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The Lost Witch

2.69  ·  Rating details ·  303 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Bea has started to hear and see things that no one else can – creatures, voices, visions. Then strangers visit Bea and tell her she is different: she has the rare powers of a witch. They warn her she is being hunted. Her parents think she is hallucinating and needs help. All Bea wants to do is get on with her life, and to get closer to Lars, the mysterious young man she ha ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 2nd 2018 by Andersen
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Moon
Aug 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Annette
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bookbox-books
I think this is the first book I got in a bookbox that actually disappointed me a lot. Although, I'm not sure if I was expecting much to begin with, as I had never heard of the book or author before.

Let me start with telling you that this was an easy and quick read. Let me also tell you that the individual elements of the story were also not bad at all. I really loved the idea of all those witches having different and unique powers and I loved the idea of a war where witches are slowly going ext
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Johnny (Aurora Sights)
'The Lost Witch' by Melvin Burgess was a let down.

Synopsis: After an eventful night on the moors with her family, Bea is able to see and hear things that no one else can. Soon a girl starts talking to her, telling her she is special; Bea is a witch. Not only that, she's in grave danger from The Hunt, a group who seek to eradicate all witches. The girl tells her to leave her family, for their safety and hers but can Bea really leave the only life she's ever known behind?

This review is going to be
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Tracey
Sep 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
I was so excited to read this book. The blurb was such a hook and the cover is gorgeous. And then I read it.
TRIGGERS: Physical, mental, emotional abuse, rape, grooming, victim blaming, paedophilia.
You would be forgiven for expecting Bea to be a maturing young adult (17+) as indicated by the cover art but no, she is in fact 13 at the start of the book and 15 at the end.

SPOILERS:
After discovering she is a witch, Bea finds other local witches who tell her she is in danger. When she tells her paren
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Rosie
Aug 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
I DNF this book around 53% as it was awful.

Well.

This book sucked. It sucked so much that I did something that I have only ever done once with a book.

I DNF’d. I couldn’t do it. I managed about 53% before I had to throw the towel in and accept that this book was not going to get any better.

So, let me dive into some of the reasons why I had to put this book down.

The writing was childish, making unbearable to read.
The main character, whose name I have forgotten as she wasn’t memorable, was the wo
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Beccy
Sep 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
True rating; 2.25 stars
Purposefully downgraded to 1 for rating because I cannot express how much I deeply recommend no one read this book.

First to explain, my true rating is higher because the writing of this book is perfectly acceptable (as opposed to the content of the writing which we will get to). There's no clunky metaphors or glaring plot discrepancies, and it starts fairly blandly with a dash of intrigue as the possibility of different worlds means they imply Bea is having schizophrenic
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Nikki
Sep 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: book-box-club
What a let down. This book is all over the place character and plot wise, but also it is HUGELY problematic. It should definitely hunt as to the contents more in the blurb, and probably include trigger warnings (though I don’t know too many books that do). I am not marking this review for spoilers, even though some of it is, because I don’t want that to put people off from reading about why it’s problematic.

Bea is 13 when it starts, and it’s a bit more middle grade than I was expecting at this
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Jasmine
I just.... I lack the words for what I have read.

This was just a BAD book, with both the blurb and cover completely misleading you as to what it's about.

First off, the main character Bea was much younger than I was expecting.
The adults in this book seemed useless, despite the fact that it very much shows Bea as a young girl in need of her family. This book glosses over some quite serious topics, not showing any love, compassion or understanding for some quite scaring events. This book wasn't re
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Freebird Writer
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
The story follows 13 year old Bea as she finds out she is a witch and there is a whole other second world is can see. The plot sounded good and o couldn’t wait to pick it up and start reading. The cover captivated me and the plot- although not unique- sounded really and something I might enjoy.

The storyline was slow going and it was only at around page 170 that I started to really get into it. I almost gave up reading it a few times but I powered thought but I can’t say I was happy I did.

Every
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Kamila Komisarek
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
The Lost Witch written by Melvin Burgess is a story about witches set in the modern world. I was very excited for this book, because I find witches fascinating and was very curious what kind of tale the author will tell us. But I find this book very confusing.
Firstly, the cover, which is very beautiful, is very misleading (although this is publisher fault, the author said he didn't like it either). It shows a young woman, when in fact the main character, Bea, is just thirteen years old when the
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Amanda Jones
Sep 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
I usually enjoy witchy stories, especially ones set in the real world where you get to see a glimpse of magic and the supernatural. I really wanted to like this book (the cover is fab!) but it was a huge disappointment.

I couldn't connect with the main character Bea. Lots of scenes felt rushed and lacking in emotional depth. The skater boy was introduced with a couple of lines and felt cardboard cut-out / unrealistic. Even the descriptions of the hunt and magical scenes that should have been exc
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Karen Barber
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
There’s no getting away from the fact that this is an odd read. Full of magic, darkness and some unusual circumstances that rather test our beliefs.
Bea is travelling back with her family when they disturb a hunt. Bea helps to save a hare and from that moment on she can see and hear things that nobody else can. She’s 13 and her parents put her odd behaviour down to hormones. Bea, however, is told that she’s a witch with a powerful ability that people who are against witches are determined to take
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Marjolein
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
It took me a long time to get used to this book and the writing style of it. Part of that probably had to do with how incredibly young Bea is (not the usual 17 year old we often see in YA, but she starts out to be 13. Slowly, I did get used to it though and got dragged into the book and into the world. It turned out to be dark, twisted and somewhat disconcerning, especially when you keep in mind how young the protagonist is (the second part of the book is pretty... well... dark, to put it simply ...more
Thebooknerd90
Oct 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
I honestly lack the words to formulate a review for this book, I honestly am shocked at what I have read.
Christina Reid
May 30, 2019 rated it liked it
This is going to be a tricky one to review. On one hand, it is a chilling look at manipulation, mixed with the wonder of discovering that magic is real. On the other hand, it has some deeply, deeply problematic messages which are never fully challenged or acknowledged.
Going into this I was a little cautious because, as much as I love stories about witches, I know that Melvin Burgess' writing can be hit-or-miss for many people and I had heard seem mentions of problematic content in this story.
I w
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Kirsty
I received a copy from Net Galley.

