Sangu Mandanna is the author of The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches, Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom, and other novels about magic, monsters and myths. She lives in Norwich with her husband and kids.
This is one of my coziest reads of the last year, and I find myself
thinking about its enchanted setting all the time
*Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Book Lovers*
The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches is a warm and witchy hug of a book. Full of endearing characters, romance and found family, it's the cozy magical romance you've been waiting for. I absolutely adored it!
*Tasha Suri, author of The Jasmine Throne*
A cozy tale about the powerful alchemy of believing we are worthy of the family we find. Full of charm, wit, romance, and an affirmation that we are all deserving of love and real magic
*Travis Baldree, author of Legends and Lattes*
Witty, witchy, and wonderfully romantic, The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches will warm your heart with its endearing characters, grumpy-sunshine love story, and gorgeously sparkling magic
*India Holton, author of The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels*
This gorgeously cozy romantic fantasy sparkles with real magic, love, and joy. A perfect comfort read
*Stephanie Burgis, author of Scales and Sensibility and Snowspelled*
Magic in chaotic situations makes for a grand love story, and you'll find it here in The Very Secret Society of Irregular
Absolutely charming, adorably witty, and features an endearing cast of characters and a wonderfully tricky and romantic plot. This is a lighthearted tale of a coven everyone will long to join!
*Louisa Morgan, author of A Secret History of Witches*
This book is like a warm welcome home and is sure to find itself being a comfort read for many... Mandanna's first adult novel is a positively adorable romantic fantasy
*Library Journal (starred review)*
Mandanna crafts a cast of winningly quirky characters, each with their own part to play in Mika's path to belonging... This charming romantic fantasy is a gem
*Publishers Weekly (starred review)*
Like the perfect cup of tea on a rainy day: cosy and comforting, with just the right amount of steam. I wanted to curl up in its pages and never leave. Found-family is my weakness, and Mandanna has written this one flawlessly - I fell for every one of these characters the moment they appeared, and loved the way themes of belonging and identity are woven through their relationships in a way that won't fail to warm your heart. This is Mandanna's best book yet!
*Natasha Ngan, New York Times bestselling author of Girls of Paper and Fire*
This book is as soft and unsubtle as a pile of golden retriever puppies drenched in glitter - but the longer I read, the more I found to love. This romance, more than many, looks to the future, and imagines imagining a better world. Inheritance not only as something you receive, but something you pass on. Not in titles or land or money, but in a more precious currency: love and support and hope
*New York Times*
Filled with magic, hope, romance and warmth, it was an absolute delight. This uplifting and comforting read will bring a little much-needed magic and sparkle to your day!
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*Heat, Book of the Week*
Mandanna delivers the warmest of hugs through a book and leaves her readers with a lingering smile
*The Fantasy Hive*
This cozy, charming fantasy about found family and self-acceptance enfolds readers in a delightful cocoon of magic and humor
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The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches was a delightful feel-good story that wrapped me up in a big old cozy hug with its magic-and with the togetherness shared by the kindhearted characters I couldn't get enough of
This book is like a warm welcome home and is sure to find itself being a comfort read for many. Mandanna's first adult novel is a positively adorable romantic fantasy and a must-buy for all public libraries
The world Mandanna has created is exceedingly cozy and heartfelt, full of people bursting with love who have trouble expressing it due to trauma in their pasts . . . A magical tale about finding yourself and making a found family that will leave the reader enchanted
Mandanna's first adult novel celebrates found family and trusting one's instincts, with a cast of truly endearing characters
*Booklist American Library Association*
Like a good cup of tea, Mandanna's novel warms you from the inside out. It's got just enough sugar and cream to bring a smile to your face but not so much that you're at risk of a toothache
A magical, happy fantasy novel about new love, found family, and witches. If you loved The House In The Cerulean Sea, this book has a similar warm feeling to it that will make you want to hug it afterward
*The Young Folks*
Sangu Mandanna brings warmth, diversity, and humor to a magical realism novel with romance, danger, and suspense. The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches is one of my favorite books of 2022
*Mystery & Suspense*
The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches is beautifully written with gentle humour and a lot of heart; it will wrap you up in a warm fluffy blanket and surround you with joy, laughter and contentment...Sweet, heart-warming and whimsical, readers will thrill at losing themselves in these magical pages and never want to leave Nowhere House
*The Nerd Daily*
The story is full of romance and chosen family, with just the right amount of whimsy. Mika is an engaging protagonist, full of snark and fire, yet constantly startled whenever anybody actually cares about her. Reading about Mika's slow healing from the wounds of her lonesome is a healing experience for the reader, too
This is a sweet and magical story about finding where you belong. It's got quirky, lovable characters, a slow-burn and steamy romance, and found family - all wrapped up in a uniquely witchy tale. All around an excellent way to start off witchy season!
With wonderful characters and a spellbinding story, this magical book was a real joy to read
Filled with magic, hope, romance and warmth, this book was an absolute delight from beginning to end
Sangu Mandanna's books are the perfect read if you're craving a little magic and a lot of heart
*Ashley Poston, New York Times bestselling author of The Dead Romantics*