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Darcy Merriweather and her sister, Harper, hail from a long line of witches who have the power to grant wishes using spells. They've come to Enchanted Village in Salem, Massachusetts, to join the family business, but they soon find themselves knee deep in murder... Until three weeks ago, Darcy and Harper were working dead-end jobs and trying to put their troubles behind the Darcy Merriweather and her sister, Harper, hail from a long line of witches who have the power to grant wishes using spells. They've come to Enchanted Village in Salem, Massachusetts, to join the family business, but they soon find themselves knee deep in murder... Until three weeks ago, Darcy and Harper were working dead-end jobs and trying to put their troubles behind them. Then their aunt Velma delivered a bombshell: They're actually Wishcrafters - witches with the power to grant wishes with a mere spell. Wanting a fresh start, they head to their aunt's magic-themed tourist town to master their newfound skills. But their magic fails them when a wannabe witch turns up dead - strangled with Aunt Ve's scarf - and Ve's sweetheart, Sylar, is found looming over the body. Ve is standing by her man, but Darcy overheard Skylar wish that the victim would disappear - forever. With Harper distracted by her handsome new crush, Darcy is determined to sleuth her way to the truth. But it'll take more than a wish to unravel this mystery....


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Darcy Merriweather and her sister, Harper, hail from a long line of witches who have the power to grant wishes using spells. They've come to Enchanted Village in Salem, Massachusetts, to join the family business, but they soon find themselves knee deep in murder... Until three weeks ago, Darcy and Harper were working dead-end jobs and trying to put their troubles behind the Darcy Merriweather and her sister, Harper, hail from a long line of witches who have the power to grant wishes using spells. They've come to Enchanted Village in Salem, Massachusetts, to join the family business, but they soon find themselves knee deep in murder... Until three weeks ago, Darcy and Harper were working dead-end jobs and trying to put their troubles behind them. Then their aunt Velma delivered a bombshell: They're actually Wishcrafters - witches with the power to grant wishes with a mere spell. Wanting a fresh start, they head to their aunt's magic-themed tourist town to master their newfound skills. But their magic fails them when a wannabe witch turns up dead - strangled with Aunt Ve's scarf - and Ve's sweetheart, Sylar, is found looming over the body. Ve is standing by her man, but Darcy overheard Skylar wish that the victim would disappear - forever. With Harper distracted by her handsome new crush, Darcy is determined to sleuth her way to the truth. But it'll take more than a wish to unravel this mystery....

30 review for It Takes a Witch (A Wishcraft Mystery #1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Why read: ARC tour review What impressed me: It Takes a Witch takes a fabulous new look at witches. Instead of being able to do spells off all kinds, its witches are specialized through their hereditary lines. The most interesting line in Enchanted Village is Wishcrafters, those who make peoples wishes comes true. Main character Darcy being a Wishcrafter and having to grant any statement that begins with "I wish" makes for huge possibilities for the future of this series. This novel has a double Why read: ARC tour review What impressed me: It Takes a Witch takes a fabulous new look at witches. Instead of being able to do spells off all kinds, its witches are specialized through their hereditary lines. The most interesting line in Enchanted Village is Wishcrafters, those who make peoples wishes comes true. Main character Darcy being a Wishcrafter and having to grant any statement that begins with "I wish" makes for huge possibilities for the future of this series. This novel has a double mystery, neither of which I foresaw the resolution to. And the familiars! And the love interest! And the surprise twist ending! I could go on and on. It Takes a Witch just wowed me. What disappointed me: Not a thing. An absolutely perfect series starter. Recommended: Most definitely. Paranormal cozy mystery fans will fall in love with Darcy Merriweather and Enchanted Village. Continue series: Good lord, yes. You couldn't stop me if you tried.

  2. 5 out of 5

    TL

    2.5 stars *Another random grab off Overdrive app* Characters: 4 stars Plot: 3 stars Writing: 2.5 stars Narrator: 4 stars --- This was an interesting concept, with so-so execution. I did love the idea of The Enchanted Village and the different crafts each Crafter had. I also liked how the author did the magic system for the most part and how the Craft was hereditary.. each person having a specific craft instead of everyone casting spells for anything/everything. *SPOILER AHEAD, LOOK AT YOUR OWN RISK* One 2.5 stars *Another random grab off Overdrive app* Characters: 4 stars Plot: 3 stars Writing: 2.5 stars Narrator: 4 stars --- This was an interesting concept, with so-so execution. I did love the idea of The Enchanted Village and the different crafts each Crafter had. I also liked how the author did the magic system for the most part and how the Craft was hereditary.. each person having a specific craft instead of everyone casting spells for anything/everything. *SPOILER AHEAD, LOOK AT YOUR OWN RISK* One part that didn't sit well with me was (view spoiler)[the crafter losing their powers if they tell their mortal spouse yet the husband/wife becomes a half crafter by marriage but no powers, just knowledge. Now I can understand keeping the magical community safe by not blabbing to outsiders and if the marriage doesn't work out, the former other half blabbing to anyone they knew to try and get back at their ex (though would anyone believe em?). But on the other hand, losing your powers because you don't want to keep it secret from your spouse.. that seems extreme. Why not just a spell of forgetfulness if the couple parts? Or a spell that would prevent them from blabbing instead? Seems unfair to the person in question to ask them to keep such a big part of themselves from their husband/wife... and the child too then, when his/her powers come into play (if the mom/dad crafter raises them like that?). The half-crafter part for the mortal spouse was creative though, I'll give you that. But the other thing really bothered me. (hide spoiler)] The mystery of the murder and the culprit didn't pull me in for the most part, I was curious enough to see who did it and why but otherwise I wasn't really invested. I kept going with the book because I fell in love with the village and its inhabitants. Favorites besides the MC and her sister: Ve Mrs. P Mimi Evan Starla When the killer was revealed, it WAS a surprise but I felt... nothing. Well... a bit except it was more of "Oh, that's who it was." type of reaction. The motive made sense but it felt like (to me) that it came out of left field, so to speak. I wanted to smack Darcy at one point when she discovered a certain clue and went after it herself. Felt like it was put there for drama's sake. A couple surprises came late in the game... and have me very intrigued, specially the latter. (Although I don't get all the secrecy surrounding the one point completely... hopefully it isn't dangled for too long). All in all, very creative, with a few issues... I am interested enough to continue with the series. We'll see how it goes :).