I was really looking forward to this book. The plot sounded really interesting and the cover is gorgeous however this did not live up to my expectations. In this book, we follow Bea who discovers that she is a witch and is in danger from being destroyed by The Hunt.

I found the plot to be really slow moving in parts and the parts that were most important seemed to be really rushed. I got really confused in parts of the book and had to go back and reread parts.
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Morven
Jan 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
"Don't judge a book by its cover"

The phrase fits Burgess' book perfectly. The cover of this book is lovely, it portrays a girl looking around the age of 16. In a forest and with a wolf's in the background. It gives you the feeling that this will be a mystical, dark book about a young adult. However this is not what I read. I read a book which was slow at some point and dragged on and some which were so fast I forgot what was going on. Yes there where parts of the book that I liked, like how diff
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LuEllen Denham
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
The Lost Witch by Melvin Burgess

Title - The Lost Witch
Author - Melvin Burgess
Published - July '19
Publisher - Andersen Press
Genre - #Young Adult #Fantasy #Supernatural
Pages - 336
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £7.99 Kindle - £8.99
ISBN - 1783448350

Bea has started to hear and see things that nobody else can. It all started with rabbits and now she has no idea what is happening. Until one day when strangers appear and tell Bea she is special, different, she's a witch. A witch with very special powers
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Adrianne
Apr 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
Hmm, I don't know what this book was about and frankly I don't understand who the target audience was supposed to be...
It reads like a middle grade in parts, since the main character is 12 or 13 when the book starts, but the whole plot is a poor attempt at Alice in Wonderland type adventure and clearly not suitable for young readers. Nothing makes sense. There is no logic to the plot. Oh, and the cover is an example of some seriously terrible marketing. The woman on the cover looks 25 years old,
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Fiona
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
I actually did not finish this book, I have no plans to in the near future but I may try to revisit it at some point.

I just found it very difficult to stay interested in the story; I thought I was going to love it because it sounded really interesting and I do think the idea is a good one, I just couldn’t get into it for some reason.

Then what made me decide to actually put it down and not pick it up again happened just gone halfway through. Something started happening that I did not agree with
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Jodie- Readthewriteact
Jun 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
There are too many issues with this book to count. Even if you were to overlook the scattered plot and lack of any form of development, you can not overlook the way that abuse and rape are simply overlooked. Honestly, the abuse and statutory rape are just skimmed over. In fact they are just insignificant. It is arrogant and disgusting. I have no idea how this book got published.
Li
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have just finnished reading this book. I've not wanted to put it down. I loved every minute of it. I'm also shocked that it actually took me less than 1 week to read. I'm in my late 30's and this story was so detailed and brilliant. This is a 5* book. It was very detailed and the writing was beautiful. So many plot twists aswell unexpected ones. Well worth the read.
Emily | Literary Edits
Bea is a typical teenager. She wants nothing more than to spend time with her friends and sneak glances at the handsome skateboarder who seems strangely interested in her. Yet sometimes we can’t choose what happens to us, and despite Bea’s wishes, her world is changing. She has begun to see and hear things that no one else can, and, when she voices her thoughts, she is approached by a group of strangers who tell her that she has the rare powers of a witch.

There once was a time when witches were
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Blue
Jun 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Well this was almost gonna be the first book I DNF'd for 2020.
Dull characters
Bland plot
not a fan
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Sophie
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned, netgalley
Thank you to Netgalley for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

I had to abandon at about 25% because I was struggling. I liked the sound of the book but as I started reading it I felt completely disconnected from all of the characters, I could not warm to Bea and I wasn't a fan of the style of writing. I didn't like how we weren't introduced to any of Bea's friends (they are simply referred to as 'her friends') which I think may have helped to make Bea more relatable. I will a
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Kat A
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Mia
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
The story in a nutshell is a 13 year old girl who finds out shes a witch, a powerful summoner who has the potential to save her kind.

In reality (warning the following contains spoilers) it’s starts out sounding like a dodgy kidnap story, with an old man trying to convince the Lost Witch, Bea, to run away from her family and ive with him. This includes mild stalking as he stands under her window at night ( officially protecting her, but it doesn’t feel like that). Next up is the story of an ‘olde
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Marie
Nov 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Nicole Sweeney
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles.

Growing up I really loved Melvin Burgess’s books. I’ve read Bloodtide and Bloodsong more than a few times so when I heard he was writing a story about a young teenage girl who discovers she has magical powers I added it straight to my wish list. I must admit that after reading it I was a bit disappointed and it didn’t really live up to my expectations.

I found the pacing for this book to be quite off, the first few chapters were incredibly sl
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Melvin Burgess is a British author of children's fiction. His first book, The Cry of the Wolf, was published in 1990. He gained a certain amount of notoriety in 1996 with the publication of Junk, which was published in the shadow of the film of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting, and dealt with the trendy and controversial idea of heroin-addicted teenagers. Junk soon became, at least in Britain, one of ...more

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