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Mary K
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Adorable start t a great new sert

I loved the way the characters were set up. The story was cute. I definitely plan on reading the rest of the series.
Kathy Davie
First in the Wisteria Witches cozy urban fantasy mystery series and revolving around Zara and Zoey Riddle.

My Take
Wisteria Witches is a story of a realistic and very quirky mother-daughter team that will have you rolling in the aisle even as you appreciate the interactions of a mom raising a teenage daughter.
"...I'm the proud owner of the only sixteen-year-old who actually wants to go to school."
Seriously, this is very funny. Its primary problem, however, is that same "funny" that has such an une
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Lisa
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a fun book! My favorite character was Zara. She was so bubbly and funny. I also loved the next door neighbor, Chet. I’ve often wanted to move somewhere where nobody knows me like Zara did. She moved to Wisteria to take a job as a librarian. The house she bought has some secrets. So do the neighbors and other residents of the town. There were so many elements to this story. Mystery, cozy, suspense and even some spooky happenings outdoors. I laughed through a lot of it. The author kn ...more
Anima
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Just what my heart needed - a fun, lighthearted, sassy read. A whimsical way to start a new series and I cannot wait for more. Zara and her daughter, Zoey, have moved to Wisteria, a fantastic town with witches, immortals, and shifters. Zara has a gorgeous, hairy, new neighbor that makes her swoon. Zoey, a very intelligent sixteen year old, is as funny and sarcastic as her mother. The two are a dynamic team ready to take on the murderer of the ghost roaming their new house. The flow of this book ...more
Diana (DomesticGoddess)
Here was the man I'd been looking for, the man I could be myself with. After sixteen years of nothing substantial, I was ready. Ready to open my heart, to bare my soul, to make terrible mistakes in the name of love.

The story is just OK, but the dialog/thought processes are slightly too quirky-cutesy-perky for my taste. I may continue the series, but probably not unless the books are free or discounted.

I could have spent an hour practicing my sponge-twisting technique, but I was interrupted by a
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Vanessa
This was Gilmore Girls fanfiction with aspects from Charmed, The Ghost Whisperer, and Twilight. Also, I still cannot get over the fact that the love interest was named Chet. My brain immediately did not trust him partly for that and partly on account of how he was as a person.
Elsbeth
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodread-authors
Funny, weird and mysterious. I like it!
Jillian
It was cute. And cheesy. But in a fun, silly way. It's kind of like a Disney channel mystery mixed with the Gilmore Girls. I enjoyed it well enough. ...more
Edith
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining

This new, for me, series has a great start. The Riddles reminded me of the Gilmore Girls but with magic. I was entertained from page one and didn't stop reading to the very last sentence.
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Kathryn John
It was all right. A little too silly so it didn’t really feel realistic. You know, supernatural stuff aside. It was just the dialogue that didn’t seem believable.
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