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Monday, May 25, 2020

Book Review: The Whimsy Witch Who Wasn't (Tales of Xest Book 1) by Donna Augustine

by Donna Augustine
May 4, 2020
374 pages
When they kidnapped me to Xest, they thought I was a nobody, another lowly whimsy witch to work in their factory. They couldn't have been more wrong.

Everybody has bad days, stories of horror and woe. Unless they have the wind calling their name and ghosts telling them they have bad debts, I don’t have time to listen. I’m too busy with the hot guy who yelled at me because of some stupid feather, and the strange people jumping through puddles and kidnapping me to Xest.

If you don’t know where Xest is, join the club. They say it’s somewhere north of North, and east of East. It sure doesn’t look like any place I’ve ever seen.

So yeah, top that day and maybe I’ll hear you out. Right now though, I’ve got to go help the hot guy keep the darkness at bay over by the Unsettled Lands, while trying to not blow things up. It’s the only way I’ll ever get back to Salem.

The Whimsy Witch Who Wasn’t takes Tippi, a sweet soul with a beige life, and transplants her, against her will, to the land of Xest. What is Xest? Well it’s different from the rest! A land outside the norm with witches and warlocks and Tippi finds herself serving time. As she negotiates Xest and the magic within, she learns to trust herself and grow out of her beige life and into her innate powers.

Donna Augustine is a world-class world builder, one of the things I look forward to the most when she rolls out a new series is knowing what a wild ride I’m about to embark on - and the Whimsy With Who Wasn’t was no exception. Tippi is so very likable except when you want to just shake some sense into her. She is a hero in the making, what a wonderful story and so well told.

5 Sheep

Jo Dawson

About the Author:
Donna Augustine was an odd child, had a brief moment of conformity in early adulthood and then decided to embrace her craziness as the years rolled by. It's her inner crazy that she credits with coming up with the ideas for her books. One part hypochondriac, a few dashes of paranoia, topped with a sliver of uptight and delivered with a relaxed flair, she kicked the proverbial box down the yellow brick road a couple years ago to embrace her true self.

She can be reached by a carrier pigeon, set free in a south by north direction, where she resides in Neverland with her two Siberian cats. Cats who, by the way, aren't as hypoallergenic as she believed they'd be.

For the conventional minded, and those of you without a pigeon on hand, she can be reached at She responds to most emails within three dusk periods.

P.S. For those of you looking for the discarded box, it was sitting beside the road for a while but has since disappeared completely.

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