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The Blue Witch

(The Witches of Orkney #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  171 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Before Sam Baron broke Odin's curse on the witches to become the first son born to a witch and the hero of the Legends of Orkney series, his mother was a young witchling growing up in the Tarkana Witch Academy. In this first book of the prequel series, the Witches of Orkney, nine-year-old Abigail Tarkana is determined to grow up to be the greatest witch of all, even greate ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by SparkPress
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Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Fun, charming, & magical!

THE BLUE WITCH by ALANE ADAMS was such a quick, fun and cute story for young readers that had a wonderful mix of Norse mythology, adventure, witches, magical spells, villians, mysterious beasts, friendship, and witch-hungry spiders.

It has us following along the story of a young witch named Abigail and her adventures at the Tarkana Witch Academy as she struggles with her magic and to be the best witchling ever. Abigail was a very fun, brave and wonderful heroine and shou

I would like to thank NetGalley, Alane Adams, and SparkPress for the opportunity to read The Blue Witch in exchange for an honest review.

Some books on NetGalley are only available on the Adobe Digital Editions reader, and some formats are a challenge to read. As this file from NetGalley was (I couldn't increase the document size). So, I put this one off for a bit. A happenstance upon a Twitter post by @RiseUpFdn, although a few months old, held promise of a physical copy of The Blue Witch, so
Robin Bonne
2.5 Stars. The simplistic nature of the story seems to work on the presumption that middle grade kids can’t understand a good plot. For example, the most famous magical prep school book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerers (Philosophers) Stone, came out when I was in 6th grade. It’s nearly impossible not to compare other books in this genre with Harry Potter. I was 11 and I devoured it in just a couple days. At 11, The Blue Witch would have put me to sleep, and I probably would have put it down in ex ...more
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dropped-series, arcs
3,5 stars

I was, unfortunately, a bit disappointed with this book. I liked that the story was derived from North mythology, the setting of a magic school wasn't exactly original but it was interesting and the main protagonist had enough good qualities to be likeable. However, the story itself was overly simplistic and there was no actual depth to the characters, their motivations or the relationships between them. It honestly felt like chunks of the story were missing sometimes so maybe if the bo
Tisha (IG: Bluestocking629)
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I received this book in my Once Upon a Book Club monthly box subscription. I have to say that I would have ended up purchasing this book (series) anyway as its right up my alley.

I'm baffled by the negative reviews in all honesty. Completely baffled...whatever. I loved it.

Basically the book is Harry Potter lite. I love our protagonist Abigail who is a first year student at a witch academy. She is surrounded by good...and bad students as well as good...and bad adults.

I love all the good
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2018, witches
The Blue Witch is the first book of the prequel to The Legends of Orkney series. It doesn't appear that you need to have read the Legends of Orkney prior to reading The Witches of Orkney, as some of the events are alluded to in the prologue and provide enough of the backstory to allow you to flow into the current plot easily. The black and white illustrations by Jonathan Stroh are lovely and really add to the story, the cover is a really good example of his style.

There are quite a few similarit
Paige Green
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: The Blue Witch

Author: Alane Adams

Book Series: The Witches of Orkney Book 1

Rating: 5/5

Recommended For...: witches, paranormal, childrens books, magic

Publication Date: October 23, 2018

Genre: MG Fantasy

Recommended Age: 10+ (some scary moments)

Publisher: SparkPress

Pages: 216

Synopsis: Before Sam Baron broke Odin's curse on the witches to become the first son born to a witch and the hero of the Legends of Orkney
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: july-2019
Thank you BookSparks for a copy of The Blue Witch for review.

I really liked this story. I think I would definitely share it with a young girl trying to figure out who she is and what she wants to be. It was fun to read and I always enjoy a good magic story and magical world!
Great message and fun characters, excited to read the second in the series!
Thank you Once Upon A Book Club for providing me with the Middle Grade Summer Reading Box in exchange for review. All opinions are my own, as usual.

3.5 stars
The Blue Witch is a fun start to a fantasy trilogy perfect for young readers. Abigail is a new witchling trying to find her powers at school while dealing with some mean peers. Abigail meets a boy, Hugo, and they become great friends and help each other on their adventures. The imaginative writing reminded me of a classic fairy tale. I'm int
Asha - A Cat, A Book, And A Cup Of Tea
Witches? School story? Magical beasts? Brave, headstrong girls? Yup, I was sold on this book instantly – it’s as if it was written for me! Luckily, it did more than just tick plot boxes, it was utterly charming and magical. It’s got a wonderful mix of adventure, friendship, and witchery!

