Review | The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches – Sangu Mandanna

As a reader I’m always looking for heartwarming reads that leave me with a smile on my face and the urge to hug the book. The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches is a book I was hoping to love and I did. Today I want to talk about this book and what I thought. Keep on reading to find out more!

A warm and uplifting novel about an isolated witch whose opportunity to embrace a quirky new family–and a new love–changes the course of her life.

As one of the few witches in Britain, Mika Moon knows she has to hide her magic, keep her head down, and stay away from other witches so their powers don’t mingle and draw attention. And as an orphan who lost her parents at a young age and was raised by strangers, she’s used to being alone and she follows the rules…with one exception: an online account, where she posts videos pretending to be a witch. She thinks no one will take it seriously.

But someone does. An unexpected message arrives, begging her to travel to the remote and mysterious Nowhere House to teach three young witches how to control their magic. It breaks all of the rules, but Mika goes anyway, and is immediately tangled up in the lives and secrets of not only her three charges, but also an absent archaeologist, a retired actor, two long-suffering caretakers, and…Jamie. The handsome and prickly librarian of Nowhere House would do anything to protect the children, and as far as he’s concerned, a stranger like Mika is a threat. An irritatingly appealing threat.

As Mika begins to find her place at Nowhere House, the thought of belonging somewhere begins to feel like a real possibility. But magic isn’t the only danger in the world, and when a threat comes knocking at their door, Mika will need to decide whether to risk everything to protect a found family she didn’t know she was looking for….


The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches was just the book I needed without even realizing it. This book was so heartwarming I just wanted to hug it when I was done. The found family trope is one of my favorites and I would love to be a part of the one we see here.

Mika is a witch, but it has to be kept a secret. No one can know, she can’t talk to other witches except their meetings every month. Mika was raised by strangers after her parents died and really never had a place to call home. I think her journey was my favorite. Throughout this book you see Mika realize that she is also worthy of love and someone who really cares. That was so emotional and beautiful.

Then we get to Nowhere House. This is such an interesting, messy, and very loved home. Every member is unique and maybe a bit quirky, but you feel the love for the three young witches that need help controlling their magic. Everyone wanted the girls stay protected and I loved the moments we had with Mika working on the magic with the girls. These people came together as a family I just wanted to move in.

Also, yes, there is a developing romance, but I loved that it wasn’t the biggest part of the story and also so much about character development. Everything Jamie and Mika needed to process from their childhood they worked on with each other without even knowing it. This seemed very special.

I honestly could keep on talking about this book, but all I really just have to say is please read The Very Secret Society of Witches. It’s one I’ll be thinking about now and in the future.

The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches is definitely going to be on my favorites of 2022 list. Are you a fan of books with witches? What are some of your favorites? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!

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