Grandma Must Die by Maureen L. Bonatch (Book Review)

Author: Maureen L. Bonatch
Series: A Touch of Magic Series, Book 1
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Carman has worn out more towns and last names than impractical shoes protecting the secret of her magic blood. But when a friend goes missing, and another is infected with a deadly spell, Carman must choose. Expose her magic blood by curing the spell—or stop the infection from spreading by killing the source…the grandmother.

Magic bounty hunter Dylan has scoured libraries of banned magic paraphernalia seeking a method to distinguish genuine witches from impersonators. He suspects unorthodox librarian Carman might hold this information tighter than the hair he’s dying to unleash from her bun. With a past as hidden as his sleeve of tattoos, Dylan discovers he’s been used to gain Carman’s trust and their passion risks more than mixing mortals and magic.



…once she’d started Carman couldn’t stop,

the book beckoned. Pressing its spine against her palm, begging her to search within the pages to find the answers she’d unconsciously sought her entire life. As she lifted the book, her scalp tingled and her hair elevated like a halo.

“Whoa.” Dylan shielded himself with his hands. “Put it back, slowly, because this is reminding me too much of the incident with the chest. Having my apartment blown up from magic isn’t covered in my rent.”

The plastic evaporated in a puff of smoke in Carman’s hands and the book unsealed with a sigh. She smiled, the welcoming warmth emanating from within its pages against her palms. Why had Mother kept her from this? This is what she’d been waiting for.

As curiosity overtook his common sense, she detected Dylan’s cautious approach. He stood close enough to peer over her shoulder into her book, but far enough away to avoid touching her.

After the shockwave the last time their skin met, he probably worried he’d ruin another pair of pants. Carman closed her eyes, absorbing the power from the book. The delicious feeling evoked a sensation like melting chocolate, sweet and satisfying.

“I remember hearing about her, Esmeralda Wrath. I wonder if this was her book?” Dylan’s warm breath caressed her shoulder.

Carman opened her eyes and examined the page. To stare right at a photo of the most powerful witch of all time…her grandmother.

(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 
I want to start off this review discussing the basement under the library. The area, which housed magical artifacts, reminded me of two great shows — Warehouse 13 and The Librarians. The basement was truly a wonderland for the magically gifted humans. Heck, it’s pretty impressive for the “normal” folks, too. 
Speaking of normal folks, I was glad Maureen finally enlightened me what the heck an m ‘n’ m was on page 165 (in paperback). I knew she wasn’t referring to the sweet treat and was pleased to learn it stood for magic mimiker. With that bit of knowledge tucked away, the previous passages made more sense and proved to be more enjoyable. 
All in all, this story was cute. I wasn’t blown away by it, but I also wasn’t bored out of my mind either. 
Would I recommend it to others? Sure. I definitely think many readers will find this witchy tale most entertaining. 
Now with that said, I’m off to watch The Librarians. 
(Update: It was pointed out to me by Sophia Kimble (visitor – see comments below) that Maureen actually stated what an m ‘n’ m was on page 68. I want readers to have accurate information, so I felt this revelation needed to be shared. Sorry for any confusion I might’ve caused.)
Heart Rating System:
1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤



I write books about heroines who can laugh at themselves while dealing with magic, mayhem and love. The quirky friends and family who insist on coming along for the ride are just a bonus.
I’m so glad you stopped by. Let me turn down the music and get you a drink while you pull up a chair to settle in and escape with some bookcandy. Something to make you smile while you enjoy all the sweet, satisfaction with none of the calories.

You deserve it…you’re extraordinary. 



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15 Responses to Grandma Must Die by Maureen L. Bonatch (Book Review)

  1. I absolutely loved this book, and fyi, Carmen describes what an M 'n' M is on page 65 of the kindle version in detail when she's at the bar. 🙂

    • 165 vs 65? I can see why readers choose kindle copies over print.

      Thank you for the info and for the visit. Come again real soon!!

    • Actually, 165 is not the same as 65 on Kindle as it was at 23% on the Kindle. Since I doubt the print version is longer than about 300 pages…I think you may be mistaken on when it is actually revealed.

    • On page 164, the discussion of m 'n' m's begins between Dylan and Carman. Then, unless I overlooked any mention of it before, it states on page 165 this…..

      "Is it true, you used to be an m 'n' m? You know…a magic mimicker?"

    • It's in chapter five and Carmen is thinking this…The spellcasters called them, m 'n' m's, or magic mimickers. They worshiped anything to do with magic, lingering as if they could absorb magic.

      Just sayin'

    • Damn, you are correct. I just went and reread Chapter 5 and it states it, as you said, on page 68. My apologies to you and her. I shall make note of this on Amazon and Goodreads and give you credit for the oversight.

      Hmm, maybe I should hire you to proofread my reviews. Whatcha think? 🙂

    • Maureen and Sophia: I have added a special note to both the Amazon and Goodreads review. I'll paste it below and hope it smooths any ruffled feathers I might've caused. If not, I can permanently take them down, this one too (if you so choose, Maureen).

      The special note……

      (Update: It was pointed out to me by Sophia Kimble (visitor to my blog) that Maureen actually stated what an m 'n' m was on page 68. I want readers to have accurate information, so I felt this revelation needed to be shared. Sorry for any confusion I might've caused.)

    • Thanks Kameron!

    • Sophia, I have also edited the review post and added the "Update" to it.

      FYI: I'm not mad you "called me out" and "put me in my place".

      Girl, this thread has been a blast. Right or wrong, I love talking about books!!

  2. Thank you for the review Kameron.

  3. Sophia thank you so much!

  4. I may have to get this one just to see what everyone is talking about. It sounds very interesting!!!!! Thank you for sharing. I am going to put it on my TBR list, you never know when I will get a wild hair to read something just like this!!!!

  5. Thanks for visiting Elaine!

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