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Oak and Mistletoe

(The Rituals Trilogy #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  69 reviews

A Druid Curse, A Prophesied Love, A Consuming Vengeance…
Catherine Green, along with her twin sister and older brother, travels to Ireland on a college graduation trip. Her vacation takes a permanent turn when she lands her dream job at an art and history museum on her beloved Emerald Isle. She meets a handsome stranger named Bowen, an expert of sorts on local ancient studi

Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by White Moon Press
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Whispering Stories
Reviewed by Lexie on

A story about a young girl who is the reason a spell meant to keep evil caged is broken. Being the only one who can cast it again Catherine embarks on a journey filled with Druids, wee-folk and Bowen the man who is there to help her with a few secrets of his own.

As much as I wanted to love this book I just couldn’t. The biggest problem was that the POV’s switched every two to three lines sometimes pages with no warning. I couldn’t figure out when Cat
Katelyn Anderson
I received an eBook ARC of Oak & Mistletoe to read! It took a little while before I was hooked into the story, until the adventure began, and we learned more about the characters's backgrounds. I really enjoyed how everything came together at the end. J.Z.N did a beautiful job tying the story off. Looking forward to what's installed for Catherine and Bowen in book two! ...more
Jenna Táralóm
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Oak and Mistletoe is a fresh new adult fantasy story that features ancient druids, curses, love, loss, and a quest for revenge. The story follows Catherine Greene, a young woman who moves to Ireland after landing her dream job. There, she meets the mysterious Bowen, who orders her to leave Ireland before she causes disaster to befall the island. Catherine accidentally unleashes an evil army of ancient druids by breaking a curse cast thousands of
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

DNF @ 6%

I had to force myself to get here to be honest. The sentences were choppy. They gave us information like this. So that we could see everything in small sentences. Rather than in one that would explain everything and flow nicely. As well, the situation just didn't make sense to me. Why did the uncle randomly tell Catherine about magic? There was no prior mention of it and then he was just killed off with no r
I.A. Cintron
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well this was a short yet lengthy book but an interesting one. I fully enjoyed the story, hated the villain and the twin incident is unforgivable, you wounded my twin side *cries* but I can't wait for the sequel and what it holds for Bowen and Catherine.... ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
I received a free ecopy in exchange for an honest review.

Catherine Green, her twin sister, and her brother have the opportunity to travel to Ireland as a college graduation present. Catherine's visit becomes permanent when she lands a job at a museum. She finds herself oddly attracted to Bowen, a stranger who's a sort of expert on local history who warns her to leave the country before it's too late. Catherine quickly begins to realize that she's actually the key to a centuries old curse as she
Sep 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copies
I really enjoyed this book and I loved Bowen so very much!

Okay, so this review is a little bit belated (three days). My deepest apologies; I was sick all of last week and did absolutely nothing, so I had no time to write the review. It's here now though, so let's proceed!

Oak and Mistletoe is a book which perfectly filled my 'light reading' preferences. Whenever I'm sick or not in the mood to read (or I am really tired and don't want to hold the book up), there are
Dani Marie
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received and ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was so excited when I received this book in the mail. The cover is beautiful and I was intrigued by the theme of this book: Ancient druids, curses, love, loss.

I think the author created great characters but they definitely have the potential to be better. I would have liked some more character development, especially with Catherine and Bowen. At first it was hard to get into the book because I felt the beginning went a bit slow
***Disclosure: I received a free copy in exchange for a review.***


This book- as much as I read of it- was boring, unengaging and juvenile. Things happen for no apparent reason other than to set up the next encounter, so mostly they occur in a vacuum. And it's all exposition- nothing actually happens to the characters, we're always told what's going on. In short sentences. Like this. That don't really explain much. So you get lots of them. The three main characters moved to Ireland, their gran
Moon Babe
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

