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Witchstruck (The Tudor Witch Trilogy #1)

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If she sink, she be no witch and shall be drowned.

If she float, she be a witch and must be hanged.

Meg Lytton has always known she is different; that she bears a dark and powerful gift. But in 1554 England, in service at Woodstock Palace to the banished Tudor princess Elizabeth, it has never been more dangerous to practise witchcraft. Meg knows she must guard her secret car
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Harlequin Teen (first published July 5th 2012)
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Victoria Lamb Because I thought it would make a very exciting story and would also put my heroine Meg right in the heart of the political drama that was surrounding…moreBecause I thought it would make a very exciting story and would also put my heroine Meg right in the heart of the political drama that was surrounding Elizabeth during Mary's reign. We have evidence that Elizabeth believed in some occult practices, for instance, astrology, though that was considered more of a science then, because she supported the astrologer John Dee's work when she became queen.(less)

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Khanh (the meanie)


The instinct to live is a strong one. Have you ever tried to hold your breath? Inevitably, your lungs will burn, your body will fight with your brain to take that deep gasp of air. Survival instincts are just that---instincts. They override willpower, because the human body wants to live above all else.

Throughout this book, it was made abundantly clear to me that whoever created Meg Lytton forgot to program said survival instinct within her. I don't know when I've encountered a dumber witch thro
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Summer
Oct 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
EDIT: Lowering my rating to one star because I really could not think of one redeeming quality that this book could possibly possess.

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Get ready to have your intelligence insulted, guys.

Just imagine this:

It’s 16th century England. Mary Tudor has just married Philip of Spain, and Protestants are despised by the extremely Catholic rulers.

During this time, a Spanish priest-in-training is assigned to stay with Elizabeth, Mary’s half-sister. He immediately falls for a Protestant witch named Meg. A FRE
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Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Read This Review & More Like It On My Blog!

Full disclosure: I am GoodReads/Twitter friends with Victoria and she sent me this novel in exchange for a review. However much I like her (and that is very much!), this did not affect my impression of the novel nor my review for it.

Witchstruck is the addicting and fast-paced tale of Meg Lytton, a burgeoning witch of substantial ability during one of the worst times and places to be such a one -- 1554 England, under the super Catholic reign of Quee
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Sarah
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN, and Netgalley.)
16-year-old Meg is a maid to Lady Elizabeth – Queen Mary’s sister, who is imprisoned on charges of not being Catholic.
Meg is also a trainee witch though, apprentice to her aunt Jane, and Lady Elizabeth uses Meg and Jane’s abilities to tell her whether she will ever claim the throne.

1554 is a bad time to be a witch though, with so many witch hunters about, and one small mis
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Jo
Jun 02, 2014 rated it liked it
This book just didn't resonate with me. I liked everything well enough, it just didn't all come together. The plot was fairly predictable and not entirely believable. Meg's powers seemed to come and go depending on what the plot called for. At times she is able to influence an entire castle to think there is a fire, but when she needs to influence other people she is ineffectual. I also felt that Allejandro's allegiance to Elizabeth and Meg was not authentic. He has been raised during the Spanis ...more
Experiment BL626
I vacillated between 3-stars and 2-stars for this book.

+ why 3-stars

The book deserves 3-stars because the plot was always in motion and awash with political intrigue. I was pleasantly surprised that the book began in media res where Meg, her witchy aunt, and the imprisoned Elizabeth were conducting haruspex to divine Elizabeth’s future, specifically whether or not she would become queen one day. Right off the bat, readers immediately encounter the first of many conspiracies. I liked that the fir
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Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
So, I finally got round to reading the first of the Tudor Witch books... And I was slightly disappointed. If I had read this one first I wouldn't have read the second, which would have been a shame.

It's not that this book's bad, it's just that it didn't catch my interest. I didn't feel compelled to read on as I had been with the second book.

I like the Tudor Witch world, that slightly messed up Tudor England where things are slightly different from what you'd expect.

I couldn't stand Dent, but I d
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Anna (Enchanted by YA)
3.5 STARS

***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review***

Meg is not just a serving girl; with powers not yet at their full potential she’s faced with the constant threat of discovery and its dire consequences. Set with a rich historical background she faces problem after problem just to survive, never mind to help those she loves to survive as well.

Meg was a very easy character to like and understand, but I did have a problem
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Amy (Turn the Page)
Check out my interview with author Victoria Lamb and win a copy of Witchstruck here

If you’re a historical purist, than Witchstruck may not be the book for you. Lamb has woven together historical figures and events with fictional characters and the supernatural. It’s an unusual combination but one that I really, really enjoyed.

