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“Westerson creates an utterly believable history of witches, demons, and magic for her claustrophobic New England village including a heroine with enough spark, smarts, and stubbornness to keep both the bad guys and the deliciously dangerous love-interest on their toes.” —Kat Richardson, author of the Greywalker series

To get a fresh start away from a bad relationship, Ky
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Kindle Edition, 314 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Diversion Books
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Carrie
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Kylie Strange wanted to get as far away from her ex as she could when they broke up so when she spotted a place for sale in Maine she figured she couldn't get any further away from California than that. Arriving in Moody Bog Kylie has nothing but hope for her fresh start quickly getting to work to set up for the opening of her new shop, Strange Herbs & Teas. When working in the store however Kylie ends up finding a rather strange book hidden within the wall of the shop, The Booke of the Hidden.

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Michelle
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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4.5/5 stars

The Booke of the Hidden is the first book in a new series by the same name, by Jeri Westerson. I really, really enjoyed this supernatural/urban fantasy read. It follows our main character Kylie, as she moves across the country to a town in Maine, where she opens up her own Herb & Tea shop. There she finds a book hidden in the wall, called the Booke of the Hidden. From there, she is swept up in a crazy whirlwind demon hunting adventure that reminded me of part Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Sheila Beaumont
Kylie Strange, after breaking up with her boyfriend, moves from California to the village of Moody Bog, Maine, to open up a tea and herb shop. After finding a mysterious book with occult powers hidden in a wall in her shop, she soon becomes involved with a friendly Wiccan coven, a helpful demon named Erasmus Strange, the local sheriff, and a biker gang that has its own demon.

I thoroughly enjoyed this supernatural fantasy. It's very well written, with some laugh-out-loud moments, some scary encou
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All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

I was pretty consistently amused by everything in BOOKE OF THE HIDDEN which is one of my favorite feelings to have while reading. From the absolutely ridiculous plot, quirky small town characters, to the kind of random and weird but working for me romance between Kylie and Erasmus. I love books where the main character just randomly stumbles into a world and has to figure everything out before some doom befalls them or the world. This book is basically
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Anna Fox
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fantastic paranormal romance. Kylie is a fantastic lead, and I loved her snarky attitude. Her relationship with Erasmus is interesting and what will happen with the sheriff? What is Kylie's family's history? I look forward to getting to know the other characters as well. I found this book to be one of the best in this genre.
Kathrin
I received a free copy via NetGalley.

I was torn about how to rate this book for a while. It was a tie between 4 and 5 stars and I settled for 5 because I liked some aspects a lot and I'm already looking forward to possible future books in the series.

'Booke of the Hidden' had a bumpy start and I wasn't sure if I would like it for maybe the first 50 pages. Overused tropes and cringe-worthy dialogue made me anxious but it turned out to be an awesome read that I would recommend to fans of urban fa
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Under the Covers Book Blog
I’m always in the mood for a fantastic Urban Fantasy, there’s something about that mix of magic, adventure and romance in a, normally, somewhat familiar setting that I love. However, it has been a while since I have found anything new that’s whetted by appetite, so I decided to go all Indiana Jones and explore and in the wilds of NetGalley I came across Booke of the Hidden. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite the treasure that I was hoping for.  

When I read UF I like something to be a little grit
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Beaches&Books
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kylie Strange is the heart of "Booke of the Hidden". How could she not be?? It is after all her fault for (accidently) causing all this mayhem by taking down that blasted wall, finding the BOOKE, then opening said book (as I now call the book of Hell) that not only released a succubus but a demon. Lets face it... since opening the BOOKE her life has gone to hell. But at least she has an attractive demon helping her, right? It seems Kylie isn't 100% sure about Erasmus Dark...what she does know is ...more
Milena
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 Stars

I haven't read a good Paranormal/Urban Fantasy story in a while and with Halloween around the corner I was looking for something to satisfy my craving for a spooky read. Booke of the Hidden sounded exactly the type of read I was looking for. I really liked the setting, it was atmospheric and creepy, and just perfect for this time of year. I also found the premise of the book very interesting. Kylie moves away from her annoying ex to a small town in Maine and opens a herb & tea shop. Whi
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Lelia Taylor
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Generally speaking, I don't gravitate towards witchy books but this one had a couple of things going for it before I even started---the description sounds awesome and I already knew I'd enjoy this because it's written by Jeri Westerson. If you ask me, Ms. Westerson is one of those authors who is way under-recognized and I've been happy with everything by her I've ever read.

