Book Review: Hello, I am a Witch and my Crush Wants me to Make a Love Potion! by Eiko Mutsuhana

Title: Hello, I am a Witch and my Crush Wants me to Make a Love Potion!
Author: Eiko Mutsuhana, v i e n t (illustrator), Charis Messier (Translator)
Released: June 30, 2020 (Kindle)
Series: N/A
Rating: ★★★★★

Description“I want you to make a love potion.”

The Good Witch of the Lake’s four-year crush ended in heartbreak with a single request from the object of her affections! Wanting to increase what little time she has with the Royal Knight Harij, Rose sends him on a wild-goose chase for the ingredients but gets more than she bargained for when the grumbling knight starts visiting her every day… to feed her?

This is the heartwarming story of a shut-in witch and an arrogant, straitlaced knight whose romance starts from a love potion.

Please keep in mind that this review contains spoilers for the entire book. Read with caution. If you click on the “Read More”, it is under the assumption that you either don’t care about spoilers or you’ve already read the book.

At first glance, this seems like a run of the mill story and to a lot of people, it really does come across that way. It’s a little too simple, almost, but while this isn’t an epic romance or even an epic fantasy world, but that’s why it just works with me.

Maybe at the time of this posting, I’m still in COVID-19 quarantine and I just really wanted to read about a witch and her crush on a handsome, arrogant knight. And, honestly, it hits so well for me. This singular volume feels like a peek into this world this author has created rather than a fully-realized world on its own and that’s fine. Again, I’m not really looking for something epic with a summary like that.

Rose, the Good Witch of the Lake, is essentially a NEET in our real-world equivalent and makes her wares for those who secretly need a potion that’s a tad embarrassing so for her crush, Harij, to come up with a request to have a love potion made. As much as I gush about the simplicity of this story, it comes to no surprise that the potion isn’t for Harij, but at the behest of the princess who’s about to get married off.

Most people would roll their eyes at a lot of the tropes and cliches that are presented between the two of them – including the love potion trope. I think the difference though is that the love potion doesn’t necessarily create feelings out of plot convenience. Instead, the love potion essentially enhances feelings the person already has. There are some questionable intentions between the fact the princess is marrying someone who is forty years her senior but for the fact, the princess was the one who made the request in order to clinch an alliance for the country that they lived in. That’s actually an amazing twist for a side character for a simple story like this and while I did expect that the love potion wouldn’t originally be for Harij anyway, I just didn’t expect that to be the reasoning.

There’s something charming about this story to me that I really can’t place my finger on. There’s a lot of description of the foods Harij brings her which can distract you from reading if you’re only here for the romance and that’s it. Though you do get a lot of the set up in the beginning as Rose really tries her best to extend his stay, I’m glad that the author really tried their best to really get me, the reader, to understand why Rose liked him. Granted, the technical terms between “crush” and “love” could be a little jarring when you forget that Rose hadn’t really gone out of her little hovel until she absolutely needed to.

I just really liked the relationship between Rose and Harij. Harij had some flaws but it wasn’t enough for me to think, “Why did she like him in the first place?” unlike so many romances with an abusive person. And Rose was relatable to me as the main character and viewpoint character but there were some instances where it’s like, “Come on, Rose.” Again, though, she does try to be better so it’s not as annoying to have someone try and getting a really good moment. I only thought of that as almost I was her friend encouraging her to take the next step or to stop being so closed off to Harij (but I certainly understood why).

Usually, I don’t like the love potion tropes used in a story because it’s usually an excuse for sexy times but there were some legitimate moments where I thought, “Oh, are they gonna…?” And I wouldn’t be mad if they did. I was actually rooting for them too because there had been a lot of (good) sexual tension between the two. I mean, they didn’t, but I wouldn’t have been mad if they did. I understand why they didn’t because they seem to treat the effects of the love potion as though they’re drunk almost (although again, that could leave to some poor impressions for when the love potion is used as intended) but… I don’t know. There’s just something about the way this was written (or translated) that I got into and I just adored this story.

The side stories (and “epilogue”) would’ve been better off included in the story and it would’ve been nicer if the side stories were after they got married or the wedding scene since it’s implied that Rose finally accepted his proposal.

There’s no need to have an epic fantasy and epic romance. Sometimes, you just want to read a romantic blip in this world. Maybe this author will allow us another peek into their world and I anticipate that… so that’s why I’m okay with this story being the way it is and why it’s told in such a manner.

About Lily

A fujoshi who won't shut up about anime, manga, video games, BJDs, nendoroids, and anime conventions. She apparently can't stop writing either.

Posted on August 11, 2020, in ★★★★★ – 5 Stars, Book Reviews, Hello I am a Witch and My Crush Wants Me to Make a Love Potion!, Light Novels and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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