[Book Review] Bewitched by Laura Thalassa


Come to me, Empress …

At age twenty, Selene Bowers desperately hopes to be accepted into Henbane Coven, an academy for young witches. Since one of the requirements for entry is to connect with her powers via a quest through the wilderness, Selene books a trip to South America. When a nefarious supernatural force tries to drag her plane from the sky, Selene’s magic awakens to save her life―at a cost. Using her powers devours her memories, one by one.

Worse, when Selene braves the jungle and discovers the source of the attack, she finds herself awakening an ancient evil, Memnon the Cursed, who mistakes Selene for his long-dead wife. The wife who betrayed him. Selene manages to escape and begin her studies at Henbane, but when Memnon turns up at the coven and witches are found dead across campus, Selene becomes entangled in a dangerous plot. Accused of the murders on the basis of her memory loss, Selene must rely on Memnon’s help for answers―and his plans for her will change everything.

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Published: April 2023
Length: 441
Genre: Paranormal
Format: e-ARC

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First ARC of the year! I was very kindly gifted by Netgalley. It’s been a minute since I’ve read a book by Laura but I adore her Bargainer series so I just knew I had to give this one a whirl.

Selene is desperately trying to get into Henbane Coven, she just has a few more hoops to get through, including going on a magical quest and finding her familiar. Its during said quest that Selen accidently wakes Memnon the Cursed which is when the shit really hits the fan!

Ahh the book!! Man, it was so good, I loved Selene I think she has all the ingredients to become a very powerful witch. I’m so excited to see how her character is going to grow in the next book because she was damn awesome in this one. I also love her bestie Sybil I thought she was a great friend. And then we get to Memnon…. He’s no Des that’s for sure. I had a real hard time like this dude, he’s such a douche most of the time. Hed def gave me that bad guy from the Mummy vibes.

The storyline was paced well, I enjoyed the learning about the way of life for the witches and how they come into their power.

Overall this was a great start to a series and I’m already super excited for the next book.

My Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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About the Author

Found in the forest when she was young, Laura Thalassa was raised by fairies, kidnapped by werewolves, and given over to vampires as repayment for a hundred year debt. She’s been brought back to life twice, and, with a single kiss, she woke her true love from eternal sleep. She now lives happily ever after with her undead prince in a castle in the woods.

… or something like that anyway.

When not writing, Laura can be found scarfing down guacamole, hoarding chocolate for the apocalypse, or curled up on the couch with a good book.

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