This was offered for free on the amazon site. I didn't read a synopsis for it when I downloaded it...to be perfectly honest I chose it based on the ti...moreThis was offered for free on the amazon site. I didn't read a synopsis for it when I downloaded it...to be perfectly honest I chose it based on the title and cover.
I'm glad that I downloaded it, though, for whatever reason. It was completely the opposite of what I thought it was going to be. It was a fun read...sometimes an exciting read...and I was sad that it ended as quickly as it did.
It has a very "x-men" type feel to it...if you like that sort of stuff, you'd like it.(less)
Some of the main parts were predictable, but the actual villain was a complete surprise to me. What I enjoyed most of all about this book is how the a...moreSome of the main parts were predictable, but the actual villain was a complete surprise to me. What I enjoyed most of all about this book is how the author is able to create sub-stories with characters you see in her other books and have them all tied in with whatever the main story should be...without seeming overly complicated. At the same time it allows the constant characters you will see again in the next book to evolve and open up a walkway for the next.
I started this series out of order, but I was pleased to see that Erica, Anne, and the police were all through out this book and I got a better feel for them.
This is the second book from the series that I have read and although I rate each with 3 stars, I really have nothing to complain about with the books. My rating is more or less because I`m not really into this genre and don`t know what I should be giving/taking points for. I`m rating on the fact that I enjoyed the reads for what they were and that I would gladly read the rest of the series before returning to my usual horror and historical fiction.
The characters are easy to relate to and there are no two alike...each person in her books has their own personality that either compliments or perfectly clashes with another. The subtle mentions of other characters loosely added to the book have their own stories as well, and as slight as they are, I love those parts, too.
I seem to have started the series out of order, but to be honest, it reads as a stand alone as well.
I don't normally read mystery type books (which i...moreI seem to have started the series out of order, but to be honest, it reads as a stand alone as well.
I don't normally read mystery type books (which is what this felt like to me), but I found myself liking this and unable to set it down for too long. This was also an exception since it's loosely based around a topic I'm fascinated by, which is WW2. The references were mild compared to what I had hoped for, but it was still interesting enough. I never thought of Sweden and Norway being in the mix because we don't read much about that, but it made it a bit more interesting no matter how slight it was.
I won't go into the book too much, because I've seen a few reviews below mine that say all I wanted to say, myself.
I will say that this book was well worth the read. I find that I may re-read it as I try to get the rest of the series so I can see if reading them in order changes anything.(less)
To be honest, when I first attempted to read this, I couldn`t get into it. I was bored, distracted...and it didn`t seem to grab me so I let it sit for...moreTo be honest, when I first attempted to read this, I couldn`t get into it. I was bored, distracted...and it didn`t seem to grab me so I let it sit for months, forgetting about it.
Seeing it in someone`s hand at a local store...looking totally engrossed in it is what made me try it again...and I`m happy to say that not only did it keep my attention, but I had seemed to fast forward during the first time. I was reading parts I didn`t recall seeing before and it made everything make sense. My apologies to the author for assuming they were off their rocker because simple ol` me wasn`t "getting it."
Needless to say, I fell in love with it. At first, I was turned off by Yael`s weak persona that was evident early on...but it turns out she wasn`t weak at all. In fact, this book is full of strong females during a time when females didn`t really count for much. It also opened up a couple of doors to parts of the Jewish culture that I had no idea existed.
I have never read "Practical Magic," but after seeing the movie, I can`t fathom that it`d be a better read than this. This will forever be one of my all-time favorites.(less)
I had this book for awhile, but being I didn't like Liir since the end of Wicked, it took awhile for me to even think about reading this book. That go...moreI had this book for awhile, but being I didn't like Liir since the end of Wicked, it took awhile for me to even think about reading this book. That goodness for boredom and the fact that it's the only thing I have in paperback that I haven't read.
My annoyance for the character Liir lasted through the bulk of this story as well. He really had irritating qualities that didn't sit well with me. I thought of him as a traitor, a moron, and a coward and he didn't fail in keeping that image with me for the length of Son of a Witch.
What I did notice was that in hind-sight this story was perfect in it's timing and subtle with it's showing him becoming a real man. Someone that Elphaba could be proud of. It also brought in Shell, Elphaba and NessaRose's brother in a scandalous way that added much to the story.
There are some adult parts to the story and it's not written in the poetic manner that it was with Wicked, but I'm assuming that since a male is the main character for the story, it shouldn't be.
Lastly, I'll say this. As annoyed as I was with Liir, by the end of the story, I felt none of my previous feelings towards him and was actually happy with how it ended (although, now I'm wishing this was a trilogy because I need more as the story felt like it left off on an open-ended tone). By the end, it was clear that he had finally grown up and become "something."