  3. 5 out of 5

    ᑭIᑭEᖇ⒤ᗩᗰ

    This was a fun whodunnit with a delightful cast of quirky characters( Pepe the talking french mouse, a Phyllis Diller look alike!Haha!) Most of the time there is no fooling me as to who the murderer is, whether it's tv or books. The author was very smart about making many of the characters suspects which had me guessing who and why until the end. The romance is pretty much nonexistent but it's been set up for the next book, which I'm totally going to read!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sinn

    I was so excited to receive this book in the mail! The "Uncorrected Proofs" got me extremely excited! It made me feel like I was finally coming into my own as a book blogger! I really, really, really wanted to like this book, especially with the nice note left by the author. Unfortunately, I could not convince myself. Where do I start? When I started reading this book, my husband asked what I thought of it. I told him that it was obvious it was the author's first book. It needed a lot of work. Th I was so excited to receive this book in the mail! The "Uncorrected Proofs" got me extremely excited! It made me feel like I was finally coming into my own as a book blogger! I really, really, really wanted to like this book, especially with the nice note left by the author. Unfortunately, I could not convince myself. Where do I start? When I started reading this book, my husband asked what I thought of it. I told him that it was obvious it was the author's first book. It needed a lot of work. The author, while having an interesting story idea, needed to mature into her craft. After that, I found out the author has written several books. Oh wow . . . First of all, I found Darcy and Harper's last name to be way too cliche. I could see it as a cute touch to a first time author, but it really annoyed me. Also, when a pickpocket was mentioned at the village meeting, Darcy was quick to jump to the conclusion that her sister was responsible. However, the audience is told that Harper only did crimes related to activism. That being the case, why does Darcy automatically assume her sister is stealing money from tourists? And that brings up the Enchanted Village . . . I cannot put my finger on it, but it felt too contrived. The residents and business owners in the Enchanted Village are concerned about the pickpocket and the fact that it was driving tourists away. However, the murder had no effect on them. Does this seem weird? In addition, the residents didn't seem to be phased by the fact that someone was strangled behind the local bookstore. It was more of a novelty and something to titter about around the green. To a point I can see the gossip, but the author pushed it to an unbelievable point. Multiple times Darcy and other people break into the victim's house/place of business. On the first occasion, it was to stop a thief. Unfortunately, the thief disappears into thin air, which leaves Darcy and her accomplice on the scene of a crime. Does this strike the cops as weird . . .? And, if this isn't enough, Darcy constantly tells the audience that she frowns upon breaking laws; however, since it was fine to break in once, she breaks in AGAIN! Almost every chapter ends with a cliffhanger. The following chapter picks up sometime after the cliffhanger and barely comes back to it. While I understand a few cliffhangers, constantly doing it is a sign of an immature writer. It felt as though she was doing it in an effort to keep the readers reading. And, to add insult of injury, the characters in the book honestly believe that an allergic reaction is CONTAGIOUS! There are many more issues I had with the book, but going into all of them would be overkill. To distill it down, I really did not enjoy this book. The idea was a creative one; however, it was not implemented properly. Normally, I would have given the author a lot of grace if this was her first book. It can take awhile for an author to mature into their craft. However, since she has many books out, there is no excuse. I'm sorry to give a low rating. The only thing that kept this book from getting one skull was the fact that I was curious who murdered Alex.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

