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Hex on the Beach

(The Magic In Mixology Mystery #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  4,037 ratings  ·  442 reviews
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Lily Locke has never believed in witches and wizards, ghosts and magic, shifters and vampires—especially cute blonde vamps with blood-intolerance issues. A rising star at a hotshot marketing agency in Minneapolis, Minnesota, all Lily knows is that she’s a PowerPoint guru, an Excel ninja, and a coffee-maker extraordinaire. Not to mention she’
Kindle Edition, 255 pages
Published April 29th 2016 by LaManna Books
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Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Just didn't do it for me, I had such high hopes (WAS a huge fan of Stephanie Plum and Harry Potter). After reading it (It's closer to Stephanie Plum and really has none of the wonder and magic of HP). I think I've outgrown Stephanie Plum type silliness, rating reflects that.
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Going into Hex On The Beach I didn't know what to expect exactly, because it was my first book by Gina LaManna and I just knew that this wouldn't be a typical book about witches.

I really liked the idea of a girl - Lily - being the fated mixologist on a weird island with weird people, for example a vampire who has a blood intolerance and a shifter, who is unable to shift into anything scarier than a kitten, aka her cousins.

Lily's interaction with her family was quite funny, because most of her fa
Oct 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
Lily, 26, finds out she's a witch and moves to secret island to learn witchcraft. I'm in, but wait, this all read like a YA book that's got the controlling cute boy. Ugh.

I couldn't keep any of Lily's new family characters straight. They all, and I mean ALL, the female characters sounded like they were in high school. Even the mothers of these "almost thirty" year old cousins. They talk about cute boys, and "oooh did you KISS him?" Begin teenage squealing. And.... I'm out.

I could have looked past
Josie Shinkfield
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was a light, fun read - if somewhat a bit silly at times.
There were some things that were totally skimmed over, or ignored (and if I were Lily, I'd have been demanding answers). IMO the story really needed to be fleshed out some more.

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I'm not sure if I'll bother continuing with this series. It had so much potential, but just fell flat.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fun book! I can't wait to read more in the series!
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a fun read - only complaint - the story had finished for this adventure but there is a last minute cliff hanger to lead you into the next book.
Sabrina Roy
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-books
I really enjoyed this series. Lily and her family are fun characters, Ranger X adds some love tension. It will be fun to finish this series.
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I think that Gina LaManna's books get better every time she publishes!

I'm typically not into magic, shifters, vampires, witches, etc. But with the humorous twist that Gina puts on Hex on the Beach had me intrigued from the beginning!

Hex on the Beach is such a magical book! I was taken for such a fun ride from a mundane office job to an island, unlike anything I have ever experienced in real life for fiction.  Along with these fun times, we still had a mystery that needed to be solved and looming
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Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I LOVED this book. It just made me happy and giddy, and put me in a good mood. It is a fantasy, but a humorous type of fantasy set in a contemporary world. This book is currently part of the "Prime Reading membership", so I was able to read it for free through my Amazon Prime membership. It was well worth the time spent reading it, and I'm considering picking up a copy to own.

I picked up this book on the recommendation of two different bloggers I follow. I've heard it described as Stephanie Plum
Gillian Murrell
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Hex on the Beach could have been a really good book. I'm not saying it was bad as it was funny and the ideas was interesting but this book needs a lot more work on it. The characters need to be developed a lot more and one of my pet hates the obvious things that Lily should have been asking were not even considered. Come on it stands out a mile that you should have asked where is my mum is she alive what happened that make her leave the island, how did you get the other half of my mums necklace ...more
Merry Chapman
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Gina LaManna has started a new series! As soon as I started this book I couldn't put it down except to eat and sleep! This book is a laugh out loud romp through the world of Magic and Witches! the protagonist is at first unwilling to accept her fate, but once she has...all things crazy happens. Each and every character we are introduced to in this book is so quirky and crazy you can't help but be entertained nor can you wait to find out what could possibly happen next! Surprises and twists and t ...more
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Nothing in this book was well-thought out.


The characters are one-dimensional, incoherent, inconsistent, and annoying. The youngest ones are around 30 years old- but act like 11-year-olds. The romance makes no sense, since Lily is so incoherently written.

The plot, such as it is, makes no sense, and the final climax was especially and obviously avoidable.

The world-building and the magical system are also utterly incoherent. And as a bonus, it has no sense of place, because the magical Isle
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Just not my usual reading genre. If you like problems solve by magic, jarring shifts in story line, and some really wacky characters, try this book. For me, these factors should have made it a skip.
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is so much that made me love reading this book as a relaxing read, but can I just start by remarking on how freaking adorable Ranger X (aka my new book boyfriend) is??

He has got tall, dark, handsome and dangerous down, and I get the impression he can smirk and be sarcastic like it is his freaking job, but he also gets slightly awkward around Lily sometimes WHICH IS SO ADORABLE. Hes definitely Dangerous with a capital D but you also see his sweet side which is so freaking cute. You get the
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just hearing the words “romance novel” makes me envision tearing bodices and throbbing manhoods. So why is it I just gave 4 stars to a romance novel? I couldn’t help enjoying this quick little beach book about a witch who knows nothing of her family or background until her two aunties send a mysterious assistant to give her a surprise quiz that proves she has a healthy dose of her mother’s genes.

