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I didn’t know when I wrote the first love spell that it would actually make things happen. Like, actually make people fall in love with each other…

How could I have known something like that? I mean, magic isn’t real, right?

But here’s the thing—the spell does work and so does the next one and the next one...and suddenly I’m getting a whole lot of attention from everyone at
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Jessica | JustReadingJess
Love Spells and Other Disasters is a very entertaining YA romance. Everyone treats Rowan like she is weird, so she only has one friend, Ethan. Rowan and Ethan know eachother very well and have always been there for eachother. It is interesting to see how their friendship changes when they are involved in romantic relationships. The story is interesting. I liked how spells and other paranormal elements. Rowan’s mom’s livelihood revolves around paranormal and talking to her late husband, but Rowan ...more
Myra
Thank you to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for providing me with an early e-copy of this book

Love Spells and Other Disasters is a cute, fun YA contemporary - with a pretty big magical element mixed in. In this book we follow Rowan Marshall, who has never believed in magic, despite her mother apparently being pretty much surrounded by it. So when she is paired up with her 'worst enemy' for a project, and they decided to sell crush spells, Rowan thinks no more of it.
However, the crush spells work,
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Ally
Where do I start?
This was a really cool book and a solid five stars.
The characters were NOT flat nor static.
the character change and development was there
and i was there for it and the characters.
I loved all of their personalities
oh my gosh, i loved Ethan
towards the end, he made me a bit mad but yeah
and luca turned weird?
This whole concept was just super cool and it seems like a but similar to instant karma?

OKAY I AM POSITIVE THAT MY INTEREST IN BOOKS IS STALKING ME.
FIRST THE VOCAB FROM ENGLISH
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Rachel
Dec 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
**I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book given to me by the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

Love Spells and Other Disasters is Angie Barrett's first published book and the writing style was great! The book is told from Rowan Marshall's point of view. Rowan is a junior and it becomes apparent very soon that the story is going with one of those "I'm not like the other girls" stereotypes. She also has a very stereotypical gay best friend who she's known her
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Brinley
This was the perfect read for winter, it was cute, fluffy, and romantic. If you look past the unlikeliness of it, it was a super enjoyable read!

Blurb
As a project for their business class, Abby and Rowan decide to write “crush spells” for their classmates. Only problem is, Rowan soon discovers that her spells actually work, and soon enough, everyone wants one. Used to being a wallflower, being desired by popular boy Luca and cast into the spotlight soon comes with serious repercussions.

I think
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Amanda
I gave this book to chapter 11 before I DNF'd this might be a case of I'm too old to relate but I think it was just way too highschool cliche that it made me cringe. The lead Rowan has the token over the top gay Best friend . A hot jock likes her despite her oddness because he's so much more than football and not like the other guys. There's also the hot mean girl and her crew who give Rowan a makeup and she gets caught up in it all and acts crappy toward her best friend. By chapter 11 I honestl ...more
Michelle
Incredibly unique storyline. This was a little slow to start but once it pulled me in I couldn’t put it down.

For a school project, Rowan winds up working with a popular girl named Abby. She kind of owes Abby one after accidentally ruining her chance at winning a STEM competition a few years ago. Abby is probably playing on Rowan’s family legend a bit when she comes up with the idea though.
Abby talks Rowan into the idea of them selling love spells. She says it’ll be something cute for a holiday l
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Ariel
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, netgalley
This was a delightful and magical read about friendship, family, and making hard choices.

It was fun to get to know Rowan and her mom. They both have fun personalities and lives that I wish I saw more of in YA books. Rowan's mom is a paranormal psychologist, or as most people call her, a ghost hunter. She has all the knowledge and abilities to help people connect to their dead relatives, and is famous for her extensive paranormal work.

As it relates to Rowan, I loved seeing her growth and accepta
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Shazia
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I voluntary read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

SYNOPSIS
When Rowan Marshall is forced to work with Abby for a school project, she doesn't realise just how much it will cost her. When Abby suggests they sell "crush spells" to students, Rowan is hesitant but then she remembers that she owes Abby. For some reason these crush spells begin to work, and they keep people coming back for more.

THOUGHTS
This sounded like a really cool concept, and I thought
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Deekay
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Love Spells and Other Disasters? Well, considering the story is about a love spell...I’m not even surprised there are many disasters that came with it. After all, it is a love spell, the spell that doesn’t last long and have too many negative side effects. In conclusion, don’t try doing love spells even though it was just for fun because you may never know it might work.