    This book was incredibly cute/fun/light. Perfect if you're in the mood for a cozy or something amusing. It takes the witch theme and does something completely different with it. Rather than just the urban characters, the entire small town, 'Enchanted Village', is charming. Special touches are even added to each business name such as Spellbound books. People who are into a lot of magic and different elements surrounding that may be disappointed, though. To me the witch style is a bit weak that th This book was incredibly cute/fun/light. Perfect if you're in the mood for a cozy or something amusing. It takes the witch theme and does something completely different with it. Rather than just the urban characters, the entire small town, 'Enchanted Village', is charming. Special touches are even added to each business name such as Spellbound books. People who are into a lot of magic and different elements surrounding that may be disappointed, though. To me the witch style is a bit weak that the main character possesses. In this world there are different types of crafters. It rocks humor without having to try hard and the characters are likeable. The heroine Darcy has some realistic hangups and flaws, while the love interest of the story, Nick, is serious and yummy. From charming to chuckle-inducing, it's the entire town and their interactions which really makes the book have a sparkle. Who the murderer is was a surprise to a degree (I guessed it before it was revealed, but only at the end), and the clues and lead-up are good for mystery buffs searching for a puzzle worth solving. As is usual with cozies, the violence level isn't high, gore not there in any way (unless you count disgusting, suspicious rashes!) Pacing is evenly applied, and the writing style holds its own charm. I do have to wonder if this is an error though and if the writer meant homemade soap, not candles: "..just about drove Troy nuts when he came home to find the hall mirror suddenly turned into mosaic of the house stinking of lye because I'd try to make homemade candles.." It was a nice surprise for the emphasis in reading and love of books to be heavy. The heroine's sister, Harper, another fun quirky type, emphasizes throughout the novel how much she loves books. Found this part particularly cute: "He does manage the bookstore, which is currently my favorite place on earth." Her eyes glazed over. "All those books. If I married him, I could probably work there the rest of my life. Nothing would make me happier." "What about love?" Ve asked. "Oh," Harper said solemnly. "I love books." Overall I'm itching for more of this series and will definitely continue it. It's not the best magic/witch book I've read, but it's charm makes an incredible cozy mystery.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Maureen DeLuca

    I went with an open mind- I gave it a shot. Not for me- But, there are those who really enjoyed it- so I guess ignore my review - and read some others. To be honest , I read this for one of my book challenges- I would not have picked this book up otherwise. But, the good thing about some challenges- it can give you an 'excuse' to pick up a book you otherwise would not have. I had some "good, cute" moments- but just not enough of them!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Leya

    This book should have had a disclaimer on the cover: Do not start reading before bed. It may keep you up all night. And it did, too. Once I began the book I couldn't put it down and yes I was up until 3ish this morning. I cannot complain. The book is very good. Me, on the other hand, not so much. I've been dragging my feet all day long. Yes, I'm tired but I got to read a really book. Darcy and Harper are new to Enchanted Village and to the Craft. They go about their daily life slowly adjusting to This book should have had a disclaimer on the cover: Do not start reading before bed. It may keep you up all night. And it did, too. Once I began the book I couldn't put it down and yes I was up until 3ish this morning. I cannot complain. The book is very good. Me, on the other hand, not so much. I've been dragging my feet all day long. Yes, I'm tired but I got to read a really book. Darcy and Harper are new to Enchanted Village and to the Craft. They go about their daily life slowly adjusting to a new place and their gift, they're learning the rules and secrecy of having this gift. Along the way they meet interesting people and I got a feeling that this series entourage with be awesome. The main character, Darcy, is very likable, she's going through an adjustment period her life, she's newly divorced and she's sworn off man. Until she meets Nick. He too has some issues, he's a single dad raising a daughter. Oh yeah, they're attracted to each other, and I just know that the author will stretch this romance for a few books. Hehehe. There are a bunch of other interesting people, Evan and Starla, Aunt Ve, Pepe, Mrs P, and Arthur. The mystery itself was a very well written. I truly could not guess who could have killed Alex. It seemed like the list a growing constantly. And I was very surprised on who the murderer was.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anagha Uppal

    Originally posted on my blog: http://book-spark.blogspot.com Received as part of a book tour An enchanting beginning to a fun, cute series! When sisters Darcy and Harper are told that they are witches (Wishcrafters to be exact), their world is turned upside down – and they are slightly relieved. Darcy is still recovering from a brutal divorce and Harper has just been released from jail (her attempts at activism tend to get her in trouble). They arrive into the quaint little town of Enchanted Villag Originally posted on my blog: http://book-spark.blogspot.com Received as part of a book tour An enchanting beginning to a fun, cute series! When sisters Darcy and Harper are told that they are witches (Wishcrafters to be exact), their world is turned upside down – and they are slightly relieved. Darcy is still recovering from a brutal divorce and Harper has just been released from jail (her attempts at activism tend to get her in trouble). They arrive into the quaint little town of Enchanted Village that seems harmless on the outside. They’ve only been here two weeks when the sudden murder of Alexandra Shively rocks the town. Even more, the girls’ aunt’s sweetheart is accused when he is found leaning over the body. Everyone is convinced he’s as dangerous as a big teddy bear -couldn’t hurt a fly. Or is he so harmless? With her sister Harper falling for the bookstore owner and her aunt beside herself with worry, it’s up to Darcy to solve this mystery. And the private detective on the case she somehow keeps bumping into isn’t such a bad incentive either… I loved the intimate atmosphere of the book and its setting. What a fun place to live in! The former location of the Salem Witch Trials, witchcraft is widely practiced but is hidden under the guise of commercialism for tourists. How cool would it be to live in a place where everyone knows each other and the Crafters run charming stores. The Wishcrafters run As You Wish, where you can order just about any job done. The Bakecrafter runs Gingerbread Shack filled with delectable sweets and you-can’t-stop-after-one mini-treats. The Curecrafter is a highly recommended doctor. The Cloakcrafter has awesome dresses. And the tourists don’t have a clue about the magic. It’s the perfect haven. And the characters are what make it such a cool place. It’s a little difficult to keep them straight – there are a LOT of characters and you’re introduced to many in the first chapter which was hard to keep up, but once you start to get to know them, they’re easy to like. I love how they are all so accepting. Starla starts making plans to go jogging together after one conversation with Darcy. Darcy is so worried she goes to check up on Evan a day after she meets him (he’s not the love interest, don’t worry!) They’re all just so sweet! The romance was just okay. I can’t explain it but it wasn’t the kind of couple you would find yourself rooting for. The book provided plenty of twists and nice page-turning mystery, but there was always this underlying “happy” atmosphere that most reminded me of the show Hart of Dixie (yes, I watch that sometimes ;)