Lily is convinced to join them on an island conjured by the spooks of the world (witches, vampires, s
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
A witchy cosy mystery with a twist

Had a lot of fun reading this book. It was reasonably fast paced, and had some quirky characters that didn’t fit the usual mould. Lily was an utter nonbeliever of magic until it bites her in the butt during an important marketing meeting. After that disaster, she’s confronted with magical relatives and is whisked off to a magical island to become the next Mixologist (don’t forget the capital M).

Lily encounters her offbeat relatives, a Ranger who keeps seeing her
A great first book to start a series.
A good story featuring charming characters with elements of humor, mystery, paranormal, romance, and an on going conspiracy/villainous organization.

I'll definitely continue with the rest of the books.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, libby-hoopla
Light, happy romance/paranormal...just fun!
Valerie Nicole
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Gina's works just don't do it for me. I know a lot of people love her books but I'm just not one of those people. If you're on the fence about reading her books I suggest starting with Shades of Pink. In my opinion it's her best book.
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to read

Love this book . Characters are fun and interesting. Love the storyline I hope the main character eventually gets her man .They would great together.
Jan 14, 2017 marked it as dnf
I am going to DNF this book. I've just outgrown these type of books i think. not my thing anymore. I'm pretty sure this was a cover buy for me. :). maybe someday i'll come back to it but for i'm done with it.
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bring on the next

Could not put it down. It's fast moving and a bit different from other similar stories. I do wonder why Lily did not ask more questions about her mother and what is her father doing. Hopefully some answers in the next book.
Louise Ennesser
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is book one of the Magic and Mixology Series a lighthearted mystery that is just fun. Magicical bartending....great to add to any summer reading list.
Barbara Hackel
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can't think of any book about magic that had a better beginning than this book! From the newscast (that Lilly ignores as Ainsley talks about it) to the magical quiz, I couldn't read fast enough to see what was going to happen next. When we finally get to the Isle, I was delighted with Gina's magical descriptions and inspiration. The icing on the cake was the acceptance of Lilly's family and the happiness Lilly experienced as she got to know them better. I have read many magical inspired books, ...more
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Gina La Manna for a while now and I can honestly say that her writing is going from strength to strength with each new book. And this one has been my favourite so far. I loved this first book in this series and can not wait to get to find out what else is installed for the witches on the Isle. And more importantly, I want more of Ranger X!

The story starts out with Lily preparing for a presentation for her marketing job. Little does she know that her presentation takes on a l
Jeanie Jackson
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hex on the Beach is a fun light paranormal mystery. While it is obviously laying a solid foundation for the future, I found that if flowed smoothly and presented plenty of action as well as delightful interactions among the characters.

Marketing expert and amateur mixologist, Lily Locke, discovers that her talents for creating new drinks comes from a surprise source, her witch heritage. A heritage of which she had no knowledge and in which has very little believe until she is carried into that wo
Kat Lebo
Jun 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Hex on the Beach (The Magic & Mixology Mystery Series Book 1)
by Gina LaManna

This was a new author and a new series to me (although I believe the second book in the series just came out about a week ago). I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, found the book to be well written, the characters well developed (and easy to identify with), the editing and proofreading to be top notch, grammar, spelling, syntax all excellent. So why only 3 stars? A very definite and intentional cliffhanger ending. I know some
I decided to read this book after seeing an ad for it on Facebook. The ad touted the story as a cross between Harry Potter and Stephanie Plum. It's not.

I don't hate the book. I went on to read the second book in the series, though when the third book is released next week I don't think I'll bother with it.

Things that makes this story like Harry Potter:
There is magic.
Witches and wizards live apart from humans.
Weird people showed up to tell the main character she was a witch.

Things that make this
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I bought this book, I thought it might be a cheesy fantasy. Well it is in it's own way, but it's also more than that.

Equal parts fun, thrilling, and a touch romantic, this novel follow the journey of Lily. She learns that she is descended from Witches that live on the Isle - a magical place hidden from humans. Most witches are content with this. However, a group called the Faction is determined to wipe out humanity.

Leaving her human life out of curiosity, Lily is told she is the new Mixol
Stephanie Butenhof
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like it...

I'm here, fresh off of gobbling up Angela Pepper's Wisteria Witches series. This book was mentioned by another reviewer of that series, if I remember correctly, so I felt it safe to try. The book felt like it dragged along, and I had to force myself to finish it. I frequently found myself imagining more interesting dialogue that the characters SHOULD have said, and editing the author's sentences in my head for better flow. The premise is interesting, but it falls fla
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Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Gina LaManna has also called Italy and Los Angeles home. After studying numbers and equations in college, she realized multiple choice tests were “just not for her” and began writing books instead. She loves cappuccino foam and whipped cream and would subsist solely on sprinkles if possible. She currently lives in St. Paul with her wonderful husband and family.

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