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The Cauldron Stirred (Guardians of Erin, #1)

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Ashling Donoghue never dreamed moving to Ireland would rock her perception of reality and plunge her into a mystery that brings legend to life.

At seventeen, she’s never had a boyfriend, but she feels an immediate connection to Aengus Breasal, the son of the wealthy Irishman who’s invited her family to stay at his Killarney estate. For the first time in her life, a guy she
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Published July 21st 2017
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Being uprooted to a foreign country so your mother can study an ancient manuscript would be the end of the world for many teenagers but not Ashling. From the moment she lands in Ireland, Ashling has the feeling she’s home, only she’s never been to the Emerald Isle before. Strange dreams haunt her while one look at the handsome, yet mysterious Aengus has her heart racing. When she follows him to the forest in dark of night, a whole new world she never knew opens before her. Has she plunged down t ...more
Dawn
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads-won
I received a copy of this book for free through a giveaway at Goodreads.com.

"The Cauldron Stirred" is one of those books that just feels good to read. Is it because of the writing? Partly. Is it the story? Somewhat. Is it down to the characters? Yes, they can take some of the credit!
Judith Sterling's writing has a warmth to it that I really appreciated.
The story is fairly simple in that it's easy to keep track of everything going on.
The characters are... well, for the most part they felt a bit l
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Dee/ bookworm
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Cauldron Stirred is a surreal fantasy full of adventure, a hint of romance, a lot of mystery. The book does end in a bit of a cliffhanger so naturally I want the next edition now... The main character was easy to identify with, however the situations she goes through are hard to imagine and sometimes follow. I am eager to see how the rest of the series unfolds. :)


I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Gizelle Iworth
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ashling Donoghue and her family are destined to get mixed up in the fantastical world of Ireland when they go on an adventure filled with myths and mystery.

I love any mythology and Judith Sterling integrated ancient Irish Mythology brilliantly into her novel. Although I am not an expert with all the lore, I loved learning more about it. Leprechauns, Unicorns, Fairies, the Otherworld and even ghosts. The book was informative and magical, as we learned all about Irish Mythology alongside Ashling. 
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Wendy
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
Review also on my blog: https://nextbookaroundthecorner.wordp...

You know the saying "Don't judge a book by its cover"? Well it certainly applies to The Cauldron Stirred. When I saw the cover on Netgalley, it didn't immediately appeal, it looked a bit boring. But since I had already read a book of Judith Sterling (Soul of the Wolf), I decided to request the arc.

And boy, was I glad to have had my hands on this one! Judith Sterling does an excellent job in creating a magical world with leprechauns,
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Jantine Kampes
I received a free copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.

'The Cauldron Stirred' is an enjoyable novella about a girl who comes to Ireland with her family, and who finds out she is more unusual than she thought she would be. I really liked the characters, they were portrayed so real that I felt like I knew them at the end of the book. The references to ghost hunting were kind of nice too (although I found them to be over the top at some points either, they were needed for the story
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Donna Simonetta
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book on vacation last week, and it was a great read! It has mystery, romance, and fantasy elements. The Irish setting allows for interesting and fun Irish myth and legend components. This is a YA book, but I'm an adult and enjoyed it thoroughly. It reminded me a little of Phyllis A. Whitney's YA books that I enjoyed in my younger days! The descriptive writing pulled me into the story, and the fantasy world Sterling created. I can't wait for book 2 in the series!
D. MacMurray
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully crafted tale with so much to recommend it. There's first love, Celtic myth, lush descriptions of Irish locations, fun characters, snappy dialogue, suspense, etc. I could go on and on. Just a great story!
W.L. Brooks
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
A quick and enjoyable YA read! Set in beautiful Ireland, this story is packed with descriptive scenery, mystery, ghosts, budding romance, and "otherworld" magic. I'm looking forward to returning to these characters in the next Guardians of Erin novel.
Galina Sulaiman
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-win
Ashling is a teenage girl that's never had a boyfriend. She and her family travel to Ireland and end up on a mythical adventure. Loved the mythology of this book coming to life. Well written, full of creative characters. Very good book.
Kristen Meierer
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot wait until the next book in this emerging series comes out. For fantasy book lovers, this is a must read. Judith Sterling masterfully creates a place that you will want to return to again and again.
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Judith Sterling's love of history and passion for the paranormal infuse everything she writes. Flight of the Raven, Soul of the Wolf, and Shadow of the Swan are part of her medieval romance series, The Novels of Ravenwood. The Cauldron Stirred is the first book in her YA paranormal fantasy series, Guardians of Erin. Written under Judith Marshall, her nonfiction books--My Conversations with Angels ...more
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