  9. 4 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    This new mystery series introduces us to Darcy and Harper Merriweather. They have come to Salem, Massachusetts and the Enchanted Village to help their Aunt Ve in the family business. You see, they come from a long line of witches, specifically Wishcrafters, they can make wishes come true. The news of their history is quite a surprise but they are going to embrace it and learn all about it with the help of Aunt Ve. The first thing they learn is that the village is inhabited by witches and mortals This new mystery series introduces us to Darcy and Harper Merriweather. They have come to Salem, Massachusetts and the Enchanted Village to help their Aunt Ve in the family business. You see, they come from a long line of witches, specifically Wishcrafters, they can make wishes come true. The news of their history is quite a surprise but they are going to embrace it and learn all about it with the help of Aunt Ve. The first thing they learn is that the village is inhabited by witches and mortals and telling who’s who is not an easy task. Shortly after arriving in the village a mortal that wants to be a witch is strangled with dear Aunt Ve’s scarf. The body is found by Aunt Ve’s sweetheart, Sylar, and he ends up being accused of the crime. Ve believes he didn’t do it and the girls would do anything for their aunt. Unfortunately you can’t just wish for the truth to appear. In fact there is a whole manual on Wishcrafting and there are so many rules. So Darcy starts by doing some old fashioned detective work, a little breaking and entering, and some eavesdropping to put all the clues together. Who knew magic could be so much work? Dollycas’s Thoughts I wish this story never ended or that the next one was in my hands today. This is a fun little mystery and a really delightful story. Murder, magic, mystery, they just naturally go together. A little romance adds to the fun. The Enchanted Village is truly a magical place, full of whimsical characters. A place where wishes come true and spells are cast. A place where the familiar becomes extraordinary. A place I would love to visit often. I wish I could go there now. Sadly, no Wishcrafters around here today, but A Witch Before Dying will be out in August. I will just have to wait. Until then you can enjoy It Takes a Witch: A Wishcraft Mystery. It is just the book you have been wishing for.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Deena

    This is the third series I've tried by Heather Blake/Webber. I really enjoy the Lucy Valentine stories she writes under the name Heather Webber. But this one... The premise is fine, I guess. But the world-building is extremely weak, poorly developed, badly explained, and implemented unreasonably. The protagonist is almost painfully stupid for much of the book, which was too long. The "crafter" concept just didn't work for me. "Lawcrafter"? Seriously? I'm pretty good at suspending disbelief, but t This is the third series I've tried by Heather Blake/Webber. I really enjoy the Lucy Valentine stories she writes under the name Heather Webber. But this one... The premise is fine, I guess. But the world-building is extremely weak, poorly developed, badly explained, and implemented unreasonably. The protagonist is almost painfully stupid for much of the book, which was too long. The "crafter" concept just didn't work for me. "Lawcrafter"? Seriously? I'm pretty good at suspending disbelief, but the whole thing was just too weak and flimsy for me to handle. I doubt I'll bother with the second one; this one was just disappointing.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    It is very rare for me to feel a debut of a new mystery series deserves a five star rating, but, in "It Takes a Witch" by Heather Blake, it easily deserved the rating. We are introduced to two sisters that have just found out they are 'Wishcrafters' meaning Witches that can grant wishes. Of course there are rules and they must be learned and adhered to. The elder sister, Darcy Merriweather, loves her new found skills and is so excited to move to The Enchanted Village in Salem, MA. The younger sis It is very rare for me to feel a debut of a new mystery series deserves a five star rating, but, in "It Takes a Witch" by Heather Blake, it easily deserved the rating. We are introduced to two sisters that have just found out they are 'Wishcrafters' meaning Witches that can grant wishes. Of course there are rules and they must be learned and adhered to. The elder sister, Darcy Merriweather, loves her new found skills and is so excited to move to The Enchanted Village in Salem, MA. The younger sister, Harper is happy working in a bookstore. This feels quite realistic as I would imagine being a true witch wouldn't be for everyone. Darcy and Harper become involved in a murder of a wannabee witch, Alex when their Aunt's gentleman friend is accused of the murder. Many delightful pages are spent letting us learn about the characters in the village and the sometimes humor involved in being a wishcrafter! A sprinkle of romance and this book was a complete joy to read. I can hardly wait until the high summer to read the next novel.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mirjam