The whole story is just like any other YA-Contemporaries; there are obviously high school drama, instant attraction, silly crus
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Kera (featherboundbooks)
I can definitely see why this book would appeal to people. The writing was solid, and the character building was absolutely there. The story progressed very well, and the pacing was decent.

But this one was not for me.

We start out with a teenage introvert Rowan Marshall. She has one friend, the very best in fact, Ethan. He is out and proud and beautifully flamboyant. He balances her simple subtlety perfectly. Rowan’s mother is a psychologist with a love for everything magical and ghostly and she
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Taylor
Book 13 of 2021: 3 out of 5 Stars.

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Thank you so much to Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours, Entangled Teen, and the author for providing me with an earc in exchange for an honest review.

"𝐓𝐫𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐦𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐈 𝐬𝐚𝐲, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐡𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐠𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠."

Rowan, our teenaged MC, has always hidden in her mother's shadow. A famous parapsychologist (read: ghost hunter), Dr. Marshall is constantly conducting paranormal research throughout t
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Samantha
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“That’s not the way to build a relationship. It’s not true love to force something that was never meant to be. Love that is forced becomes warped and wrong. …You tried to make something happen that was never meant to be. You took away their freedom to choose.”

This was another one of the ARCs I got from Netgalley a couple weeks ago and I loved it! It was a perfect read to get me into the Valentine’s day mood! Rowan is a plain jane and is only known in her high school for having a mom who is a we
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Alex
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7-8-and-9
Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of Love Spells and Other Disasters in exchange for an honest review!

This was really cute, for the most part. A little bit of insta love and a significantly larger slice of predicability, Love Spells and Other Disasters follows Rowan--high school sceptic and daughter of famous medium--after realizing that the love spells she's been jokingly writing for a school project actually work.

Where this book loses me a bit is with it's price of magic. You're wa
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Fizza
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is such a perfect read. I absolutely loved all the adorable characters in it, but of course, Ethan is my favorite. I don't care if he isn't the main character. I just love him so much. Anyhow, I really enjoyed the story, and it's kind of cute how these teenagers try to dabble in the "love spells." What can go wrong? Right!
Rowan stands out as a weird one at school. Mostly, she tries to ignore how everyone looks at her, but unlike her best friend Ethan, she isn't very good at it. Now, ad
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zaira.
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
I received an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3.5 Stars

So, this is such a lovely and entertaining book! I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about love spells working? But it was so cool!
So, the story follows Rowan, who is a junior at high school (I think? I don’t really remember the school system in the US) who is considered "weird" because her mom is kinda a celebrity in the paranormal world; so, Rowan has only one friend, Ethan, who is an excellent chef and someda
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Ashley Tackett
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, publisher
I love this book more than words could explain!! I love Rowan and her Quirkiness. The fact that Rowan does not believe in magic, even with her Mother being who she is, gives an opening to just how crazy things will begin to appear. Many relationships evolve as the “spell writing” continues for it’s class projected course. The author has done an amazing job with connecting this story to YA readers. The writing style was absolutely spot on! I personally really enjoyed this book and all of the extr ...more
Eram Hussain
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The storyline is a little unusual for me, for a person who reads a LOT of YA, the plot was pretty new.

Rowan is a daughter of a "Ghost hunter" but doesn't believe in ghosts, spirits or any sort of magic.
Until one day when she writes a love/crush spell as a joke and it actually works. She continues to do it as part of an marketing school project.
As a side story she has found the perfect partner for her who treats her just right and is just perfect in all the senses.
The only over used story line w
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Lorna
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is an unusual story of school years, romance and magic but somehow it blends together into an entertaining and heartwarming novel. Firstly can I comment that the cover is one of the cutest I’ve seen in a while (totally judging a book by its cover I knew I’d love this read before picking it up).

This book sat precariously on the edge of real life and an alternate life where magic exists. We’re talking actual spells. This is the kind of novel that doesn’t usually sit right with me because it d
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L
Dec 23, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I want this I want this I want this now!!
How can anyone ignore that synopsis?
Rachel
I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review!

My opinion of this book kept changing a lot as I read it, so I'm settling right in the middle with three stars.

