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Rise and Divine

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I love the Thistle Grove series and am simultaneously excited we got so many and sad it’s over. This one gets a little darker (no surprise when an Avromov is involved) and the magical plotline reminds me a lot of the one with The Lady of The Lake. I was kind of surprised how quickly the couple got back together in this one after breaking up previously. There wasn’t a lot of will they won’t they but I did enjoy their scenes. I enjoyed how all the magical families had their time to shine and worked together better than in previous books.

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I'm so sorry this series is ending, as I would read many more stories set in the world of Thistle Grove, but Harper sticks the landing! I'll continue to recommend the entire series and it definitely has a permanent place on my best witch books and best urban fantasy/paranormal romance lists.

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Good bye to the Witches of Thistle Grove 🥺

I have loved this series so much, and this one was no exception. This one follows Dasha, a witch whose lineage means she’s both Harlowe and Avmarov. But Dasha is also a death eater who feels the pull of the other side.

This one plays well on the dark vs. light conflict. The romance is a bit more spicy than the most recent books, and that’s a good thing! A good book to end the series.

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of this book.

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Fans of this series may be surprised by how dark this book is compare to the ones that precede it. Since the books in this series have been written from the point of view of varying members of each of the four families, the reader has a lot of knowledge on what each character is like, from different perspectives. By the time you get to this book, you're invested in everyone, which is great and makes this book difficult to put down. It's a shame that this is the end of the series, the author could've gone on longer, but this one was really enjoyable. Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley for this ARC!

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Lana Harper has done it again! I have been a fan of the Thistle Grove series since the beginning and have loved every moment of every book. I devoured this book. While I am sad that this is the end of the series, I am so excited to pick up whatever is next for Harper. She has become an auto-read author for me!

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I had a harder time getting into this than any of the other books! However, once I was in, I was IN! Dasha felt like a random satellite character, but I did enjoy being in her head, as dark as it was. Her love interest has been more relevant in previous books but I was a bit foggy on her, so it took me a while to get settled.

The plot was fascinating and it really felt like an excellent conclusion to the series!

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I love delving even deeper into the history of the Avramov family! This was such a fun way to end the Thistle Grove series, though I am very sad that it’s over. I’d love to live in this world a little longer

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I think this was my favorite book in the series. No matter how wild her situation the main character is still infinitely relatable. Learning more of the town’s lore really adds a lot to the series as a whole.

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Love this series and so happy we finally got to read these characters! For me, this series gives the perfect contemporary witchy vibes. For those who want to feel like they're reading a cute book in today’s time but also contains all those old witchy halloween energies, read this. Romance is always spicy and sweet!

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The witchy vibes are so good with this entire series, but especially this book. Lana made me fall back in love with Thistle Grove and I can't get enough of these stories. I'm crushed this is the last one, but so happy I got to be on this magical ride.

The world building just kept getting better, and it was nice to be back in the world learning about the town. Her books always give me Charmed and Practical Magic vibes, so you know I'll be picking up this book once more during spooky season to enjoy the entire series during prime magic and witchy season.

Thank you NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review!

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This final book in the Thistle Grove series made me want to read them all over again! It’s sad that the series has ended; Lana Harper’s world-building keeps getting better and better. Rise & Divine brings Dasha and Ivy back together, and joins all the families in saving Thistle Grove from a surprising foe- very fairytale, and as magical as ever.

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Third time’s the charm as Dasha and Ivy rekindle their romance once again in the fifth and sadly last installment of the Thistle Grove series. Suicidal ideation and despair are major themes as Dasha fights her obsession with “the other side” with Ivy as her tether. Dasha, as a demon eater, is asked to champion for the Goddess of the Lake- will Ivy’s love be enough to bring her back? I was sad to see this enjoyable witchy romcom series end. Hope that Lana Harper has more in the future.
Thanks Netgalley for the ARC. My opinions are my own.

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Thank you to Berkley Publishing for this eARC! I can't believe I have read the final words of the Thistle Grove series. Lana Harper has crafted such a loving and warm town for us all to sink into. This was a fantastic installment to go out on too because it felt like a big final boss fight that brought all of the families in the town. Dasha and Ivy already having a history and getting to just fall back into each other while they battled this final big magic thing together was so comforting and lovely. Also one last time, the intimacy and the spice level did NOT disappoint oh boy was I fanning my cheeks! Thank you thank you Thank you to Berkley for making Paybacks A Witch the very first ARC I was ever given and for the honor of getting to read all these installments early. What an incredible series, what an incredible town Thistle Grove is.

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Thank you to Berkley and Netgalley for this eARC. This is my honest review.