    Heather Blake's It Takes a Witch is an utterly bewitching and compulsive read. Time stood still while I was reading the book and it was only when I finished the book that I noticed it was long after midnight. On a weekday. However, It Takes a Witch is well worth sacrificing one's beauty sleep for! Heather Blake did an outstanding job creating a good plot, a charming community with big secrets, loveable characters and cute familiars. I enjoyed discovering the different crafts and the secret craft Heather Blake's It Takes a Witch is an utterly bewitching and compulsive read. Time stood still while I was reading the book and it was only when I finished the book that I noticed it was long after midnight. On a weekday. However, It Takes a Witch is well worth sacrificing one's beauty sleep for! Heather Blake did an outstanding job creating a good plot, a charming community with big secrets, loveable characters and cute familiars. I enjoyed discovering the different crafts and the secret crafters community along with the very disarming Darcy Merriweather. Blake's characters are all well-drafted and very likeable, but the truly irresistible characters were the familiars. Especially the wonderful Pepe. I really hope Pepe continues to be an important supportive character in this series! According to Fantastic Fiction the second book in this amazing new supernatural mystery series is due in August this year. I would be sorely disappointed if they are wrong or the book is delayed. Thank you, Heather, for this amazing and well-imagined whodunit!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    Wishcraft Begins The first in the Wishcraft paranormal mysteries. I had trouble at first getting into the story. Once I understood the story I found myself smiling throughout out the book. After the death of their father Darcy and Harper learned from their Aunt Ve that they are Wishcrafters and they moved to Salem, Massachusetts to her. They have a lot to learn and have just started when a woman is murdered and Sylar their aunt's friend is acussed of the crime. There are twists and turns,througho Wishcraft Begins The first in the Wishcraft paranormal mysteries. I had trouble at first getting into the story. Once I understood the story I found myself smiling throughout out the book. After the death of their father Darcy and Harper learned from their Aunt Ve that they are Wishcrafters and they moved to Salem, Massachusetts to her. They have a lot to learn and have just started when a woman is murdered and Sylar their aunt's friend is acussed of the crime. There are twists and turns,throughout as Darcy learned a about the Enchanted Village. The ending had me smillingq

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I really enjoyed this Cozy mystery, featuring Darcy, her Sister and other Wishcrafters and Crafters that she knows. Darcy gets involved solving a murder in The Enchanted Village, while starting a relationship with a ex-cop. She also meets some interesting characters in The Enchanted Village, including pets that were once humans.. There are some "twists and turns"...before the killer is revealed. The ending suprised me! Im looking forward to the 2nd in this series!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Di

    I really enjoyed this! Learning about the different types of Crafters and trying to unravel the mystery kept me intrigued. The installment tied up nicely and left on a very interesting tidbit. Definitely will be continuing with this series. #Book1CoziesClub August Book of the Month

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I really enjoyed this book. It was perfect for the Halloween season and such a nice break from all the gritty murder crime books I have been reading. I am definitely going to keep up with the series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Fun, fluffy cozy mystery with a touch of magic. I'll probably binge snack on these books when I'm looking for something light and entertaining :)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Ehlers

    Was originally posted on Paranormal Sisters: http://paranormalsisters.blogspot.com... I knew from the very first chapter I was going to love It Takes a Witch! "Usually I'm not in the habit of tiptoeing through strange houses under the cover of darkness. It was unsettling to say the least, and I felt completely out of sorts. My outfit only added to my discomfort. The flouncy, frilly pink satin bodysuit, tulle tutu, and pink ballet slippers were a far cry from my usual jeans and tee." I was sad when Was originally posted on Paranormal Sisters: http://paranormalsisters.blogspot.com... I knew from the very first chapter I was going to love It Takes a Witch! "Usually I'm not in the habit of tiptoeing through strange houses under the cover of darkness. It was unsettling to say the least, and I felt completely out of sorts. My outfit only added to my discomfort. The flouncy, frilly pink satin bodysuit, tulle tutu, and pink ballet slippers were a far cry from my usual jeans and tee." I was sad when I didn't have time to read this back in September, it was a library book and I just couldn't keep renewing it. But one day I knew I would get to it again, probably even buy it because I just had to have it! For my birthday last year, hubby took me to Barnes & Noble and let me pick out a few books as a gift. The first place I went to was the mystery aisle and I picked up It Takes a Witch in a heartbeat! Now I'm dying for the sequel! I really loved that this was more than just a mystery book. You ever read one where it's all about the mystery (which is obviously the point) but you don't really feel like you get anything about the main character? Or enough to feel connected? I have and I'm so grateful that that's not the case with this one! Mrs. Blake has created such a unique and charming world! I was sucked in immediately by how enticing Enchanted Village was! If it was a real place, I would so go there for a visit! And the characters she created, I just couldn't get enough! Darcy and Harper need a change and when they find the truth about their heritage, they take the change hand on. Moving in with their estrange Grandmother, they embrace their new found power of being Wishcrafters. There's so much magic in this world it just bleeds off the pages, it is absolutely easy to get lost within this book! I just couldn't get enough! Since Darcy is new to the magic she can end up in quite a few sticky situations- like wishing up a wombat for a little boy. Learning about the Wishcraft world was an absolute joy for me! Though there was one part about being a Wishcrafter I thought was kind of sad- they can't be in pictures or videos as instead of seeing them, in place would be a bright star. Other than that, this a is a light, fun read and as the page count was getting higher and I was getting closer to the end, I just didn't want it to end! I was honestly hoping another hundred pages would just magically appear and I could continue to be a part of this world haha. Which is why I'm dying for the sequel! Overall I was hooked, turning page after page! The mystery had me on my toes and honestly I had no idea whatsoever on who the killer was. I'm so pleased by all the twist and turns, the lot of secrets being revealed throughout the story. It was truly a blast and I hope to fall back into this world again soon! I also loved watching Darcy grow and find her way, embracing who she is and finding happiness within herself after getting a divorce. Though it's been two years I loved that she didn't dive head first when love interest Nick came into the picture. Their relationship is a blooming one, them getting to know each other before starting a relationship and I loved it. It Takes a Witch wasn't blinded by the romance, it was truly balanced well with the mystery and us getting to know this world along with Darcy. I can already tell this is going to be a favorite series of mine!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Having adored Heather Webber's Lucy Valentine series, I knew It Takes a Witch under her new pen name Heather Blake would have a lot to live up to. (I'm actually am so enamored with the Lucy Valentine books that I don't want to read book three which, as it stands now, is the last book in the series.) I am pleased to report that It Takes a Witch held its own. Whereas the Lucy Valentine books dabble in the paranormal, It Takes a Witch is fully paranormal because it centers around a community of Craf Having adored Heather Webber's Lucy Valentine series, I knew It Takes a Witch under her new pen name Heather Blake would have a lot to live up to. (I'm actually am so enamored with the Lucy Valentine books that I don't want to read book three which, as it stands now, is the last book in the series.) I am pleased to report that It Takes a Witch held its own. Whereas the Lucy Valentine books dabble in the paranormal, It Takes a Witch is fully paranormal because it centers around a community of Crafters (AKA witches) living among mortals in a little New England town. The town capitalizes on their witchy reputation by commercializing it, and making it a magical destination, completely unawares that there are real witches in residence. However, Enchanted Village has had a recent crime wave though that starts with some pick pocketing and ends with a murder which is not only bad for publicity, it's downright unneighborly. I love the setting of this book because I live not too far from a quaint mystical community that may or may not be home to real witches and It Takes a Witch provided a wonderful scope for the imagination. The mystery is good. I didn't find myself pushing to figure out the whodunit of it all, because there were so many small mysteries to enjoy unravelling. Some of the things I solved before Darcy and some I didn't... and a few little things Heather Blake left unresolved for the next book. There's also a good dose of her trademark humor and witty dialogue. My only complaint is that I felt that I didn't get to know the characters quite as well as I would have liked, but there were an abundance of them, which is perhaps why Blake didn't explore them as deeply as she could have. I loved that so few of the characters are who they seem to be on the surface. I also liked the fact that Darcy wasn't investigating the town crime wave because she was nosy or curious, but because she got pulled into it in an attempt to protect her family. This story was a snapshot into Darcy's and Harper's life. I want to know about Darcy's past. I want to know Nick's story. I want to know more about Darcy's family heritage as Crafters. I want to know more about the community of Crafters. I want to know more about the different Crafters. I want to know about the Elder. And I definitely want to know more about the crazy twist at the end. I want... to read the next book! The crazy thing is, I wouldn't mind if Heather Blake switched protagonists with each story in the series. That's not to say that I didn't love Darcy, it's just that there isn't an uninteresting character and they certainly provide a wealth of untapped stories for the continuation of the series. If you are looking for a nice light mystery with lots of great characters, a little magic, and a little romance, you've got to check out It Takes a Witch. Also check out her other books, published under Heather Webber. I have quite a few of them in my TBR pile. http://www.girlsjustreading.blogspot....

