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Witch, Cat, and Cobb

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Destined for an arranged marriage she wants nothing to do with, Princess Breanwynne decides her only option for escape is to run away. After announcing this plan to her trusted cat, Fen, she’s shocked when he asks that she take him along.

Following his suggestion to venture into the lair of the Swamp Witch begins a life-altering adventure and reveals shocking information th
Published December 14th 2020 by NineStar Press (first published October 13th 2015)
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A really fun, quick, delightfully queer fairytale-esque fantasy novel! For once I was really happy with the length of this novel as I feel that everything was wrapped up nicely (although for some things, just a bit too nicely), but I really couldn't get into the insta-love. Normally I'm not too bad with it, but in this novella the two characters met and then a couple of days later were saying "I love you" and that they wanted to be with each other forever. Regardless, this was a fun read that wo ...more
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-s-books
a princess, a witch and a cat: an amazing and magical fairytale
3.8 stars. I thought this was a really cute story with some interesting twists. The cat especially was entertaining and the two leads were worthy protagonists to follow. The storyline kept me interested from start to finish. There is a romance here but it's subtle which is why I put it more in the "cute" category. (view spoiler)


ARC received via NetGalley from publisher for review.

Diana Green
Dec 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtqa, fantasy
This is a cute quick read, with some nice varied lgbtq representation. It started a little rough for me but got better as it went along. I liked the characters and the concept. I just wish certain aspects had been developed more. The primary relationship happened at lightning speed, and some plot elements felt like they came out of left field, with no explanation. Still, I recommend this, if you're in the mood for something sweet, queer, and whimsical. ...more
Dax Murray
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
original review:

I received a free copy of "Witch, Cat, and Cobb" from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Witch, Cat, and Cob is set in a fantasy world of elves and kingdoms which seems rather ordinarily heterosexual, with marriages of that type being the norm, but there is mention of the occasional marriage between people of the same sex. The story starts off with a Princess very determined to not end up in a heterosexual marriage.

We learn very ea
I really enjoyed this story. Princess Brean flees an arranged marriage with only a talking cat for assistance. But the cat knows a witch, and so Brean gets swept up into a life of potion-making, spell-shopping, and trying to figure out the mysterious history between her cat and this witch.

Daily life with a witch was a lot of fun. There’s the ongoing war between the camps of miniature people in the garden, love potions to brew and sell, and elvish politics to avoid. The tension between Fen and Me
I enjoyed this fantasy romp with a curse talking cat and a swamp witch.

It was fun but the pacing of the plot dragged a bit for me in the middle. The really good parts happen in the last part of the book with lots of reveals.

I would have liked more romance but this book is a pleasant way to spend the afternoon.

Blow Pop
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, reviewed, arc, lgbtqia
Content warnings: witchcraft, lesbian marriage

I received a free copy of this in exchange for a fair and honest review

This was the cutest story! Two trans characters included! Well characters that can be read as such anyway (literally one says that no matter how hard they tried they couldn't pass for female because of their male looking body).

I'm so full of happy emotions right now that I can't fully explain them all.

I know I spend a lot of time bitching about happily ever after types of relation
Colleen Corgel
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, fantasy
This was a cute, sweet and funny fantasy romp that manages to pack in just the right amount of story into its 65 pages. I love that it stayed in its lane, gave us a couple of twists and had a sweet romance to top it off. I do have a little issue with the declarations of love at the end of it, it was just a bit sudden for me, but the relationship built was pretty solid. There's trans rep in here, too, but I don't want to say much more beyond that because it might give some of the fun away.

Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with the cover and I liked the story.
It's engrossing and entertaining, it kept me hooked till the end.
Good world building and character development, an interesting plot.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
C.L. McCollum
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK this was just utterly darling of a read. I loved the haphazard often accidental mess of a magical system, and the three lead characters just made me smile like a loon. I did figure out at least part of one of the twists, but it was explained in a way I never saw coming. Just really fun and I would have loved more adventures in the Swamp Witch's hut! ...more
Mateja Lah Vojska
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Very nice and short fantasy YA book. I'm happy there is a lesbian heroine who doesn't want to be trapped in loveless marriage.

I loved the witch, Mel but at first I was a little confused about the back story with Fen, the cat.

Very funny and cheerful story.
Erin Burns
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, this does not affect my opinion of this book or the content of my review.

I picked this up because it sounded interesting, and it is out of my comfort zone. I think it can get a little too easy to just read the “safe” things, and you can miss so many gems.

And make no mistake, this one, despite its short length, is a gem. A sweet, magical, fairy-tale with a few unusual twists, this was an enjoyable read. At around 20,000 words, it i
J.J. Carroll
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book first caught my attention with the title, and I thought the cover was charming, so it went on my TBR pile. I don't usually read f/f so a bit of a departure for me.

This was a very sweet story in all senses. I enjoyed it, though I felt the 'love' element didn't really seem... convincing? developed enough? happened too fast? Not sure exactly, but with a little more depth and attention to that side of things, and a little more of the 'world', this would have definitely been five stars from
Susan Anne
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Witch, Cat, and Cobb by J.K. Pendragon is a great variation on the traditional fairy tale. In this story, the princess does not want to marry the elf prince so instead runs away. She and her cat, who now talks, make their way into the swamp to the cottage of the Swamp Witch. The three settle into a comfortable existence until they are found by the elf prince. Of course they must return to the castle, but escape back to the cottage to complete a spell that leaves everyone very happy with the resu ...more
Val on the Moon
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I spotted the cover of this book on NetGalley, I knew I had to have it: it is a beauty and I'm madly in love with the color choice. And that adorable ginger cat! Thankfully, I've been blessed enough with an AR copy of this book in exchange of an honest review, and I'm more than happy to comply.

