Get ready to have fun and be influenced!
Fate can show up as anything… As a freshly minted divorcee, witch Carmen Devereaux returns to her hometown in North Carolina. With this decision comes another change in her life: Fate has decided that she is to become an Influencer, someone who guides others onto the path that they were meant to take.
When she’s assigned to Abby Windsor, a young schoolteacher, as well as her own stepbrother, Finn Cleary, she soon encounters several obstacles, including getting stuck in her own past.
A quirky, fun, and lovable cast of characters, including Lenny the Snowman—a grumpy, old snowman who really loves trashy reality shows, especially ones about real housewives; Egbert the Lobbyist Pencil—a pompous pencil who lobbies on magic and loves tasty cuisine; and Muse Siobhan Waters, who is thoughtful and down to earth, help guide and inspire Carmen whenever she gets stuck working on her assignment. Along the way, Carmen learns to influence others…and herself.
Humorous and light-hearted, A Witchly Influence is the perfect feel-good book of the year.
Readers and fans who also enjoy the humor, quirkiness, and style of A. Lee Martinez, including Divine Misfortune, Gil's All Fright Diner, and Chasing the Moon will quickly find a new favorite author with Stephanie Grey.
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“[a] feel good story…[with a] quirky supporting cast…” —Publishers Weekly
“The book delivered…entertaining…” — LibraryThing Early Reviewers
“[a] feel good story…[with a] quirky supporting cast…” —Publishers Weekly
“The book delivered…entertaining…” — LibraryThing Early Reviewers
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Light and fun — a kind of rom-com without the rom. Carmen Devereaux is a witch who has been recently promoted to the role of Influencer. Tasked with “helping” two people gain confidence and thus head towards greater fulfillment she shamelessly uses magic to help her help them. Funny and creative — a fast and happy read.
Carmen is a witch and none of her family members besides her mom knows about it. After her divorce, she decided to move back home to start over. Since she can work anywhere in the world, the Fate decided she will now be an Influencer. Her first assignment is her stepbrother, Finn, and Abby (no relation). What does she need to influence them to do? She has no idea. This is a very fun story to jump into. There's a whimsical tone to the story with Carmen's helper Lenny, the snowman, or the French talking pencil, Egbert. I like Carmen's sarcasm personality. I can see that being annoying to some readers, but to me, it's fun and humorous. Carmen's group of friends has many mixed personalities. When reading the story, the setting and dialogue can make a reader feel like they are in the center of the story. It's very real, although, some of the magic can make a reader question the basic physic. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for letting me read this fabulous ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Great characters, fun world, this book is a feel-good paranormal book of the year. The magic world seems like the 90's series Sabrina the Teenager Wich but with a grown-up feeling and technology from our age. I loved and I´m will be waiting for the series continuation. Said all that I need to point a few details that didn´t work out for me. I like that the magic is more of a fluid thing in this world, with no set of hard rules like books are inclining to do nowadays, but it is maybe too fluid. It doesn't seem that any consequences happen when witches use magic. Another thing that makes me not so happy was the fact that nobody thought about the problem of telling non-magic people, an obvious problem, before the protagonist. And the last thing that bothered me was the many descriptions of famous places without saying the name of the place, When every restaurant and shop that the protagonist enter is compared with a famous place described in you-know-what-I-mean writing, is not fun anymore. Overall, these are just details, and this is a great book to spend a day resting.
I loved this book. It had a feel good factor. It was warming and fun. I loved the characters. The book had a way of making you feel like you were part of the story. It dragged ever so slightly three quarters of the way through but not enough for me to stop reading. I will definately be reading some more of Stephanie Grey's books. Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read this book.
*𝑩𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝒓𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘* A witchly Influence by Stephanie Grey Thank you @netgally and @bhcpress for sending me an advanced reader copy for this book . Carmen, newly divorced... moved back to her home town. No one knows that she and her mom belongs to the witchcraft world. Fate has assigned her a new job as an influencer. She has to help people to find a way in their life. The two people whom she has been assigned to help is Finn, her step brother and Abby, a young teacher for the childern with special needs. How carmen overcome the obstacles to accomplish her job. How Past, future and other magical characters help her to reach her influenceter goals.This is what the book is all about. Its a short, sweet read. Its light, witty and a positive story. What I loved is, how it incorporated all the fun elements, humor, fantasy, family drama and emotion in a single book. Its like a complete package. Secondly I just loved how the magic is blended in with everyday life. I loved the Carmen's character, a kind hearted and a fun loving women. The last page made me wish for a sequel so I can get to know more about Carmen's life journey. If you are looking to read something humorous yet meaningful. I would definitely recommend this book.
I enjoyed this book very much! Carmen Devereaux is a witch who has been recently promoted to the role of "Influencer". Tasked with “helping” two people gain confidence and thus head towards a happier life she uses magic to help her help them. Funny and creative — a fast and happy read.
A Witchy Influence was a fun, feel-good story about giving your friends and family a little push. Face it, sometimes we all need help getting to where we should be and that’s exactly what Carmen’s new job is. Seeing her maneuver her new job and learn how to influence others to do what’s right for them just makes you want to help out everyone you know too. Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this, I’m secretly hoping it becomes a series with Carmen influencing different people each book!
I am trying to figure out what type of book this was...It was not a cozy mystery because there was no mystery... not a romance ... It was just a very fun and cute story, and I loved the characters. The main character is Carmen who is a witch. I really love cute witch book as long as they are done right. This one was done really well. It one have been 5 stars if there was a real mystery the character was solving because I feel that would have brought the book to another level. I really did still loved this book. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (BHC Press) or author (Stephanie Grey) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, and I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. This book is schedule to come out on 10-1-2020.