  20. 5 out of 5

    Book of Secrets

    I bought this book a year ago, and I'm sorry it took so long to read it. Great stuff! The blurb doesn't say much about the story, so I'll fill you in... Recently divorced Darcy Merriweather and her younger sister Harper have just moved to Enchanted Village in Salem, Massachusetts, after the death of their father. Their Aunt Ve let them in on a little family secret - they're both Wishcrafters. They inherited the power to grant wishes from their mother who died many years ago, but their father didn I bought this book a year ago, and I'm sorry it took so long to read it. Great stuff! The blurb doesn't say much about the story, so I'll fill you in... Recently divorced Darcy Merriweather and her younger sister Harper have just moved to Enchanted Village in Salem, Massachusetts, after the death of their father. Their Aunt Ve let them in on a little family secret - they're both Wishcrafters. They inherited the power to grant wishes from their mother who died many years ago, but their father didn't want them practicing witchcraft while he was alive. Now Darcy and Harper are living with Aunt Ve in the Enchanted Village, learning about their heritage and new found powers. A town meeting is called to address the theft problem in the village. There's a pickpocket on the loose, and business owners are concerned the crime spree will scare away the tourists. At the meeting, Darcy is introduced to several town residents, both magical and mortal (though she's not sure who's a crafter and who's not). She also meets the very handsome and charming Nick Sawyer, a former military man and police officer hired to catch the thief. The meeting takes an ugly turn when a wannabe witch is murdered in the alley behind the bookstore, and Aunt Ve's boyfriend Sylar is found hovering over the body. Sylar is arrested, though the evidence against him is weak, and of course, Aunt Ve is distraught. Darcy can't believe that her aunt's kind and lovable beau is a killer, so she does some investigating of her own. She finds out that the victim had more enemies than you could shake a wand at, and the town is full of juicy secrets. What I loved: The setting: I loved the Enchanted Village with its many magical-themed shops. The town had a very cozy feel - it's a place I'd love to visit. The intriguing characters: The book had a large cast of characters, but each of them was unique and easy to remember. I liked how the village was home to many different types of crafters and familiars, all with different kinds of magical talents. The well-constructed mystery: This was not an easy one to figure out (which I love). There were plenty of possible suspects and plot twists to keep me guessing. Darcy was a very clever sleuth! The budding romance: I love cozy mysteries with a hint of romance, and Darcy & Nick's is setting up to be a good one, though they have some obstacles to overcome first. The fantastic twist revealed on the last page: Read it and find out what it is. ;-) What I didn't love: The magical secrets: For some reason, Aunt Ve wouldn't share a lot of info regarding the craft with Darcy and Harper. A lot of stuff they had to figure out on their own, which didn't make sense. Aunt Ve should be teaching them not keeping them in the dark. Overall, this book was a captivating beginning to the Wishcraft Mystery series, and I can't wait to read more!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Between the Covers