Witch, Cat, and Cobb by J. K. Pendragon is the story of princess Breanwynne, destined to marry someone she doesn't and would never be able to love. Faced with the prospect of spending her whole life s
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Oh hello, fluffy queer wonderfulness! The cover caught my eye – orange cat + books + purples = you have my attention – and the blurb sounded adorable, and this novella definitely lived up to both.

Princess Brean does not want to marry the Saishen prince, not the least because she’s not interested in men. But when her mother the queen refuses to listen, Brean does the only thing she can: she runs awa
Bek (Stories With Bee)
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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Reading this book felt like a soft blanket during a chilly weather: it was cute and dreamy with its fantasy setting, a hopeful story with a Ghibli feeling. And it involves LGBTQ+ themes! There are lesbian and transgender characters and while those identities are significant to the storyline and plot, they aren’t used as character traits, but aspects of multifaceted people.

As a transgender lesbian, I felt like I could finally exist in fantastic stories with magic and that people like me could, to
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, lgbt
I picked up this book on spec, based on the story description, and read it through in one sitting as I hadn't realised it was a novella. Unfortunately, the reason I'm dropping a star is partly that: as with many novellas I come across, there's plenty of material there that could have been fleshed out into something novel-length (and would have benefitted from doing so) and the novella just stops as it's getting more interesting.

The basic premise of Witch, Cat and Cobb is that it's told from the
I don’t know if I would label Witch, Cat, and Cobb a romance. J.K. Pendragon tackles other issues and the romance seems to be the subplot.

Witch focuses on being who you are and having the ability to love who you want. One person runs away to avoid marrying a childhood friend and living a lie. Another runs away because they tried to live as they wanted and they could never cover the outside enough to live freely. And the other person in our trio also ran away to avoid a similar fate as the first
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Four and a half stars. I really enjoyed this. There are your usual fantasy tropes, but the LGBTQ themes made it interesting. The body-swapping part was a little hard to follow, but I'm probably just tired. In terms of pacing, the plot worked well with the length, and I don't necessarily think that this would work as a full-length novel. Yet the romance moved way too abruptly. With everything else going on, there really wasn't enough time for the characters to bond. (view spoiler) ...more
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Witch, Cat, and Cobb by J.K. Pendragon
Publisher: NineStar Press, LLC
Genre: LGBTQIA | Romance | Sci Fi & Fantasy
Release Date: December 14, 2020

Witch, Cat, and Cobb is a standalone fantasy romance novella by J.K. Pendragon.

The thought this quick book was so much fun to read. A runaway princess, a talking cat, a swamp witch, and so much more! I truly enjoyed the storyline and the characters. They each had such great stories. There was a hint of romance and flirtation, as well as snark and sarcasm.
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Witch, Cat and Cobb which when reading the description of the book I thought I would.

The world that J.K Pendragon created was so vibrant and interesting that I couldn’t put the book down.

I absolutely adored the characters that was introduced throughout the book as well as the connections between them all that was created. The friendship between Princess Breanwynne and Fen especially since Fen is a talking cat.

Overall I really enjoyed Witch, Cat and Cobb as it was a quick interes
Susan Anne
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I accidentally requested a book I had read previously five years ago. What a difference that time makes especially after a year like 2020! I more truly appreciate the underlying trope of being true to oneself and seeking happiness outside of conventional norms. Many in the LQBTQ+ community have experienced harm in the last four years so believing in the right to be different is even more precious now. I hope with the winds of change now blowing toward equality again we can all find our HEA, what ...more
Thieving Magpie
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
PERFECTION PURE! Magic, lesbian characters, two trans characters, one of them who's the MC, a sassy trans "cat" and a lesbian trans witch, not to forget the amazing lesbian princess on the run?!
I was SOLD the minute I read the first word, Fen being the most awesome character of this entire book beyond a doubt.
I wished I could voice in more deteils how perfect this book was, but I don't think that'd be representing the book properly. It was simply wonderful, quick to read and with an amazing sen
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This was a very, very sweet story. Two gals living in their swamp hut doing magic and alchemy together happy ever after. God I wish that were me.
I only thought the resolution with the prince was a bit...

And Fen occasionally visits them from his mission to f everything, and sings about his travels and adventures like a bard should, while all 3 of them sit on the porch in the evening as the sun sets. End credits.
Firstly, thank you to the publishers and netgalley for allowing me to read this novella.

I am really torn on what to say about this one.

So firstly I LOVED the story. I loved the representation and a lot happened in such a short novella. However, this felt to me quite simplistic and really like a draft rather than a finished story. I would have loved to read this fleshed out into a proper novel.
Mummy's Naughty Corner
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Well what can I say. The story line in this was good and the characters were fun. I just found the romance lacking. I like the way they meet, the circumstances but I feel like there needed to be more development for the romance. One moment they had just met the nest they were in love then the next was just too fast. I loved the cat and what part he played and all the body swapping. I think with just about 30 pages more this book would have been fantastic.
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Was a cute story that I really enjoyed. Fairies talking cats and witches are some of my favorite things the only thing missing was a dragon but I am sure they were there in this wonderful world where you can be and love who you want and magic is excepted and so is same sex marriage. It was a very nice story would recommend it only wished it was a little longer.
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J.K Pendragon is a Canadian author with a love of all things romantic and fantastical. They first came to the queer fiction community through m/m romance, but soon began to branch off into writing all kinds of queer fiction. As a bisexual and genderqueer person, J.K. is dedicated to producing diverse, entertaining fiction that showcases characters across the rainbow spectrum, and provides queer ch ...more

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