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A Witch in Winter

(Winter Trilogy #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  2,434 ratings  ·  243 reviews
Anna Winterson doesn't know she's a witch and would probably mock you for believing in magic, but after moving to the small town of Winter with her father, she learns more than she ever wanted to about power. When Anna meets Seth, she is smitten, but when she enchants him to love her, she unwittingly amplifies a deadly conflict between two witch clans and splits her own he ...more
Paperback, 356 pages
Published January 5th 2012 by Hodder Children's Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Remember how Beautiful Creatures was accused of being a Twilight wannabe when it first came out?

To tell you the true, not once had I thought about Twilight when I read Beautiful Creatures, and Lena Duchannes is nothing like Bella Swan. But now I had finished reading A Witch in Winter by Ruth Warburton, I see what a real Twilight-wannabe looks like.

A Witch in Winter would have been an interesting, amazing paranormal YA romance if only Ms. Warburton truly knows how to breath life into her characte
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So, A Witch in Winter is about a girl called Anna Winterson who moves to a small fishing village called Winter with her dad. Her dad has just recently lost his job and fell into a depressed state so moving to Wicker House in Winter is a new start.

Wicker House is a damp, run down and just about liveable house, overlooking a forest with the sea in the distance, nothing like living in London. For some reason Wicker House reminded me of th
Amanda K
Also reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm. (

I can tell you right now that I will most likely have trouble writing this review. I have a love/hate relationship with this book. It took me a while to get into this book, which then made it to where it took seven days to finish it. When I was reading it, it aggravated me so much because I'm not very used to this much UK English. But when I put it down to do something else, I kept thinking about it. The story line.
I wanted to love this book. It was recommended to me by a friend who insisted that I would love it because it was original, well-researched and stayed true to the beliefs of witchcraft.

So, let me tell you now that it was not.

It was not original. I found quite a few similarities between this book and The Craft movie, as well as The Secret Circle by L.J.Smith.

Then we have the instant love recipe which is really getting on my nerves. Seriously they were confessing their love for each other in like
Mar 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Could a harmless, fleeting thought of that cute guy at school spark a chain of events that will forever change your life and every single person you're connected to? You think not? Anna Winterson would strongly disagree. Shortly after she and her father move to the small coastal town of Winter, Anna finds an old, hidden grimoire in their house. During a sleepover with her new friends, they each use it to perform a love spell... just for fun, right? For everyone else it is, but when Seth Waters d ...more
When Love and magic ware mingled together, how do you know what is real????????
A Witch in Winter is story of Anna, who had no knowledge of her being a witch. Shortly after moving to a small town Winter from London with her father, Anna found a grimoire hidden in their old creepy house. Though she started her life normally, things went wrong when Anna and her friends tried a love spell from that grimoire for fun. Accidently the spell worked on Seth , the guy Anna thought about while casting the s
Keren Hughes
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: most-favourite
Firstly, let me say I absolutely love this cover. The colour is striking and makes it stand out on the shelf. The model is beautiful and I just love the way the whole thing comes together.

But whilst it was the cover that drew me in, it was the stunning story within that kept my attention.

A WITCH IN WINTER was simply sublime. It was a fast-paced, well-written, wonderful story. Very fluid in it's motion. I picked it up at 12 noon yesterday and was finished within the day. I was just so hooked I f
Amy (Turn the Page)
Feb 13, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

I have always, always loved stories about witches and witchcraft, especially historical novels about witchcraft. When I realised A Witch in Winter was a contemporary, I was momentarily a little disappointed, but Warburton creates quite a rich, historical atmosphere with her setting that there was no chance of this becoming too Sabrina-like. I like my modern-day witches to have a strong connection to the past and A Witch in Winter definitely achieved that.

A Witch in Winter is a fun read,
Wren [t(he)y]
2.5 Stars

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Anna and her father have just moved to Wicker House in a town called Winter. The house is old and needs work, but things become interesting when Anna finds a spell book. She invites her new friends over for the night and they cast a love spell from the book, not expecting anything to happen. Soon after, Seth, a boy at school, dumps his girlfriend....for Anna.