When Kylie finds that book, she does what anybody would do, she opens it. What follows---a coven of witches, a possible demo
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Ellen
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Booke of the Hidden (Booke of the Hidden #1) by Jeri Westerson.
Kylie Strange has finally taken the plunged and left her boyfriend and the herbs & tea shop they shared. She's moved as far away from California to start a new life. The town she's decided on is rather a quaint village-the village of Moody Bog in Maine.
Kylie is in her new home now surrounded by people she's never met. So it's time to get to work cleaning up and making this home her own. Something had to be done with that wall and Ky
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Viccy
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Kylie Strange moves to Maine to get away from a relationship gone bad in California. She decides to open a tea and herb shop in Muddy Bog, Maine. Before her shop opens, she discover an ancient book, bricked up in a wall. When she opens it, little does she know she has released demons into the world and now it is her job to track them all down and imprison them in the Booke of the Hidden once again. Aided by the demon, Erasmus Dark, and a coven of Wiccans, Kylie not only has to track down a succu ...more
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)


I’m always in the mood for a fantastic Urban Fantasy, there’s something about that mix of magic, adventure and romance in a, normally, somewhat familiar setting that I love. However, it has been a while since I have found anything new that’s whetted by appetite, so I decided to go all Indiana Jones and explore and in the wilds of NetGalley I came across Booke of the Hidden. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite the treasure that I was hoping for.

When I read UF I like something to be a little gritt
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Maxximum Reads
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, epic-fantasy
DISCLAIMER ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN—- Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an ARC


Booke Of the Hidden
Jeri Westerson

RELEASE DATE OCT 31 2017



So Jeri is probably one of my new favourite authors!
Booke of the Hidden was the perfect mix of creepy, paranormal, mystery, and adventure. Kylie Strange (I actually really liked her name even if it was a little corny) has caused a world of destruction (albeit not exactly on purpose) when she discovers a book behind a wall and opens it. I mean who wouldn't
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Laura
"I handed [the storekeeper] my debit card and perused the colorful kitchen gewgaws hanging on the wall behind him. "Say, Barry, you don't know of any caves hereabouts, do you?"
"Caves? Plan on doing some spelunking?" He laughed at his own joke and I tried to smile. Erasmus frowned. Barry coughed to hid his silenced laughter. "Do you mean the old Indian caves up Falcon's point? They got those drawings in there. Petroglyphs or something. Old Indian paintings. County is trying to make it a preserva
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Kristen
I absolutely LOVED this book! Loved everything about it! Can't wait to read the next book in the series and all the books that come after that!!

Kylie is the quintessential "every woman" who suddenly finds herself forced into a word of crazy and has to figure out how to deal with that. She is likable and relatable and I really enjoyed going on her adventures with her.

The supporting characters - the good, the not-so-good, and the "we're not sure if they're good or not" - really help make this book
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eyes.2c
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beware of things unseen!

This was so not what I expected. It was a crazy, wild ride and such a departure for Westerson.
(And to think she dreamt about the major elements of the story--amazing--ah the subconscious!)
A new entry into the urban paranormal genre complete with a mild mannered Wiccan group, a woman escaping a bad relationship who flees from California to Maine. Was she summoned or was it all just coincidence? Right!
What do you do when you break down a brick wall in your new abode and fin
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Linda Munro
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kylie Strange’s life has been cursed; there is no other possible answer to her terrible choice in men; but Kylie is about to change that, by leaving Southern California and moving to a small town in Maine where she is about to open her own business; Strange Herbs and Teas.

As she prepares her shop for opening day, Kylie inadvertently puts a hole in a wall, where she sees a brick wall behind it. Curiosity killed the cat and now it is Kylie’s turn to suffer the consequences!

