Review: A Wicked and Beautiful Garden (Katie McGarry)

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: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

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.

22 thoughts on “Review: A Wicked and Beautiful Garden (Katie McGarry)”

  1. As much as I love McGarry, I know I wouldn’t be into this. It sounds like it got better for you once the story got going, but I know I don’t have the patience to get to know a whole new world (that’s why I read contemporaries)

  2. I adore Katie McGarry and I think I’ve read everything she’s published. I bought this one as soon as it released, even though I am not a fantasy reader and I’m a bit wary of this one. Even so, it’s Katie so I’m going to give it a go. I’m glad I know up front about the info dumping and world building issues. I’m still intrigued and excited to give it a try.

    1. Thank you! I should have waited and listened to it. I probably would have done with it that way,

  3. I felt the same way. It felt a little info-dumpy. I’m still curious about where the sequel is going to go.

    1. I am, too. I might wait to read that one until I read your review for it, if you’re going to read it. I think I will have to listen to it instead of read, if I decide to read it.

    1. I hope it will be. And it might just be me on the info dumps. I don’t read much fantasy or stuff where there is world building. I guess I don’t have the patience.

  4. Can’t believe Katie McGarry released a fantasy romance book! It wasn’t on my radar, I loved her Pushing the Limits series, I’ll definitely add this one to my TBR.
    Great review, Deanna!

  5. I am surprised to see this author has written a fantasy series! Sometimes these genre swaps authors try work out well. The info dump would really bother me as well. The world building should be a bit slower, especially if it is a series. I hope that the next book is more enjoyable for you! 🙂

    1. You do better with fantasy than I do, so it might work better for you. I kind of wish I had listened to it.

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