Set in 1554, Witchstruck introduces the story of Meg, servant to the closely guarded Elizabeth, and a practicing witch. It’s not long before a desperate Elizabeth turns to
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Lizzy Lessard
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
PJV Quickie: It is quite confusing to have my brain screaming out all the inconsistencies of the story, while my heart yearned to read the next chapter. For pure enjoyment purposes, WITCHSTRUCK is a lovely book about a witch surviving in medieval times. It you can forgo the logic and lack of depth in the characters long enough to read the book, then it’s one I recommend for people who like a bit of magic in their historical settings. Otherwise, there are many better books for this genre.

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Lucinda
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An exquisite historical fantasy tale with an archaic, sinister feel taking you back in time to ages past

In the Fifteen-hundred’s witchcraft was seen as an act of the devil and those presumed to practice magic were either hanged or burned at the stake. The harsh brutality of the times is brought vividly to life in this wonderfully rich historical novel, targeted towards the younger reader with a teenage main protagonist. Witchcraft was shrouded in unexplained mystery and ambiguity; practiced in s
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Kirsty (overflowing library)
I must admit the historian in me cringed a little bit when I first heard about this book. Paranormal romance set in Tudor times? Quite honestly I wasn't sure when I agreed to read it. That feeling stuck with me when I started reading it and I actually disliked the fact that Meg, the main character, was interacting with the future Queen Elizabeth I. I could have got onboard with the story exactly as it was despite my reservations but I felt that element to the book was taking it a bit too far. I ...more
Emma
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guest-reviews
Review by Linnea - Year 7

This is the story of a witch, Meg, who knows of her dark, powerful gift however if she is caught she will be punished for it. She sneaks out to practise her craft but, will she be spotted? Every night she creeps out of her chamber taking the Lady Elizabeth with her she hurries into the woods to rehearse her magic but when her roommate Joan saw her… Her adventure is set in Victorian times during the reign of Queen Elizabeth or as called in the book lady Elizabeth.
In the
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Rebecca
Meg Lytton is a witch - a real one - which is a very dangerous secret to have for a young woman in Tudor England in 1554. She has been trained in her craft by her Aunt Jane, and she knows she never wants to give it up. Unfortunately, the cruel witch finder Marcus Dent has taken a liking to Meg and wants to marry her, and he must not discover her secret. For a time, Meg has avoided him, as she has been sent to serve Elizabeth, Henry VIII's daughter, who has been sent by her older sister, Queen Ma ...more
Amy
Surprisingly I quite enjoyed this book. I was apprehensive to read this because I don't usually like Historical fiction, it bores me. However, the politics was easy to follow and the witchcraft made it interesting.

Meg Lytton has been trained to be a witch since she was young by her Aunt who raised her. She moves into Woodstock to be a maid to Princess Elizabeth and they become friendly companions. She puts everything on the line by sneaking Elizabeth out of her prison to assist her claim of the
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Stacy Palm
This is a must read for people who enjoy history with a bit of magic! The history behind the story is between Queen Mary and her sister Elizabeth during the time that Queen Mary had Elizabeth imprisoned as a suspected traitor to the throne. This main character of this book is Elizabeth's maid servant, Meg, who happens to be a witch. The story is non-stop action from the moment you pick up the book till the very end. It reads easily and effortlessly, giving you a solid sense of the time and place ...more
Lisa Redmond
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing and absorbing new series with a believable heroine and a real sense of danger, the publishers are marketing this as Phillipa Gregory crossed with Twilight. Yes it is set in the Tudor era and there are real historical characters included the future Queen Elizabeth and the reigning Queen Mary but this is not Twilight, It is so much better. There is a growing friendship and sexual tension between the lead characters but the paranormal power is all hers and she will not compromise. Meg is ...more
Diamond
Jul 31, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who enjoyed historical YA with some paranormal elements
Thank you Harlequin TEEN for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was really excited when I heard about Witchstruck. A historical fiction novel set in Tudor England--with witches--and it's young adult! The cover is gorgeous; I just knew I'd like the story. Looking back I kind of think I was building it up in my head a little too much. Sometimes (being the book obsessed lady I am) my expectations grow and grow and then I realize I'm a little disappointed becau
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Mitch
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Witchstruck kinda skates by on the strength of its premise: what if Queen Elizabeth I, while still princess and imprisoned by her sister Queen Mary, had a witch for a maid? If that sounds fascinating, this book doesn't disappoint; even though it's alternate history, there's plenty of real stuff to back things up. But it does require just accepting certain things for the plot to work, and while I had no problems doing it, I'll admit this is probably not a book for everyone.

Anyway, Meg, the witch
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Christianna Marks
You can read this and many other reviews on my YA book blog The White Unicorn!

