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The Witches' Sleep

(The Witches' Sleep Trilogy #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  37 reviews
At only seventeen, Ella Barnes is shot and killed for an unknown reason. She is shocked when she wakes up in a different world, a world of witches. Ella has to learn to adapt to a new body, new life and new world, surrounded by new people. As Ella gets to know Raena, the world of the witches and its people, she realizes they aren’t the perfect creatures they believe themse ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 428 pages
Published August 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Neysa (Papier Revue)
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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[A PDF file was provided by the author for review purpose. Thanks Kaitlyn!]

The Witches' Sleep was the first witch-focused book I've ever read. And what to say, I like it so much! And when the author is the same age as me, it's so so amazing.

Honestly saying, witches never appeals much to me. With their power and all, I find their life lack of struggle and all, but Kaitlyn's witch totally blew it off. I found the writing a bit choppy a
Tara Wood
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying that YA is not my area of expertise. I have read very little that I have liked. And then I read this. The Witches’ Sleep by Kaitlyn Deann was a surprising jaunt into the genre for me.

The world-building in this book is incredible. It’s well thought out, has a sense of grandness, and is pictured so vividly. It was easy to get lost in what Ms. Deann has created. The characters are well developed, making it effortless to get into a love-hate relationship with them. Human faul
Mia Darien
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Over all, I liked this story. It was well written and flowed very well, I read it in about two days of actual reading. (I started it one day, didn't read for a couple, and finished it today.) I'm big on good flow and pacing. Sometimes the focus on clothing and grooming made me drift, but it never lasted long enough to lose me.

Ella, I liked over all. I found her incredibly naive, and that annoyed me a little, but is a perfectly legitimate trait. I just found it kind of frustrating. I also thought
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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At only seventeen, Ella Barnes is shot and killed for an unknown reason. She is shocked when she wakes up in a different world, a world of witches. Ella has to learn to adapt to a new body, new life and new world, surrounded by new people. As Ella gets to know Raena, the world of the witches and its people, she realizes they aren’t the perfect creatures they believe themselves to be, and she’s not the type of person to stand around and twiddle her thumbs. Will Ella succeed in changing the
Nicole Hill
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book had me by the end of the first paragraph. Ella is a witch but she does not find out until she is murdered and her soul returns to her real body. She wakes up to a world full of pride, vanity and unfairness. She decides if she has to live there that it's her job to fix things. That doesn't sit well with those who currently rule. This is a story about how sometimes not even a curse or death will keep soul-mates from continuing to find one another.It's about standing up for what you belie ...more
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good book. The story was good, and it was an enjoyable read. It was a little odd at first that they called themselves witches, but really didn't seem to be what you would traditionally think of as witches. It didn't have anything naughty in it that would make it unsuitable for a young teenager, but was well written enough to keep the attention of an adult. The only complaint I could have about it is Freedom's calling. A group that people are willing to die to be in, and kill to ...more
Elaine White
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this. It was original, intriguing and completely captivating. I don't usually like first person stories, but this one caught me. And it's written by a seventeen year old. That's talent. And the first in a trilogy. I can't wait for parts two and three.

Ella Barnes is murdered, aged 17, with no idea why. To her surprise, she wakes up. And she's told that she's been in a Witches' sleep for years and that her real name is Sunlight. Sunlight must try to find her place in her lost family and ch
Talyn Legler
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I loved reading this book! In fact, I read it in one sitting! Very well written, and creative. When you read about the characters you feel as if you are right there with them. The lack of bad language and sexuality is very refreshing for a teen novel. The characters are fun to read about, without being disgusting. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series!
Nancy Nguyen
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was extremely impressed! It was a well written book with such lovely character. The clothing descriptions really dazzled me! That was what stuck out to me the most. I kind of felt that the writer was a little afraid of letting relationships grow and blossom. Great book!
Bailey Marissa
Though it throws a lot of exposition to the reader at times, it's engaging and hits all the right notes. Also, there's no actual 'magic' as it's more like X-Men powers.

Recommended 13+ for violence, romance, and slavery.
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was great. I wish it were a series because I have fallen in love with all the characters minus Wise and Angel.
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it

Pretty good story from a new author... And considering the age of the author it is amazing!!! Keep up the good work. Looking forward to reading more from you!!
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book.

I loved the story line and can't wait to see what happens next for everyone. I love that it ended in a happy way.
Katherine M
A whole new life

When Ella dies at the age of seventeen, she wakes up to find herself in an entirely different life. She's a witch in a foreign world, an important political figure, and the future of the witches and the shifters may rest on her decisions.
Some problems with style and pacing, and there were a few odd inconsistencies with characterization, but overall I enjoyed it.
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
I mean, the idea of it sounds pretty good, but I just can't stand the names and a few other things. ...more
What I thought:

So I have an (awesome!) writing group on GR, and one of the main people who run it (I’m a mod! Yay!) is Miss Kaitlyn Deann. One of the other mods (for you non-Goodreads people, that’s who(s[?]) runs a group. Anyways. Yes. But, one of the other mods loves The Witches’ Sleep, and it kinda got me wanting to read it. Then. And then. Kaitlyn had a giveaway on her blog for two or three of this book IN PAPERBACK (yes!!!!!) (though I don’t remember why….), and I actually won!! Yep!