I can't say enough about how much I love Stephanie Grey's writing! She is so talented. Where The Immortal Prudence Blackwood was a dark and twisted, A Witchy Influence is light and fun. Both books are great reads, a tribute to the author's range of talent. I look forward to more from Stephanie Grey in the future. Thank you to BHC Press and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book. Keep them coming!!
After the first few pages I found myself wishing I was Caremen Deveraux's best friend. Better than that, I wish I was Carmen Deveraux. I mean who wouldn't want to have the power to snap your fingers and have your housework done? Carmen is a witch who finds herself becoming an Influnencer, she sets people on the path they are supposed to be on. As Carmen tries to navigate her new role she finds herself having to deal with not only the past but her present too. The cast of characters are wonderful and you will find yourself laughing at loud. I hope this is the first of many books by the author.
A book to keep you reading from page one... It pulls you in with very likeable characters that come alive the more you read...
A Witchly Influence is a great read for an afternoon when you need a quirky, funny pick-me-up. We join Carmen in her new job as an influencer and experience all the obstacles in her way. Wonderful read. Thank you NetGalley and BHC Press for the opportunity to read an advance reading copy.
This was a great read. Light and fun, well written. Likable characters. I enjoyed it so much I am hoping its just the beginning of a new fantasy series. Thank you Netgalley and the Publishers for this engaging and entertaining read.
If you are looking for something fun, light-hearted and a little bit of an escape you will enjoy A Witchly Influence. While the story starts in December and proceeds over a calendar year it's a good read for Halloween given the supernatural elements featured. Carmen Devereaux, newly divorced from a mortal, is assigned a new job as an Influencer. Moving back home she's tasked with helping her stepbrother and new friend make positive changes-all the while hiding her magical abilities. While storylines using magic and supernatural abilities could be contrived or silly Stephanie Grey has done a thorough job flushing out the details of the world she has created and making it fit in neatly-so much so I'd love to have some of Carmen's abilities! While this is a bit of a departure from my usual books, the story is a cute, quick read that is perfect for a fun escape! Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest feedback.
Carmen Devereaux is a witch. But that doesn’t mean she’s not susceptible to heartbreak. Divorcing her husband might not quite reach that level but it still sends her home to North Carolina. It may not be entirely where she grew up but it’s where her family is now. And Fate has decreed that Carmen will no longer be working granting permits. Instead, she will be an Influencer, helping to age sure that people get to where they should be in life. Her first two people are both in the town she’s moving to and one is her stepbrother. She struggles a little, even going through time to help them out. This was just a nice book. Is the solution for the friend a little bit of a cheat? Yes. Are all the solutions she comes up with a little too pat? Yes. Is Carmen just a little bit of a Mary Sue? Yes. But this is just a nice story at a time that I needed to read something light and sweet. Four stars This book comes out October 1st ARC kindly provided by BHC Press and NetGalley Opinions are my own
The story was good, but too much being told what was happening over discovering for myself. Would have enjoyed a more detailed plot and characters to keep the story from dragging in many areas.
A charming and fun quick read. Enjoyed Carmen and her bond with her witchy friends. I instantly connected with Abby and enjoyed how her story played out. Loved Lenny, Egbert and Stanley and how they interacted with Carmen. Overall an enjoyable light read by a new to me author.
What a fun story, I loved it. Great world building and character development, a lot of humour and a story that kept me hooked. It's the first book I read by this author and won't surely be the last. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
This book was filled with a neat world, lots of interesting characters, and puts us right into a very relatable situation - starting over. Carmen just got divorced from her cheating husband. On top of that push into the unknown, she's also been offered a new job that will allow her to work from home. This home? It's back in her old home town. It's here that she meets Abby, her charge. She also reconnects with Finn, her talented but unmotivated stepbrother. Oh, and to make things more interesting, Carmen is also a witch, now tasked by fate to help influence others. While we don't get all the information all the time, you can detective out other character's roles, powers, and general background. With such a rich world of different characters, this could easily grow into a nice series, looking more at Carmen's friends (or even the pencil). There are two big stories in this book - Abby's path and Finn's path. I have to admit, I thought they would cross at some point, but it never panned out. Overall, it was a nice, resolved story that left you satisfied at the end.
This was a very fun read! Who wouldn't like to have magical powers to instantly make dinner, clean the house, or decorate the house? This book is full of charismatic characters. Some of the characters are witches and some are mortal. I loved the clever plot to have Carmen use her powers to help improve the lives of two mortals. Especially when she used her magic slyly in front of them. I also liked the Erasers whose job it was to erase memories from mortals who had seen a witch using their magic. Poor Finn, Carmen's step-brother who lived with her, he was always having his memory erased because he was able to sense Carmen's magical powers. The story was a little predictable but was charming to watch the mortals realize their potential and become the best person they could be. The ending alluded to future mortals for Carmen to influence so hopefully the author will be adding more books to create a series. Thank you to NetGalley and BHC Press for the ARC in exchange for my honest review! Warning: lots of language
A light hearted, very entertaining story. With her life changing, and not for the good, Carmen returns to her hometown to live. Carmen and her mother are secretly witches, the good kind!!!😁 As her new job, she's assigned as an Influencer. She must use her skills to improve life for her step brother and one other young woman. I do believe Stephanie Grey has developed a new genre....lots of good emotions and entertaining stumbles along the way to success. No crime, no dead bodies, no heavy romance, no eerie or creepy....just a good, clean, fun read!
This is the first time that I have read anything by this author. I was not disappointed. This story was very engaging and the characters were pretty realistic. I found this story to be funny and cute. I would definitely recommend this sweet and light hearted cozy.