“The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches” by Sangu Mandanna, Narrated by Samara MacLaren #BookReview

Georgia Kostopoulou


This was one of the most sweet and cozy witchy romances I’ve ever read! This is a book I will most definetly recommend to everyone that wants to read a witchy story or a sweet romance!

Witches exist among us! We just have no idea because they are hiding their magic, keeping it a secret from us humans, so as not to suffer as the witches of the past have. Mika Moon is one of those witches. The 31 year old woman has been alone almost all her life. She is an orphan who was raised by Primrose Everly, or to be more precise, she was raised in Primrose’s house by an horde of nannies and tutors that were coming and going every time they understood that Mika was not your usual girl. When that was happening, when someone realized Mika had magic, Primrose would swipe away their memories. As a result, Mika has nobody from her childhood that remembers her or the time they spent together. She only has Primrose and the witches of the Secret Society of Witches. The Society has very strict rules, and Primrose always makes sure these rules are followed, for their own safety. However, they don’t meet very often, as too much magic concentrated in one place would only result to something bad.

Mika got used to being alone, to not getting too attached with people and to moving often so as to avoid exposure. She loved magic and her potion making and she decided to share a video on YouTube about magic. Everyone plays witch these days, so it would ne be a reason to expose true witches to the world. Or at least, that’s what she thought, for one day she got a message with the subject: “Witch Wanted”. It seems that someone might have been able to identify Mika as a true witch, or at least this is what she would try to find out. That video definitely broke the rules, Primrose made that very clear in their last meeting. Now, this message was one more reason to delete it! Mika decides to visit that remote and hard to find place, Nowhere House, and teach the three young witches that live there with a retired actor, two long-suffering caretakers, an always missing archaeologist and Jamie. Jamie is running Nowhere House Library and is also responsible for the three girls. He is over protective of the girls and is not convinced that bringing Mika is a good idea.

I totally loved Mika’s personality! She is very relatable! A person easy to like and hang out with, at all times, It is so easy for everyone to get attached to her, as she is so kind and all she wants is to help the three girls, to teach them all she can about magic, all that she learned the hard way, be it magic or real life. As soon as she saw them, she realized she didn’t want them to go through what she has. She doesn’t want them to be alone all their lives, but to have at least each other and a few more people they could call family.

But Mika was not the only loveable character in the book! The girls where too. Each one of them had her own personality with, Rosette, the eldest one, being the most friendly of all. Terracotta, who was the middle child, was the most worried one. She didn’t want intruders in their life and Mika felt like one to her, so she sabotaged her on every possible occasion. And Altamira, the youngest one being the sweetest of all!

Jamie on the other hand is the stiff, difficult man that doesn’t like strangers. His personality alongside Mika’s was the best one to build a slow burning romance, that started as kind of a friendship and evolved into romance. I really enjoyed this part of the story, as well as the part that magic played in all that building. I loved that Jamie was Irish and that the narrator made the effort to sound like an Irishman. It’s the kind of British rom-com that I like, sprayed with tons of magic and that really worked for me. I just couldn’t stop listening! It was such heartwarming!

Thank you to NetGalley & Hodder & Stoughton Audio, Hodder & Stoughton for an advance copy of this book. The views expressed are my personal and honest opinion.


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