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The Trouble With Hedge Witches Series Bundle

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This bundle is a quick, fun, magical read. It contains all four books from the series, each of them around 150 pages. Following Abigail as she loses her family and becomes an apprentice to Baba Nata and beyond. Very quick read, but the books really explore the emotions between the characters and build the world interestingly, especially if you've never read the series that came before this.
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I enjoyed this title so much! I thought the plot was so intriguing, and the characterization very strong! The description used by the author was so evocative I felt transported, and I kept turning until the very last page. I think the cover is very cute - I'll be sure to purchase this for my store!
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Mystery. Magic. Revenge. Not all fairy tales are meant to come true. Abigail will do anything to destroy her enemies, even if she loses her heart and soul in the process. This bundle includes all novels and stories in The Trouble with Hedge Witches Series a spin-off series of Womby’s School for Wayward Witches:

My Review
This bundle contains four books in one and is a spin-off of the amazing Womby's School for Wayward Witches Series which I love and have read.

The first book - The Witch of Nightmares - starts off with Abigail huddled in the bushes with her brother Emmet. Her main goal is to protect them from the Fae, the witches and the carnivorous plants. Will she succeed or will she fail?

The Second book - A Cauldron Full of Curses - has Abigail as a full-on apprentice to Baba. The thing is she spends her time mending clothes, cooking, gardening, and cleaning - along with gathering medicinal herbs and making of healing salves. Her goal is to become a powerful witch so that she can slay her enemies.  In the end will Abigail have love and revenge?

The third book - A Pocket Full of Poison - starts off with Abigail unhappy about cleaning out the cages where baba kept children locked up for her spells. Taking a break she tries to read her tea leaves and sees three possibilities for her future. It's been three years and now she is ready to defeat her enemies. But it may come at a cost.

The Fourth and final book - A Witch's Familiar - starts off with Abigail's daughter in the infirmary after being attached at the magical boarding school. She must put her skills to the test if she wants to find Lucifer. When she is finally reunited with Lucifer she has to make a decision - which one will she choose? We have to be patient until the next installment to find out - can't wait.

This ARC was provided in exchange for my honest opinion. Since I enjoy the Womby Series so much I knew this one would be just as great and I was not disappointed. If you like witch novels filled with shifters, and faeries then this is the book for you. Highly recommend it. I give this a 5 Star.
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I’m not a fan. The author starts a good story but somewhere along the way she gets lost in the details. I enjoy her depiction of the Fae but the stories fall flat.  The main character is one-dimensional and I really didn't care what happened to her along the way. This series just didn't capture my attention.

ARC provided by the publisher via net galley in exchange for an honest review
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I liked the first book well enough. It has some good characters and the storyline was different than others. There are some creepy dark Fae and a house make of candy and lost children. Things are not always what they seen. The Witch of Nightmares sets the stage for the second and third books well. It gets dark though as the book goes along. Pain powers magic. Abigail must lose toes and fingers to help her brother.  A Cauldron Full of Curses has Abigail making tough choices and the intensity of the darkness grows. Her relationship with the witch's other apprentice gets more physical. I started to have trouble with the graphic nature of it. The victims of the evil are children throughout and it really bothered me. A Pocket Full of Poison is the last of the series. Abigail walks the line between being a good witch and a bad witch. She pretends to be one of those she blames for the death of her family. Just got too creepy and dark. When I was done I researched what others had said and found the descriptions said it was dark. Duh. I missed that.
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I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I like Abigail she is a very cool hedge witch with an affinity for plant magic. She doing the best to protect her family. The series goes through Abigail's from 14 until she is an adult and has got married and hand a daughter. I love the stories and what she does. The Witch of Nightmares was scary. It kind of creeped me out a little. I love the world that was created from them and when she left it made me a little sad but understood why she did it. I will have to read more by this author like her Wayward Witch with this series is a spin-off of.
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Enjoyable fantasy series

I enjoyed this series. The first three books of the series serve as a prequel to Sarina Dorie’s “Womby's School for Wayward Witches” series, while the fourth book seems to be contemporaneous with the latter series. I only read a couple of the Womby books so far, but they are not necessary for enjoying the “Hedge Witches” series. I generally don’t like the writing style in YA books and this holds for the Hedge Witches as well, but the story, world-building and character development easily compensated for this. If you enjoyed the Womby series, then you will likely enjoy the Hedge Witches series as well.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book via Netgalley for review purposes.
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This review is going to focus on the Trouble with Hedge Witches 4 book series by Sarina Dorie. I received an eARC of the series through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The first book in this series bundle is The Witch of Nightmares: Dark Fairy Tales of Magic and Mystery. This introductory book introduces readers to the main character, 14-year-old Abigail MacQuillan and her journey with fate. We are introduced to the Morty Realm, the Unseen Realm, and the Fae Realm, each having its own rules about magic.This installment has readers following Abby on her journey to find her lost family. Can she accomplish this while protecting her younger brother, and staying away from dark magic?The second book in the series is A Cauldron Full of Curses: Dark Fairy Tales of Magic and Mystery. This installment follows Abby as she deals with the loss of her family, learning how to use her plant magic, and becoming an apprentice to a wicked hedge witch, Baba Nata. Abby and her friend Lucifer, who is another apprentice of Baba, learn to fight against the Fae that prey upon lost humans.