    REVIEWED by Chris for Between the Covers blog: I am always looking to try new types of books. I, like everyone, have my favorite genres and authors, and there are a few genres that I just never really give a thought to. The mystery genre is one of them. So when the opportunity to review a new paranormal mystery novel called It Takes a Wish by Heather Blake came about, I couldn’t refuse. My desire to expand my reading tastes won out, and I was willing to try something that I wasn’t that versed in. REVIEWED by Chris for Between the Covers blog: I am always looking to try new types of books. I, like everyone, have my favorite genres and authors, and there are a few genres that I just never really give a thought to. The mystery genre is one of them. So when the opportunity to review a new paranormal mystery novel called It Takes a Wish by Heather Blake came about, I couldn’t refuse. My desire to expand my reading tastes won out, and I was willing to try something that I wasn’t that versed in. Darcy Merriweather has just found out that she and her sister come from a line of Wishcrafters, a type of witch that grant wishes to the pure of heart. Darcy and her sister move to Enchanted Village, a little town overflowing with Crafters, to learn their craft and to help their new found Aunt Ve run her wish shop. While struggling to get a handle on her powers - and keep them secret - Darcy finds herself tangled up in a murder investigation when her aunt’s boyfriend becomes the prime suspect. As I said, I am a mystery novel novice. But I found myself totally engrossed in this book. Heather does a find job building a new world, giving you just enough information so that you are not lost, but not so much that you solve all of the plot twists. She has created a type of witch I have never read about - a Crafter. A Crafter has a specific skill that they are devoted to, such as wish granting. The author built a very nice background for the Crafters and gives little pieces of their history throughout the book. The mystery aspect of this book was very well done, in my opinion. Heather created a nice set of twists and turns, and I honestly did not figure some of them out until I read them. There were a few moments when I was truly shocked with the results. If this book is any indication of what most mysteries are like then I am game for more. Overall I was extremely pleased with It Takes a Witch and will be looking forward to the subsequent books in the Wishcrafter series. Rating: 4 stars

  22. 5 out of 5

    PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*

    What a magical read! This is the first book I have read by this author and I look forward to reading the next book in this cozy series. “It Takes A Witch” was a great read. Darcy & Harper Merriweather move into the Enchanted Village to live with their aunt Ve after their father passes away. They soon discover that they are witches also known as “Crafters”. Their mother who passed away years prior was one as well and their father was a mortal. They have the ability to grant people wishes with What a magical read! This is the first book I have read by this author and I look forward to reading the next book in this cozy series. “It Takes A Witch” was a great read. Darcy & Harper Merriweather move into the Enchanted Village to live with their aunt Ve after their father passes away. They soon discover that they are witches also known as “Crafters”. Their mother who passed away years prior was one as well and their father was a mortal. They have the ability to grant people wishes with certain conditions of course. Harper gets a job working at the village’s bookstore, while Darcy works at their Aunt Ve’s business called “As You Wish”. As Darcy tries to get adjusted to her new surroundings, the Enchanted Village is hit with a devastating crime…. a murder. Here is where the mystery begins. Many questions begin to arise from this murder, the most obvious being who is the killer? Why did they kill? As you read along and learn about the characters that live in the Enchanted Village, many people are possible suspects. Darcy begins to do her own little investigation to get to the bottom of it. She does have a love interest in the book, but I liked that it wasn’t the main focus of the book. Their relationship/ friendship (if it can be called that ) kind of took a back seat in the plot of the book, which I liked because it’s a great lead-way to books to follow in the series. I enjoyed the characters in this book my favorite being Darcy. I found her to be a very likeable main character. I also loved the cute addition of Missy the dog to the book vs. just a cat. Most books on witches or about have cats in them. I also loved the way the author describes the Enchanted Village throughout the book. I also found the names of the businesses to be very cute. I am looking forward to seeing how the characters develop in the 2nd book. I hope Darcy plays a role on future books in the series and I want to find out what becomes of her and Nick. I truly recommend this book to readers who like cute, cozy mysteries!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Olga Godim

    My first book for this author and probably my last. It was not a bad book. It just wasn’t on par with the books I usually read. The genre fluctuates between a cozy murder mystery and a paranormal romance but never quite settles on either. Darcy, the heroine, is a 30 years old divorcee and a new witch in a tourist village in Massachusetts. Actually most village inhabitants are witches with various magical powers. Darcy just moved in a couple weeks ago. She didn’t know about her witchy heritage be My first book for this author and probably my last. It was not a bad book. It just wasn’t on par with the books I usually read. The genre fluctuates between a cozy murder mystery and a paranormal romance but never quite settles on either. Darcy, the heroine, is a 30 years old divorcee and a new witch in a tourist village in Massachusetts. Actually most village inhabitants are witches with various magical powers. Darcy just moved in a couple weeks ago. She didn’t know about her witchy heritage before and she is exploring the limits of her magic now while getting to know her fellow villagers. When one of her most unpleasant neighbors is murdered, the police arrest an unlikely suspect, a beau of Darcy’s aunt. To help her aunt clear her boyfriend from the murder charges, Darcy reluctantly starts to investigate. The magic system in this alternative version of modern day America is the only thing noteworthy in this mediocre story. Every witch has one power. Darcy is a Wishcrafter – she can grant wishes. There is also a Lawcrafter (a local lawyer), a Cakecrafter (he owns a bakery), a Curecrafter (one guess – an MD) and so on. Also, as in any other murder mystery, everyone has a secret, and many of those secrets have to do with the murder victim. I finished the novel and even enjoyed it… to a degree. A light and brainless read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    April