The spell has actually worked, and Anna isn't sure what
Anna and her father have just moved from London to the coastal village of Winter for a fresh start after her father lost his job. Although Anna wasn't happy about the move she actually settles in quite quickly and begins to make friends. After a few drinks at a sleepover one night Anna's new friends think it would be a great idea to try out a love spell. Anna is sceptical - she doesn't believe in magic - but she gets caught up in the fun and names Seth in a spell. None of them are expecting anyt ...more
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love books about witches. I think perhaps my obsession with witches all started with the movie Teen Witch. It’s a movie from the late 80′s about a girl who discovers she is a witch… or perhaps it stemmed from another witch movie from the late 80′s The Worst Witch. (Which was also a book!) I mean who wouldn’t want magical powers! I even wrote a book in elementary school about turning myself invisible and playing pranks on people at school. Regardless I’ve wanted to discover that I just happened ...more
Lala_Loopsie [fire breathing B!tch Queen]
What do you say when you've read 87% of the book?? I didn't finish it.
Ali Bookworm
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It says on the cover a reviewer read in one sitting - and it has only taken me not quite 48 hours. Being classed as YA it still is well written and adults can read. It is very atmospheric and the brooding descriptions certainly set the scene for the town of Winter. If you like books of this genre it will not disappoint.
***This review is SLIGHTLY SPOILERY. You have been warned.***

It took me awhile to get around to writing this review, in part because it took me forever to read the book, and in part because I just felt like I didn't have a lot to say...

It's a very typical YA. Girl moves to small town. Girl sees pretty boy. Boy has a girlfriend (and is dogged by rumors of violence and rages), but girl falls for boy anyway. And (oops) puts a spell on him that makes him lover her, too.  Did I mention the girl is a
A Witch in Winter is one of them novels that you can lose yourself in straight away. From page one British author Ruth Warburton has created an engrossing and captivating novel that is Young Adult Paranormal Romance at its best.

The story follows the life of Anna Winterson, a young girl who moves into the small town of Winter with her father. The house they move into is known amongst the town people as a witches house but Anna is quick to shake it off, well that is until she finds a mysterious b
Dec 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'll start with the things I liked about this book. I LOVED the setting. I live by the sea, and so does Anna in this book so it got plus points there. Also, I've read that the author used to live in Lewes and this was one of the inspirations for Winter. I live not far from there and have visited a lot, so it felt kind of homely reading the book. Winter was described really well, and the beautiful but creepy vibe resonated throughout the book. Similarly, I enjoyed reading a book set in England. A ...more
My Rating: 4.0 / 5

First thoughts:
This is a very magical book about witchcraft, first and true love and about dealing with the consequences of your own behaviour. Seth and Anna are a beautiful couple to watch as they grow closer and realize that they care about each other. This is a beautiful story and I'm looking forward to find out how it continues, hoping that all questions will be answered and all wishes will come true.

More detailed:
My favorite aspect about A Witch in Winter is the magic we g
Oda Renate
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own
I gave up on this.
The reason I picked it up.
Its about ya witches.
The reason I put it Down: Its (horribly)about witches.
Once again a ya book about witches goes the incredibly overused, cliched witches story. I read 100 pages of this b.s and thats enough for me.
I dont get why there are tons and tons of great vampire,werewolf,ghost,timetravelling etc etc ya stories but the ya wotches books are almost always awfull. (exceptions, hex hall, Marianne curley, hexed).
Nicke Pearson
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
Ok so girl meets boy, girl casts love spell on boy, girl ends love spell on boy, but boy still says he’s madly in love with her! It’s all a bit cheesy, but I love cheese!!!! I could see this being a Netflix movie! I really enjoyed this book! I’m going to keep a lookout for the next two books in the trilogy so I can read more about these characters and that for me is a good sign!
Catherine (The Book Parade)
Sep 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
This review was originally posted at The Book Parade