It has come to my attention that I love alternate history in my books. Witchstruck is yet another shining example of why. Lamb somehow managed to blend historical events in England as well as characters we know with elements like witches who have actual power. Meg is as fictional as they come, while we all know that Elizabeth became the actual Queen of England. The fact is that Lamb writes both of these girls in such
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Jon
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Witchstruck is everything you'd expect from a book about a witch in a Tudor Court. There's secret paramours, court politics, magic, intrigue and tons of historical context. Witchstruck definitely delivers an exciting novel with a historical backdrop. I'm pretty impressed with Lamb's debut for the most part and it's definitely worth reading.

For me, the best comparison I can make regarding Witchstruck is "Grave Mercy meets Anne Ric
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Farrah
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book couldn't have come at a better time. I know I'm I little late on the uptake, but I finally found out about the show The Tudors. You know, the Showtime series full of super attractive people about the court of Henry the VIII. I've been obsessively watching this show, completely immersing myself in the world of the Tudors. And, lo and behold, I found this book on Netgalley. I know, great timing. After the splendor of the show, Witchstruck had high expectations from me if it was to live u ...more
Hannah
My first thought when I’d heard about this book back when Victoria first followed me on Twitter was: Oh god I need this book in my life! I love the Tudor history period, and I love Witchy things. Combine the two and you have a book that is more or less designed for my personal enjoyment. Seconded? Then you perhaps don’t need to read any more before going straight off to your chosen book store to purchase.

Witchstruck follows the first person narrative of a young witch called Meg Lytton as she goe
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Shaz Goodwin
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meg’s journey opens in the ruins of the old palace at Woodstock. A full moon ritual is taking place, led by her Aunt Jane and attended by Elizabeth. A prediction is made and also a warning given.

We find out a little bit about Meg’s background and her leaving her home at Lytton Park to serve Elizabeth.

Alejandro comes onto the scene at a rather inopportune moment for Meg creating a false first impression. His master has been sent to administer religious instruction to Elizabeth in her forced seclu
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Dianne
Step back into sixteenth century England, when the royal Tudor family is embroiled in both political and religious strife and Queen Mary has exiled her sister, Elizabeth. Witches were feared and murdered with great zeal, making this historical trip back in time even more intriguing because Meg, a servant of Elizabeth’s is a young witch filled with powerful, untapped magic that could mean death to them both if Meg’s powers are exposed. Her life may hang in the balance from a spurned suitor and de ...more
Fabulous Book Fiend
Review: a fabulous novel about a witch who is friends with Elizabeth 1, as unbelievable as this sounds it really makes for a great story! Meg is a wonderful main character, we discover thought the novel that she is a witch as has been sent to Woodstock to serve Elizabeth as she has been exiled here. We also know that she has an aunt who is a witch and a father and brother who might have the ability to betray her. Meg is actually a very strong woman who knows her own mind, when those around her t ...more
Hayley Thorpe
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On hearing the summary of this novel it immediately had me desperate for a copy.
I have always truly loved the Tudors-dating back to my school days I really enjoyed studying it.
So for a series to be based on that time I was in awe.

The imagery and description of 'Witchstruck' has you on the edge of your seat.
It made me feel like a Tudor girl, minus the corset.
It's also made me long for a beautiful dress, that would be so tight I'd hardly breathe.

In meeting Meg I instantly loved her.
She's lovea
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Natalie
I won this book through first reads on goodreads so thank you for letting me read this awesome book :D
Right so when I received this book I was going through a very big reading slump nothing seemed to hold my attention for long. Then this book came along and OMG BAM im out of my reading slump reading this very surprisly awesome book non stop for two days.
The cover of this book is very pretty instantly draws you in and the fact that it's about witch craft in the time of elizabeth l very much exc
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Kristenj2009


I really enjoyed this book. The pace and tone were perfect although I would have liked more clear visual descriptions of the more important characters in the book. I applaud V.L's descriptions of the landscape though and I could practically see the forests, fields and castle when I closed my eyes. Beautiful.

The plot was intriguing and was one of those books I could not put down until the last page was turned.

The reason why I only gave it 3 out of 5 was because I felt that there were a lot of une
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Lisa
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I loved this book. I’ll admit, I haven’t read anything with a foundation of Tudor history before but the synopsis hooked me in. I like that the story of such a historical figure as Queen Elizabeth to be is interwoven with the history of witchcraft and this made it a real page turner for me.

It’s fast paced and action packed with small events spiraling out of control quickly. References to how witches were executed in the past, and the heroine experiencing it first hand, left me unable to put the
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Victoria Lamb lives in a farmhouse on the wild fringes of Bodmin Moor with her husband, five kids, two cats and a crazed Irish Red Setter. She is addicted to social media, and on dark nights has been known to sneak out and howl at the moon.

She also writes as Elizabeth Moss, Beth Good and Jane Holland, all listed on Goodreads.

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