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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 NutJournalist 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....

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ISBN : 9781465922748
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Number of Pages : 494 Pages
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The Flower Bowl Spell Reviews

  • Alex
    2019-02-08 01:50

    This novel was a whirlwind of mysterious witches, disbanded-yet still linked covens; an assortment of spells and fairies, dangerous Wiccans and thrilling rock stars and all at the center is young journalist Memphis Zhang. She has decided to lead a relatively 'normal' life yet is still caught up with mysterious magick that leads her to a treacherous witch that has the potential to kill all the people she loves and leading Memphis to somewhat certain death?Olivia's writing is superb from start to finish it flowed smoothly and really captured my attention with little moments of humor here and there and she incorporates some very interesting words that really dwell deeper into Memphis's surroundings. The dialogue between characters were skilfully written and created a lot of tension although I did find the occasional typing error but this for the most part was easily dismissed. Memphis is a really unique protagonist a mixture of courage and venerability that really worked well and a refreshing change from the generic character. The side characters really added to this novel especially the rock stars and the two children as I could clearly envision them and it really helped Mephis divulge deeper into her supernatural self. The side characters pasts and learning how they came to be in the situation with her was really intriguing. The supernatural element in this novel is what really stood out to me. There's always those novels who always overdo the supernatural who do the complete opposite and not include enough but The Flower Bowl Spell really found the mid-way point and all the spells, fairies and mysterious 'signs' Memphis saw during the novel were intricately though out. It was also great to learn about Wiccan and the many rituals and spells that were done on specific days in order to enhance a spell or the complete opposite. A slight problem I had was that I sometimes came across stunted sentences that seemed they would continue on but were stopped and moved on but this was only in the early stages of the novel. I liked how the novel was split into parts at key events and this really made me stop and focus on the scene's ahead. The ending was great and really unexpected as well as satisfying. Finally, in conclusion this is a definite read that I'm sure may people would enjoy, with many key elements that surely warp the reader into Memphis's world and entangled with an intricately written plot and some great characterisation. I sure hope there's a sequel because I wouldn't hesitate to read it!

  • Shelley
    2019-02-12 01:01

    The Flower Bowl Spell is a fantasy/paranormal blend with a smidge of romance and features a Chinese American witch called Memphis Zhang. The story is written in a first person point of view.Memphis Zhang hasn’t practiced witchcraft for some time, lapsing after one of her friends dies. She works as a reporter and writes articles on music, movies and other entertainment, attending concerts and interviewing band members. One day she sees a fairy while on the subway, jolting her back onto a witchy path.Olivia Boler has written a strong protagonist in Memphis. She struggles with the sudden sightings of fairies, unable to communicate directly with them and not understanding what they want. She’s a loyal friend and when another childhood friend arrives and pleads with her to look after her daughters, Memphis caves. I liked Memphis—she’s the type of person any of us would be happy to call a friend. She’s both funny and kind and sometimes sarcastic. A well-rounded character.With each chapter, the story unfolds, the author foreshadowing and giving us clues as to what is going on with the plot. There were a couple of places where I felt the pace slowed a little, but I kept reading and the last part of the book really hooked me in, and I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough. The story ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, letting us know there will be more adventures with Memphis, but the threads of this plot are all gathered together neatly.I enjoyed The Flower Bowl Spell and recommend it to any reader who enjoys stories with a paranormal setting of witches and fairies, a suspense element and an engaging heroine.

  • Stephanie Ward
    2019-02-11 05:50

    'The Flower Bowl Spell' is a fast-paced ride through the world of magick and witches. The main character is Memphis Zhang - a non-practicing witch of late - who begins to experience magical things despite swearing it off. Soon a childhood friend suddenly appears in her life, asking her to watch over her two young daughters. Meanwhile, Memphis realizes that something is terribly wrong in the magick world and must rush to find out who is behind it and what their true plans are.I really liked this book, partially because I am a big fan of any fiction that deals with witches and magic. The book is well written with a fun main character in Memphis. She is realistic and witty - which definitely makes it easy for the reader to connect with her. I loved the mystery that was happening throughout the book - it was constantly changing and making me question what was truly happening and who could be behind it all and why. I really liked the magical beings and happenings that were orchestrated in the narrative. The faeries were seen in a fun light but they also played a role that differs from many other novels out there. I thought that the magick in the book was written in a way that almost made it seem possible to be real in the world. The romance portion of the book wasn't that great, which was fine for me because the plot centered actually on the main storyline rather than romantic tangents or sidetracks, which I like. All in all, I really enjoyed this book and I recommend it to anyone who likes to read about witches and magic.Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Laura McHale Holland
    2019-02-18 00:41

