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The Skinsticher's Apprentice

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“Welcome to The Empire State, where banshees, witches, and skinstitchers wait…”

Margo Pennyfeather is being hunted. The 16-year-old witch has always been an outcast, in her home back in England, and now in the village of East Hampton, New York, where her family has settled. No one but her family has ever cared for Margo, but now the most important witch in the magic world
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Published February 24th 2014 by Smashwords Edition (first published January 15th 2014)
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David Grossman
Feb 04, 2014 David Grossman rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced reader copy of The Skinwalker's Apprentice, which is a novella from the upcoming Emerald Kipp series. The author, Claribel Ortega, immediately pulls you into the unique and different worlds of Emerald Kipp and Margo Pennyfeather. In her her debut as a novelist, Ortega proves herself to be a gifted story teller, introducing the reader to new, unseen magical sides of the world in which we live.

We meet Margo, a teenage witch in colonial America, as she
I got a ARC

I liked the story but the one thing I didn't like was all the jumping back and fourth from the 1650 and 1980. I really liked the characters and I felt like I could feel what they were feeling and going through. I could see me being friends with both the female characters. Margo Pennyfeather is a witch from the 1650s and Emerald Kipp is a witch from the 1980's. Both live in New York but just from different times. I can't wait to read the series. I want to say think you to Claribel Orte
Joshua Verdejo
Dec 28, 2013 Joshua Verdejo rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Harry Potter
First, I'd like to say I got an advanced copy of this book. Skinwalker's Apprentice is two stories in one, it follows Margo Pennyfeather who is a witch in the 1650's and Emerald Kipp who is a witch in the 1980's.Margo has just been accepted as an apprentice to a priestess witch, and is excited because this means her status in the witch world will change. She is poor and her family are the outcasts of their village. Margo get's more than she bargained for though and things get out of hand. I real ...more
Constance Pascon
Dec 26, 2013 Constance Pascon rated it it was amazing
Received this book as an arc. I really enjoyed the story line since I love witches. I wasn't expecting all the references to music so that was refreshing, any 1980s music fans will really dig it. It's on the shorter side since it's a novella but I a,m excited to read the first book in the series now, curious about where the story is going. I Think it's worth a read for fantasy fans, and has awesome potential. Hope the rest of the books lives up to my expectations.
Victoria Simcox
Jul 29, 2014 Victoria Simcox rated it it was amazing
Emerald and Margo are teenage witches, living in different time periods. Margo, in the late 1600's and Emerald is in the 1980's―both living in New York.

Margo is accepted by a high priestess in witchcraft to be her apprentice. More than honored, Margo tries her best to do everything that is required of her to gain approval from the priestess. But there is a deep, dark secret being kept and soon Margo will be fighting for her life.

Emerald is in high school and getting into mischief. She's got a re
Feb 26, 2014 Vicki rated it really liked it
Skinwalker's Apprentice follows the lives of two witches in two different time frames: 1650's and 1980's. Margo Pennyfeather (love the last name) lived in the 1600s and Emerald Kipp in the 1900's.

Margo is practically in shock when she is invited to be an apprentice to the Priestess. I want to say that her entire experience was an built her self-esteem.

Emerald Kipp no longer has her parents in her life, so naturally that affects how she behaves or not. While she appears to be a pretty typical tee
Jan 12, 2014 Whatdaeffishappeningblog rated it it was amazing
I got this as an ARC. Was a great introduction for a series in my opinion. Fun characters, cool music, and a creepy villain. It's a good little novella, would read it again. I loved Emerald's story, and could relate to her anxiety of the future. I don't think she was overly "with it" and wasn't the perfect heroine who every guy is in love with and I hope it doesn't turn into that later on because that's seriously annoying. She's just an awkward, loser kind of girl, and I want to know what happen ...more
May 12, 2014 Rabitini rated it it was amazing
I've stumbled upon this book a few days ago and ever since I've picked it up it sticks to me . I'm the kind of person who would write down quotes and draw fanart and read fanfiction that's how obsessed I get with books . And just like that after reading The Skinwalkers Apperentice it is all I could talk of with my friends and doodle the characters names all over my copy books.
The story follows two completely different yet interesting in their own way girls who not only have to deal with problems
Will Wortner
Feb 23, 2014 Will Wortner rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy

The Skinwalker’s Apprentice is the start of what I anticipate to be a great new magic based series. A unique, yet realistic main female character; magic with a good mix of understanding and mystery; and very strong writing for a new author.

