Ahoy there me mateys! Those who have been aboard for a while know that urban fantasy and I are not usually friends. In fact we tend to be enemies. I can’t explain why. It’s just a truth. And yet recently I loved the DFZ series.
Then when I was perusing me Goodreads’ ports for plunder list to find something that fit me mood, the First Mate told me to scroll back up to see what had a caught his eye. Apparently his unconscious mind was finding me the perfect book because I adored slouch witch. I loved it so much that the next day I binged these next two books in the trilogy and the bonus novella. Seriously I never really do that and for an UF series no less! I took me longer to find time to write this combined review then to gobble up the books.
Though I try to post no spoilers, this be for the rest of a series and so read ahead at yer own peril . . .
So after the events of book one, Ivy just wants her life back to normal. However, when she is offered a job on the set of her favorite reality series, of course she takes it. The second book has Ivy assigned as a PA (production assistant) to help solve a murder that involves magic. Now as far as film and film sets work, this book isn’t really realistic at all. This book was so silly and ridiculous that I kept rolling me eyes. I kept reading though because I just love Ivy and her awesome cat Brutus. Ivy is just so funny. The plot wasn’t completely the point. The relationship drama was a bit dumb too. The solution for who-dun-it wasn’t a surprise. But again Ivy and Brutus win. I was entertained enough to immediately pick up the next book.
Book three was excellent fun and much better than the middle book. Ivy’s time on set not only kicked her butt but also had an unintentional magical side-effect that I can’t share cause of spoilers. Ivy finds herself drawn into yet another murder mystery. Brutus is awesome. This investigation unfolds very nicely. The complications involved are so funny and there were unexpected events all over the place. The romance still stays in the background while evolving well. I absolutely loved how this series wrapped up. Seriously delightful. Especially the epilogue. I am so glad I read it and would gush more but can’t cause of spoilers.
Then there comes a bonus novella that is a holiday story set after the series is over. There is a missing Christmas tree artifact that if not found signals very bad things. So Ivy has to find it. I really enjoyed getting to see Ivy and Winter settled into their new life routine and what Ivy’s role has become in the magical world. And of course Brutus rocks. I am glad I read this.
Much thanks to Matey Sarah @ Brainfluff for letting me know about this fantastic series. Arrr!
Goodreads has this to say about the book one (cause the rest have spoilers!):
To make one thing clear: Ivy Wilde is not a heroine.
Actually, she is the very last witch in the world to be called if you need magical support (which doesn’t mean she couldn’t!). If it were up to Ivy herself, she would like to hang out on the couch all day, watch series, munch junk food and have arguments with her cat. But due to a bureaucratic mistake, Ivy becomes a victim of a reversed identity and involuntarily – very, very involuntarily! – hurled right into the Arcane Branch, the investigative agency of the Holy Order of Magical Enlightenment.
Ivy’s problems quickly quadruple when a valuable object was stolen and she was forced to work with Adeptus Exemptus Raphael Winter. Raphael’s sapphire-blue eyes somehow make butterflies flutter in Ivy’s stomach, but the adeptus actually shows everything that Ivy deeply rejects: the joyless pitfalls of too much stoic witchcraft. And the longer Raphael sucks, the greater your desire … to turn him into a frog!
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