Book Review #4: Lacey Patrick and the Wizard of Darkness


For my fourth book review, I am writing about a slightly different kind of book. My friend Deborah over at My Random Musings is on fire with her novels! She continues to surprise me with her writing as she tries new genres and pushes the boundaries of her own style. This time she has delved into the fantasy genre with her latest book, Lacey Patrick and the Wizard of Darkness.

When Lacey Patrick dreams of a hot stranger, her whole world turns upside down.

What she learns fill her with dread – not only must she process her whole new identity, but she must also find a way to save herself and her loved ones from a dark force that is stronger than anyone has seen before.

Who can she trust? How can she stop someone so powerful?

Time is running out and Lacey has to find the answers to those questions, and quickly – before it’s too late.

That’s the blurb from Deborah Stansil’s latest book. Sounds pretty interesting right? I thought so which is why I volunteered to read it for this review. She didn’t let me down either. First, I loved the change in the genre. It is refreshing to read a fantasy book for a change.

What Lacey Patrick and the Wizard of Darkness is about:

Different from the usual horror and psychological thrillers I’ve gotten used to reading by my friend Deborah Stansil, this book goes in a different direction, aiming at the young adult fantasy genre. Even though it’s YA, I think adults will also thoroughly enjoy this book.

Ms. Stansil takes us on a journey of a young witch, who doesn’t know she’s a witch until that hot stranger arrives in her life. From there, Lacey will have to navigate finding a dark wizard among her classmates while navigating high school, new love, and finding out who her true friends are.

What I think of the book:

I loved this fresh take on a high school fantasy and I loved this unique look at witches and wizards. Lacey isn’t part of an “in” crowd so to speak but she isn’t entirely an outsider either. I don’t read many books with the middle guy/girl as the main character.

There are several different characters that I, personally, liked very much while others were a bit stand offish. For me, Lacey’s best friend, Kiera wasn’t my favorite character and Lacey’s feelings towards her friend in the end I completely identified with.

There is some predictability with a few of the characters but the end was a bit unpredictable in the way of Deborah’s writing. You’ll have to read it to know what I mean. I like the predictability though because I didn’t have to think too much. While I do love a good book to challenge me, I also love books that I can just sit back and relax with. This book did that for me.bookreview_laceypatrick_rockinrandommom

This book is great for reading while taking a hot bath or for reading at the beach. Now that it’s Autumn, though I can also see myself reading this during a quiet evening to myself with a glass of wine while sitting under some stringed lights and scented candles nearby.

In my line of work where self-care is essential after counseling those with trauma histories, reading a light-hearted fantasy book like this is perfect. It gets me out of my head and transports me to another world entirely. This is a great self-care activity that I enjoy and this book is going to be on my book shelf for a long time.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy but also to anyone looking for a new book to read. Are you ready to try something new? Try this book! Deborah’s book was just released this past Friday on November 11, 2017. So hop on over to Amazon and purchase her Kindle book today!

Thank you for reading my book review. I hope you enjoyed it!

I have two links below. One for America and the other for UK/Europe:

Amazon: U.S

Amazon: UK

Thanks so much for reading!



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28 thoughts on “Book Review #4: Lacey Patrick and the Wizard of Darkness

  1. what I love about book reviews and book club groups is how they inspire you to read new things and explore different writers and genres, your review absolutely makes me want to read it! Thanks for sharing with us #ablogginggoodtime

  2. It’s quite exciting that Debbie has made a big change this time around! I like the sound of this book and I like the idea of it featuring a middle of the crowd character cuz that’s what most of us were in school! Fab review lovely & thanks for joining us. #BloggerClubUK x

  3. Sounds like a great book for switching off. It wouldn’t be my usual choice but I like that 8t doesn’t require much thinking and that you can enjoy the predictability of it without it detecting from the book. I think I’m going to add this to my Kindle!

  4. Oh it sounds good. I’m not normally a horror story kind of person but your review has got me intrigued. Perhaps i should branch out a bit. Thanks for joining us at #familyfun

    1. Yeah, this is more of a fantasy romance type of book with a few twists, which I like. If you read it, let us know what you think:)

    1. Yes she is! She’s on fire with them and I’m so happy to be able to review them for her! Thanks so much for stopping by!😊

    1. It’s definitely hard to find time with all we parents have to do these days lol. Thanks so much for reading the review though:)

    1. Yeah having young children puts a dent in our reading for our own pleasure but hopefully this book will be a great starter for you:)

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