Recommended Book: The Flower Bowl Spell by Olivia Boler


Journalist Memphis Zhang isn’t ashamed of her Wiccan upbringing—in fact, she’s proud to be one of a few Chinese American witches in San Francisco, and maybe the world. Unlike the well-meaning but basically powerless Wiccans in her disbanded coven, Memphis can see fairies, read auras, and cast spells that actually work—even though she concocts them with ingredients like Nutella and antiperspirant. Yet after a friend she tries to protect is brutally killed, Memphis, full of guilt, abandons magick to lead a “normal” life. The appearance, however, of her dead friend’s sexy rock star brother—as well as a fairy in a subway tunnel—suggest that magick is not done with her. Reluctantly, Memphis finds herself dragged back into the world of urban magick, trying to stop a power-hungry witch from using the dangerous Flower Bowl Spell and killing the people Memphis loves—and maybe even Memphis herself.

My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5)

My Review

This is a Fantasy story about magick and witches and I must admit/confess to having NEVER read a fantasy book before. This is not a genre that would be on my usual reading list and so I probably wouldn’t have read this book if it hadn’t been for the Eclectic Reading Challenge. So a big, thank-you to Shelleyrae over at Book’d Out for giving me a reason to branch out and read something outside my comfort zone.

I cannot emphasise enough how much I got sucked into the world of Memphis Zhang. I was totally immersed in her story and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. With all the reviews I have written so far, I find it difficult to comment too much on the story or characters as I don’t want to give anything away.

What I will say is that I BELIEVED the main protagonist. I felt she came alive on the page (of my Kindle) and I cared about what happened to her throughout the story. One of the character names in particular was a stroke of GENIUS and everyone we met on the journey was well drawn.

This is written in the first person and from the main protagonist’s point of view. I enjoyed the story line and the humour that’s injected into the narrative is spot on. I even broke my “not reading my Kindle on the bus” rule (I know it’s a stupid rule) as I HAD to keep reading this book. I’ve said before I judge a good book on whether the story keeps popping into my mind, well days after finishing The Flower Bowl Spell, little snippets keep doing just that.

Olivia Boler is an author I *met* blogging. I read her posts on self-publishing her story and watched with interest as the cover design was unveiled and the publication drew ever closer. This is a journey that so many people are on and it is a journey I hope to make myself one day. This makes reading a book like this more important to me. It also inspires me to make sure I write reviews and help spread the word.

This was a top professional job. Great cover, well-edited and no errors to speak about. This book gives self-publishing a HUGE pat on the back. If every self-published book was to this standard then maybe the stigma attached to going it on your own would end right here and now.

I might have mentioned before that I don’t read much. That’s why I set myself the target of 24 books this year, I know as a writer I need to read more. This book has made me want to read more of your suggestions for the fantasy genre and if you want to stretch your own reading then I HIGHLY recommend reading this book. It was magick! (sorry, couldn’t resist)

I look forward to reading Olivia’s next book.

This is the fifth book I have read for the Eclectic Reading Challenge 2012. This is the book for the Fantasy category.

About Pete Denton

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14 Responses to Recommended Book: The Flower Bowl Spell by Olivia Boler

  1. oliviaboler says:

    Wow, Pete. Thank you so much for this brilliant review. I just so grateful for your kind words and support. This is the kind of response every writer hopes to elicit from readers! I really appreciate you taking the time to read the book and spread the word.

    • Pete Denton says:

      Hi Olivia, you are most welcome. I really enjoyed reading your book. Anything I can do to help spread the word 🙂

      I’ve tried leaving a message on your site, but it wont let me. All the best with the paper back version.

    • EllaDee says:

      Hi Olivia & Pete, I loved The Flower Bowl Spell – I’m a bit late in replying but I downloaded it & read it constantly until I was done, and was then sorry I read it so quickly. I just loved all the characters. I hope beyond an E-Book it comes out in paper as I think it would appeal to all readers & some are there with E-Books yet. Thanks so much. 🙂 EllaDee

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  3. This book sounds fantastic, it’s rare to spot something that comes across as so unique and original.

  4. EllaDee says:

    Thanks Pete. I’ve downloaded The Flower Bowl Spell & look forward to reading it.

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