So, of
Elisabeth Wheatley
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again—dystopia and I have a bad history. Suzanne Collins broke my heart and I haven’t been especially drawn to any dystopias since forcing myself to read about Katniss. That being said, this is nothing like any of those or really anything I’ve read in a long time. It was centered much more around mercy, forgiveness, and justice than other titles in my literary diet have been lately and it was refreshing. In fact, the messages Ms. Deann conveys greatly remind me o ...more
charlie ☾
"Our human experiences are what makes us who we are."

When I first heard about this book, I was impressed that the author was just 17. Now that I've finished reading this, I'm impressed with what she's written. When I read the synopsis, I expected the normal thing with books about witches—having powers, being feared and being condemned. But this one is different from all that. Here, we're given a whole new world to explore where every person's a witch and "they were the most lovely an
Sussu Leclerc
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This is an interesting concept. It allows the reader to explore a completely different world and the idea that we might be in a dream instead of living our real life. Some witches in this novel go through a period of coma where they leave their body and go to Earth where they live as humans. I liked the themes and I liked that the main character left someone she is in love with behind as well as her new family. She feels imprisoned in a new body in a new world and that concept hints at some deep ...more
Yael Eliyahu
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
The witches sleep is a book that has a delightful sense of simplicity in it's style, and the heroine maintains an innocence that was refreshing. After a girl dies she wakes to what appears to be every girls dreamland - beautiful gowns, a lovely house, strength and agility that are beyond anything she thought possible, and parents who adore her.

This new world is far from heaven. Though good in many ways, it is full of its own struggles and flaws. Sunny experiences the shock that every person exp
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good book.definitely stands out.engaging
Erik Nelson
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
I first heard of the author Kaitlyn Deann from Twitter. When I saw that she was releasing her first book, I was more than enthusiastic to read it because of how mysterious the title sounded and how unique and creative the cover of the book looked. After I read the first page, I completely lost sense of time because I was so into the book. I literally felt like I was transformed into the world of The Witches' Sleep. There are no pictures in the book but you can definitely see the settings that ar ...more
Beth ~~Just One More Chapter I Swear~~

This book has a lot of promise. The concept is very original and definitely interesting, especially all of the different species and their abilities. My main gripe is the sophomoric first person narrative. Sometimes First Person works and sometimes it doesn't, this book was borderline "not working". I found out that the author is rather young before I read the book. I hope hope her age wasn't a prejudicing factor but I can not ignore it especially since the tone of the book was "off" to me. I am
AshleyNicole Shelton
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Witches Sleep is unlike any story you’ve ever read and the witches are unparalleled to any witch story I’ve ever heard of. From the start, Kaitlyn Deann has you on your toes as the main character is hunted. I would never expect her to wake up on another planet. If you’re looking for a story that is unique this is definitely the book for you. A story about soul mates, freedom, and fighting for what you believe in. The names of the witches may throw you off a bit, but I grew to love them as I ...more
Aug 27, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed learning about the other planets that existed outside of Quan (earth) however I was disappointed with the lack of diversity among the witches. They were all redheaded, a little boring. The color of their eyes being the way to know that power they possessed was unique and I was fond of the Browns possessing a little of everything as I myself am a Brown. The plot was interesting and is what kept me reading and frankly I found the names to be a bit silly. While I feel like I would enjoy t ...more
Giselle Rondoletti
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"Love me or hate me. Take me or leave me. Help me or hurt me."

This story is just amazing! I'm always looking for new series to read and I've found a great one here! Characters are well developed and there's a constant rhythm. As soon as I started reading, the story held me captive and I finished reading it in three days –and that was only because I had to do some other things in those days. If not, I would have read it faster –yes, now you can see why I am recommending this to you. The story is
Lisa Foster
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Witches sleep

Witches sleep

unusual concept where humans and animals that are sharpshooter interact. Humans are witches, both female and males. All witch will go into a hibernation type sleep once in their life as their souls to to Earth and they live a human life before returning back to their own world. The concepts and the relationships between the main characters of Kindness and Sunny are good to read as of the parents due to being able to see differences among people. This is a great imaginat
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book had me surprised from the beginning! Definitely not your average witch plotline. I found myself very quickly absorbed in the book and ended up reading well into the night, I haven't read a book that kept me that interested for a while! I felt extremely sorry for the main character in the beginning of the story but very quickly came to appreciate her and the changes she could make to her new world. Also enjoyed the concept of the 'perfect world' that the witches felt they had that in fa ...more
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous read! I enjoyed the whole premise of the story. Te characters were great and well developed... The romance sweet and the plot was well thought out!
The only trouble I had, was with the names of the characters... But that's only personal opinion... An overall great read and I look forward to the next one in the trilogy...
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this unique novel about witches. The idea of Witches as a race, on another cool! It took me a bit to get into the book, but a few chapters in, and I was hooked. Look forward to reading the next two books in the trilogy.
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Kaitlyn Deann has been telling stories since she was very young. As a writer, Kaitlyn hopes to keep a reader turning pages late into the night and give them something to think about long after they finish the last page. She loves her friends, family, and God. She lives in Texas with the people that matter most to her in the entire universe. Visit for more information.

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