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After a relationship gone bad in California, Kylie Strange moves to rural Maine for a fresh start. But she gets more than she bargained for when she finds a supernatural book bricked into the wall of her new tea shop, Strange Herbs and Teas. As soon as she opens the Booke of the Hidden, the quiet town of Moody Bog suddenly becomes a lot more interesting. First the mysteriAfter a relationship gone bad in California, Kylie Strange moves to rural Maine for a fresh start. But she gets more than she bargained for when she finds a supernatural book bricked into the wall of her new tea shop, Strange Herbs and Teas. As soon as she opens the Booke of the Hidden, the quiet town of Moody Bog suddenly becomes a lot more interesting. First the mysterious and handsome Erasmus Dark shows up unannounced, claiming to be a demon and warning Kylie of untold destruction. She waves him off, until a museum proprietor turns up dead, and the sheriff targets Kylie as a suspect. With the help of Erasmus and a ragtag group of local Wiccans, Kylie unravels the Booke's secrets, and they begin to believe the culprit is someone--or something--much more sinister than a run-of-the mill human murderer. Award-winning author Jeri Westerson crafts a tale of magic, murder, and romance, drawing us into the mystical world that surrounds Strange Herbs and Teas....

Title : Booke of the Hidden
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ISBN : 9781635760507
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Number of Pages : 330 Pages
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Booke of the Hidden Reviews

  • Carrie
    2018-12-21 19:23

    Kylie Strange wanted to get as far away from her ex as she could when they broke up so when she spotted a place for sale in Maine she figured she couldn't get any further away from California than that. Arriving in Moody Bog Kylie has nothing but hope for her fresh start quickly getting to work to set up for the opening of her new shop, Strange Herbs & Teas. When working in the store however Kylie ends up finding a rather strange book hidden within the wall of the shop, The Booke of the Hidden.Once Kylie opens up the book things begin happening that she doesn't quite believe. A stranger shows up warning her away from the book that no one should even know exists so Kylie tracks down a man that know more about the legend surrounding the book only to come away with more questions than answers. And no sooner is Kylie back from her visit than the police show up at her door saying the man she'd asked about the book had been murdered. Soon Kylie finds herself teamed up with a demon and a coven of witches with a curse on the loose since the book had chosen her to open it. Booke of the Hidden by Jeri Westerson is an adult urban fantasy read with all the fun things involved in it that I'm normally a huge fan of, witches, demons and other various elements. However, as much as I could say nice about this one, good writing, likable characters, interesting plot etc. There just seemed to be that little something extra missing for me, that bit of a spark to make me fall in love with the story. I think for me with this particular read my biggest drawback was that it seemed to be a rather slow going story. There are things happening but the progress and story built rather slowly so being one that prefers a fast paced or intense books first and foremost I think that might be the one thing that didn't make this story pop out the way I'd like. In the end I thought it was good but not one that really stood out from all the other books of this type. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....

  • Michelle
    2018-12-23 21:11

    4.5/5 stars The Booke of the Hidden is the first book in a new series by the same name, by Jeri Westerson. I really, really enjoyed this supernatural/urban fantasy read. It follows our main character Kylie, as she moves across the country to a town in Maine, where she opens up her own Herb & Tea shop. There she finds a book hidden in the wall, called the Booke of the Hidden. From there, she is swept up in a crazy whirlwind demon hunting adventure that reminded me of part Buffy the Vampire Slayer and part Supernatural. I cannot wait to read more about this series.Kylie is a feisty main heroine. She has no problem standing up for herself, which I loved about her. Even when she first meets the mysterious Mr. Dark, she doesn't mind putting him in his place. I loved that Kylie was immediately embraced into this quirky small town. It is already a spiritual town. Kind of like in Buffy, where the town seemed to be the epicenter of supernatural activity. Except in this case, it is not because of a hell mouth, but rather because of the Booke. The Booke is really rather fascinating, so I am going to put a spoiler in place right here, which is really not much of a spoiler since it's descirbed within the first 50 pages of the story, but click on if you want to see how the Booke works. (view spoiler)[ When Kylie finds the Booke of the Hidden she opens it and sees that it is blank. The book forms a connection with Kylie and she is the only one that can open it. The Booke acts like a kind of pandora's box, and when she opened it she released a whole bunch of demons into the world. She is then tasked with rounding up and defeating the demons by killing them and writing in the Booke to trap them there. Cool, right?(hide spoiler)]There is a light budding romance in The Booke of the Dead. I really liked the romance, but I wanted more of it. If I am being honest with myself, the light romance is the reason I couldn't commit to 5 stars for this otherwise excellent story. I am really hoping that the romance will develop into something more in the next book, because I love the dynamic between the two of them. Bring on more romance! (even if it is a love triangle, I will take it) Bottom line: If you are a fan of demon hunting adventures, set in a cool atmosphereic small town, with plenty of supernatural baddies, then The Booke of the Hidden is a great book for you. It is the start of what is sure to be an exciting series. I can't wait for the second book. I love the spunky main character and I am really interested to see the whole cast of secondary characters developed more. Plus, I totally want more romance! I really enjoyed The Booke of the Hidden.