This is definitely worth reading more than once and if you enjoyed Wicked, you will enjoy this.(less)
Although, I didn't rate this as a 5 star book, I still consider it a favorite. It reads more like a children's book in a way, without all of the tedio...moreAlthough, I didn't rate this as a 5 star book, I still consider it a favorite. It reads more like a children's book in a way, without all of the tedious watering down.
The story is about Brusenna who later on becomes just "Senna." She's the child of a witch, and also a witch. That much she knows at the start. Their lives are typical of what you're used to reading about when thinking back on how people treated or acted towards witches/accused witches in the old days. Her situation was no different...aside from her thinking no others like them existed.
The story takes it's first sharp turn when Brusenna gets in a bit of trouble in town and is rescued by another...shockingly, since no one in the town or anywhere else dares speak to her, much less speak up for her. She finds out this is another witch...and one that her mother knows. This is the beginning of Brusenna finding out truths about her mother's life before she was born...and in that, she feels confused, betrayed, and lied to.
There's a dark witch out there that has been taking them in one by one...the one that saved Brusenna in town needs her mother to help them capture the evil one. This leads to Brusenna being left alone with strict instructions to follow should her mother never return.
Angry, alone, and bitter...it didn't take very long for Brusenna to realize that something had gone terribly wrong and thus starts her path into womanhood. Making decisions, shucking her immature ways, teaching herself all she can to prepare to fight the dark witch an freeing her fellow witches or sharing their fate.
I found this story to be addicting...I couldn't put it down. Not in the anxious way you'd read to find out what happened next, but in the way that I found the story enchanting. I have never heard of a "witch song" or witches using song to cast spells. Not in the way it's presented in this book. I found the story taking me out of the little witchy box that I'm normally stuck in when reading witchy books. This story sort of took me back to what my original impression of witches were...before television and other books made them into what you view them as today. It took them back to nature, simplicity...they had personality and even with a little power, they were still obviously human.
I'd recommend this to anyone looking to take a break from all of the glitzy fantasy stories for a simpler story that still has drama, magic, and emotion...minus all of the filler. This is something I'd allow my daughter to read because it's not influential in the way other mainstream books are...the only thing I see this influencing any child/teen is to show compassion and respect nature.
4.5 stars in my opinion. Well worth the half a day it took me to read it.
Heart of the Witch was a lot better than I had anticipated upon reading a few reviews before starting the book. Personally, I was fully engaged right...moreHeart of the Witch was a lot better than I had anticipated upon reading a few reviews before starting the book. Personally, I was fully engaged right from the start. I don't know if it was because it began amidst a traumatic event or what, but I knew from the first page that I'd be completing this read. There was no question about it.
At first, I thought this was a young adult book, but it's geared towards adults. There's a little bit of everything in it. You have fantasy, they're witches; you have suspense, there's a killer on the loose; you have romance, there's some boy-meets-girl butterflies; you have tragedy, killer indeed killed; and then to top it all off, you have some watered down sex scenes (graphic enough to be considered graphic but I wouldn't consider it full blown erotica/porn).
What I liked most about this book was Ravyn's character's complexity. It's typical to have a little good witch/bad witch going on in stories like this, but in this case, it felt like she wasn't completely sure which she really was. She'd choose goodness over evil, of course, but there were times where she had to things that went against her teachings for the "greater good" and in doing it, you're left wondering if it was enough to push her to lean further to the left or the right. I'm not sure how others would take to it, but I found it interesting and a nice contrast to the typical one dimensional good witch/bad witch deal I find in most of the witchy books I read.
What I don't understand is Kayne's persona. Clearly, he was a dejected lunatic, but where the other characters made sense, he did not. He came across more as a self-proclaimed God than a witch or a warlock...and not in a positive way. I found him to be a corny addition stuck in time, although, I'm awful curious about what he'd look like in his infamous loincloth. >.> lol. One other tiny criticism would be the word mortals being used to refer to the "regular" people. Wouldn't they all be mortals? Witches can die...they have powers, they cast spells...but they're not immortal and the fact that it was shown during the read that the witches weren't immune to death, seeing the term mortals peppered through-out the story became a minor peeve of mine. No biggie, it just made my eyes roll a few times, but it didn't stop me from reading.
I give this book 3.5 stars out of 5. It's definitely fast-paced and worth the read if you're between books and another plus for me was that the characters in this book were NOT all in high school as what I've found becoming common with the more recent witchy books coming out. It's nice to read about adult witchery from time to time.(less)
I read this when I was a tween. At the time it felt like my firsy "big girl" book because it covered so many issues and Deenie is very easy to relate...moreI read this when I was a tween. At the time it felt like my firsy "big girl" book because it covered so many issues and Deenie is very easy to relate to. (less)