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Witchful Thinking is a debut fantasy romance by Celestine Martin with a cool premise but also some pitfalls

Witchful Thinking by Celestine Martin
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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Witchful Thinking is a debut paranormal romance by Celestine Martin. The ebook version is 352 pages.

Lucinda Caraway is the eldest in her generation, and the strongest witch among them. She teaches high school history in her hometown. She wonders if there’s more to life than staying in the same place forever. Alexander Dwyer, a merman, was Lucy’s biggest high school crush but is currently an adventurer and social media guru. He comes back to visit the homestead after a failed engagement, and their paths cross again. Mayhaps they need each other more than they think.

It was pretty obvious to me that this is the author’s debut novel. I thought the worldbuilding was pretty cool, with a city in New Jersey where all types of paranormal creatures are comfortable to really be themselves. But the pacing was a bit off and some scenes jumped straight into some action when there really needed to be a bigger lead-up. I did receive an ARC, but there were a ton of words just missing from sentences or instances where a completely incorrect word was used. It really pulled me out of the story.

Tropes in this book include: witches, mermen, magic, wishes, friends-to-lovers, black love

Special thanks to Grand Central Publishing, Forever, and NetGalley for providing an eARC of this book for me to review. All opinions contained herein are my own. Witchful Thinking releases on September 27th, 2022.

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