    I was not in love with this book, however, it was entertaining enough to draw me into the series. There are many intricacies of the world that take a little time to grasp. Fortunately, Darcy is new to her powers and we are learning along with her. Turns out she is a pretty decent sleuth as well. The romance angle here is nice, but way second burner to all the murder and learning the craft stuff. There are so many interesting characters coming at you. Lots of supporting to keep track of as well as I was not in love with this book, however, it was entertaining enough to draw me into the series. There are many intricacies of the world that take a little time to grasp. Fortunately, Darcy is new to her powers and we are learning along with her. Turns out she is a pretty decent sleuth as well. The romance angle here is nice, but way second burner to all the murder and learning the craft stuff. There are so many interesting characters coming at you. Lots of supporting to keep track of as well as their powers when you learn them. Her aunt V is a hoot, her sister Harper is fun as well, and the villagers are head spinning. Totally clean romance, no bedroom action at all. Also, the mystery is fairly light. There are plenty of clues to help you solve right along with Darcy. A couple side plots keep things moving along at a steady pace. Narrator Coleen Marlo does a great job with the read, although there were a few things I did not enjoy. Her pace was super swift, or at least it seemed that way in the Audible app. I also heard hints of a strange accent, her "o"s are very odd. I heard it most prominently when she says "potions" which happens often in this book. It was distracting at best. In the end, I was entertained and curious to see more of the series. It wasn't amazing, just okay, but enough to pull me into the lives of the colorful denizens of the Enchanted Village.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This was a bit slow going at first and then it picked up and then it was slow again and then it picked up again. Hence, the three stars instead of my usual five :-) I was also a bit confused at times about the rules of "the craft." Let me explain... Darcy and her sister Harper have just found out that they are wishcrafters. This means if someone wishes something, they can grant that wish... except for in certain situations (which I had a hard time keeping track of). They have just moved in with t This was a bit slow going at first and then it picked up and then it was slow again and then it picked up again. Hence, the three stars instead of my usual five :-) I was also a bit confused at times about the rules of "the craft." Let me explain... Darcy and her sister Harper have just found out that they are wishcrafters. This means if someone wishes something, they can grant that wish... except for in certain situations (which I had a hard time keeping track of). They have just moved in with their Aunt Ve in Salem, MA. They live in a sweet little village that markets itself as a magical and enchanted city. Witches who practice magic as well as mere mortals all live in harmony. Until... Someone is murdered. Darcy proceeds to find clues and solve the murder mystery. Oh, and Darcy has a love interest as well. Even though I only gave this 3 stars, I'm going to read the next book in the series and then any others that get published. It is a new series and the second book just came out this month. I think it has potential.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laura (Kyahgirl)

    3.25/5; 3 stars; B I've never read anything by this author so didn't know what to expect. This mystery books falls into the 'cozy mystery' category which is something I'm not always in the mood for. In this case, I was. Darcy Merriweather was a great character as the 'lead' in this story; smart, kind-hearted, curious, humble and funny in a self-deprecating way. I enjoyed her and the other characters in the town. Colleen Marlo was the narrator for this story. She did a pretty good job. Her accent 3.25/5; 3 stars; B I've never read anything by this author so didn't know what to expect. This mystery books falls into the 'cozy mystery' category which is something I'm not always in the mood for. In this case, I was. Darcy Merriweather was a great character as the 'lead' in this story; smart, kind-hearted, curious, humble and funny in a self-deprecating way. I enjoyed her and the other characters in the town. Colleen Marlo was the narrator for this story. She did a pretty good job. Her accent was a bit unusual but I think she was trying to give the feel of the interesting way people speak in Maine.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Keri

    This a cute new cozy series by Heather Blake aka Heather Webber. The set up is the Enchanted Village a tourist town in Salem, MA where practically everybody that owns a shop is a witch crafter of some sort. Darcy and her sister Harper have just learned that they are Wishcrafters with the ability to grant wishes. The mystery begins with a murder of course. There is an eventual love interest, but that isn't the focus of the book. If you are looking for something light and cute then you might like This a cute new cozy series by Heather Blake aka Heather Webber. The set up is the Enchanted Village a tourist town in Salem, MA where practically everybody that owns a shop is a witch crafter of some sort. Darcy and her sister Harper have just learned that they are Wishcrafters with the ability to grant wishes. The mystery begins with a murder of course. There is an eventual love interest, but that isn't the focus of the book. If you are looking for something light and cute then you might like this new series. I liked it enough that I am wanting to read the next one in the series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    April

    I enjoyed this book! I was changing my mind about the guilty party through the whole book. Some parts made me laugh and some parts I was tensed up to see what was going to happen. It was hard to put down. I am looking forward to reading the next in the series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    ☀Rachael☀

    Yay! A fun, Quirky new series with talking mice Woohoo!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Great little cozy mystery. Devoured in just a couple days. Will read more.

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