Friday 30 June 2023

Book Reviews with Amber at The Mewton-Clawson Library #249 featuring **Magic Books and Dirty Looks: Whimsical New Age Witches ~ New Age Cozy Witch Mysteries Book 1** by Lucy Burdette PLUS Friendly Fill-Ins + Photo Fails Blog Hop

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Hello gorgeous library guests 


Welcome to the Mewton-Clawson Library at BBHQ 

Thank mew for joining me in the stacks today, and thank Cod all those rumours from Fudge's pawty have subsided. Seriously, I'm a stand-up, highly reliable and definitely staid library cat. Mew know it really affected my mental well-being thinking that my esteemed reputation had been irreversibly tarnished. 

So great news, all those Everest-sized tall tails have now been retracted, and apologies made to yours truly. And next week at Melvyn's 6th Birthday Pawty, I am banning all recording devices and, I'm turning off the internal cameras throughout the bunker. What happens in the bunker, stays in the bunker! MOL

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And as mew can see, I'm as spritely as ever for an elderly cat and really looking forward to another cat rave next week. Oh, and I quit being in charge of the bar in The Nip Nirvana Lounge because some cats took exceptional umbrage to me trying their drinks after I'd mixed them.

Well, of course, I've got to try it first, as I don't want to serve something that doesn't taste good! Some cats are just so nit-picky, anyhoo, I quit and now the bar is not my problem, and I can get on with more fun things, but nothing that was listed on last Friday's post, none of that ever happened... EVER!!!! 

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Today the P.A. is also joining in Friday Fill-ins Blog Hop with the pawesome 15 & Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs.
1. When I ______________________, it means that I am sick.
2. I ___________________fireworks.
3. I have a newfound appreciation for _________.
4. I think everyone should _________ so that ________

The P.A.'s answers are...

1. When I retreat from the world, it means that I am sick.

2. I despise fireworks. And I despise the fact that anyone can buy them and set them off anywhere they like in the UK. There has been a campaign to stop the sale to private individuals for years, but so far it's been rejected. My neighbours used to set them off in their garden, and the spent rockets would land on my roof. They did it for years. So thoughtless and irresponsible. Especially since I know of an incident caused by one of my younger brother's friends; he lit a rocket, it hit the eaves on the nextdoor house and set it on fire. They should be banned, and only available at regulated events. And let's not even get into the stress it causes for animals, pets, wildlife etc... 

3. I have a newfound appreciation for mindful meditation. Where you practice consciously monitoring your daily thoughts. My mind feels much better for it and I notice that I am more productive. 

4. I think everyone in the world over 21, should pay a £1.00 or $1.00 tree tax per year so that the Amazon forest aka the lungs of the earth, plus other countries with mass deforestation, can have new trees planted and protected for future generations. Creating a new industry funded by the citizens of the world to protect and rewild habitats. However, it would never work because of how corrupt the world is right now. The administrators of such a programme would get 90% of the funds plus an extra 9% to pay for their ridiculous bonuses, and the remaining 1% would go pay for new trees and the workforce to plant them. Sad but true! 

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Today, as it's the last Friyay of the month, we're also joining in the furrbulous...

So do drop by the marvellous Mudpie's blog at to join in.

This month's photo fail is courtesy of Smooch.

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This was taken back in February when Smooch was trying to traverse the wall on the patio where the lavender is planted.

Obviously, the wall isn't wide enough for a cat and lavender at the same time, and it was made even more difficult because he was trying to balance on three legs!

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Let's see what I've got to show mew this time!

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This week's top book pick is...

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Magic Books and Dirty Looks

Whimsical New Age Witches 
New Age Cozy Witch Mysteries Book 1

Kate Satori

       Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

Mobile veterinarian Dr. Samara Vestry has her hands full with two magic cats—one’s cursed, and the other wants to protect her. If they were sweet, simple, talking cats, life would be easier. Instead, they’re sassy, always bickering, and nuttier than a squirrel in a cage.

She thought the cats were her biggest problem. But when a local detective winds up dead, Samara gets tangled up in the case. While nosing around, she’s forced to make decisions that lead to dire consequences—choices that can’t be undone.

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This week I had the pleasure of reading Magic Brooms and Empty Rooms: Whimsical New Age Witches, a novel written by Kate Satori. I must say, this book was a delight! From start to finish, I found the plot line to be engaging, keeping me reading until the very last page. Satori did a great job of weaving together a story that was both magical and whimsical, while still being grounded in reality.