In The Skinwalker’s Apprentice, we follow 2 young witches; a colonial period witch named Margo Pennyfeather, and a 1980’s witch named Emerald Kipp. Margo is from a poor immigrant family, and is chosen to become the apprentice to the head priestess and t
May 08, 2014 Sabrina rated it really liked it
Margo has always wanted to train and become a better witch to help her family out. They have left their home due to witches being hunted and killed. In her new town everything seems to be better when she gets an apprenticeship with an important witch. But this witch is not all she seems and soon Margo realizes she has a very special power that this witch wants from her. Flash forward three hundred years and we meet Emerald who is trying to find out what she wants to do with her life, stay out of ...more
Janet Macreery
Jun 02, 2014 Janet Macreery rated it it was amazing
Emerald Kipp is a classic New York City high school senior in 1984. Even with a small but loyal circle of diverse friends, Emerald still feels like a misfit. Of course, she has good reason. She and her Aunt Nora are the last witches of their kind. Emerald resents her unforgiving principal, the pressure to commit to a future but mostly the fact that she is not permitted to practice magic outside of her room.
Margo Pennyfeather is a young woman living with her parents, grandparents and sister in Ea
Margo has only wanted to train and become a great witch to help her family. They where hunted for being witches and now in their new home it seems things are turning around. She has just got an apprentice place with an important witch. She still hasn't found her great power yet but she is learning lots. However something is odd about her teacher. Her life is about to be changed forever. Three hundred years later Emerald is trying to figure out what to do after graduation and to try and stay out ...more
Tiffany York
Jun 30, 2014 Tiffany York rated it it was amazing
I have the great joy of being a new member of Claribel Ortega's street team. This is my first time to do anything like this, and I am very excited about it. Due to this, I was sent an ebook copy of this novella so that I could begin the journey into what I can tell is going to be an amazing series. I have not read many novellas, or many prequels of books for that matter, but I enjoyed this story immensely and I think that it was a great help in setting up for the start of the series.

In the nove
Aug 10, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing book by an amazing up and coming author. The Skin-walkers Apprentice is a prequel to Emerald Kipp and the Riddle of the Time Keeper and it delivers so much more than a Novella normally does.

The book takes place in two different time periods, the 1600s and 1980s. We meet two witches on an exciting journey of self discovery. This brings teenage angst to a whole new level. We get glimpses into each girls life and what they are going through at the time. By the end of the book it is focu
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The Skinwalker's Apprentice is about Margo Pennyfeather and Emerald Kipp, two witches separated by hundreds of years in time, but who share one inescapable fate. Margo Pennyfeather is a witch in the 1600s, struggling to survive in colonial America. Margo has always been an outcast, unkown and unloved by everyone except her family. She is given the chance of a lifetime; to apprentice for the Priestess, the most important witch of the magical world. However, Margo's ap
Silvia Cruz
Jan 26, 2014 Silvia Cruz rated it it was amazing
I loved the whole story, the entire description of the characters and the different periods where they take place, the description is good enough to make me feel as if I was watching the story happening and I could really identify with both Emerald and Margo. Im looking forward to know what happens next in both stories, i was so attracted to both stories that I found myself reading nonstop to know how they were going to end.
Oct 03, 2014 Jen rated it liked it
Magic and witches. Two distinct eras: the 1980s and the 1650s. Two 16 year old girls traversing the magical world among oblivious humans. Claribel Ortega's The Skinwalker's Apprentice weaves the tales of the two young witches together.

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In the 1980s, 16 year old Emerald Kipp is a troublemaker in her high school with vibrantly blue and then pink colored hair. Emerald's friends, Jackson, a younger versio
Nicky Peacock
Sep 24, 2014 Nicky Peacock rated it liked it
I really must read more about these books before I start them! Halfway through I realised that this is in fact a prequel to a book series that has not yet come out. Usually prequels appear later in a series due to fan demand – they want to know more about the characters and crave more details and history to sate their hunger. And this is great, but only once the characters have been fully introduced in a proper novel setting. By reading the prequel first, I felt a little non-committed to the cha ...more
Jun 04, 2014 Ashley rated it really liked it
A great start to what is sure to be an awesome series! I really enjoyed this novella, looking forward to reading the first book in this series. The story was superb, the world building was fantastic and the writing beautiful. The characters were both likeable and interesting. The ending was...well, the ending leaves you wanting more, that's for sure. Which is what a novella is meant to do! :)
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Feb 27, 2014 Clare dooley rated it liked it

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Kelly L
Nov 13, 2015 Kelly L rated it really liked it
Excellent start to a new series. The alternating time chapters was a bit disconcerting at first, but it ends up flowing nicely. However, now I have to wait for the next one just as it was starting to connect and get really good. I look forward to more.
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I absolutely loved this book it had a confusing beginning but other than that it was AWESOME:) yay:) thank you Claribel Ortega
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Claribel Ortega, has a degree in journalism and got her start working as a reporter for The Rivertowns Enterprise, a local paper in lower Westchester County, New York. As a reporter, she enjoyed going to board of education meetings and texting the town mayors about the line at Starbucks.

Today, Claribel works for The Combined Book Exhibit, a book marketing company in Westchester NY.

She lives in New
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