Dark, Witch & Creamy by H.Y. Hanna

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Pages: 464

Series: Bewitched by Chocolate, Book 1

Genres: Mystery; Paranormal; Fantasy; Witches; Romance; Magic; Urban Fantasy

Publication date: January 30, 2017

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Caitlyn’s world changes when she learns that she was found as an abandoned baby and adopted by her American family. Now, her search for answers takes her to the tiny English village of Tillyhenge where a man has been murdered by witchcraft – and where a mysterious shop selling enchanted chocolates is home to the “local witch”…

Soon Caitlyn finds herself fending off a toothless old vampire, rescuing an adorable kitten and meeting handsome aristocrat Lord James Fitzroy… not to mention discovering that she herself might have magical blood in her veins!

When she’s dragged into the murder investigation and realizes that dark magic is involved, Caitlyn is forced to choose. Can she embrace her witchy powers in time to solve the mystery and save those she loves?

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“Hello? Earth to Caitlyn?”

She blinked and refocused on her cousin. “Sorry, what were you saying?”

“I was saying that it’s not just me. There are rumours going around here too. The locals agree that Tillyhenge has a reputation for being weird.”

“Weird? What do you mean, weird?”

“Like… the weather is always different there. It could be sunny everywhere else but when you get there, it’s grey and misty – or it’s raining all over the Cotswolds but completely dry in Tillyhenge… And if you’re driving, the GPS can’t find it, no matter how you give the directions. In fact, it doesn’t even show up on satellite images – they told me it’s just a green blur, as if there’s nothing there but forest!” Pomona shuddered. “Don’t you think that’s creepy?”

Chapter One

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I’ll admit, this series isn’t the most well written. But it is an incredibly enjoyable read. The plot of all of these books is quite predictable, but in a fun way. Sure I wasn’t really shocked by what I read here, but I had fun watching things unfold along the way.

This, the first book in the series, does a pretty good job at setting the scene for the series that is to come. Set mostly in a small village in the British countryside, the characters are all up in each others’ business. And while I’d hate that being my actual life, I certainly love that atmosphere in the worlds I read about.

If you look at the rating I gave this story – just a measly 2.5/5 stars – it’s clear that this wasn’t even close to being one of my favourite reads. However, it did give me what I wanted out of the story. It was a cute little romance that took me out of the real world for a while. It’s not a masterpiece and it’s not a story I think I’ll ever find myself rereading for the plot. But it was enjoyable. And sometimes that’s all you need out of a story.

This book must have done something right to get me to pick up the next 6 books in the series. And read them all in the span of just a couple of weeks.

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*Spoilers ahead*

Throughout the book, Caitlyn discovers that her denial of magic was truly silly of her. Being a witch herself, it’s no wonder strange things happened around her. Getting first hand experience into the existence of witches and vampires, Caitlyn’s life is never going to be the same.

While media usually portrays vampires a certain way – usually hot “teenage” or “young adult” looking vampires if the last couple of decades tells me anything – this story takes the twist in a whole different direction. Getting to meet Caitlyn’s vampire uncle, Viktor, it’s clear that the vampires in this series aren’t always what the media has portrayed them to be. This old vamp constantly loses his dentures. Not to mention the fact that he takes the saying “blind as a bat” to a whole new level!

And then of course we get the dashing lord of the manor, James Fitzroy. A young gentleman that’s opposed to the idea of the existence of witches and the occult living on the land his family has been maintaining for generations, he’s always the first to dash the villagers’ cries of witch. Caitlyn’s newfound family might be considered witchy outcasts to the villagers, but James is convinced the villagers don’t know what they’re talking about. If only he knew…

Caitlyn herself might have been a strong opponent to Pomona’s belief in witchcraft, but she was pretty accepting of her own heritage as a witch. Of course, having a familial affinity to chocolate doesn’t hurt. I can only imagine what kind of perfection the Widow Mags creates – and that’s before she adds a truly magical flare to it.

Like I said earlier, this was a cute introduction to the world. Not the most groundbreaking story I’ve ever read, but one I enjoyed nonetheless. Perhaps my rating of the story would have been higher if I hadn’t read so many better books the month I read the first seven books in this series.

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