Friday 26 January 2024

**FELINE FICTION FIX** Book Reviews with Amber at The Mewton-Clawson Library #266 featuring **Catnip and Cantrips** Twilight Hollow Witchy Cozy Mysteries Book 2 by Sara Christene **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 you for joining me in the stacks today. This week, I've been trying to school Melvyn in better library practice, and what I mean by this is, that when a book is returned, it is placed back on the bookcase in the correct spot within ten minutes of arriving on my desk.

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Obviously, by my utterly withering look, he's failing miserably. But not to worry, I have a little plan up my furry sleeve, and it's called treat motivation. So, whenever Melvyn completes a task within my strict guidelines and parameters, he gets to watch me eat a treat, and if by the end of the day, there are any left, I very generously let him have the bag. And if there's none left he can still sniff the wrapper! MOL

I am hoping that in time he understands what a great service I am doing for him, and hopefully motivating him to be more productive.

Don't worry. I do give him an extra treat bonus every Friday afternoon, so he doesn't get too disheartened when things don't always go his way. I think if I make things too easy for him, he will just expect easy all the time, and then one day, when he has to face something he doesn't like, or it's not what he expected, he will be better prepared to cope with whatever life throws at him. 

It's all about the psychology of life...

Anyhoo, let's look at today's review after this week's fun Fill-ins and the Pet Photo Fail.

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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. I used to dislike ________________ until _________________.
2. If it weren’t for __________________, I would never ____________________.
3. I find _________ very intimidating.
4. _________ gives me the inspiration to _________.

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

1. I used to (really) dislike brussel sprouts with a passion until the last couple of years. And now I actually quite like them if they're small and smothered in onion sauce - I still won't eat the ones that are the size of baby cabbages! LOL

2. If it weren’t for a chance meeting on the staircase of my apartment, I would never I would have never got my first cat back in 1997 - C.J. Catkin, and my life with cats may never have unfolded the way it has.

3. I find _________ very intimidating. Right now at this moment, I can't think of anything to fit this one, but I'm sure there is something, but it's not coming to mind - sorry!

4. My cats give me the inspiration to write the most crazy, bizarre, action-packed adventures.
Where the fluff would I be with The B Team???? LOL

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

Do stop by the marvellous Mudpie's blog at to join in.

Today's photo fail features our epically epic tripawed dude, Smooch.

He was doing a few crunches, and this was the last couple of sits up in his final set, talk about total beastmode! MOL

We titled this picture ~ Gimme One More! 

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We think he nailed clawed it!

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This week's top book pick is...

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Catnip and Cantrips 

Twilight Hollow Witchy Cozy Mysteries Book 2 


Sara Christene

       Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

Haunted woods, glowing animals, and another mysterious murder!

When Addy and Spooky find a hiker’s body in the woods, Addy thinks the mysterious death is the least of her worries. That is until the dead woman’s ghost starts haunting her. Now she and her magical familiar are on the case of another murder with dark magic nipping at their heels.

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Today I'm sharing a book in a series I started quite a while ago.

Catnip and Cantrips, the second book in the Twilight Hollow Witchy Cozy Mysteries series by Sara Christene, is a captivating and enchanting read that is sure to leave mew spellbound.
If mew missed book one's review - Familiar Spirits, click here. Book two takes us on a magical journey through the haunted woods of Twilight Hollow, where Addy and her familiar Spooky stumble upon a dead hiker. As they try to unravel the mystery behind the murder, they uncover a web of dark magic and deceit that threatens to engulf them both. Addy soon finds herself haunted by the ghost of the dead woman, making her a target for the dark forces at work. The author has a talent for creating a world that is both eerie and enchanting, with vivid descriptions that transport the reader to another world. The characters are well-crafted, each with their unique personalities and quirks that make them relatable and endearing. The plot is intricately woven, with plenty of twists and turns that keep the mew guessing until the very end. The addition of glowing animals in the town adds an extra layer of intrigue to the story, making it all the more captivating and mysterious. The author's attention to detail and descriptive writing style create a rich and immersive world that will leave you wanting more. From the haunted woods to the magical spells, every aspect of the book is well crafted to draw the reader deeper into the story.

Catnip and Cantrips is an excellent addition to the Twilight Hollow series, and a must-read for fans of cozy cat mysteries and magic. The book is a purrfect blend of supurr natural elements and mystery, making it a delightful read that will keep mew entertained until the very end.

And I just have to add, that I really love the cover of this one too!

A Top Paw Read!

Paperback: 194 pages
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Catnip and Cantrips 

Overall Enjoyment

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I'm off to read next week's books, as mew know the drill, so many books, so little time! 

Don't forget, if mew are looking for great books with cats, check out the Book Review page, just click the link here or at the top of the page, as that's the place to visit to get your feline fiction fix. 

Until next time...

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  1. I do hope Melvyn appreciates all you try to teach him.

    The tax service (Internal Revenue Service here) intimidates me. They have almost limitless power to collect first and find out whether you really owe it afterward.

    It sounds like you've picked another book winner! Thank you for linking up with Feline Friday.

  2. You are quite the taskmaster, Amber! That's a great photo of you doing crunches. Smooch.
    The book sounds very good, Amber.

  3. How could that training strategy fail......

    We think that photo fail is in fact a wonderful photo!

    The Chans

  4. This is an intriguing book Amber and you are right fur training Melvyn on book etiquette. Lynn says to pass on this about brussels, cut them little ones in 1/2 and lightly coat with oil and salt and roast. Makes them much less "flavorful".

  5. Good guidelines for the library, Amber! Great review,bthe book sounds good! We think the photo "fail" of Smooch is still cute!

  6. That's a gorgeous photo of you sweet Amber! Those were good fill-in answers too. I love that fun fail photo too and such a wonderful book and a wonderful review too. Thanks for joining Angel Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  7. Your treat motivation plan is just brilliant! MOL. Love the blooper and the book sounds pawsome!

  8. Amber, you crack me up. I like your training methods. You are looking gorgeous, as always. Nice review- that looks like an interesting series. Thank you to the PA for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I have only like Brussel's Sprouts the past few years once I started roasting them instead of boiling. XO


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