Cait’s Review of “The Ex Hex” by Erin Sterling

By: Cait Marie


Nine years ago, Vivienne Jones nursed her broken heart like any young witch would: vodka, weepy music, bubble baths…and a curse on the horrible boyfriend. Sure, Vivi knows she shouldn’t use her magic this way, but with only an “orchard hayride” scented candle on hand, she isn’t worried it will cause him anything more than a bad hair day or two.

That is until Rhys Penhallow, descendent of the town’s ancestors, breaker of hearts, and annoyingly just as gorgeous as he always was, returns to Graves Glen, Georgia. What should be a quick trip to recharge the town’s ley lines and make an appearance at the annual fall festival turns disastrously wrong. With one calamity after another striking Rhys, Vivi realizes her silly little Ex Hex may not have been so harmless after all.

Suddenly, Graves Glen is under attack from murderous wind-up toys, a pissed off ghost, and a talking cat with some interesting things to say. Vivi and Rhys have to ignore their off the charts chemistry to work together to save the town and find a way to break the break-up curse before it’s too late.


Despite loving autumn, I’ve never been super excited about summer ending because it’s my favorite. But this year, I am feeling spooky season! So, this was the perfect book to get into it.

It’s been a really long time since I’ve read a book about witches. At least where they’re the focus and not just a side character. And I loved it!

This book was hilarious and fun. It was well paced, with just the right amount of spice in the romance. The mystery of how to break the curse while fixing the strange occurrences throughout the town made it extremely difficult to stop reading. I just wanted to keep going. To the point where, when my audiobook started glitching and acting weird, I bought the book because I needed to finish it.

I loved the style of writing as well. I really enjoy when stories take place in the modern world but have these magical elements. I highly recommend this book to older audiences looking for a light Halloween-ish book. It’s one I will likely re-read in the future!

And if you have any recommendations, please send them my way!

PS I totally got an advanced copy of the sequel! As I’m writing this, I’m about a third through it and love it so far. I’m pretty sure by the time this review goes live, I will be done with it too, so review coming soon!

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