  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    2019-01-07 17:06

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyI was pretty consistently amused by everything in BOOKE OF THE HIDDEN which is one of my favorite feelings to have while reading. From the absolutely ridiculous plot, quirky small town characters, to the kind of random and weird but working for me romance between Kylie and Erasmus. I love books where the main character just randomly stumbles into a world and has to figure everything out before some doom befalls them or the world. This book is basically your classic example of that with an intriguingly mysterious book wrapped in a dark history and a burgeoning romance.I loved Kylie right off the bat. She owns a tea shop (my favorite kind of shop) and is just trying to get start her life again after a bad break up. She's kind of sarcastic, quirky, and pretty open-minded for someone who just discovered witches and demons are real. I really enjoyed Erasmus's introduction as you don't know if he is supposed to be the antagonist or not so you are kind of left feeling persistently suspicious of him for a long time. That suspicion wanes as he ends up working closer with Kylie to clean up the mess that opening the Booke of the Hidden caused. While I enjoy some sexy flirty, I am wondering if they are going to continue with developing this relationship in future books. Their banter is really fun but they don't really click with me as a long term romance.As I got to the end of BOOKE OF THE HIDDEN I began to get concerned that nothing was resolved and hoped this was the beginning of a series. Luckily, it is as per the author note at the end! The writing is engaging with a mystery plot that can easily be expanded into a few more books. I enjoyed spending time with Kylie and all of the other characters and am looking forward to what new paranormal creature they will meet in the next book.

  • Kathrin
    2019-01-09 17:13

    I received a free copy via NetGalley. I was torn about how to rate this book for a while. It was a tie between 4 and 5 stars and I settled for 5 because I liked some aspects a lot and I'm already looking forward to possible future books in the series. 'Booke of the Hidden' had a bumpy start and I wasn't sure if I would like it for maybe the first 50 pages. Overused tropes and cringe-worthy dialogue made me anxious but it turned out to be an awesome read that I would recommend to fans of urban fantasy.The story is set in the small Maine town of Moody Bog - one of those places where people can track their families back for generations. It's a small-town community that promises the calm, fresh start Kylie is looking for. After leaving her Californian life behind she just wants to look forward and focus on the opening of her very own tea and herb shop. Within days of the big day she comes across a mysterious book in the old house she bought and soon her life is filled with Wiccans, demons and much less calm days than expected. The book intertwines old family stories, demonology and a romance that isn't allowed to be. What I expected when I started to read the book was an urban fantasy which was delivered. I'm just much more used to urban fantasy novels playing in big cities but honestly, the lovely Maine backdrop added its own add-on to the setting. Whenever I spot a Maine setting I always get excited because it reminds me of some of my favorite King novels which are mostly set in Maine. I haven't been there yet and I don't believe that a vacation will take me there but you'll never know. Needless to say, this was a big plus in my book. The author did a good job showing some of the usual small-town aspects but I was missing something that would make the town of Moody Bog unique. Haven't found that yet but this seems to be the first novel in a series - maybe there'll be more about the place in later books. You could definitely tell that the town and its inhabitants are important.First, I've got to say that I liked most of the characters - especially those side characters that played a huge part in progressing the story but - and this is a big one - ...My biggest pet peeve is a main character I can't relate to because I get bored just reading about them. I know that with all the books that are published these days it's hard to come up with someone entirely new and intriguing but I at least expect an author to try. Somehow, I also felt reminded of Buffy The Vampire Slayer... To be honest, the bow is a big deus ex machina but I was willing to overlook it.Kylie wasn't easy for me to relate to. Just leaving her 'old life' head-over-heels because of an ex-boyfriend and then starting anew where every guy falls for her is just something I'm not interested in. However, as the story progressed I started to see more in her character and I came to a point where I might enjoy to read more about her story. Her relationship with Erasmus (let's not talk about the names in this book!) wasn't something I enjoyed reading about in the beginning. Seriously, I haven't seen that much cringe-worthy situations in a while. It got a lot better as the story progressed which is why even after finishing the book I still hope that the author would fix the beginning. It almost ruined the book for me. And while I like the whole he's-a-demon-now-what issue, I can't stand love triangle. Why did I think that its golden age has come and gone? I never was a fan and probably never will be. It was kind of okay with this novel because there's a whole lot of philosophical discussion linked to it but I hope that the author will resolve it soon. I was happy to see that there were tidbits of information about tea and herbs scattered throughout the story and I would love to see the author to add more of them in future books. The fact that I already think about what to expect from future books shows you that despite the few annoying points I had a great time reading 'Booke of the Hidden'. The writing was entertaining and made me laugh occasionally and once I made it past the beginning of the novel I wasn't able to put it down again. Great read!

