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July Book Club: A Touch of Magic

July is a special month for us on the Island, for one our birthdays are within this month and for podcast listeners, you'll know July is the year our podcast began. Because of this, we wanted to do one of our favourites: books with M A G I C.


For this month, we are reading two recently published books, here they are below.

Sweet & Bitter Magic

Adrienne Tooley


Tamsin is the most powerful witch of her generation. But after committing the worst magical sin, she’s exiled by the ruling Coven and cursed with the inability to love. The only way she can get those feelings back—even for just a little while—is to steal love from others.

Wren is a source—a rare kind of person who is made of magic, despite being unable to use it herself. Sources are required to train with the Coven as soon as they discover their abilities, but Wren—the only caretaker to her ailing father—has spent her life hiding her secret.

When a magical plague ravages the queendom, Wren’s father falls victim. To save him, Wren proposes a bargain: if Tamsin will help her catch the dark witch responsible for creating the plague, then Wren will give Tamsin her love for her father.

Of course, love bargains are a tricky thing, and these two have a long, perilous journey ahead of them—that is, if they don't kill each other first.

Spells Trouble

P.C Cast + Kristin Cast



Hunter and Mercy Goode are twin witches, direct descendants of the founder of their town of Goodeville. As their ancestors have done before them, it is now time for the twins to learn what it means to be Gatekeepers-the protectors of the Gates to different underworlds, ancient portals between their world and realms where mythology rules and nightmares come to life.

When their mother becomes the first victim in a string of murders, the devastated sisters vow to avenge her death. But it will take more than magic to rein in the ancient mythological monsters who've infected their peaceful town.

Now Hunter and Mercy must come together and accept their destiny or risk being separated for good.

Book Club Date


Our next meeting is the 1st August at 15:30 BST. Our bookclub is virtual, allowing its members to join from the comforts of their homes.

If, however, you want to recommend a book or have any thoughts on our current reads and wish to submit questions to the podcast, please use our contact form to get in touch.

We love to hear from our listeners, and you could have your question answered during the podcast episode.

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