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Mark of the Witch

(Boston Witches #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  230 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Magic flows through Jillian Proctor's veins as surely as blood, but so far her life outside Boston has been peaceful. William Morgan blows into Jilly's life like a hurricane, unleashing her magic and sending her out of control. Unknowingly, William brings an enemy who only wants to posses the power of the witch. Jilly must learn to harness her magic before she loses it - ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 2012 by Createspace (first published May 29th 2012)
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Andrea DiGiglio
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mark of the Witch is in my top 5 favorite books, that is how much I loved it! Right from the start Jilly stole my heart and the only one taking it away was the very enticing William, for very different reasons I must add. The only thing to complain about is how long will it be till we get to read book two and get lost all over again in Jilly's world? That's it, it was that amazing. A quick sum up of my short and to the point review: You may not know this yet but William is dreamy and Jilly is ...more
Ashley Robertson
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
This is Ms. Gibson’s debut novel and I must say the book surely has a lot of potential. I absolutely loved the plot! Twin sisters born into a family of witches, one sister (Jilly) embracing the power while the other one (Caroline) refuses to acknowledge it. Then something devastating happens and Caroline takes off never looking back, leaving Jilly to pick up the pieces and learn everything she can about magic (which Ms. Gibson’s creativity for spells and potions is fantastic and very
Lisa Markson
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lisa's review of
Mark of the Witch
By Jessica Gibson

I have gotten to know Jessica Gibson over several weeks and I was privileged to get a ARC of her first book called Mark of the Witch. Let me tell you I have a newfound respect for her as a person, story-teller and over all great writer. She took me on a amazing, and intensive story. She took the time developing her characters so that you couldn't help wanting to know their wants, desires, hopes, and dreams. Each character is a main intricate part
Phaedra Seabolt
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Witches, Warlocks, and Amaranthines, OH MY! Jessica Gibson has created a world in which witches are born of the female line in single families and sometimes they can live forever. Sometimes other people are born who also can never die. Jillian, mostly referred to as Jilly, is a Proctor witch. That simply means that her name is Jilly Proctor and the females born in her family are always witches. Some choose to embrace the craft and some don't. She has a twin sister, Caroline who chooses to ignore ...more
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I have the second book of the series on my nook, waiting for review. I had started it and realized it definitely was not one of those stand-alone books in a series. I'm so glad I got a chance to read this book. It's awesome. It sort of reminds me of my old favorite TV show, Charmed.
I liked Jilly because she wasn't whiny. I liked Caroline because I could relate to her pain in ending her marriage. And William's just a sweetheart. The action is good, and I can't wait to read the next!
There are
Dec 26, 2012 rated it liked it
I thought that Mark of the Witch was an interesting story. There were moments when the character development felt a little rushed, with the characters themselves and the their relationships to one another, I could of used just a little more depth to really connect to the people in the story. But really once the story got going I was drawn into the world that Jessica Gibson created. The story had a great climatic ending that I found myself glued to it to see where it would take me. I haven't ...more
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received my copy of Mark of the Witch from a giveaway. For the most part, I really enjoyed this book! Jilly is a practical character, which is surprisingly rare to find in female protagonists. I loved the way that her magic was such a normal thing in her day-to-day life. I also really enjoyed the heat between her and William!

I only have a couple of minor complaints. One, I wish that Jilly and William would just jump each other already! Also, I would have loved it if the book were a little
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of paranormal and fantasy reads
Recommended to tinyteaplots by: Crystal
Shelves: 4-star, zz-2012-reads
Mark of the Witch was a very enjoyable read. I found that it took me no time at all to connect to the characters, especially Jilly, which I mostly attribute to the unusual style of the prologue. Most of the story was bittersweet in nature and I felt compelled to continue reading and discover what direction the story would take.
There were some very pleasant surprises and a twist I didn't see coming, which is my favorite type of twist! I can admit to being bummed when the story was over; I caught
C.M. Rawdon
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Mark of the Witch. I really enjoyed it. None of the characters irritated me, which is new for me. The main character, Jilly, isn't whiny or irrational and that in it's self was refreshing. William was my favorite character mostly because I think he is possibly the sweetest man EVER. The story was unique and introduced me to a supernatural being I hadn't read about before. I don't want to spoil anything so I'll just say I'm definitely looking ...more