I so enjoyed this!! The dialogue was so realistic, and the adventure was exciting. Though it tied everything up at the end, it left me wondering about a couple things. Maybe they will be mentioned in the sequel. I hope so because I'm really curious.
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book was a bit of a maddening experience because you can tell the author had great ideas but the execution is not great.
Everything is told instead of shown, there's insta-love and many convinient things happen.
There were some moments were the writing was good and I liked that the characters were adults but overall the story was ok.
Aimee McNeil
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit it took me a little while to get into this book but once things started coming together I really enjoyed it. I loved that magical history that was woven into this story. The romance was sweet and the plot twists kept me captivated. The imagination that came into play by the author in creating this original tale was fantastic. It was a great read!
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading this book for so many reasons, one it was set in the Emerald isle, and I love all things Irish, I also love the druids of old and they featured prominently in this book even though only Bowen was a druid as I usually imagine them to be! There we had magic and the fae who the Irish refer to as the wee people and of course the curse! Catherine took quite a while to accept that she had magical power but once she did, she was unstoppable however I would have liked to see more of a re ...more
Meredith Grimm
This book was sent to me by J.Z.N. McCauley in exchange for an honest review.

The premise of this story was new and exciting, and I was very intrigued to see how it was all going to play out. Druids, magical powers, dark and handsome men, mystery..all of these things drew me in! I love that it wasn't your typical fantasy book and took the story in a different direction that I was expecting. There's a certain character death in this book that I wasn't ready for, and it shocked me so much! I love t
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
The whole time I was reading this book I couldn't help but feel that I've read it or met the characters before. While familiar in some cases, the story with "Oak & Mistletoe" is not redundant and I really enjoyed following Catherine and Bowen on their journey. Catherine is an immediately likable character and perhaps the most mature in her family of three siblings. I really liked observing the interaction between Catherine and family and almost wish there was more of it in the story. In addition ...more
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved the plot of this book! It pulled me in right as I started, if I didn't have work it would have been done in one sitting! (The fact that I had the Outlander soundtrack playing in the background might have made me love this book even more, I highly suggest doing that)

I originally was interested because of the cover. (Look at that beautiful book!)
J.Z.N. McCauley did such a great job with her characters, Catherine has such a strong personality, and was very well written, she eas
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I was sent this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I was so excited to read this book when I first heard about it and I literally freaked out when I got the package in the mail. The cover is stunning and the book summary had me hooked. The overall feel of the book is amazing and I love the characters and their story.
Oak & Mistletoe is about Catherine Green, a girl who travels to Ireland with her siblings and ends up landing her dream job. She ends up accidentally
Esther Haddie's Haven
DISCLAIMER: I was given an ARC of this book.
Second attempt to share this review.

This book is amazing. Not only is the story original, but the writing is so good and the characters memorable. This book follows Catherine, a woman who originally planned on only visiting Ireland with her brother and sister. Evidently, Catherine falls in love with the country and takes up permanent residence. Catherine now runs into a certain man who keeps warning her to leave Ireland. At first, she just thinks he is
Oak an Mistletoe by J.Z.N. McCauley is volume one in her Rituals Trilogy. In this book we are introduced to Catherine, her twin sister Kathleen and her older brother, Danny. Things are great in their lives. They are arriving in Ireland for a little vacation and for Catherine to apply for an internship. While they are there they meet up with a family member one day only to learn the very next day that he has been murdered. She not only lands the internship but is told that they want her to stay o ...more
Heather Taylor
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and learned so much about Ireland in the process. I have always wanted to visit Ireland but this book has made me want to visit all the places in Ireland it mentions. From the way the author writes, I would think they lived in Ireland for years. I highly recommend this book to people who love romance, fantasy, or Ireland.

Oak and Mistletoe started off a little slow but gained momentum and kept me hooked. Catherine is a relatable character who visits Ireland with he
A.M. Nestler MSW
Oak & Misletoe is a new adult novel about Druids, Celtic myth, and coming of age. J.Z.N. McCauley did an excellent job of intertwining current events with fantasy and the past, and I was intrigued by how she was able to create a contemporary cast of characters, but was also able to make fantasy become believable and alive.

