The Witch’s Kiss is the debut novel for sisters Katharine and Elizabeth Corr and is an intriguing twist on a classic fairy-tale.
Sixteen year old Meredith "Merry" Cooper is a witch…..technically. After a series of bad decisions, Merry has sworn off using her magic, but that doesn’t mean she can control the magic that shoots out of her fingers when she’s stressed or upset. When Merry begins having a series of dreams about a handsome young man named Jack, she soon learns that her family is connected to a centuries old curse placed upon Jack by a wizard out for revenge; a wizard that Merry is expected to defeat by using the very magic she’s sworn off using. But with lives on the line and the wizard growing more powerful every day, will Merry be able to save Jack and stop the wizard? Or is Jack fated to be doomed forever?
The Witch’s Kiss is one of those books that leaves me really conflicted. The concept is brilliant—loosely based around Sleeping Beauty, but where Sleeping Beauty is actually a prince not a princess who has been cursed by a wizard, not a witch that was wronged by the prince’s parents. Yet everything else about this novel seemed to fall flat….
I was hoping for a really fast paced story, but The Witch’s Kiss seemed to drag on for me. There was, what seemed to me, like a lot of unnecessary build up to a battle that is short lived and anticlimactic. Unfortunately, I found our main character Merry to be a little lacklustre. She got the job done as the heroine, but I failed to connect with her, as I did the rest of the characters.
Considering the curse put on Jack and the connection to the Sleeping Beauty fairy-tale that The Witch’s Kiss featured, I was anticipating this really heartfelt romance during this story, surely if some kind of true love is supposed to break the spell? Yet no. There is little to no romance between Merry and Jack that impacts on the story and the romance and connection between them seemed forced on the author’s part. I feel like Katharine and Elizabeth Corr had a brilliant idea, but the execution just isn’t there.
The back story surrounding The Witch’s Kiss was really interesting; lending a new twist on Sleeping Beauty. I personally would have loved to see more of Jack and his time—I actually quite liked this part of the book and thought his sweet character had potential.
Though it was a slow read that could have soared, but ultimately didn’t, The Witch’s Kiss wasn’t necessarily a bad book. It just didn’t do enough for me. Overall a good attempt—jury’s out on whether I’ll read the sequel. I may simply because the curiosity in me can’t be satisfied with anything but a true happily ever after….. ...more
Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club by Allison Goodman is a deeply en**spoiler alert** Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!
Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club by Allison Goodman is a deeply enjoyable Regency romance let in a lush 1800's world that is vividly depicted and features fantasy, danger and thrilling chemistry!
Raised by her Aunt and Uncle after the tragic death of her parents, Lady Helen Wrexhall is set to make her debut into society and into the race to find a husband. Yet in the midst of gallant outings and opulent balls, the disappearance of one of Helen's housemaids begins a journey Helen could never have expected. There is a secret hiding within England, a secret that includes powerful demonic creatures whose threat to society is thwarted by a tight band of individuals whose influence is vast and whose purpose is to protect society and keep the peace between the two worlds. Led by the mysterious Lord Carlston whose scandalous past still remains a focus of gossip between the Lords and Ladies of Mayfair, Lady Helen is about to discover abilities she never knew she possessed and a duty she isn't sure she wants. But with lives on the line and murders abundant, Helen must either choose to accept her destiny or run from the power that flows through her veins......
Despite beginning slow, Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club was an incredibly exciting and adventurous story. Allison Goodman wonderfully depicts Regency life in the early 1800's and introduces an alluring underground world with the Dark Days Club. Set in the middle of high society, Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club weaves danger and fantasy with old world charm, luxury and wealth. Extravagant balls and relaxed visits make up a portion of Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club as Helen navigates society whilst investigating the disappearance of one of her maids and trying to discover the truth behind her mothers past--a past that will impact on Helen's future.
Our leading lady and protagonist Lady Helen was someone I very much liked. Strong of character and tenacity, Lady Helen was a shining light in this (rightly so) uptight world and someone who took chances. Despite wanting to lead a normal life, Helen questions things and makes considerations in Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club. Helen learns a lot in this book, both about herself and the world around her; a world very few people are aware exists underneath the surface. I honestly look forward to continuing to follow Helen in the rest of the series--I can only imagine where Allison Goodman plans to take her!
Lush and vivid, Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club features a lot of personable characters, including a potential love interest for Helen. Lord Carlston is an enigma I'm delightfully looking forward to uncovering. Goodman writes him as a mystery wrapped in secrets in Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club and has me highly intrigued by his history. Charming and elegant, Lord Carlston is a knight-in-shining armor whose past taints him and leaves him an outcast in society. Personally I thought he was absolutely fabulous and very much the sexy English gent.
I'm hopeful for some romance between Lord Carlston and Lady Helen even as Allison Goodman writes their chemistry as a delicious undertone to the rest of the story. Lord Carlston isn't Helens only possible love interest as there is another vying for her affection, but with the chemistry they share oh so delicious, I for one am entirely hopeful Goodman may develop their relationship into the burning romance it has all the potential to be.
Incredibly written and detailed, Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club races to an exciting ending and leaves me desperate for the next book to be released so that I may once again join Helen on her adventure and learn more about the Dark Days Club. Perfect for historical fans who love their tales wrapped in fantasy, I highly recommend Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club as it has absolutely everything you could possibly want! ...more