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August 29, 2023

Big Little Spells by Hazel Beck ~ a Review

by MK French

Rebekah Wilde was stripped of her magic when she left St. Cyprian at eighteen. Ten years later, she’s back and facing the Joywood Coven, who rule over the magical world and had banished her in the first place. She's glad to be with her sister and friends again, but if they can't prove they're not a danger to witchkind, they'll be killed. The only one who knows how to stop the Joywood is the immortal Nicholas Frost, who deliberately set himself apart. It's anyone's guess now if he'll actually help.

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book cover of magical realism novel Big Little Spells by Hazel Beck
August 2023; Graydon House; 978-1525804724
audio, ebook, print (384 pages); folklore

Big Little Spells
is the sequel to Small Town, Big Magic (read my review). It definitely helps to read that first, but the upshot is that Rebekah's sister was thought to be without magic, and had her memories taken from her. The magic exists, and her memories are back, and the Joywood was the group that had done it to preserve their laws and way of life, not in the best interest of the Wilde women. To exert their power, the Joywood intends to force the group to essentially retake the fundamentals of magical high school, complete with prom. It's incredibly belittling, embarrassing and haunts the group with all that was left undone when the original magical test failed.

Rebekah has her own journey to go through, as she's embarrassed by her loss of control as a teenager, and that her power as a Diviner is not clear. On top of that is grief over time lost, her insistence on staying isolated, and her growing romance. Old prophecies and power still exist, and it's all about interpretation. I really enjoyed seeing how it all played out in the second half, and how she didn't give up, even though she wanted to. There's more in store for the town and our coven of heroes.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and a golden retriever.

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