I must confess, I'm sad to see this is going to be the last book in the Thistle Grove series. Does that mean we're never going to get books in this universe? I'm certainly not the one to answer that (a book/series about the Fae in Chicago hinted at in the last book maybe?), but we are certainly ending this series on a high note.

This one isn't always an easy read. A lot of Dasha's story hints at suicidal ideation and depression. That alone means it's not going to be to everyone's taste. And while I had no problem with it personally, getting to the romance really isn't the driving force (or maybe 'of equal weight' would be a better way to put it) of this story as it has been with other books in the series, Dasha and Ivy get together really quickly and you never really think that they won't. This is also the first time in I don't know how long since I've read the fifth book in a series, and I forgot how much built up information (not to mention names) you have to wade through the further into a series you get.

However, that said, I think Lana has pulled this one off very well. While the 'mystery' wasn't that mysterious, I still thought it was presented in an interesting fashion. She finally had more than one sex scene within a sapphic pairing, so that was nice. And most importantly, the climax to the challenge was imo stronger than any of the others. I felt the weight of what Dasha has to go through, and to a lesser extent, the way the rest of the town helps out.

This is a second (well, actually third) chance romance between Dasha and Ivy, and as stated above, they get together very quickly...or at least, very easily. There's a little bit of push back from Ivy at the start, but then something happens and from that point they're basically together. I personally had no issue with this, but I could see others finding it annoying. I did love both their characters. I was filled with hope to see more of them after the last book, and this didn't disappoint. I would kind of liked it if we'd have gotten a book from a Thorn's POV, but I guess I'll just have to dream about that. Still, as an upgrade from supporting character to love interest, I still absolutely adore Ivy Thorn. She was wonderful and caring, but didn't let people walk over top of her. Dasha for her part is so incredibly damaged, and I loved how sensitively it was explored. Her flirting with the other side was both like suicidal ideation, and also like an addiction, and for the most part it was treated as such (except when they needed to use her of course).

I won't go too in-depth about the villain except to say that his description, as the most attractive male specimen ever (I'm paraphrasing), brought up a weird thing I noticed that Lana seems to favour. The 'queer woman who prefers women but...'. Now, to be clear, Dasha doesn't actually state what she identifies as, nor does she need to spell it out on page. But I just found that Lana mentioned that in book one (with Talia), book 3 with Nina, and now with Dasha with this one. I don't know that I'm for or against this, it just seemed like a strange thing to continuously point out. I dunno.

Anyway, very few complaints. I really enjoyed this ending to the series, and give it 4.5 stars.

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ughhh lana harper has done it again! this was such a fun book and great follow up to the series! great writing and great characters

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Oh, Thistle Grove. I'm not ready to let you go. This fifth and final book in the series introduces us to Daria, called Dasha-- a half Harlow half Avramov witch with an unusual talent for eating demons. This unique power, combined with her ability to pass easily through the veil into a dead world where she feels intoxicatingly alive, marks her as the only person equipped to save Thistle Grove from its most existential threat yet. Dasha has barely survived a string of losses in her life. Both her parents are gone and she has pushed away Ivy Thorn, the love of her life. When a powerful demonic entity with ties to the lifeblood of her community intrudes on the Cavalcade, an important festival that dates back to the founding of Thistle Grove, Dasha must take on an impossible burden. With her entire community behind her, and a rekindled love waiting for her, Dasha must make it across the veil, and hope that she recognizes herself if she is able to return. Thistle Grove con, when? Thistle Grove TV show, when? Lana Harper, wherever you go, I will follow.

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Another banger from Lana Harper. Can't believe this series is over, but I am excited to see what else Harper puts out! This book delved a lot into grief, trauma, suicidal ideations, addiction, and second chances. Overall, this was a heavy, hot, and fabulous read. I will be posting to my personal account soon and will most likely cover the entire series for the Feminist Book Club closer to pub date.

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Lana Harper did it again! I love her world building and the plot in this book was very good. And as always she gives all the witchy vibes. Everytime I read her books it reminds me of the show “charmed” but in a better way! Can’t wait for the release to have this book on my shelves and to reread it during spooky season 🙌🏽🥰 Definitely a five star read

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An enjoyable paranormal romance set in the magical world of Thistle Grove. However, by the fifth book in the series, the plots feel more like a Monster of the Week, instead of something new and different.

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The Witches of Thistle Grove can do no wrong, and Rise and Divine was no different. I love this series so much.
I adored Dasha and Ivy and this second chance romance. This was paranormal, magical and sapphic and I loved it. I hope this series never ends.

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