    The Flower Bowl Spell by Olivia Boler is an example of indie publishing at its best. The book is well crafted and the characters are believable within the story's context. The book is set in present day California, but with a twist, because in this California faeries are real, and witches can cast powerful spells. The protagonist, Memphis Zhang, was raised a Wiccan but gave up magic when a protective spell she cast for her best friend failed to work. However, Memphis soon finds out she is not destined to lead a life without magick (she spells it with a "k"). Her skills are desperately needed. And after all, what real heroine can resist her true nature anyway? The plot is compelling and surprising. This book will keep you turning page after page.

  • Siobhan Fallon
    2019-02-11 05:48

    Meet Memphis Zhang, witty heroine with a magick streak that she tries to keep under wraps, especially from her ex-teacher boyfriend, who is sixteen years older and a lot less fun than the old crush-turned-rocker who shows up in Memphis' life. Throw in a handful of mysterious fairy sightings, museum robberies, wiccan murders, a sexy lead singer whose charisma is just shy of wicked, and two children stowaways who may or may not share Memphis' unwanted witchy gifts, and you are off on an adventure unlike any other.

  • Olivia
    2019-02-20 02:38

    Well, I wrote this, so of course I'm going to give it 5 stars. But will you?

  • J.A. Howell
    2019-01-31 05:54

    It is not in me to powder-coat anything. If I like something, I like it. If I hate it, I will say so. That being said, sometimes I am a bit quick to judge. I severely misjudged this book at first, but I am glad I gave it a chance. When I first started reading The Flower Bowl Spell, initially I didn’t care for Memphis, and the relationship between her and Cooper put me off a bit. I let my own biases cut into my view of the story. Cooper is older than Memphis, in fact at one time he was her teacher in high school, and she was his babysitter. To me, that just stopped me right there. I put down the book for a day or so and contemplated not finishing it.Ultimately I am glad I picked it back up. Ms. Boler really did an amazing job with this book. It took me a little to get into, but once I did I was strapped in. The story had a lot suspense, with surprises- as well as adorable fairies- around every corner. Without giving too much away- when you think you have got all the players in the plot figured out, you have no clue. Ms. Boler has very intricately crafted together a mystery, thick with red-herrings and twists that you don’t see coming.For me, Memphis really shines when she is forced to take care of an estranged friend’s two daughters Romola and her sister Chloe- an adorable three and a half year old that is quite a bit more than she seems. I loved her interactions with these two and how she came to care for them so deeply even if she wasn’t their mother.Tyson is another very likable character. He is from Memphis’ past and as the story continues it’s clear there may be some feelings for Memphis, however there are several conflicting factors in their way. One thing I truly appreciated that Ms. Boler did was that she didn’t focus on her relationship with Tyson. Nor did she spend a lot of time on her and Cooper’s relationship. This story wasn’t about romance. It was about the unfurling mystery and imminent dangers that are being set into motion in the story. Reading the blurb, one might be mis-guided to think that there will be lots of romance and focus on Memphis’ relationships with these two. Don’t let that deter you from reading however, because you would be missing out on a good book.Last but not least I have to mention all the magickal elements going on in the book.The fairies in this book are too fun. There is a wide variety of them that you will meet, and each have their own little attitude. Some are mischievous . Some are helpful, and some are a bit shy. Either way, Ms. Boler sprinkled these colorful little creatures into the story and they are a crucial piece of the pie.I’d love to have my own little fairy companion like some that decide to help out Memphis in different parts of the story.I think Ms. Boler did an awesome job tying in Memphis’ Wiccan roots and her abilities. Maybe people don’t really have the all powers that she does, but some of the things she touched on, like feeling energy, is something that if you take the time to notice, it is actually out there. (Take that for whatever you want within what you believe). Sometimes witchcraft is reflected very negatively, but I think she did it justice and also showed that, like everything else in this world, people can choose to abuse things and use them to hurt or control others.If you are looking for something with suspense, something fun, something a little different, then you may want to check out The Flower Bowl Spell. I certainly found it spellbinding. All puns intended.

  • Pete Denton
    2019-02-14 03:01

    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.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 HIGHLY recommend reading this book. I look forward to reading Olivia’s next book.

