Book Review: A Little Magick by Marie Lavender

Little Rosie goes to stay with her uncle. There she meets some new friends…and some enemies. She doesn’t know that her emotions will trigger something unusual. So far from home, suddenly Rosie has become a full witch like her mother. For a time, it is great fun to use her powers the way she wants, but can Rosie figure out how to use these newfound powers for good or will she be lost to the dark side forever?


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

When Rosie goes to stay with her uncle for a while during the summer, strange things start to happen. Her mom is a witch, and Rosie is coming into her powers at the wrong time! Her uncle didn’t even believe in magick until he saw what was happening to Rosie. They are able to deal with the powers that have popped up until things get a bit crazy.

This is a sweet children’s story told from the perspective of Rosie. She’s a perceptive little girl but like all of us, she still has a lot to learn. While staying with her uncle, she learns that there are better ways to deal with bullies than revenge. After all, that’s just stooping to the bully’s level.

There are a few things that were too detailed at times, but overall this is a good story. I like that it explains what it means to be a Wiccan which is something that is often misconceived. A Little Magick is an entertaining story that children will enjoy.

About the Author

Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and two cats. She has been writing for a little over twenty-five years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published 21 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, romantic comedy, dramatic fiction, fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. An avid blogger on the side, she writes adult fiction, as well as occasional stories for children, and has recently started some young adult fiction. She also contributed to several anthologies. Though she has some standalone titles on the market, her current published series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Eternal Hearts Series, The Magick Series, The Code of Endhivar Series, The Misfits Series and The Blood at First Sight Series, but she has many others planned. Feel free to visit her website at for further information about her books and her life. Marie is also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Book Review: Mrs. Parsley Makes a Delivery & other stories by Julian Padowicz




TITLE: Mrs. Parsley Makes a Delivery and Other Stories

RELEASE DATE: July 5, 2016

AUTHOR: Julian Padowicz

GENRE: Children’s Stories/Magic/Fantasy




Mrs. Parsley is a good witch who, with the help of her magical cat, Laptop, substitutes for the likes of Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and the various Fairy Godmothers, when they have more work than they can handle. However, since she does not have the specialized magic powers that they possess, she is challenged to find creative ways to carry out these duties.


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I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher.

Mrs. Parsley Makes a Delivery and Other Stories is a series of short stories about Mrs. Parsley who helps other magical beings when needed. For example, when the Tooth Fairy has a toothache, Mrs. Parsley delivers money to parents whose children have lost a tooth and explains that they’ll have to put it under the pillow this time because the Tooth Fairy can’t make it. 

The stories are cute and they often teach a lesson as well.  I don’t usually pay much attention to covers (I know, I’m weird) but this one really caught my eye. Not only is it colorful and draws your attention, but it exactly matches the description of Mrs. Parsley and Laptop, her cat.

I definitely recommend Mrs. Parsley Makes a Delivery and Other Stories for children. It would especially be good for children who have a short attention span because the stories are short.



authorJulian Padowicz was seven years old and Jewish in Warsaw, Poland when WWII broke out. He and his mother made a dramatic escape from occupied Poland and the Holocaust over the Carpathian Mountains. His memoir of this experience, “Mother and Me: Escape from Warsaw, 1939” was named Book of the Year for 2006. He has written three sequels, chronicling his odyssey to safety in America. In addition, he has written a series of humorous novels about a retired college professor, lightly modeled after himself.

Padowicz has served as a navigator in the United States Air Force, a documentary film script writer, and as president of BusinessFilm International, a documentary and educational film production company. He lives currently in Hampton, VA.