Vintage Fashion Inspiration from A Powerful Witch
Have you heard of Juliette Blackwell’s A Witchcraft Mysteries Series? It has become my newest obsession! This series inspires me to be a better person as well as to be more adventurous with my wardrobe, hence my OOTD.
A Witchcraft Mystery Series by Juliet Blackwell
This is such an addicting series. It offers a bit of magic, a lovely leading lady, a diverse cast of characters – including one adorable pot belly pig – and it often focuses on the importance of friendship. There is also a bit of romance, but that really is not a main focus in the series. It has added to the storyline and helped us understand Lily, our heroine, a lot better as her story is told in flashbacks. I have yet to finish the series. There are now, as of April 2018, nine books in the series and I have read four of them.
Things that I love about this series:
· No time jumps from book to book – at least not as of book four.
My problem with time jumps is that I feel like I have missed out on crucial parts of my favorite character’s story. If I am invested in a series, chances are I’m going to seek out the next book right away because I do not want to forget anything or lose the spark. However, if the next book has a time jump then I kind of feel like the spark is lost.
· Aunt Cora’s Closet
Lily has a love for vintage dresses. She sells them and often wears them, and I feel inspired. I love the description of her outfits and I love that her shoe of choice is a pair of Keds because fashion need not be uncomfortable– a woman after my own heart. Of course, many of her outfits are procured from the inventory in Aunt Cora’s Closet. (What a dream to own a successful vintage clothing store and also wear its treasures…)
Aunt Cora’s Closet is a place I would like to visit. It seems like the perfect setting to wind down with friends and explore racks of beautiful clothes. Oh yeah – and if I’m in need of some herbs or a talisman these too would be available. Unfortunately, no such place exists. I’ve looked. It is totally fictional.
Oscar is Lily’s gargoyle/potbelly pig familiar. He may not be the voice of reason but he sure is adorable and funny.
· The cast.
The cast of characters is wonderfully diverse. It is made up of believers and skeptics as well as people from all walks of life. All together they add a sense of familiarity to the story, which keeps me coming back to the series.
· The atmospheric setting.
The series takes place in San Francisco – one of my favorite places to visit. It is colorful and lively and oozing with magic IRL. I literally can not imagine a better setting for this series.
· Magic and how it is explained and described.
Do you believe in magic? I do. However, I am not an expert on the subject and explanations and descriptions of what is going one are greatly appreciated. Maybe one day I will pick up a book on the lore of witchcraft as I think it would benefit my enjoyment of fictitious books about witches.
· The theme of self-acceptance.
Lily identifies as an outsider; hence, she finds it hard to enter new relationships with muggles. While she now embraces her talents, that was not always the case and a lot of her progress has to do with the theme of self-acceptance.
Witch or not, I think we can all relate, to some degree, to the feeling of being misunderstood. Some may try to fight it and blend in while others embrace their differences and do their thing regardless of an outsider’s perspective.
· It’s not too deep.
The series deals with some serious issues, tangibly. I really appreciate that as I often feel beat up by books that dive in head first. I know that such books are meant to educate but where is the line between educating and overdoing it? I think that it all depends on what the writer wants to accomplish and what the reader expects from a book. I expect to learn while being entertained and this series has not disappointed.
· Xe Sands narrates the whole series.
If you are an audiobook addict, then you probably have a set of favorite narrators. Is Xe is one of them? If not, please let me know why she has not made it to your list and please share some of your favorite narrators. I love Xe Sands as a narrator. Her voice is soothing as well as animated which I can not say of many other narrators – even those on my favorites list. The series is mysterious as well as magical hence her voice lends itself well to creating the perfect setting.
Do you have any witchy book recommendations? I, seriously, can not get enough these days.
P.P.S. This post is not sponsored.