  • Anna Fox
    2019-01-02 20:11

    This was a fantastic paranormal romance. Kylie is a fantastic lead, and I loved her snarky attitude. Her relationship with Erasmus is interesting and what will happen with the sheriff? What is Kylie's family's history? I look forward to getting to know the other characters as well. I found this book to be one of the best in this genre.

  • Under the Covers Book Blog
    2019-01-08 16:04

    I’m always in the mood for a fantastic Urban Fantasy, there’s something about that mix of magic, adventure and romance in a, normally, somewhat familiar setting that I love. However, it has been a while since I have found anything new that’s whetted by appetite, so I decided to go all Indiana Jones and explore and in the wilds of NetGalley I came across Booke of the Hidden. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite the treasure that I was hoping for.  When I read UF I like something to be a little gritty, I want the heroine to have depth, strength (even if she doesn’t know it) and intelligence. I want the love interest to do more than decorate the book with his gorgeous abs and massive biceps. And lastly I want an interesting story set in world that is well thought out and full of potential. Unless it is a superb 5 star book you don’t always get these things all at once especially on book 1 of a series, but you get enough to get stuck in and encourage you to continue. However, Booke of the Hidden didn’t really have any of the things I love, it didn’t feel like an UF it had the feel of a trying-to-be-charming, yet ultimately shallow cozy mystery.It’s mixture of cookie cutter “eccentric” secondary characters, a broody love interest with as much depth as a paddling pool and the clueless, yet plucky heroine made this predictable and shallow. There was nothing below the surface, the world although not really explained also didn’t leave me intrigued about what wasn’t said, mainly because I didn’t feel like there wasn’t anything further to learn. And the storyline of a demon on the loose I completely lost interest in. I read this book to get to the end rather than out of enjoyment.Needless to say, I won’t be continuing reading this series it wasn’t quite what I expected and wasn’t to my taste. A book that I did love and the premises are kind of similar is Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z Martin, which I recommend you check out if you like the type of UF I do.*ARC provided by publisherReviewed by Suzanne❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤

  • Beaches&Books
    2019-01-14 22:58

    Kylie Strange is the heart of "Booke of the Hidden". How could she not be?? It is after all her fault for (accidently) causing all this mayhem by taking down that blasted wall, finding the BOOKE, then opening said book (as I now call the book of Hell) that not only released a succubus but a demon. Lets face it... since opening the BOOKE her life has gone to hell. But at least she has an attractive demon helping her, right? It seems Kylie isn't 100% sure about Erasmus Dark...what she does know is that he's tall, dark (pun intended) and handsome; and seems to be the silent type. How is Kylie supposed to figure what to do if he doesn't answer any of her questions?? Needless to say it is frustrating, luckily for Kylie her new friends of Moody Bog are there to help. My overall thoughts on the book?? It's an enjoyable read if you love magic, mystery, and a bit of romance. The author has really brought the characters to life and created a world in which you'll want more of. Until next time Kyle Strange.....received ARC from netgalley in exchange for review

  • Milena
    2019-01-04 19:10

    3.5 StarsI haven't read a good Paranormal/Urban Fantasy story in a while and with Halloween around the corner I was looking for something to satisfy my craving for a spooky read. Booke of the Hidden sounded exactly the type of read I was looking for. I really liked the setting, it was atmospheric and creepy, and just perfect for this time of year. I also found the premise of the book very interesting. Kylie moves away from her annoying ex to a small town in Maine and opens a herb & tea shop. While renovating the shop she finds an old book hidden in the wall. When she opens the book she unknowingly unleashes demons and other vile creatures that were trapped in the book. It's now up to her to capture and send them back. She gets some help from Erasmus, a demon attached to the Booke and Wiccans, the local coven. Booke of the Hidden is full of action, interesting characters, and a touch of romance. I liked our main heroine, Kylie. She is funny and quirky. There are also a number of endearing secondary characters (I especially liked Wiccans and the Sheriff), and interesting villains, both human and supernatural. I wasn't entirely sold on the romance between Kylie and Erasmus, it wasn't very convincing and felt forced a little. I wanted more sparks and chemistry. I hope the romance will get better in the next book. According to the author there will be six books in the series and I definitely will be checking them out and following Kylie's adventures. *ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley

  • Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
    2019-01-17 15:59

    I’m always in the mood for a fantastic Urban Fantasy, there’s something about that mix of magic, adventure and romance in a, normally, somewhat familiar setting that I love. However, it has been a while since I have found anything new that’s whetted by appetite, so I decided to go all Indiana Jones and explore and in the wilds of NetGalley I came across Booke of the Hidden. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite the treasure that I was hoping for. When I read UF I like something to be a little gritty, I want the heroine to have depth, strength (even if she doesn’t know it) and intelligence. I want the love interest to do more than decorate the book with his gorgeous abs and massive biceps. And lastly I want an interesting story set in world that is well thought out and full of potential. Unless it is a superb 5 star book you don’t always get these things all at once especially on book 1 of a series, but you get enough to get stuck in and encourage you to continue. However, Booke of the Hidden didn’t really have any of the things I love, it didn’t feel like an UF it had the feel of a trying-to-be-charming, yet ultimately shallow cozy mystery.It’s mixture of cookie cutter “eccentric” secondary characters, a broody love interest with as much depth as a paddling pool and the clueless, yet plucky heroine made this predictable and shallow. There was nothing below the surface, the world although not really explained also didn’t leave me intrigued about what wasn’t said, mainly because I didn’t feel like there wasn’t anything further to learn. And the storyline of a demon on the loose I completely lost interest in. I read this book to get to the end rather than out of enjoyment.Needless to say, I won’t be continuing reading this series it wasn’t quite what I expected and wasn’t to my taste. A book that I did love and the premises are kind of similar is Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z Martin, which I recommend you check out if you like the type of UF I do.

  • Maxximum Reads
    2019-01-13 15:13

    DISCLAIMER ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN—- Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an ARCBooke Of the HiddenJeri WestersonRELEASE DATE OCT 31 2017So Jeri is probably one of my new favourite authors! Booke of the Hidden was the perfect mix of creepy, paranormal, mystery, and adventure. Kylie Strange (I actually really liked her name even if it was a little corny) has caused a world of destruction (albeit not exactly on purpose) when she discovers a book behind a wall and opens it. I mean who wouldn't open a book they found behind a wall? Could be historically relevant, could be a treasure map, or could release a succubus and a demon. Of course this is a paranormal book and so she opened it and released the latter of those options. Basically the rest of the book is spent trying to clean up the mess she accidentally caused with Erasmus Dark (you know the demon from the book) and a local Wiccan group she has befriended. I will say that I love books and I love to read but you are not getting me to join a knitting club thing just to commandeer something from someones library. I was left with a few sort of uhhhh I don't think soooo's.I mean the Wiccan group was really forth coming and I mean REALLY forth coming to someone they just met. Who for all they know could be mocking them or something.Overall though I say go for it! It was enjoyable and a quick read for entertainment. Here is the description from NetGalleyTo get a fresh start away from a bad relationship, Kylie Strange moves across the country to open a shop in a seemingly quiet town in rural Maine. During renovations on Strange Herbs & Teas, she discovers a peculiar and ancient codex, The Booke of the Hidden, bricked into the wall. Every small town has its legends and unusual histories, and this artifact sends Kylie right into the center of Moody Bog’s biggest secret.While puzzling over the tome’s oddly blank pages, Kylie gets an unexpected visitor—Erasmus Dark, an inscrutable stranger who claims to be a demon, knows she has the book, and warns her that she has opened a portal to the netherworld. Kylie brushes off this nonsense, until a series of bizarre murders put her, the newcomer, at the center. With the help of the demon and a coven of witches she befriends while dodging the handsome but sharp-eyed sheriff, Kylie hunts for a killer—that might not be human.Character creation - 4- I did think that Kylie and Erasmus could have used a little more umpft and that some of the other characters were just really flatPlot - 5 - There could have been a bit more explaination as to what line of mythology we were working with. Are we assuming that Erasmus is a Christian demon like you know demons and angels or more of a Daemon from other lines?Addiction Level - 4 - I did put it down once to read something else when it got a little repetative. Overall I'd say 4.5

  • eyes.2c
    2019-01-20 17:59

    Beware of things unseen!This was so not what I expected. It was a crazy, wild ride and such a departure for Westerson.(And to think she dreamt about the major elements of the story--amazing--ah the subconscious!)A new entry into the urban paranormal genre complete with a mild mannered Wiccan group, a woman escaping a bad relationship who flees from California to Maine. Was she summoned or was it all just coincidence? Right!What do you do when you break down a brick wall in your new abode and find a musty old book. You open it and summon ... things that go beyond the wildest imagination for Kylie Strange.I loved the magical cross bow.I loved the demon (not quite the daemon lover of Scottish fame) or whatever Mr. Erasmus Dark might be. The quips Kylie directs at him are hilarious.I'm not sure about Sheriff Bradbury.I loved the Wicca coven including the teenager who is a cross between Wynona Rider and Julia Stiles.Suddenly, for the coven and Kylie, fighting demons, incubus and such us becomes the norm.Then there's the coven dedicated to dark, and a different demon.And let's not forget the sector of town who once upon a time, in the past, would have happily burnt all of the above at the stake, of which one member has hereditary links to Kylie.A great start to a new series.A NetGalley ARC

  • Alex Can Read
    2018-12-23 15:12

    I recieved an eArc from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This book was just not for me. I couldn’t connect with the characters and wasn’t held by the plot. Jeri Westerson’s writing was solid, I just didn’t connect. I found both Kylie and Erasmus to be incredibly frustrating characters. I didn’t enjoy spending time with them and found the other characters to be somewhat thin.