When I first ever saw A Witch In Winter and read the blurb, I didn't think I would particularly like it. It sounded like just yet another average, soppy, possibly-a-little-bit-cliche paranormal romance. Although it did involve witches, which was a good point and made it a little different; I can't remember reading a paranormal romance revolving around witches recently... Angels, werewolves and vampires - yes, but Anyway, I just ha
Charlotte Phillips
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
It appeared to me, that this was one of these books that was bigged up to be something else, and yet when reading it, it was not as promising as you thought it would be. It actually reminded me of the wiccan series that I read earlier on in the year as well as many other books about witches who do not know what they are until they perform what they thought was a silly spell with there friends. I am trying to remain positive about the book because it was engaging and it was a good write, but it w ...more
A Witch in Winter has me in a bit of a quandary. There are a lot of things to dislike about it. Anna is a complete and utter Mary Sue. She spends the whole book telling us that Seth couldn't possibly be into her because she's so average, even though she absolutely is not average. For one, she is this extremely talented/powerful witch. Her society's Volturi desperately want to recruit her for her powers and are prepared to kill to do it. She is academically ahead of everyone in the class. Seth is ...more
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I haven’t read a lot of books about witches but was really interested to check out A Witch in Winter purely because it’s written by a British author and the story’s set in England which is a bit of a rarity with paranormal young adult fiction. It was really refreshing to read a book set in an old British seaside town but at the same time it wasn’t so British that it wouldn’t do well over seas. I think that Ruth Warburton does a fantastic job of writing a solid British supernatural book that can ...more
Zoey Talbon
Oct 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Review also posted:

I really love to read books about witches. Maybe it has something to do with Harry Potter, or maybe it's because I'm still holding onto that childhood fascination I had with them, (I dressed up as a witch every year on Halloween from the time I was five until I was 10) but I still love to read about them. So A Witch in Winter was something I was really excited for.

The biggest issue I have with this book is the characters, particularly S
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
With the arrival of vampires, shifters and angels, witches have taken the background. Luckily, 2012 brings us some very interesting young-adult debuts featuring witches, including Witch in Winter.

When at a slumber party Anna by accident bewitches her crush Seth to fall in love with her, she doesn't know what to do. She has found an old spell-book and she tries everything to undo the spell. But her powers are attracting unwanted notice, and some people might do anything to make her stop...

What I
Jan 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
I just didn't feel that this book really had anything to offer in the genre. It feels like another rehash of Twilight with all the usual cliches that I've come to hate in YA novels.

Firstly we have to have the new girl coming to a new school where she feels like the awkward outsider. As usual on her first day, the hottest guy at school has to fall madly in love with her and BOOM we have the dreadful Insta-luv that I hate. He can have his pick of anyone but has to have the plain looking girl which
I make a habit of reading my sister’s books. Don’t ask me why – just know that when a book is sitting in our bedroom I will read it. Even in situations where said book does not particularly appeal to me, I will read it.

With the Winter trilogy, I was unsure as to whether or not I was truly interested. It seemed like just another teenage supernatural love story. I have read more than enough of them. However, I have enjoyed some of them. Thus, I went ahead and gave them a read.

For me, this first bo
Claire Weller
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
A 2.5 to a 3 star I think. I felt like everything was a little rushed, yes I've seen instant attraction in books before but to actually fall in love with someone when you barley even know them....Sounds a bit like Frozen to me. I think I'll still continue with this trilogy but I was just hoping for something a bit more original, instead of new girl moves to town finds out something unreal about herself, falls in love with boy, and puts everyone in immediate danger by the end of the book. It woul ...more
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
'A Witch in Winter' is a enchanting tale of magic and witchcraft. I am giving it 5/5 stars because from the first chapter it was gripping, exciting and interesting. I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. I ended up reading the book in only a couple of days. I would highly recommend this book.

Plot: Anna Winterson has just moved from London to a small village called 'Winter'. She starts a new school and meets new people but little does Anna know she is in for a remarkable shock when she
Jan 10, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was a really mixed bag for me. On the one hand it was a fairly standard YA "i don't know i have magical powers" books, which is sometimes just what you need and I loved the descriptions of spells and the rustic feeling of the witchcraft practiced in this book.

However, it was problematic. The depictions of women in this books were pretty stereotypical there was "the bitch"(caroline) "the sage" (maya) and the airheaded friends. not very progressive and i kept waiting for Anna to realise
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I prefer cheese to chocolate (but would eat either, if you're offering).

I grew up on a reading diet of my mum's classics (Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice) my dad's sci-fi/fantasy (A Wizard of Earthsea, Dune) and the Jilly Cooper novels passed around school at break time. I always wanted to be a writer but

Other books in the series

Winter Trilogy (3 books)
  • A Witch in Love (Winter Trilogy, #2)
  • A Witch Alone (Winter Trilogy, #3)