A Witch's Guide to Fake Dating a Demon: ‘Whimsically sexy, charmingly romantic, and magically hilarious.’ Ali Hazelwood
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Mariel Spark is supposed to be the most powerful witch in her family for centuries but she just can’t do anything to please her mother to save her life. It looks as if the author didn't really know how to fill out the book other than the intent of doing "demon trapped but falls in love". Mariel was such a dorky and goofy type of character, we meet her and she has such a refreshing energy. The only problem I had was the typos through it which sometimes took away from the reading experience.
I think her mother was supposed to be comedic, but instead she was uncomfortably weird and annoying. They keep Ozorth’s identity as secret because Mariel has no intention to declare her incompetence to her mother! Her arc was great , at first she struggles with self-esteem and pressure from her social circle, and I adored her character growth at the end .So funny and just so sweet and the magical world we were brought into is honest to god my new favourite place ! It could easily have been cloying and brimming with cliches in the way of many Cozy Mystery and small town mixed magical community novels. Becoming awkward roommates quickly escalates when Mariel, terrified to confess the inadvertent summoning to her mother, blurts out that she's dating Ozroth. I was most annoyed by Mariel believing in Oz the whole time until one person suggests something is his fault and she goes and turns her back on him straight away like BRUH. But Ozroth has a limited amount of time to strike the deal, and if Mariel gives up her soul, she'll lose all her emotions - including love - which will only spell disaster for them both.
Our heroine just wants to find a way to live the life she wants when she's thrown into an accidental soul with a demon (who has his own accidental human soul).I don't want this to come off as prudish and I don't want to spoil anything, but there were elements of this book that made it seem like self-insert fan fiction, or maybe a Wattpad serial. A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon is a delightful, cute, steamy story that ends with a magical twist! I liked the scenes of Mariel being involved with her town from planning to enter a festival contest to protesting to protect the local forest.
While Mariel Spark was prophesied to be the most powerful witch in centuries, she hasn’t lived up to that potential. There are also some bumpy times on their path to their HEA, but they do fall in love and they do get steamy. This book reads and feels like a contemporary story with fantastical/paranormal elements naturally sprinkled into the world.First I should admit I have a huge soft spot for fake dating romances so seeing that A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon by Sarah Hawley had that trope mixed with a little fantasy I was intrigued.
This is our first foray into the "witchy romcom" genre, and we think we made a very good choice with our intro, because this was hilarious, funny, and sexy. I thought I was going into a light and funny paranormal romance and yes, there's plenty of light, sweet, and funny, but some heaviness does get introduced. She’s constantly under her mother’s scrutiny and desperate to impress her mother so she continues to practise (she is terrible and butchers most of it) magic. This book has great romantic tension due to forced proximity and slightly unconventional meeting, and is perfect if you want all the autumnal vibes but none of the fear. And I also really love the inner conflict our demon mmc had, about the witch he starts falling for and also how supportive he is of her.Mariel Spark knows not to trust a demon, especially one that wants her soul, but what’s a witch to do when he won’t leave her side—and she kind of doesn’t want him to? Both were also genuinely overwhelmed by what was happening to them and while they weren't always the best with communication or extending grace to each other, they do learn more about the other as their forced proximity continues. While the cliche of 'witch summons sexy demon and, of course, they fall in love ' can get boring after a while, I read this in one sitting so don't let the stars deter you.