  • Pamela Priest
    2018-12-30 17:03

    This book is not the type of book I usually read, but since Ms. Westerson wrote it, and I love everything else she's written that I've read (Crispin's medieval novels, etc.), I wanted to give this a shot, and I'm glad I did! It's full of action and intrigue, intensely scary parts and even some romance, which makes it all good. I love the tea shop idea - we don't have them where I live, and I can envision having a great cup of amazing tea there. I am looking forward to the 2nd book in this series, to read not only what Ms. Westerson has in store for us, but to see how the relationships progress.

  • *flora*
    2019-01-07 17:17

    Really loved this book; it promises to be a fantastic series. You can also read my full review on my WordPress blog, Flora's Musings...So what’s this book about?Booke of the Hidden is the first novel (approx 314 pages) in a new six book adult urban fantasy series set in the beautiful, rural village of Moody Bog, Maine, USA. Our key human characters include; our heroine, Kylie Strange, a local coven of Wiccans – retired doctor and part-time plasterer, Doc Boone, middle aged Seraphina, a bohemian free-spirit and ‘sensitive’, Nick Riley barista and Goth and sixteen year old Jolene Ayrs, researching whiz kid and budding Wiccan - Moody Bog’s Sheriff and hotty, Ed Bradbury and Ruth Russell, a descendent of Moody Bog’s founding families. At this early stage in the series, there is no set mythology (e.g. Norse, Christian, Egyptian, etc) to the paranormal elements of the tale, so the non-human species that we encounter, which includes the elusive and enigmatic Mr Erasmus Dark, are more of a generic amalgam rather than from a specific belief system.So, what did I like about it?Jeri Westerson is a new-to-me author; I found her writing style engaging, intelligent and easy to read. I loved the way Ms Westerson weaved her plot; it was complex enough to keep me intrigued without being convoluted. I felt that there was a good balance of humour, action, tension, mystery and romance and the pace of the plot felt just right. I loved the way Ms Westerson crafted her world and its history; I found myself in the area of Moody Bog almost instantly, how she described the location, surrounded by wilderness and Moody Bog itself with its collection of small town, village style businesses just brought the place to life in my imagination. I really liked our heroine, Kylie; she’s intelligent and has heaps of gumption (even if she does struggle a bit on the romantic front during this book). I also loved the fact that the secondary characters that Ms Westerson created to populate her world felt just as real as our leads and had strong, memorable personalities, they weren’t just filling the page; kind old Doc Boone, wise Reverend Howard Cleveland, Jolene who had definitely been ‘hiding her light under a bushel’ and who out there doesn’t know a person like Ruth Russell with her self-important air! I loved that Ms Westerson wrote her characters with the complexities that we’d see in those around us, that they had a good balance of strengths and insecurities to make them feel real, even the supernatural ones. I love the fact that Booke of the Hidden kept me guessing what would happen next and had me holding my breath at times, on the edge of my seat. But fear not, good readers it’s not all tension and scares there are giggles and a good sprinkling of tummy tingling passion to balance it all out. In short, I found myself desperate to find out what would happen next throughout this book, staying up late to finish just one more chapter - I was gripped!So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?Nope – loved everything about it!Although, I will warn you, as Booke of the Hidden is the first book in a new six book series, not all of our questions or mysteries are resolved within these pages, however, I can happily confirm that there is no life or death cliff-hanger ending - you all know how much I detest those - thank you Ms Westerson! (Further brownie points earned! Lol!) So, basically what I’m saying is... I really loved this book; it promises to be a fantastic series. I have pre-ordered my own copy of Booke of the Hidden from Amazon and will be waiting with bated breath for book 2 “Deadly Rising.” If you love well written tales of magic, curses, mystery and horror with a bit of romance I think you’d enjoy this book, I think it’s a perfect mix of scary, paranormal, mystery and adventure, however, I would just like to add that due to the explicit sexual nature of some of the scenes within these pages, I’d only recommend this book to adults who are not offended with this type of content. I was lucky enough to be given a digital version of this book for free from the publisher (Diversion Books) after making a request via Netgally.com in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is 31st October 2017.

  • Jeri
    2018-12-24 21:58

    This was a pretty good supernatural book. Kylie Strange moves from California to Maine after her mother dies and she breaks up with a jerk of a boyfriend. Something just draws her to the building for sale in the small town of Moody Bog. While she is fixing up the building to be her tea and herb shop she finds an old book hidden in the wall. That lets loose all sorts of strange things in town. Now it's up to Kylie and her new Wiccan friends to stop the evil that has come to their small town before history repeats itself.I was given an eARC by the publisher through NetGalley.

