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September 15, 2023

Hex Education by Maureen Kilmer ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Sarah is a shy freshman who largely doesn't fit in with the rest of her class. When she meets Katrina and Alicia who are in their own ways on the fringes, she finds the place she fits. Together they discover magic but on the night they decide to secure their futures their fates are sealed as the spell goes wrong. Now on the 20th anniversary of the big fire, the three witches reunite for the first time. Can they control the magic this time?

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book cover of paranormal women's fiction novel Hex Education by Maureen Kilmer
September 2023; G.P. Putnam's Sons; 978-0593422397
audio, ebook, print (336 pages); paranormal women's fiction

I don't go in for the scary stories for Halloween. Typically I pick out a paranormal cozy mystery to enjoy, but I'm growing tired of them and wanted something different. I enjoyed The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna, and I was hoping that Hex Education might be in a similar vein. 

I was expecting an amusing women's fiction novel with a paranormal twist, but this novel was a bit darker. There are humourous moments - the scene with the broom in the kitchen had me chuckling out loud.

I liked the characters and at times I shared sympathetic anxiety with Sarah.

With three witches in the story, I wondered if the story would rotate POVs. I'm glad that the whole story stayed with Sarah. She's the most normal, with the other two being a bit more eccentric. 

The story is really engrossing, and I had trouble putting the book down. I had to know how it would all end. Will the three be able to harness the magic that now seems out of control? Will the truth of what happened 20 years ago come out? Who was really to blame? These questions swirled in my head, pushing me to keep turning the pages.

If you aren't into horror for Halloween, then this would be a great book to read for the holiday.

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Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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