One facet of the book I really liked, was the detailed and beautiful setting that the author created. The quaint little town where the story takes place was so vividly described that I almost felt transported there myself. It was easy to visualize the characters' surroundings and to get lost in the world that Satori had created.

The overall tone of the book was light-hearted and fun, making it the perfect read for a lazy weekend afternoon. I appreciated that the story didn't take itself too seriously, while still managing to be captivating.

The main characters were well-developed and it was fun to witness how they grew and changed throughout the course of the story. However, what really stole the show were the two magical cats, one of which is Gloria; who used to be a human until a magical law was broken by her parents and she paid the price. The talking cats were integral to the story and added a touch of whimsy that I enjoyed, mew know how much I like it when the cats communicate properly.

I would highly recommend Magic Brooms and Empty Rooms to anypawdy who is looking for a fun, easy read that is full of magic and charm. So if mew like magical tales of witches and cats, then this is right in your cauldron!

If mew have Kindle Unlimited, this and the second book in the series are available with your subscription. And book three costs £4.02p.

A highly entertaining read and a supurr promising new series!

E-book: 186 pages
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Other Fun Blog Hops to Join in Today

          Brian's Home   Catblogosphere    Feline Friday   Nature Friday    Flashback Friday   Friendship Friday          

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I really hope mew enjoy the book if mew decide to read it.

It's time for me to say BFN or bye-for-now as mew know the drill, so many books, so little time and I'll be back next week with another specially paw-picked book just for mew, and don't forget that all my previous reviews can be found on my Book Review page.

Until next time...

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  1. Hmm, as one with such an extensive library I am sure you have heard the line from Hamlet, "The lady doth protest too much, methinks."
    I completely agree with fill in #2. When our neighbours moved in back in 1996 they were complete townies. We sold a field with the farmhouse and the first November the 5th we suddenly heard fireworks going off in the field which backs onto the stables. We rushed down and the horses were going frantic so we had to open our field gate and let them go. There was a big argument because it was their field and they could do what they want with it. They eventually calmed down and gave us notice afterwards if they were having fireworks so we could ask the girls to leave their horses out that night. We do get on all right now, but it could easily have gone the opposite way.
    The book sounds a fun read.

  2. Fireworks should never have been invented for "fun". I realize they were the beginning of fire arms use in China. Not sure that should have ever happened either with all the death they have caused for centuries. And saving this planet, even though I'll leave here in 10 or 20 years, Lord granting that much more time. I would like to think it could recover some how. And human control of any money will always lead to greed. I think Smooch did a good job on the wall!

  3. You are so pretty sweet Amber! Those were good fill-in answers too and we really dislike the fireworks that are legal here and can be set off by anyone at anytime. That was a fun fail too and that book sounds pretty good and I like the cover. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  4. Mommy bought the book you told us about last time Amber. It's waiting for Mom to finish 1 ther and then, she'll read it. I detest fireworks and so does my mom. We see no use in it and they terrorize cats and dogs . There is no earthly use in them. Smooch, if it's alright to ask, how old are you, Darling?

  5. Oh and Amber...doń't even think about tarnished reputation, NO way. We all know you and how upstanding you are and thorough. Yes, that's it. thorough.

  6. Amber what a cute picture of you! Good fill and n answers, we don't like fireworks here either! Same situation, anyone can get them, they terrify animals and they can land anywhere and set fires. And the Amazon and other forests we all need to work to preserve those, they make the very air we all breathe! Amber, the book sounds charming!

  7. You are a perfect lady, the book sounds wonderful, that garden wall "ain't big enough for the both of them (cat and lavender)" and i would gladly pay to have a tree planted somewhere but it would have to be to an organization which really does plant trees, not a government thing that might plant a few sometimes.

    Thank you for joining Feline Friday!

  8. That picture is too funny! Have you read Mandy Morton's #2 Feline Detective Agency books? I think you'd love them!

  9. I LOVE this photo of you Amber. You are a beautiful girl. Great review too. I will add this to my to-read list. Thank you to the PA for participating in the fill-ins. I enjoyed her answers and agree with 2 and 4. I hate fireworks. It boggles my mind that everyone is trying to save the world, but those are allowed -they can't be good for the environment. XO

  10. Always turn off recording devices at a party, Amber!
    When I was a young'un, we didn't have mobile phones, so the stuff that I got up to is only in my memories.


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