  • Marissa
    2019-01-19 17:58

    Booke of the Hidden is the first of a pretty promising paranormal series. Readers are introduced to Kylie Strange, a young woman who picks up and moves from California to Maine to start a new phase of her life as a small business owner when she opens a tea shop. While she's setting up her new digs, she finds a mysterious booke hidden in a wall which begins a series of events that take her relatively normal life on a very abnormal, supernatural path. The book includes a variety of supernatural themes to include demons, succubae, demon slaying with a magical crossbow, and witchcraft which I thought were handled quite well by the author. Kylie herself is a perfectly likeable character. She's a little spunky and I found her inner dialogue pretty entertaining. The only thing I wasn't too thrilled about with her was that she came across as falling too easily for the men in her life. Pace and writing were enjoyable. I would still be interested in getting to know her and the other characters a bit better and to see where things go with future books.I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  • Ann
    2019-01-13 23:20

    This is a good start to a new fantasy wiccan series. Kylie Strange moves to Moody Bog Maine to open her tea and herb shop. She discovers a book hidden in her shop and unleashes some powerful demons and power into the small town's coven. Great characters make this story move quickly, it's an easy read for readers from young adult to older. Kylie's position in town is going to be powerful and some of the locals are not happy. Seeing how she grows her business and handles the demons to come will make an interesting read.

  • Pepper
    2019-01-20 23:02

    Wonderful, creepy, fantastic adventure! First time with this author, so glad I got a review copy from netgally!

  • Jamie
    2019-01-18 23:06

    A good and interesting cozy urban fantasy. The murders are not bloody and gory. Doc Boone is my favorite character. I want to read the rest of the books in this series.

  • D.J. Adamson
    2019-01-09 17:56

    “I looked in before I reached for it—didn’t want any spiders dropping down on me—and lifted it out. Heavy. I laid it down on the nearby counter. It was at least twelve inches wide by eighteen inches tall. They made ’em big in the olden days. The cover was of ancient leather, worn at the edges, and even my unpracticed eye could tell that it was hand-bound. An ornate metal latch sealed the book. But the title in gold leaf took me aback a little. Booke of the Hidden. What did that mean?"Can a horror story/mystery be cozy? Why not? What I like the most about Westerson is her versatility. She can move from one genre to the next, medieval to literary, romance to...scary, without losing her craft of story telling. This, her newest, is another prime example of her many talents.---October Issue, Le Coeur de l'Artiste

  • Allie V
    2019-01-04 20:00

    Loved the book! Got a arc copy and couldn't put it down! I really loved the characters, and their interactions with one another. This is a must read!

  • Fangs for the Fantasy
    2019-01-16 18:09

    Kylie is ready to make a new start - moving across the country to set up her own business and reboot her life. She meets her new neighbours, sets up her shop - and finds a bookOpening the book releases many dark forces into the world - and Erasmus Dark. possibly a demon, possibly a dark force, and almost certainly untrustworthy but Kylie’s only guide and help, along with a local coven of very inexperienced wiccans, to putting the monsters back where they belongI am… just kind of bemused by the plot and actions of, well, most of the characters but especially Kylie Strange (yes, Kylie Strange).I mean she has a bad break up with an arsehole boyfriend so decides to move and have a fresh start. Hey that’s reasonable. So she moves from California to Maine, to a town she’s apparently not even visited to set up a business selling herbs and teas in a rural town where she’s done no real market research and doesn’t even know who heads up the local business association or anything else about this place. It looks like she just picked a place on a map and decided “this town needs artisanal tea”. Ok I’ll run with that. I’ll also run with her deciding to take a sledgehammer to one of her walls because it’s made of brick because, hey, alcohol. But when magic and woo-woo rise she turns to the local wicca coven - and thankfully this town has one and they all merrily introduce themselves to her on first meeting. As one does. Hey local-doctor-who-is-a-plasterer, want to discuss your non-traditional religion with me, a complete stranger, when you already face some level of hostility in the town because of it.And weird odd choices like joining a knitting circle to raid someone’s library. Oh and some kind of dog monster which everyone seems to forget about?We have a love triangle. Kind of. I mean, sort of. I mean, it’s like someone’s checked a list and realised “damn we need a love triangle! It’s required” but wasn’t especially invested in this or going to put much into it. I mean we have sheriff… so-and-so. I mean I could look up the name but really sheriff so-and-so is kind of the limit of his role. Ok, it’s nice for local law enforcement not to be the enemy for once, but if we’re setting him up as the nice human challenge to the supernatural love interest it’d be nice if he was actually presented as remotely, well… compelling.Oh but let’s look at the supernatural love interest. Erasmus Dark (and you have NO idea how hard I am trying not to snark Erasmus Dark and Kylie Strange) apparently a demon (whatever that means because no-one ever asks or explains. I mean, which mythology? Demons are very different in different mythologies - and don’t tell me we can assume Christian when we’ve just established that half the main cast are wiccan!) in charge of watching over the book or helping the book holder. Which he does by spending half the book raging at Kylie. And it’s such a place holder: he complains she knows nothing, she asks questions, he refuses to answer them. Then he mocks her ignorance again. And again answers no questions.Read More

