Tardy Bells and Witches' Spells: Womby's School for Wayward Witches

Genre: Fantasy, Humour, Mystery, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

For Fans Of

Harry Potter, fans of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, Amanda M Lee’s Wicked Witches of the Midwest and A Moonstone Bay Cozy Mystery Series, and Adele Abbott’s A Witch P.I. Mystery Series.

Book Summary

Nerdy high school outcast, CLARISSA LAWRENCE, has always felt like she didn't belong in this world. More than anything, she wants magic to be real--and not just because she's obsessed with Harry Potter and tries to go to Narnia by reading fantasy novels in her wardrobe.

Yet, when she stumbles upon real magic, and fairy tales come true, she doesn't expect to be the evil villain in her own story. Clarissa learns she's descended from an evil witch and is destined to kill her older sister.

When she meets a cute boy who offers to train her in magic, she must make a choice. She can have a safe, normal life and no harm will come to anyone. Or she can choose magic and risk everything and everyone she loves in order to be what she's always known she was meant to be . . . a wicked witch.

This is the first book in the WOMBY'S SCHOOL FOR WAYWARD WITCHES Series, but the first three books can be read in any order.

Other books in the series to be released soon:

Secondhand Hexes

Hexes and Exes

Reading, Writing and Necromancy

Budget Cuts for the Dark Arts and Crafts

Hex and the City

Spell it Out for Me


5.0 out of 5 stars, LOVED IT!
The characters were brought to life in this great YA fantasy book.
Clarissa is trying to find her place in her family and school while being true to herself. Some quirkiness, sorrow, and love. This book as it all.
Mary, Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars, You'll love it!
A fun, witchy romp with plenty of pop culture references, interesting characters, and delightful twists and turns. I can't wait to read the next one!
Cortney, Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars, Next please!
Really great read! Enjoyed the back n forth emotions. A little disappointed when I got to the end. I can’t buy hex-ed in kindle yet. I am at a cliffhanger end and need to get to the school and want to know what’s going on with her about the lost person.
Stephanie, Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars, Bad Spells
Fun tale of a girl trying to learn magic only to have much go wrong.
Barbara Harden, Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars, Funny
About a young girl who loves magic
Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars, Tardy Bells.....
I got this book from InstaFreebie and most certainly enjoyed it! I was surprised to find only the paperback on Amazon. Hopefully there will be a series, I'd like to know what is in the future for Clarissa as well as for Derrick.
Tamara Ingram, Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars, Good reading for any teen or adult
I received a free copy of Tardy Bels and witches’ Spells in exchange for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it in one setting. Clarissa, the main character, is not really sure what she is. She loves her family but has to content with jealousy and distrust from her sister. She does her best to change the situation, but it’s stronger than she is. She really is a good person despite the many challenges she faces. She finally makes friends, despite her sister’s best efforts, and then one of the boys becomes her best friend. the development of that relationship makes up a great deal of the book,and it well written. Although this book is based on witchcraft, the issues are ones that all teens encounter. Good reading for any teen or adult.
Linda J. Wyllie, Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars, Growing Pains.
I received a free copy of Tardy Bells and Witches’ Spells (Womby’s School for Wayward Witches) by Sarina Dorie in exchange for an honest review. Clarissa Lawrence has always wanted have friends and fit in, too. Clarissa is a bit of an odd-duck, though. She remains fascinated with witches, fairies, unicorns and dreams of attending Hogwarts long after most of her age mates have grown out of pretend. Her one respite is her best and beloved friend.

The nitty gritty of this book is Clarissa coming to grips with the betrayal of her beloved friend and her journey to moving on. The friend’s escalating vicious behavior pushes Clarissa to blossom; she looks further afield for kinship and, as a result, finds new friends who all accept and support her. Clarissa also deals with parental expectations and disapproval; like most young women, she has to decide whether she wants to be what her parents would deem to be a good daughter more than she needs to be who she was meant to be.

Clarissa is innocent, quirky, and entirely loveable. The story was engaging and well-written. I’m really looking forward to the next book!
Bobbie, Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars, Very fun read!
Clarissa loves all things magic. She believes it really exists and she also believes she has magic powers. Despite her mom's determination to stamp magic out of Clarissa's life and make her more normal, Clarissa meets and falls in love with the one guy in high school who is just like her. Together they test the boundaries to see just what they are capable of...until tragedy strikes.
This is a very fun YA fantasy book. It kept me smiling throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed it and if you are a fan of YA fantasy, then you will as well.
S. Lewison, Amazon Customer

4.0 out of 5 stars, Magic, or no magic?
This was a fun book to read! I enjoyed all of the characters. The way they interacted with each other was believable and realistic - well, as realistic as possible in a work of fiction about magic :-)) YA appropriate, no foul language, no violence, no real sex - just some making out. I am interested to find out how life goes for Clarissa from here. Magic, or no magic? I received this book for free from eBook Discovery. I voluntarily post this review. This is my honest review.
Georgeanna, Amazon Customer

4.0 out of 5 stars, Highly recommended for lovers of humorous, adult fantasy.
Sarina Dorie's Womby's School For Wayward Witches books are fun reads that aren't afraid to get a little naughty or (occasionally) dark. Clarissa is a complex, punny narrator who discovers that the real magical world is not quite what her Harry Potter fantasies would lead her to believe. I would highly recommend these books to lovers of humorous, adult fantasy.
Andrew, Amazon Customer

About the Author

Sarina Dorie has sold over 150 short stories to markets like Analog, Daily Science Fiction, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card’s IGMS, Cosmos, and Abyss and Apex. Her stories and published novels have won humor and Romance Writer of America awards. She has sold three novels to publishers. Her steampunk romance series, The Memory Thief and her collections, Fairies, Robots and Unicorns—Oh My! and Ghosts, Werewolves and Zombies—Oh My! are available on Amazon, along with a dozen other novels she has written. Recently she has released a series titled Womby’s School for Wayward Witches.

A few of her favorite things include: gluten-free brownies (not necessarily glutton-free), Star Trek, steampunk aesthetics, fairies, Severus Snape, Captain Jack Sparrow and Mr. Darcy.

By day, Sarina is a public school art teacher, artist, belly dance performer and instructor, copy editor, fashion designer, event organizer and probably a few other things. By night, she writes. As you might imagine, this leaves little time for sleep.

You can find info about her short stories and novels on her website:

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