Inside the brick wall Ky
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James
Starts out decently but about halfway thru the cliche tropes appear. First, Kylie Strange is declared to be the Chosen Host, which ironically we had just discussed this trope in my book club meeting. Then being an urban fantasy requirement, she takes on a nonhuman and human as lovers so we can get the love triangle started. In both cases, the love interest seems very forced and mutual attraction happens almost instantly. Finally the village of Moody Bog seems to have an astounding amount of stuf ...more
Pamela Priest
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is not the type of book I usually read, but since Ms. Westerson wrote it, and I love everything else she's written that I've read (Crispin's medieval novels, etc.), I wanted to give this a shot, and I'm glad I did! It's full of action and intrigue, intensely scary parts and even some romance, which makes it all good. I love the tea shop idea - we don't have them where I live, and I can envision having a great cup of amazing tea there. I am looking forward to the 2nd book in this series ...more
Alex Can Read
I recieved an eArc from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

This book was just not for me. I couldn’t connect with the characters and wasn’t held by the plot. Jeri Westerson’s writing was solid, I just didn’t connect. I found both Kylie and Erasmus to be incredibly frustrating characters. I didn’t enjoy spending time with them and found the other characters to be somewhat thin.
Flora
Really loved this book; it promises to be a fantastic series. You can also read my full review on my WordPress blog, Flora's Musings...

So what’s this book about?
Booke of the Hidden is the first novel (approx 314 pages) in a new six book adult urban fantasy series set in the beautiful, rural village of Moody Bog, Maine, USA. Our key human characters include; our heroine, Kylie Strange, a local coven of Wiccans – retired doctor and part-time plasterer, Doc Boone, middle aged Seraphina, a bohemian
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Jeri
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, netgalley
This was a pretty good supernatural book. Kylie Strange moves from California to Maine after her mother dies and she breaks up with a jerk of a boyfriend. Something just draws her to the building for sale in the small town of Moody Bog. While she is fixing up the building to be her tea and herb shop she finds an old book hidden in the wall. That lets loose all sorts of strange things in town. Now it's up to Kylie and her new Wiccan friends to stop the evil that has come to their small town befor ...more
Marissa
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy
Booke of the Hidden is the first of a pretty promising paranormal series. Readers are introduced to Kylie Strange, a young woman who picks up and moves from California to Maine to start a new phase of her life as a small business owner when she opens a tea shop. While she's setting up her new digs, she finds a mysterious booke hidden in a wall which begins a series of events that take her relatively normal life on a very abnormal, supernatural path. The book includes a variety of supernatural th ...more
Ann
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good start to a new fantasy wiccan series. Kylie Strange moves to Moody Bog Maine to open her tea and herb shop. She discovers a book hidden in her shop and unleashes some powerful demons and power into the small town's coven. Great characters make this story move quickly, it's an easy read for readers from young adult to older. Kylie's position in town is going to be powerful and some of the locals are not happy. Seeing how she grows her business and handles the demons to come will ma ...more
Smart Bookaholics Inc Bookstore
Wonderful, creepy, fantastic adventure! First time with this author, so glad I got a review copy from netgally!
Jamie
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
A good and interesting cozy urban fantasy. The murders are not bloody and gory. Doc Boone is my favorite character. I want to read the rest of the books in this series.
D.J. Adamson
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I looked in before I reached for it—didn’t want any spiders dropping down on me—and lifted it out. Heavy. I laid it down on the nearby counter. It was at least twelve inches wide by eighteen inches tall. They made ’em big in the olden days. The cover was of ancient leather, worn at the edges, and even my unpracticed eye could tell that it was hand-bound. An ornate metal latch sealed the book. But the title in gold leaf took me aback a little. Booke of the Hidden. What did that mean?"

Can a horro
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Lee
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I always get nervous when a favorite author jumps genres. In this case, Westerson jumps from mystery to urban fantasy and I hesitated to read it for fear that she drank the wrong kool-aid.

In the opening chapters, she does struggle to find the right tone/voice, but as the book proceeds she finds her stride and is in fine form by the end of the book. Typical of her writing style, she spends a great deal of time laying down groundwork and building her world which, for some readers may prove dull, b
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E
May 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting deviation from medieval fiction.

Pros: quick read, tons of character potential, and an intriguing plot.

Cons: somewhat predictable and weaker prose than the Crispin Guest books (narration stumbled, plausibly stretched too far, and the detail of the occult caused an imbalance with the rest of the book)
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