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(The Witches of Armour Hill #1)

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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Margaret May Reis knows how strange she is; people have been telling her for years. At sixteen years old, though, Maggie begins to realize that strangeness is only half the story. Maggie isn’t just strange – she’s a witch.

Sent to live with a cousin she’s never met, in a city she doesn't remember, Maggie is sure that life as she knows it is over. It doesn't take her long to
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Paperback, First, 340 pages
Published July 20th 2015 by Alyssa Cooper (first published July 16th 2015)
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Satsuki |皐月|
Aug 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, ya, fantastical
I received an early copy of the book.
Cecelia Isaac
Aug 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Switch is all about witches, which means there’s some very cool magic happening. Cooper seems to know her stuff, particularly with herb lore. I don’t know anything about herbs myself, so I might not be the best judge of that, but I liked reading it!

Some of my favorite scenes were the ones that took place in the “grove,” an enchanted place with a mysterious Red Queen. Though this book lacked a typical learning-the-magical-ropes scene common in YA fantasy, there was plenty of cool magic to go arou
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Underground Book Reviews
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

The Witches of Armour Hill: Switch by Alyssa Cooper is a YA offering that ventures into the realm of covens, dark witchcraft, and teenagers trying to find themselves. It tells the story of Maggie, an apparent orphan, bounced around among distant family members and disliked due to the strange happenings that seem to follow her. When she moves to the unwelcoming home of her cousin in a new city, she is befriended by a strange girl, Rhosyn, and a stray cat, Elowen.

Rhosyn leads her to a cov
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Benjamin Calero
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It is amazing! It is well written with a quick and pleasing pace. The theme is alluring and fresh. Who doesn't like witches? Believe me when I tell you that once you pick up the book, you will not be able to put it down. There's so many mysteries that you will want to solve. Also, I believe everyone will be able to relate with at least one of the characters. Due to the author's great job, you will want to be a witch. You are not going to be dissatisfy by this book. If you love ...more
D.G. Driver
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this magical novel. The story moves at a quick, smooth pace, keeping me guessing at all times what's around the next corner. The house they are living in has secret rooms and mysteries. There are deep dark secrets to be discovered. There is an alternate world hiding there too. I loved the mystery of the book and the dark undertones. I am eager to see what will happen in the next installment. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is fascinated with witches and loves fant ...more
Petronėlė
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Short and simple review for now, more extensive review to come eventually:

I have always been in awe of the creative writing abilities of Alyssa Cooper. Actually, I've been in awe of Alyssa Cooper in general since I first met her at a local poetry event. She has been a massive inspiration to me and this book just adds to it. Admittedly, I had strayed far from the genre of this book a while ago and read mainly poetry and academic literature related to my university studies. So I was worried I woul
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Yea
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
*Spoilers!*

A tipical story about an orphan girl trying to have a family back that it's twisted and mean... I can see the story and the ending of the next book.

This book it could have been better if there's more lessons of magic, more tricks, more excitement in that area than just she trying to get with the friends drama. Just to learn with Maggie, but oh well.
Stephanie
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
a lovely read, thoroughly enjoyable



Thank you for choosing me to receive a free copy via Goodreads giveaways.
Catherine Griffin
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
A troubled youngster finds a new home with a coven of witches, but her search for her own family uncovers a dark and dangerous secret.

Margaret has had a difficult childhood. Her mother and sister died when she was small, then her grandparents died (in a house fire), and since then she’s been passed from one reluctant relative to the next. The way things spontaneously combust around her may have something to do with the reluctance. Anyhow, she’s running out of relatives and is rather unhappy with
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R.V. Johnson
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Switch” ‘The Witches of Armour Hill’ begins with the normal trials of sixteen-year-old Margaret May Reis. Well, as normal as any teenager can be without a permanent home after a series of accidents. Maggie yearns for stability and something similar to a normal family. She finds an uneasy balance when she moves into Morgane House, though not for long.

The story is set in Peterborough, Canada.

The first thing I want to say about this book is I loved it!

While witch stories abound, this one was not
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Jul 21, 2015 added it
Since Maggie’s family died, she’s been bounced from relative to relative, never staying long in one place. She’s been told she’s strange and evil, but when she meets Rhosyn, she discovers she’s a witch. When Maggie is brought into the ancient coven Rhosyn belongs to, she’s told she’s a “lost strand”, a witch with no previous connection to the coven. Now she’s living at the covenstead and she’s found a dark secret which could tear the coven apart. Along with two friends, Maggie must discover the ...more
Karen
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book introduces you to Maggie. She is handed over from one distant family member to the other. After her room catches fire the second time, she is taken home by her cousin Sandra. Life there is unbearable, especially as Sandra doesn't want Elowen - a stray cat Maggie grows fond of - in her home. Life seems to take a turn for the better when Maggie meets Rhosyn.

With Switch, Alyssa Cooper has created the fascinating beginning of a series: The Witches of Armour Hill. The story comprises a broa
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Alan Black
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Whew! What a sphincter-puckering book. This book grabbed me from the beginning with teen angst with a young firestarter trapped in a vicious cycle of living with one bad family member after another. Before I knew it we were wrapped into a war between witches. Author Alyssa Cooper manages to give her readers a vision of classic witchcraft and old school styling without giving us an old school novel.

Young Maggie doesn’t understand the weirdness in her life. Fires start and burn out of her control.
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Chris Eells
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was provided a free copy of Switch for an unbiased review.

4.5 Stars

Switch is a novel infused with the craft... but it's the mystery that keeps things tense. As Maggie is welcomed into her coven, the life she had before causes her to distrust everything at first glance. But is her lack of trust justified or misplaced?

Alyssa Cooper has managed to bring many of the old elements of witchcraft, the spells, potions, and herbs, and placed them squarely in the 21st century along with cars and mobile p
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Buttonholed
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Alyssa turned local lore into a great start for a magical fantasy series about witches. This was a great comfortable YA mystery read that will not disappoint. Check out my review - http://buttonholed.blogspot.com/
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Alyssa Cooper is a Canadian author and poet currently living in Kingston, Ontario. First published in 2008, she is the author of four novels, a short story collection, and two poetry collections. An active spoken word performer, she currently holds an executive position in the Kingston Poetry Collective and the Queen’s Poetry Slam planning committee.