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ARC Review: Booke Of The Hidden by Jeri Westerson

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Flora Reviews… Booke of the Hidden by Jeri Westerson. The first book to kick off her new urban fantasy series, Booke of the Hidden. My thanks to the publisher Diversion Books (via Netgalley) for the advanced eBook.

So, what’s Booke of the Hidden about?

ARC Review: Booke Of The Hidden by Jeri WestersonMy Rating:
Title: Booke of the Hidden by Jeri Westerson
Series: Booke of the Hidden #1
Published by Diversion Books on 31 October, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Formats Available: eBook, Paperback, Audiobook, CD - Audio/MP3
No. of Pages: 314
Narrator: Suzanne Elise Freeman
Length: 11 hours 31 minutes

To get a fresh start away from a bad relationship, Kylie Strange moves across the country to open a shop in the seemingly quiet town of Moody Bog 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.


Source: ARC
Purchase Links:Amazon UK ¦ Amazon US ¦ Audible ¦ Book Depository

Read: 5th – 7th October 2017

The expected publication date is 31st October 2017.

So, what did I like about Booke of the Hidden?

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. There was a good balance of humour, action, tension, mystery and romance. Plus the pace of the plot and how the story was revealed felt just right.

The way Ms Westerson crafted her world and its history really impressed me.

I found myself in the area of Moody Bog almost instantly. How she described the location, surrounded by wilderness. Moody Bog 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). I also loved that the secondary characters Ms Westerson created to populate her world felt just as real as our leads. They all had strong, memorable personalities and 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. They had a good balance of strengths and insecurities to make them feel real, even the supernatural ones.

I love that Booke of the Hidden kept me guessing. 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.

So um, was there anything I disliked about it?

Nope – loved everything about it!

Booke of the Hidden is the first book in a new four book series. Therefore 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)

So, basically what I’m saying is…

I really loved this book; it promises to be a fantastic series. I’ve pre-ordered my own copy of Booke of the Hidden from Amazon and will be waiting with bated breath for book 2 “Deadly Rising.”

Content Warning:

There are scenes of an explicit sexual nature and graphic violence within these pages. Therefore, I’d only recommend this book to adults who aren’t offended with this type of content.

I’d recommend Booke of the Hidden to lovers of well-written tales of magic, curses, mystery and horror. Not forgetting the sprinkling of romance. It’s a perfect mix of scary, paranormal, mystery and adventure.

So, has my review of BOOKE OF THE HIDDEN encouraged you to find out more? Click on any of the links below to check out the book yourself. Keep reading to find out more about the series and Jeri herself.

Booke of the Hidden by Jeri Westerson

A girl. A mysterious book. Misfit Wiccans. A Baphomet biker gang. And a handsome demon. What could possibly go wrong?

Booke of the Hidden is four book adult urban fantasy series. The series is set in the beautiful, rural fictional 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.

There’s no set mythology (e.g. Norse, Christian, Egyptian, etc) to the paranormal elements. 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.

Books in the Series

This quirky-humorous yet edgy-romantic urban fantasy series is set in a small town in Maine. Booke of the Hidden is a completed urban fantasy series. Click on the titles to find out more and read my review.

The Booke of the Hidden titles are available in print, eBook and audio formats through the usual sources, including:

Amazon UK ¦ Amazon US ¦ Audible ¦ The Book Depository ¦ Waterstones

About Jeri Westerson

Author - Jeri Westerson

Los Angeles native JERI WESTERSON is the author of eleven Crispin Guest Medieval Noir novels, a series nominated for 13 national awards from the Agatha to the Shamus. Booke of the Hidden, Jeri’s debut urban fantasy series released in 2017, Romantic Times Magazine gave it Five Stars and it finaled for the Seal of Excellence from RT Reviews.

She frequently guest lectures on medieval history at local colleges and museums, and lives in southern California with her home-brewing husband, a complacent desert tortoise, and 40,000 bees.

About Suzanne Elise Freeman

Narrator - Suzanne Elise Freeman

​Suzanne is passionate about audiobooks - as both a narrator and a fan. Her narrating origin story involves a figurative lightbulb and a literal couch. While listening to an audiobook she realized that her entire career - as a television reporter, writer, actor and avid reader - had led to an astonishingly obvious conclusion. To Suzanne, narrating is the quintessential mix of performance and literary artistry. A union of her father’s life-long dedication to theater and her mother’s love of reading. In short, the perfect occupation for an introverted extrovert.

Suzanne is a Minnesotan and a sci-fi fan - either of which can take precedence depending on the day and whether there’s lefse in the room or a new Star Wars movie coming out. She is not ashamed to admit that she enjoys 70s music. Just try to argue against Elton John or the BeeGees. You can’t.

Thank you for visiting the blog and for taking the time to read my thoughts about this book. I loved Booke of the Hidden and hope you add it to your towering TBR piles.

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Flora x

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I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

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  5. Thanks so much for that!

    1. You’re welcome – thanks for writing such a great book!
      *Flora*

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