I really liked how the author went about the subject of Ro's father's death. The book already has the great magical realism aspect with the love spells and the added paranormal aspect was very touching.

The magical realism was really fun and I liked the discussions about magic toward the
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Yolanda
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Review will be posted on my blog on 1/21/21**

What I Liked:
*Rowan has an interesting mom who is famous for being a parapsychologist, someone who studies the mystical and unexplainable. Ro feels like people at school thinks she is weird because of it. She has one best friend, Ethan who’s been friends with her since childhood and that pretty much consists of her social life, or lack there of…until a project at school makes her realizes she has the power to cast spells.

*The romance is cute with a
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✨
Dec 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Love Spells and Other Disasters is the kind of book you read when you're cocooned in your blanket, and want to shut down every analytical cell in your body to just enjoy the fairytalish romance and maybe daydream about THE ONE.


Ro is your typical plain jane, but with a twist. She's awkward, unconfident and a humble A student who keeps to herself and only stick to her best friend "Ethan". In fact, she perceives herself as a weirdo due to her mother's fame and occupation, and embraces her low high
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Zaba Cita Novine
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
This is a book you read when you just want to relax, turn off half of your brain and maybe dream a little about that hot high school crush of yours. Maybe with a dash of magic, strong friendship, true love, and making everything right with good deeds.

In short, Rowan (a gray mouse) and Abby (your classic cheerleader) got paired on a business project to raise money for charity. Abby, wanting to impress her teacher, decides that they should sell love spells. Just for fun. Until these love spells st
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Renee
Feb 07, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What started out as an innocent enough business venture for their high school Marketing project sees unlikely duo Abby and Rowan team up to perhaps settle a historical score and earn Abby the reference she desperately needs to get into the university of her dreams. Leveraging Rowans witchypooish and ‘weird girl’ social status, the girls conceive the plan to create a love spell booth in the lead up to Valentine’s Day selling crush spells for $10 a pop. Except the twist is, Rowan’s spells actually ...more
Amanda
A teenage girl with an interesting mom, living in a wonderfully large, possibly haunted mansion starts a school project with a popular girl that has always given her a hard time. Their project? Selling love spells at the school market. What could possibly go wrong, right?!

I don't know about you, but I actually enjoy books that are a bit predictable. This one fits the bill nicely. This girl, that I pretty much adore, starts out in this book by not believing in the supernatural even though her mom
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Becky
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, contemporary, ya-na
Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 2/5/21.

Love Spells and Other Disasters was a cute debut read. Magical realism and good intentions gone very, very wrong combine in a story that starts out lighthearted but veers into darkness fairly quickly as things get out of hand. It's one of those books where you can see things going to you-know-where in a handbasket and you just want to reach in and shake the main character until she starts to make better choices, but of course you can't and of course
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Alicia
Jan 23, 2021 rated it liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for providing me with an advanced copy of this book!
All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Love Spells and Other Disasters will appeal to anyone looking for a cute teen romance to get them in the mood for Valentine’s Day, or anyone wanting a story they don’t have to be entirely present for after a long day.

The magic elements are fun, and the author certainly knows how to describe an appealing love interest. I hardly know Luca but at least I know he’s g
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Natasha
I recieved an e-arc of this from netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

So this isn't my normal genre by any means, I don't really read romance novels. Not because I have anything against them, I just vibe with fantasy a lot. But the premise was just enough fantasy to draw me in. Not going to lie to you guys, this didn't wow me and I was slightly bored throughout it.

I loved the first line of this book, "Trust me when I say, there is nothing in the world more socially crippling than ha
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Jade aka MrsTosh
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a while since I have read any YA books but I loved the cover and the title sounded interesting. The book itself reminded me of "The Secret Circle vs The Craft" it is definitely full of that high school vibe, and the popular kids and the nerdy weird ones. Rowan our MC is definitely in the latter group according to the rest of the school, she lives with her Mother in a rambling old house, where her Mother careers revolves around the paranormal. Her and her gay best friend Ethan stand out fro ...more
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Author Angie Barrett lives in a small town in Ontario, Canada in an old century home that is also known as the “cat house” because, well, Angie likes cats. A lot. She also likes shopping for books, or for anything really, and spending time RVing in the summer with her family. She has worked for sixteen years as a high school English teacher and Librarian and is currently a Curriculum Consultant fo ...more

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