  • Rebecca Armstrong
    2019-01-03 17:21

    Kylie Strange up and moves to the town of Moody Bog to open a Tea and Herb Shop. When she arrives however, she's thrown into the supernatural after finding the Booke of the Hidden. With the help of the local Wiccans, and a demon she must hunt the monster that's escaped the Booke. Westerson mentions at the end of the book that this plot came to her as a dream. Which I think is great, but a lot more re-writing may have been needed. I enjoyed the premise of the book and the plotline of a chosen person need's to hunt the demons and write them away into the book. But the book as a whole suffered from tropes and cheesiness. First, the names. Kylie Strange and Erasmus Dark. Pretty sure Erasmus is the international exchange programme at university? No? Anyway... even the character points out that their names are weird. And you never get used to them throughout the book. Personally, this just grated on me throughout. It also fell into many tropes of Urban Fantasy. The chosen one moves to a new, often quaint town. Weird supernatural things start to happen and she realises she's the only one who can fix it. Love triangle occurs, oft between a good guy and a bad guy, but obviously the bad guy is much more attractive. Bad guy is also a massive jerk to the chosen one. Sound familiar? Yeah... too much trope.The good thing is that the characters were often interesting. I really enjoyed the Wiccans and how different they all were. There's a plotline with other town people who will probably appear in future installments. It was nicely set up as a series and the town was written to be quite open for this. I just personally won't be reading it because I disliked the tropes.  I received Booke of the Hidden* by Jeri Westerson from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an unbiased and honest review.

  • Angel Hatfield
    2019-01-05 17:18

    Kylie moves from California to maine after her mother passes away. She aldo breaks up with her butthead boyfriend. Then Kylie is drawn to the small town of Moody Bog. Kylie has bought a building to turn into her tea and herb shop which is to be called “ Strange Herbs and Teas”. While working on the building she takes down a wall and causes all kinds of chaos as she found the Booke. The name of the book Kykie finds is “The Booke Of the Hidden”. Then Kylie opens the book and releases a succubus, and a demon. Kylie has made some friends and they are a coven of new wiccan and they offer to help even though they don’t know what to do. Erasmus also comes when the book has been opened and is suppose to be Kylie’s guide but he himself may be a demon and Kylie is sure Erasmus in untrustworthy but he’s hot in a dark way. Erasmus was in charge of the Booke or was to help the Booke holder. Some of the locals aren’t very happy that Kylie is going to hold a powerful position in the town. Kylie meets the sheriff when the man is murdered that Kylie went to see about the book. There is a bit of a love triangle between the sheriff, Erasmus, and Kylie.I liked this book. I liked that Kylie and the coven didn’t really know what they were doing but tried anyway. This was an easy enjoyable read. The pace was a little slow but i got through it. I did like the plot. I really liked Kylie’s attitude. But I thought Erasmus was a butt when he berated Kylie for not knowing things and asking questions. I did enjoy the action in this story. Maybe a few too many sex scenes but got through that also. I am waiting for the next part to this story. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and i recommend.

  • Jude
    2018-12-26 20:59

    I love Jeri Westerson’s Crispin books, so I was really looking forward to this one, albeit in a different genre.I received the book on October 31, the perfect day for it. I loved it! I ended up reading until the wee hours of the morning because I couldn’t put it down. I became invested in the characters, and the community of Moody Bog. Though I always read reviews with a synopsis of the book, I’m not good at writing them. But I will say that I became invested in the characters, and it will be hard waiting to be with them again. What could be better than a kick-ass heroine, a broody tall dark and handsome male with the dark in his being as well as his looks? Throw is a good support group of friends, a gang of evil bikers, magic, and plot line that twists and turns, and you’ve got a new world waiting to suck you in. Booke of the Hidden is the sort of booke that quickly becomes a much loved favourite, the type that gets picked up time and time again. It’s heavy with atmosphere. It creeps around you like a fog. The writing is so descriptive and draws you in so completely, that even sitting in a well lit room, or out in the bright sunshine of day, it all disappears. It is the first in a series of six books, and it helped knowing that going in. While some said it was too slow in developing, or in pace, I didn’t find it so at all. That may be because I think of it as the beginning, not as a work presented s the entire story to be told. My only question is, how will I be able to wait until the next book comes out?