  • Sadie Forsythe
    2019-02-19 01:55

    A fun quick read, of the light and fluffy variety. I had a hard time getting into The Flower Bowl Spell. Things seemed to drag a bit in the beginning. There was a lot of time dedicated to things like dinner or describing things, but once the mystery presented itself the pace really picked up. Whats more, Memphis' voice, the one she'd been establishing in her semi-rants and sarcastic descriptions of things easily morphed into a slightly panicked, fairly harried one that fit the plot wonderfully. She is a delightful character. I enjoyed that the mystery kept me guessing up until the end. However, I do think the resolution came about a little too easily and the book ended with questions still unanswered. It wasn't a cliffhanger or anything, there were just some things that Memphis and therefore the reader never learned the answer to. All in all, I had a lot of fun with this one. The writing was sharp, the humour witty and the editing good. I'll be keeping my eyes open for more of Ms. Boler's works.

  • Angel Jennifer
    2019-02-07 07:33

    I was rooting for the main character from the beginning. Loved her wit and self-deprecating nature. This author wove in elements of the fantastical to her ordinary life in a way that it almost seemed natural. Some of the other characters were very endearing as well.I liked this book and had a fun time reading it. I found this author to be an intelligent and witty storyteller and will read other books from her in the future. Good job.

  • Lisa DeNiscia
    2019-01-23 06:37

    The writing is lively, and the magic is fun. Memphis-- what a great name-- is a very likable protagonist. I cared about her very much and wanted to keep reading to find out what happens to her. The Flower Bowl Spell is well written and satisfying-- an enjoyable experience.

  • Tammy Andrew
    2019-01-24 02:41

    Refreshingly different!

  • Dale
    2019-01-27 00:35

    Great read & great value via Smashwords.

  • Amy
    2019-01-22 00:52

    Great book! Super cute and funny. Also very surprising! Check out a guest post by the author on June 16, 2012 at www.amysbooketlist.blogspot.com

  • Betsy Boyle
    2019-02-19 06:52

    Strong and snarky main character; I loved her. Seems like books on magic are everywhere lately but this one is refreshingly different.

  • Dana Wright
    2019-02-06 23:55

    Great beginning. Hooked!!

  • Colette
    2019-02-03 04:39

    This was almost a four star. Review to come. I enjoyed it a lot.

  • Ginger
    2019-01-31 03:39

    Witches, Fairies and a whole lot of magic!

  • Slawka
    2019-01-26 23:57

    Synopsis from the book cover: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.It's a great book: entertainingentertaining, but at the same time witty. It's not a typical chic lit, where the main character just seems to be after some guy and that's it. In "The Flower Bowl Spell" we have mystery, crime, love, friendship, difficult past, rock bands, and, in my opinion the most important, quest to discover what is really important in Memphis's life. It's a real page turner!

  • Underground Book Reviews
    2019-02-18 01:38

    With Wiccans and fairies and spells and magick, readers might expect The Flower Bowl Spell to feel like a complete escape from reality. But the charm of this novel is its ability to keep the reader grounded in ordinary life while making the otherworldly elements feel almost natural. “It’s amazing how simple a spell is, really. A little nutmeg, some moss from the rocks on Stow Lake… I couldn’t find any hazelnuts, so I brought along a jar of Nutella from Tess’s pantry, and I smear its chocolaty goodness on some sticks…” Memphis Zhang is likable, cool and outright funny at times as she tells her story about being a Chinese American journalist in San Francisco, attempting to live a normal life—despite her ability to see fairies, read auras and cast spells. She lets go of her Wiccan past after one of her spells fails to protect a friend. Consumed with guilt, she banishes magick from her life....read more at undergroundbookreviews(dot)com

  • Hayley Catherine
    2019-02-18 23:58

    Magickal ;)If you're like me and love a good book about witchcraft, love, and life then this book is perfect for you. I was pleasantly surprised to find such a good book from an indie author. I fell in love with the characters, especially little Cleo and Memphis, a down to earth witch who leads a regular yet magical life. It amazed me at how realistic the author wrote about witchcraft. Def worth the small fee, why not support this indie author to write more? Hopefully this will be a series? ;)

  • Amy
    2019-01-21 06:45

    Full Review: http://simpleloveofreading.blogspot.c...

  • Tasha
    2019-02-05 06:47

    If I learned anything from this book, it's to never wear sunglasses indoors.