Jilly and Caroline are both witches. They’re also sisters, which instantly reminded me of Charmed. The book stays quite truthful to the way Charmed handles witches as well. Jilly makes potions using a cauldron, for example. Whereas Jilly fully accepts her powers and witch-status, Caroline resents her powers and wishes she were normal. This has caused a divide between both sisters, and they’ve grown apart. When their mother dies and Caroline moves halfway across the country, their relationship
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jilly Proctor, the main character in Mark of the Witch by Jessica Gibson, has spent almost her entire life surrounded by magic. At age 13, she and her twin sister, Caroline, came into their powers, as most witches do around that age. While Caroline rebelled against her true nature, Jilly embraced it fully and spent years training with her mother. A tragic accident takes Jilly’s mom from her when she is just 18. Jilly and Caroline’s already strained relationship pretty much falls to pieces after ...more
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jillian Proctor is a witch her twin sister Caroline is a witch.. Her mother and grandmother yeah both witches.. Well I think you get the picture..

As young girls they lost their mother and grandmother in a accident.. Her sister turned her back on her magic.. then she moved away and married leaving Jillian a little heart broken.. Now Jillian owns her own hair salon and helps the people in her community with her spells things are going well ..

As she takes on a new client she never expected the
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Background: Jilly and her sister Caroline came into their powers in their early teens; Jilly was of complete acceptance while Caroline renounced everything and eventually left to be on her own. Now about 20 years later, Caroline is having problems at home and decides it would be best to visit her sister. Upon arriving, Caroline and Jilly start to mend their friendship as sisters and then all hell breaks loose. A stunning man enters Jilly's life, a mad witch is out to get her, and Caroline is ...more
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I absolutely love this book. It brings back those pleasant days I used to watch Charmed reruns over and over. I love books with Witches in them, especially when written as well as this one.
I am in love with William, what a perfect decent guy. I also loved that there was a supernatural I never heard of before , but I won’t tell you what, as it’s a spoiler. I can’t find anything at all that I didn’t like about this book. I just was wishing I was Jilly, as William is so hot!!!

I really was able to
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jillian has embraced being a witch since she was told she was one. She bonded with her mother through this and even with the loss of those close to her she held onto what she was. At the cost of being estranged with her sister Caroline, she still continued to practice being a witch. As an adult she has built a life full with friends and her own business. She is seemingly happy until the very sexy and mysterious William walks into her life. With a touch that borders on electrifying and eyes that ...more
A.R. Von
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the magical world Jessica Gibson created. Nothing was predictable and there was a surprise at every turn. Mark of the Witch is a very magical, touching and exciting read that any YA paranormal romance reader will enjoy an escape with. I look forward to reading the next in the series and see what type of adventure the characters go on next!

Jillian has power, a lot of it. It literally flows through her veins and it started right when she hit her thirteenth birthday. She easily accepted
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Mark of the Witch
Boston Witches (Volume 1)
Jessica Gibson

This is a story about Jillian Proctor. She has the power of a good witch running through her veins. Jilly embraces her witch ancestry from a very young age, while her twin sister Caroline wants nothing to do with it.
Jilly's path crosses with the handsome William Morgan. He is an Amaranthine, meaning immortal. Along with meeting William comes danger Jilly had no idea was coming. It leads Jilly, Caroline, William and Jilly's best
Tanya Johnson
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it

Jillian and Caroline are twin sisters who are witch’s, the difference between the two is that Caroline wants absolutely nothing to do with the witch craft. Years later, Jillian is a successful witch and hairdresser making a life for herself. Caroline finds out her husband has been cheating on her so she moves back home to the one place she feels safe. Prior to her coming home, William walks into Jilly’s life and Jillian is drawn to him. Now JIlly is having nightmares and other dreams she doesn’t
Valerie Mcqueen
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My review of Mark of the Witch by
Jessica Gibson

Rating 5*****

This book was provided free from the author in exchange for honest literary review.

Jillian and Caroline Proctor are twins from a line of extremely powerful witches. Each is set to come into their powers at the age of 13. Jillian is a free spirit who embraces her heritage and learns her craft. Caroline perfers the practical approach and denies to accept the magical side of her heritage. Years go by and several twists of life end up
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The last witch book I read disappointed me a lot when it came to the magic. So when I say that the magic in Mark of the Witch captured me, it is a total understatement.

Jillian and Caroline are twins but both go in different directions when it comes to their heritage. Jilly accepts and embraces her powers while Caroline fights and buries them.