McCauley's novel is a perfect book for anyone looking into Celtic mythology simply because it connects mythology to modern life, and it makes it understandable. I also always l
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I was given a copy of the ebook in exchange of an honest review.

We follow the story of Catherine, as her life dramatically changes once she gets involved with magic, curses and ancient druids.

Once she accidentally breaks an ancient curse keeping a big baddy trapped, she has to partner up with her brother and a mysterious fellow in order to make everything right again.

Something interesting about this story is that even though the book is considered a YA novel the main character is actually in her
J.D. Havis
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed Oak and Mistletoe. Although in my opinion it did start off a bit a slow, I know that that was because of character development. But once it got going it really took off and I couldn't put it down. I spent many nights falling asleep reading the book because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. J.Z.N. McCauley really gives you characters that you love to love and that you love to hate. I was really happy with their fates. I did get frustrated at one point that it to ...more
Jennifer Holzapfel
Danny, Kathleen, and Catherine Green Go to Dublin, Ireland to celebrate college graduation. They stay at a hostel and visit the sights, including a visit to Uncle Mickey and his dog Brighton in the town of Baltinglass. Uncle Mickey and Caty, a nickname Catherine hates, have much in common with her affinity for Irish ruins and folklore and is one with the isle. Her uncle told her she was very special, which she highly doubted since Kathleen is her twin sister. As they have traveled along visiting ...more
Ola Adamska
This story had potential and some idea, but it was killed by the execution of it.
I couldnt place events in time line like something was leaking.
unfortunately it didnt work for me...
Dreamcaster Alessa

I absolutely loved reading Oak & Mistletoe!

Since I love Ireland and mythology ever since, I knew I had to read this book, and it was totally worth it!

The story of Oak & Mistletoe is mostly about Catherine Green, a girl which comes to Ireland with her twin sister Kathleen and her brother Danny to visit their relatives at first, but when she gets an amazing job at a museum, she decides to stay longer.

Everything seems well until the good-looking Bowen appears in Catherine's life and takes her wh
Melissa Smith
Oct 14, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't finish this, I quit at 30%. It was all so contrived.

Red hair is rare in Ireland (what.)
It's perfectly normal for all three siblings to move to another country together, as adults, not as children with their parents.
A person who studied history in college and works in a museum in Ireland knows almost nothing about Druids.
The main character falls for her creepy stalker who won't tell her anything about what is going on and attacks her twin sister. She falls for him before they even have
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I received this the arc of this book from the author. No review requirements stipulated. Goodreads giveaway. Thank you so much for sending it my way.

I was thrilled to get this in the mail today. The blurb on the back was intriguing and I dove into it.

The premise of the book is interesting. The prologue opens with twin sisters and an older brother taking a trip to Ireland after the twin sisters graduate from college. They stay in a hostel one night, then visit a long lost uncle the next day, th
Lene Blackthorn
I received a copy as a voluntary reviewer.
Catherine´s story was a very pleasant read. She came to visit her uncle in Ireland together with her twin Kathleen and brother Danny, when a stranger warned her to leave immediately and prevent a disaster. She refused and decided to stay and live in Ireland, and strange things started to happen. Murder of her uncle, breaking a millenia old curse, watching her twin killed and ancient druids regain their power. The druid leader, Conall, is a pitiful yet ev
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I'd like to mention the cover and the title are so attractive. They literally lured me to dive into the book. This story is a perfect blend of mystery, magic, love. Set in Ireland, the author has spun a wonderful story out of such an intense plot which makes it gripping at every page.

The suspense element kept me glued to the story till the end. The careful detailing throughout the story deserve special mention. The characters are really well designed. Each character has been shape
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★☆Besides the last book in The Rituals Trilogy and Marian Murran (the sequel to A Bell Sound Everlasting) J.Z.N. McCauley will no longer publish her future work under such name. You can find her other upcoming novels under author name JALISSA☆★

J.Z.N. McCauley currently resides in Connecticut, where she loves wearing jackets and boots in the unpredictable weather there. She is

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