A Wicked and Beautiful Garden
Series: Witches of the Island, #1
Author: Katie McGarry
Publication Date: May 5, 2021
Publisher: Katie McGarry LLC
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Paranormal
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Twenty-eight year-old Cassie Strega can’t escape fate.
All she wants is to live a normal, quiet life delivering the babies in her small town. But when she discovers she comes from a lineage of witches, her life becomes extraordinary—in the gravely dangerous type of way.
Then, she’s reunited with her first love.
Orion, the sultry Fae warrior who broke her heart years before, is searching for a baby. Not just any baby, but the queen of the Fae who will one day lead them in their final battle against the demons determined to rule the world. The same baby who has been calling to Cassie for help in her dreams.
Fighting the intense attraction of their former blood bond, Cassie and Orion work together to find the child. But when the heartbreak that nearly destroyed Cassie nine years before looms once more, she’ll have to decide whether getting involved in the supernatural war is worth losing everything, including her life.
I don’t normally reach for fantasies, but when I heard Katie McGarry was releasing one I knew I had to read it. I’ve loved everything she has written and I expected no different from A Wicked and Beautiful Garden. I have to admit that it took me a bit to get into this tale and that at times the fantasy stuff overwhelmed me. There’s some info dumping and world building that needs to occur and that stuff always slows me down. Once I got more into that stuff, I was locked into finding out about Cassie, Orion, and the baby. I really liked Cassie. Orion wasn’t my favorite at the start, but he redeemed himself for the most part. I’m still not sure about their relationship, but they had some great chemistry. I guess I just need more time to believe in their romance. As for the baby…Well, that’s the big mystery. I liked how the mystery of the baby was involved in Cassie finding out more about herself. I am curious to find out where the story goes from here.