Years later each of their lives are turned upside down. A cheating husband sends Caroline to a place she didn't think she'd ever return, home. For Jilly,
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I bought this book from Amazon.
Mark of the Witch by Jessica Gibson
This is the first book I have read by this author. I loved the way the story is written. It is a simple fast-paced read. I fell in love with the characters and was left wanting so much more at the end of the book. I can't hardly wait to read Chasing the Witch to find out what happens next to Caroline and Jilly!!! I love the chemistry between William and Jilly!!! The author done an amazing job on her character development, story
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Jillian and Caroline are twins who knew that when they turned 13 they would start to develop their powers as witches. Jillian was eager to learn and accept what she is; Caroline on the other hand wanted nothing to do with it. Their differences in how they chose to live life caused the sisters to distance themselves, Caroline especially. After tragedy strikes Caroline moves away from home and soon marries Jack. Jillian has always accepted what she is and continues to help others with the help of ...more
Jan 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Oh how I hate to not give every book I read 4 or 5 stars. While it was a quick read I really struggled to get through this one. I felt there was so much repetition especially when you reach the middle of the book (ie: almost every meal seemed to be grilled cheese or pancakes, William professing his love for Jilly, they wake up then take a nap, just to name a few) Now, I want to state that I do understand they were stuck in the house for what, a week? Almost a week? But I felt like I was ...more
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
This was okay. I didn't dislike it enough not to finish, but I found it a fairly bland read. Okay but not great.

This was really more of a novella as it was short. It told again, an okay story, but there was nothing that happened that kept me on the edge of my seat, even with the battle at the end. Everything that happened felt very quiet and anti-climactic. Not bad, just not exciting or extremely engaging as a story.

I didn't connect to any of the characters in the book, which definitely affected
Aug 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: witches
If I had to pick just one genre to read for the rest of my life, it would have to be fantasy stories about magic. The potential for the story to go in any direction is thrilling and keeps me turning the pages every time.

Mark of the Witch by Jessica Gibson was no different. It was intriguing from the beginning and I enjoyed the ease of the witches with their magic. The setup at the beginning of the story drew me in and made me want to know more both about the characters and what was to come.

Carrie Peeples
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Let me begin with everything in the beginning is such a whirlwind! I thought in the beginning that with all the feelings and happening crashing down that it felt as if you were being pushed. Almost surreal. Then, low and behold, surprise! The author actually addresses the feelings and the time span of the feelings between the main characters. And all the sudden, everything felt right.

The ups and downs had me reading non stop. I chewed nails on this one! The flow of the book had you tilting your
Cindy Smith
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Twins who are also witches

Jessica gave me this book in exchange for a review. It is a YA novel an I will review it as one.

Jillian and Carolyn are twins who find they will come into powers on their 13th birthday. Jillian accepts this part of her but Carolyn wants to deny it and be a "normal" person. The rift between them grows as neither knows how to address it.

When Carolyn's marriage falls apart, she returns to her hometown and her sister. She decides to accept her true nature and begins
Brooke Showalter (Brooke Blogs)
I was the lucky winner of an autographed copy of Mark of the Witch on another site. Just reading the description of the book was enough to get me intrigued. I enjoy paranormal stories, especially those with a romantic twist. Once I started the story, I was immediately drawn in by the characters. Jilly and Caroline are twin sisters, born into a long family of witches. Jilly was excited to come into her magical abilities at the age of 13, while Caroline refused to acknowledge who and what she was. ...more
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
I need to thank Jessica Gibson for the book for a review.

Best part of book: I just love witches and love stories. (haha!) This book had both. Jessica Gibson wrote an outstanding book. Jillian (aka Jilly) and her twin sister, Caroline were both born witches. However, as time goes on Jilly becomes more trained in the art than Caroline. Flash forward when the girls become adults they have drifted apart from each other.

Jilly opens up her own salon and still practices her witchcraft. While,
Feb 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-review
This book is the first book of Boston Witches series. Physically, the book is a short story of a twin sisters, Jillian (Jilly) and Caroline. How I root for sisters protagonists! Once, I read a book (which I love the movie, Practical Magic) also about sister's act, not twin though. It was quite a while I read something like this. It is such a great read to know that both characters get even and ample story about them in a book. I don't think either of them get outshone by one another. It's a ...more
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