Friday, November 9, 2018

Novella Review: LOVE, LIES, AND HOCUS POCUS: CAT MAGIC by Lydia Sherrer


"Saving the world is such a bother when it makes you late for your nap. Blessed (or cursed, depending on who you ask) with human intelligence, Sir Edgar Allan Kipling, magical talking cat extraordinaire, spends most of his time keeping his human out of trouble. Of course, having a wizard for a human means that trouble is never far away. When Sir Kipling’s human goes away for the weekend and leaves him to guard her magical library, things start out quiet. But when he discovers a witch smelling suspiciously of demon magic snooping in his human’s office, quiet goes out the window and chaos looms on the horizon. Will Sir Kipling be able to outwit the intruders before their mischief causes permanent damage? If you are a cat person, you will adore this book. If you are a dog person, you will also adore this book, and upon completion will be inexplicably compelled to go out and adopt a cat. You have been warned."
—Amazon Plot Description

I've been planning to read the Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus novels (also known as The Lily Singer Adventures) ever since I read the intro novella A Study in Mischief. Lydia Sherrer's latest novella has piqued my interest in the main series even more. Cat Magic is a quick, fun read with the haughty talking cat Sir Edgar Allan Kipling, who steals the spotlight from our usual protagonists, the wizard Lily Singer and the witch Sebastian Blackwell, who are on their own offstage adventure. Sir Kipling is a lovable main character, and I hope when I read the main novels, he gets plenty of attention. The protection of the McCain Library couldn't be left in more capable . . . paws, heh heh. We're also introduced to a mysterious new character, an elderly wizard who Sir Kipling teams up with to stop several ill-intentioned witches. We never learn who this wizard is in the novella, but I suspect his identity will be revealed in Sherrer's main series. So I'm off to read Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Beginnings. I give Cat Magic 5 out of 5 stars!

Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Cat Magic is available on Amazon.com

"Award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of snark-filled fantasy, Lydia Sherrer thrives on creating characters and worlds you love to love, and hate to leave. She subsists on liberal amounts of dark chocolate and tea, and hates sleep because it keeps her from writing. Due to the tireless efforts of her fire-spinning gamer husband and her two overlords, er cats, she remains sane and even occasionally remembers to leave the house. Though she graduated with a dual BA in Chinese and Arabic, after traveling the world she came home to Louisville, KY and decided to stay there. Lydia is not just out to write good books, but to make the world a better place, one story at a time. Her goal is to write with purpose, inspiring others to dig deep into the life they’ve been given and to dream big, because the world is built on dreams."
—Amazon Author Biography

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