A Wicked and Beautiful Garden by Katie McGarry Review


Twenty-eight year-old Cassie Strega can’t escape fate.

All she wants is to live a normal, quiet life delivering the babies in her small town. But when she discovers she comes from a lineage of witches, her life becomes extraordinary—in the gravely dangerous type of way.

Then, she’s reunited with her first love.

Orion, the sultry Fae warrior who broke her heart years before, is searching for a baby. Not just any baby, but the queen of the Fae who will one day lead them in their final battle against the demons determined to rule the world. The same baby who has been calling to Cassie for help in her dreams.

Fighting the intense attraction of their former blood bond, Cassie and Orion work together to find the child. But when the heartbreak that nearly destroyed Cassie nine years before looms once more, she’ll have to decide whether getting involved in the supernatural war is worth losing everything, including her life.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

I know a lot of people that love Katie McGarry’s contemporary romances decided to give this a go even if they weren’t typical fantasy readers. I haven’t seen any great reviews for it, but I haven’t seen any horrible ones either. I do enjoy fantasy, and especially romantasy, so I was curious how I’d like it.

First let me say that I enjoyed the story having a mix of Fae, witches, and demons. The dynamics between them was interesting. We don’t get to see completely all that is going on, but we’re fed enough that left me satisfied and curious to read more of the series to learn more.

The plot revolves around a baby that is calling out for Cassie’s help. There’s a twist around the baby that I found especially interesting, but it doesn’t come until the end of the book. Cassie has a team of Fae around her that are working to protect her, but there are others that want her dead. And there’s a demon that’s proclaiming that she belongs with them. And there are, of course, other witches in the mix.

The romance with Orion is interesting. He abandoned her at her biggest time of need, though with good reason. She can’t get past that. And a lot of growth has happened for her that won’t allow their relationship to be what it was. I adore Orion’s devotion to Cassie, but it still feels like something is missing in their relationship, and it revolves around her character. I’m just not certain yet if I should feel like something is missing, or if the romance is just lacking in the book. I’m curious to find out, though.

Overall I enjoyed the story, but I did find that it lacked a memorable quality that I usually associate with McGarry’s books. I expect I’ll continue the series, though.

*I’m horrible about recognizing triggers, so always make sure to check them out if you have any.


Are there any genre crossing authors that you think do the different genres justice?

Happy Reading,



9 thoughts on “A Wicked and Beautiful Garden by Katie McGarry Review

  1. Pingback: September 2022 Reading Wrap-Up | Ali's Books

  2. I adore McGarry’s contemporaries and read this one even though I’m not a big fantasy reader. It ended up being okay for me. I found the world and all the aspects of it rather convoluted. And the timeline seemed confusing, as far as when their past relationship occurred, how much time had passed, etc. I spent a lot of the book confused. LOL

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  3. Great review, Ali! I’ve been seeing a lot of this book everywhere on the blogosphere lately but this is my first time reading the synopsis and yours is actually the first review I’ve seen. I’m not huge on fae romances but this does sound like an intriguing romantasy—admittedly, I’m curious whether the romance is lacking or if there’s something missing! 😂

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