The third book in this series is A Pocket Full of Poison: Dark Fairy Tales of Magic and Mystery. In this book you will learn that revenge comes at a price.
Readers will follow Abby and Lucifer as they continue to learn how to harness their magic. Baba Nata begins to teach Abby the darker magic that she will need to use against the Fae. How far will Abby go to avenge her brothers? Will she keep the act in her seduction, or fall for a Fae?

The last installment to this series bundle is Abigail Lawrence's Untold Story: The Witch's Familiar, which is also part of Dorie's Womby's School for Wayward Witches series.

This segment takes place almost thirty years after the last book, and Abby has led a life in the Morty Realm, reconnecting with Grace, and her nephew Adam. Over time she marries Adam, and they adopt two daughters. This story focuses on Abigail after she receives news that her twenty-two-year old daughter Clarissa is in danger and recovering from an attack at the school she teaches at.

Lucifer, who has been stuck in cat form for the last thirty years begins to act strange while back in the Unseen Realm and runs away. Much of this story is searching for Lucifer, and trying to find a way to return him to human form. Will she succeed?

This series was an interesting read, and I enjoyed reading about the different plant and animal magic affinities that different characters controlled. I started to lose some interest in Abby's story in the third book because she was so entrenched in her desire to kill the Fae without listening to anything Lucifer would say about how it would change her. I hope you enjoy reading this series. Each installment is a quick, roughly 100 page, read.
Happy reading :)
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The Trouble With Hedge Witches Series Bundle contains the first 4 titles in the Hedgewitches series spinoff from Womby's School for Wayward Witches by Sarina Dorie. Released 7th Nov 2019, it's 492 pages and the bundle is available in ebook format.

Although this is a background story for central characters in the Womby's series, these four books work quite well as standalones together. The author does a good job of filling in the blanks. I had never read her other books, and I had no trouble following the plot or keeping the characters straight in my head.

This bundle is very well written and plotted. The characters are well delineated, believable, and (mostly) sympathetic. It's satisfying when the bad guys get what's coming to them. However. Although this series fits well within the YA/NA genre, there is a lot of graphic violence here. There are mature/horror themes such as death of children, maternal/fetal loss, threatened and actual cannibalism, necrophilia, body horror with cannibalistic plants, murder, self harm, violence, etc.

For Kindle Unlimited subscribers; this bundle (and most of the author's oeuvre) is available in the KU subscription to borrow and download for free. It's also worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately.

Three and a half - four stars for this bundle overall for me, five for fans of the series who know what they're getting into. It really is quite readable. There were some scenes which were way over the top for me, but would be fine for fans of magical horror.
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I've read many of Sarina Dorie's books and enjoyed them all.  These stories are entertaining...you'll find yourself laughing out loud often... and the characters feel like old friends.  Ms Dorie has developed a community of characters that always seem to be in the middle of trouble when it strikes.  But they muddle their way through to a happy ending often surprising themselves too.  These are light reading that entertains, something we all need everyday.
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I received an ARC of this from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

I really really enjoyed this series so far. I haven’t finished the Womby’s series yet so I’m actually not sure if this series gets resolved or if there’s more books to come. 

This series features Clarissa’s fairy godmother, Abigail through her childhood and how she came to be who she is today. 

The first novel starts with Abigail and her brothers on the run, trying to get to the Morty realm after the death of their parents. The eldest brother, Niall, is missing and Abigail and her younger brother set out to find  him. Unfortunately, that meant an encounter with a deadly group of fairies and tragedy strikes. And so starts the path of vengeance for Abigail and her tutelage under Baba Nata.  
The second novel picks up right where the first leaves off. We see both Abigail and Lucifer trying to harness their power and slowly but surely, falling in love. They are sent to the Morty realm to obtain something to help Lucifer, and in the process, are introduced to the Lawrence family. They also encounter a nefarious fairy royal who has been feeding on children and magical creatures. 
The third novel has Abigail’s quest for vengeance come to a head. She must choose between love or revenge and what she could lose in the process. This particular book really shows the progression of Abigails life pre Clarissa. 
The fourth novel is super short but it’s cute. Both Lucifer and Abby return to the in between realm to help nurse Clarissa back to health after her accident. This also provides the perfect opportunity for Abby to try to lift Lucifers curse and make him human again. There are highly entertaining encounters with Vega, some very familiar family connections, and family secrets coming to light. 

Great series so far. I hope there’s more to come!
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