Genre: Young Adult, Fairytale, Retelling
Publication: October 17th 2017
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Before she was the sea witch, Ersyla was a simple girl with an unfortunate secret.
It wasn’t her fault magick was a part of her, or that the King’s heartache turned the world against her. Struggling to understand how she could be put to death just for living, Ersyla must learn who to trust before her dark secret turns her heart even darker.
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Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire
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When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.
In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha — one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.
Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!
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Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural, Young Adult
Publishing date: August 16th 2016 by Kindle Press
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When Iris is twelve years old, her mother is murdered. Six years later, the crime remains unsolved, and it’s the sudden death of her estranged grandmother – as well as Iris’s subsequent introduction to the prickly, yet entrancingly enigmatic Heathcliffe Monroe – that unlocks an even more complicated mystery. Between the lingering shadows of long-lost family secrets, and an overwhelming freefall into an entirely unexpected new world – the only guarantee that Iris has left is that there isn’t one.
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Paula Brackston’s debut novel, The Witch’s Daughter, was the little book that could―with a captivating story, remarkable heroine, and eye-catching package, it has now netted over 200,000 copies in all formats. Now Paula returns with its sequel The Return of the Witch, another bewitching tale of love and magic, featuring her signature blend of gorgeous writing, a fabulous and intriguing historical backdrop, and a headstrong and relatable heroine readers will cheer for.
After five years in the Summerlands, Gideon has gained his freedom. Elizabeth knows he will go straight for Tegan, and that she must protect the girl she had come to regard as her own daughter. In the time since she the dramatic night in Batchcombe woods, Tegan has travelled the world learning from all manner of witches, and she is no longer the awkward teenager and novice spellcaster she once was. However, her skills are no match for Gideon’s dark, vengeful power, and he succeeds in capturing her. Will Elizabeth be able to find her? Will they be able to defeat their nemesis once and for all?
In a breathless journey that takes them through history, witch pursues warlock. Three people steeped in magic weave a new story, but not all will survive until the end.
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Well, I’m not sure where to begin. I’m torn over my rating and I think that a 3.8 is more accurate, there are a few too many things about the book [minor details,] that bring my rating down from a 4. For instance, how the book starts off fairly slowly and by fairly slowly I mean things don’t begin to pick up until you reach around 200-250. By the time 250 rolls around, if you managed to stay with the book, things begin to rapidly pick up from there.
We begin our story with a sixteen year old Adele Le Moyne who is just moving back from Paris to New Orleans after a devastating [unnamed] storm has hit the state. The state is a ghost place, where a curfew is set in place and looters are on the prowl. Even though the storm is unnamed when you read it you can’t help but think of the devastation Katrina caused and so it was interesting to view it as that being the storm to cause such havoc.
Adele meets new individuals as she begins to settle into her ‘old’ life and she meets new people, people who confuse her. Eventually, we begin to see her abilities surface and what she is capable of in small dribs and drabs. I wasn’t keen on the lack of explanation of her magical abilities but it does come later [a little bit.]
As soon as she comes into the possession of a diary that belongs to an ancestor of hers [around page 250 or so,] the book takes off and you’re plunged into a world where the Casquette Girls formed and you discover an unlikely coven, vampires and more intrigue.
The book ends and it leaves you with questions that make you want to read the second book and I think I really will read the second installment. This book was a quick read once things actually began to happen, I just wasn’t keen on how slow it was in the beginning. It was interesting though, to see the devastation and how the storm and storms in general destroy peoples lives.
Very interesting read.