WARNING: this review contains mild spoilers. Read at your own risk!
Say hello to the Team Steam October pick for the Steam and Scream Book Club, The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling (also known as Rachel Hawkins). This was also my pick for the October Book of the Month box!
I think this was the perfect pick for this month with romance, magic, and adventure!
“Nine years ago, Vivienne Jones nursed her broken heart like any young witch would: vodka, weepy music, bubble baths…and a curse on the horrible boyfriend. Sure, Vivi knows she shouldn’t use her magic this way, but with only an “orchard hayride” scented candle on hand, she isn’t worried it will cause him anything more than a bad hair day or two.
That is until Rhys Penhallow, descendent of the town’s ancestors, breaker of hearts, and annoyingly just as gorgeous as he always was, returns to Graves Glen, Georgia. What should be a quick trip to recharge the town’s ley lines and make an appearance at the annual fall festival turns disastrously wrong. With one calamity after another striking Rhys, Vivi realizes her silly little Ex Hex may not have been so harmless after all.
Suddenly, Graves Glen is under attack from murderous wind-up toys, a pissed off ghost, and a talking cat with some interesting things to say. Vivi and Rhys have to ignore their off the charts chemistry to work together to save the town and find a way to break the break-up curse before it’s too late.”
Read This If You Love…
- Halloweentown vibes
- Powerful female witches
- Magical history
And then Gwyn closed her eyes, held her hands out and said, “Goddess, we beseech you that this man shall never again darken Vivi’s door nor her vagina.”
I read The Ex Hex immediately after a heavy Kristin Hannah novel and let me tell you guys, it was the perfect pick-me-up.
I am not typically into fantasy type books, but like I mentioned above The Ex Hex was the October pick for the virtual book club I am in and I’m always down to read genres that I don’t typically prefer. I’ll always give them a chance!
The Ex Hex was a very quick read for me. I loved the Halloweentown mixed with The Good Witch vibes, as well as the adventure and comedy.
Yes, there was some steam, but definitely not as much as other books I’ve read and reviewed recently, which is totally fine because I think I was actually more into the magic and solving the problem Vivienne and Rhys were facing!
Overall, this was a very creative book that is the perfect October read for someone who doesn’t like crazy thrillers or super spooky stories.
As I mentioned, this book was also my October pick for my Book of the Month box. If you’re like me and sometimes struggle to decide what to read, click here to subscribe to BOTM! Then we can read together!