Spells and Secrets – Katy Birchall

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Morgan Charmley tries to live life as normally as possible, which is quite tricky to do when you’re spending your time hiding your magical powers. It’s also made even harder when her best friend Owen is a warlock who insists on playing pranks! Then, it becomes even harder. Morgan finds herself on the school quiz team alongside a fellow witch who is out to sabotage her. How can Morgan keep her secret now?!

Katy has a witty, entertaining writing style which turns this story into a magical read; Morgan is a very likeable main character and her charming attitude will definitely win over the reader. I have always loved a magical book (Harry Potter superman right here!), but was delighted to see which had been chosen for my blog tour by Katy. The Worst Witch was a series – both book and TV – that really sparked my love of charm-filled tales. Read more about Mildred Hubble, star witch of the series, below:


The Worst Witch book series by Jill Murphy

Mildred Hubble gets spells wrong most of the time, has a useless tabby cat for a magical sidekick, and accidentally turns her snooty classmate into a pig. 

So, naturally, we all adore her. 

The worst student in attendance at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches, Mildred is completely disaster-prone and somehow manages to land herself in trouble, no matter how simple or straightforward the spell. 

I inhaled these books when I was younger, giggling away over Mildred’s misadventures as she desperately tries to get things right and yet can’t help but get them wrong. Don’t we all feel like that some of the time? I know I do. 

Her clumsiness is certainly something I can relate to: she trips over her shoelaces like I always seem to trip over the pavement (I swear, I don’t know how I do this every day.) She crashes her broomstick after just two days of school and does a haphazard job of mending it with sticky tape. I’m no longer allowed to handle any of our expensive glasses in the house because I’ve broken three (not to mention the two plates I’ve smashed). 

But the best thing about Mildred? She’s hilarious. Her sense of humour is brilliant and you can’t help but love her as she causes plenty of entertaining chaos with her kind, sensible friend Maud and her cheeky, mischievous pal Enid. Who wouldn’t want to be part of this magical gang? 

We need fun fictional characters who make us smile. I can’t get enough of them. Comedy is essential in life and crucial on our bookshelves. Where would we be without laughter? My goodness, how we need joyful witches like Mildred to brighten our day. 

The Worst Witch series was a big inspiration behind Morgan Charmley: Spells and Secrets. I remember how it felt to curl up with one of Mildred Hubble’s heartwarming stories and get happily lost in her wonderful world of witchcraft, friendship and adventure. I very much hope that Morgan’s story can offer a similar magic for someone else.

Thank you Katy for a brilliant piece; Morgan will definitely give some magic to the reader ✨

Like the sound of this book? Buy it here: https://amzn.to/3jhSvB0

Emily x

📚 Book gifted by publisher.

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