A Quirky, Witchy Rom-Com
Ninety-seven percent of all witchery work happens in the kitchen, as it is the best place to feed the stomach, feed the heart, and feed the soul, all of which are need for magic to take place.
Witcha Gonna Do? by Avery Flynn is a paranormal romantic comedy featuring Tilda, a witch who is the only person in her family to not have magic, and Gus, the man who works for the Council to investigate Tilda and her family in the hopes of besmirching one of the oldest families in Witchingdom.
Have you seen this cover? Chances are if you have laid eyes on this gorgeous work by Leni Kauffman, then Witcha Gonna Do? is on your TBR as well. Between the colors, the witchy academia vibes, and seeing the portrayal of Tilda being our plus-size queen made me feel all the hype before diving into this new release from Avery Flynn!
It isn’t fair. Assholes should have asshole looks, not give off vibes that are a mix between the hot hero from The Mummy and Indiana Jones in all of his whip-wielding glory.
Tilda and Gus are immediately introduced to readers as being at odds with each other. Gus is undercover for both the Council and a faction of witches who are doing everything in their power to deconstruct the Council’s power called the Resistance. Even though Tilda is under the impression she holds no magic, Gus suspects something entirely different: That Tilda is a powerful witch that enhances the magic of the witches around her. Due to the nature of her magic, Gus is afraid that his very potent and powerful attraction to her, and likewise Tilda’s ravenous attraction to him, isn’t a true attraction and in fact would result in a disastrous relationship.
Once we got around to the heart of the plot, I found it entertaining, but I think the world building got out of hand in this one as I was pulled out one too many times to fully appreciate the complexities. I did find myself questioning why Tilda was sounding so immature, and in contrast: Gil came off as entirely too broody. This is not to say that another reader wouldn’t be instantly charmed by these big personalities. Witcha Gonna Do? had a lot going on with an enemies to lovers romance, a mystery and heist plot, a spy plot, and then introducing all the teasers for the next book in addition to everything that was listed.
I’m not a great man, really, I’m not even a good one with all the lies I’m juggling, but for a second it feels like I could be—and there is nothing more dangerous in the world than that.
Aside from a short story in a romance anthology, Witcha Gonna Do? is my first book by Avery Flynn. I went in with just the blurb to guide my expectations. What I was met with was a unique magic system, loads of witchy hijinks, and to my confusion, characters that broke the fourth wall repeatedly. I’m familiar with a present tense storytelling style, but having the characters address the readers as if they are in a voice-over show? That threw me off my game. Repeatedly.
Overall, Witcha Gonna Do? lives up to its romantic comedy promise, and if you’re in the mood for something unique, and a whole new magical world, then be sure to have Avery Flynn’s latest release on your TBR as it releases on December 6th!
Jes is a self-proclaimed bookworm, who recently moved from the PNW back to the Midwest. When her nose isn’t in a book, she’s spending time with her husband, two kids, and her three fur babies, or exploring the globe. She also firmly believes that you should start the day with coffee, and end the day in bed with a good book.