  • Laura Ruetz
    2019-01-16 17:13

    I enjoyed this book. Like in her Medieval Mystery series, Jeri Westerson masterfully crafts characters that are relatable and with a lot of heart. As the story progresses, they evolve and are never flat or static. Kylie Strange is a woman who is capable, even though she has doubts and while she is certainly in over her head, she has plenty of courage and a spunky personality to help get her through. Moving across country from California to Maine, she is planning on opening her own tea shop. This determination to start fresh is the backbone of her will to get through the crisis of the book, found hidden in her wall. The book is the trigger for the paranormal element in the book. Ersasmus Dark, the demon attached to the book, is one of the weaker characters in terms of depth of character. But since so very little is known about him, I think it will play out well in the future books, this seemingly shallow yet sultry demon, because we will continue to discover more about him, his motives and his ties to the booke. The characters all mesh well together, and while the first part of the book is slower, the pace picks up and moves briskly after that. The setting is perfect for this type of book, with a nice collection of characters who all work well in the book.Overall, this is a nice paranormal mystery that is a good start to a series that I am highly looking forward to reading.

  • Lelia Taylor
    2018-12-22 16:19

    Generally speaking, I don't gravitate towards witchy books but this one had a couple of things going for it before I even started---the description sounds awesome and I already knew I'd enjoy this because it's written by Jeri Westerson. If you ask me, Ms. Westerson is one of those authors who is way under-recognized and I've been happy with everything by her I've ever read.When Kylie finds that book, she does what anybody would do, she opens it. What follows---a coven of witches, a possible demon, murder and a bit of romance---turn this find into something quite out of the ordinary but Kylie keeps her cool, for the most part, and her interactions with Erasmus are often laugh out loud funny. Even the name of the town, Moody Bog, draws out a smile and, while the pacing is a little on the slow side, I chalk that up mostly to setting things up for the books to come. I came to feel really attached to the kind of creepy but appealing Moody Bog and its inhabitants and to the story that leads Kylie and her new "friends" down a most unlikely path on the way to solving the murder.So, did Booke of the Hidden live up to its description? Yes, it certainly did and its essential differences from Ms. Westerson's other work make this a really fun departure from her straightforward historical mysteries. Despite my slight aversion to witch-related stories, I'll definitely be back for the next book in the series.

  • Jeannie Zelos
    2019-01-04 23:02

    Booke of the Hidden, Jeri WestersonReview from Jeannie Zelos book reviewsGenre: Sci Fi & FantasyI really wanted to like this book, sounded a fun read, and to start I thought it was going to be OK...and parts of it were, its just that there were also some strange parts ( and I don't mean her name), too many convenient co-incidences, people who she needed to know who just appeared at the right time, too many mysteries and unexplained things that didn't really seem to lead to much.As for the bikers...the least scary scary people I've ever read I think. I'm not sure whether we're meant to be afraid of them or whether they really are meant to come off as ridiculous as they seem to be. Its got potential as a series, but for me this isn't a good start. The characters seemed very stereotypical, rather than genuine, Kylie an odd person - who does that, just ups and starts a tea and herb shop without checking to see if you can actually make a living from it, that there is call for it, there isn't another already there who do it bigger and better....It was a struggle to finish, and I really wasn't invested in the story despite really looking forward to it. Stars: two, sounded good, may get better but a bad start for me. ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers

  • Jon Latham
    2018-12-27 19:06

    This is a masterfully written tale of witches and warlocks . . . um, excuse me, I meant to say Wiccans, and a charming main character that will leave you wanting to meet her. Demons, talismans, a crossbow and an obstinate booke create an unforgettable story that leaves you wanting more.More is what you will get as this is the first in an urban fantasy series. Westerson’s story will hook you right away and keep you turning pages. Each time I wanted to end my reading for the day, my thoughts were always ‘Well, just a few more pages’.Story line (Contains spoilers):Kylie Strange, eager to put distance between herself and a bad relationship, takes up residence in a rural town in Maine named Moody Bog. There she meets very interesting and laid back residents.She opens a herb and tea shop and finds a book buried behind a brick wall. This is no ordinary book, she learns and the events that transpire from there would leave anyone heading back out of town. Not Kylie, who is determined to make her business flourish.Residents are murdered, the local sheriff suspects she’s involved. A dangerous stranger appears. No matter the obstacle, Kylie’s not running. She faces every threat head-on.Excellent read.

  • Lissa Notreallywolf
    2019-01-07 23:05

    I don't have a shelf for romances because frankly I don't enjoy them. This is a romance complete with steamy demon and a handsome Sheriff. Kylie's voice is a good representation of Southern California, and the adolescent bickering between the naive Wiccans is well done. Kylie is surprisingly non judgmental about the East West Coast cultural divides, which a represented here as bloodright, birthright and wealth. Old families, being born in Maine and economic privilege are what I'm talking about, but there are many other more subtle manifestations of what's proper behavior. Kylie goes over anyone's line when she searches the family papers at the Knitting Circle and I wondered if this wasn't out of character, but then she's a more free spirited SoCal girl than I ever wanted to be. Another aspect kind of set me on edge and that's her repressed memory of Grandfather in Maine, which I am sure will develop in future books in the series. Will I read them? Probably, because there's enough action to keep my attention that isn't about steamy demons. I also trust the character will grow and develop because Westerson does this so well elsewhere.