Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Book Review: Grumpy Old Wizards (Book 1) by John O'Riley

I received this book for free through the Tomoson website.

Grumpy Old Wizards book description:

Fifty years after the Disaster, the world is vastly different from days of old. Wizardry is the norm and magical talent is categorized. Josephine O'Connor, an eighty-four-year-old with a penchant for off-beat antics, is a category six, which means she possesses magical powers as rare as they are unsettling and a talent for psychometry that is so strong and acute that she can read the psychic impressions in a room without touching anything.

With her unique physiology, she’s over eighty years of age and still gets carded at R-rated movies. Most of the time it’s flattering but it can sometimes be a nuisance. For the most part, Josephine spends her days like any other retirement community member. She plays cards with friends, attends get-togethers, and occasionally visits the beach until she is called upon by the police to investigate a crime scene left behind by a suspect with powers equal to her own.

Now the race is on. Can an out-of-practice wizard marshal her abilities and catch a menace before he becomes so powerful even she can’t stop him?

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My Thoughts:
I want to start off by what I really liked about Grumpy Old Wizards. The best thing for me was the MAGIC! The main reason I wanted to read this book was because it had to do with wizards. Grumpy Old Wizards was entertaining enough to keep me reading even though I didn't feel very connected to the characters. The mystery in the case Josephine was helping to solve was so easy to figure out though. Did I feel I wasted my time reading this book? No, I actually enjoyed it and would like to read the rest of the series. I give this book 4 stars.

About the Author:
John O'Riley is an award winning fiction writer. He is the author of the Grumpy Old Wizards series, The Winters Family Psi Chronicles series, and the Wizards of Seattle series. His official author website is at You can sign up for his newsletter and new book notifications to stay in the loop about new books coming out and special offers.

His most recent accomplishments include the movie feature screenplay, Cursed, which is an Honorable Mention Winner for the 2012 Screenplay Festival and also the screenplays Cursed, Project Pandora, Pinky Swear, Incipio, and Bad Sister which have been listed as Quarter Finalists, Semi Finalists, and Top Finalists in the 2012 Screenplay Festival, 2012 Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards, 2012 StoryPros International Awards, 2012 Pulsar Sci Fi Screenplay Contest, and the 2012 Reel Authors International Breakout.


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