I didn’t realise until I had already finished it, but The Blue Witch is a prequel to Adams’ other series, The Legends of Orkney, and focuses on the main character of that series’s mum when she was a child. I thou
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
THE BLUE WITCH is a story full of likable heroes, despicable villains, magic, and plenty of dangerous adventure. Middle grade readers are sure to be entertained, as they cheer on Abigail and her friends.

This was a really fun read! I liked the idea of Abigail and the witch school. She is a character who hasn't worked out who she is yet and is facing choices that will lead her to become a dark witch or away from that. I did wish she was a little stronger. She was so easily swayed or caught up in t
Jan farnworth
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book by this author so i think i need to go back and check out some of the others books by this author.   I did not feel like i was missing out on anything you can jump into this book and you be just fine.  This is a middle grade story that follows a 9 year old girl as she goes off to magic school to learn to use her magic.  She knows next to nothing about her mother other then she named Lissandra and she was fleeing the coven with her when she died.  As the story moves along we ...more
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is so much going on in this fast paced story about a young witch who doesn't fit in. Young readers will enjoy reading about Abigail's adventures with her best friend Hugo, learning about her parents and her magic, and trying to outwit her nemesis Endera, all while trying to pass all of her classes at the Tarkana Witch Academy.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Actual Rating: 4.75

The Blue Witch is such a fun, magical middle-grade tale! Loosely drawing on Norse mythology, this follows Abigail, a 9-year-old witch whose magic has not yet appeared. She attends a school for witches where she befriends a local boy and faces nasty bullies. Apparently this is a prequel to another series set in the world and I would definitely read more. It's just a very fun, witchy book that is perfect for younger readers, all about friendship, dealing with bullies, and decidi
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF at 50% too pedestrian and amateurish. A kids book only kids will enjoy. The writing and storyline is too juvenile for a reader older than 10
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is definitely my type of witch book! This is a super cute middle-grade book with fun adventure and characters!
Asha - A Cat, A Book, And A Cup Of Tea
Witches? School story? Magical beasts? Brave, headstrong girls?

Yup, I was sold on this book instantly – it’s as if it was written for me! Luckily, it did more than just tick plot boxes, it was utterly charming and magical. It’s got a wonderful mix of adventure, friendship, and witchery!

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Book: The Blue Witch by Alane Adams

Read before: No

Ownership: E-ARC provided by NetGalley for fair review.

I didn’t realise until I had already finished it, but The Blue Wi
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it
A big thank you to NetGalley and SparkPress for providing me an advanced reader’s copy of “The Blue Witch“.

I enjoyed reading this book for the most part, mainly for its adventure! The pacing is fast and does not contain a dull moment. There is always a grand adventure taking place, and I loved the way the author maintained this momentum. The main highlights of the story is when they battle with Queen Octonia, and their adventure with the Omera. I also liked the mysterious way in which Abigail me
Leslie - Shobizreads
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Blue Witch is such a fun read for elementary-aged readers and tweens. My boys (2nd and 5th grade) were immediately drawn into the stories and begging for one more chapter of this interesting story each night before bed.

It's a great mix of witches, mythology, peer relationships, magic, fantasy and there are references to Thor and Odin which my superhero-movie loving boys LOVED.

The pacing of the writing is quick and compelling. I read most of the book aloud to them, but my 5th grader also took
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book seemed highly acclaimed, and I like to keep current with popular children's books, so I gave it a shot on Overdrive. Frankly - it's not good. It's full of weird creatures and gods/goddesses that the author seems to expect you to know in advance...or maybe just accept without question? The mythology/world building comes out of nowhere and really seems forced. The writing is extremely simplistic, but has some reasonably advanced vocabulary throughout, so I'm not sure what age reader she' ...more
Casia Courtier
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Blue Witch for an honest review. There was no compensation given for this review. Everything that I say is in my opinion and mine alone.

What drew me to request this book for review was the cover. I mean, look at that cover! It says excitement, magic, and dragons! And, really, it had two out of the three (possibly 3/3 except that what I thought was a dragon is actually called an Omera).

From the very beginning of the book, I was hooked to the story. The pacing is well done, th
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This middle grade book was an amazing start to a new prequel series in the Orkney world by Alane Adams and it is just as wonderful as the original and even more so with illustrations I love Jonathon Stroh's work and that being implemented throughout the book was fantastic. Fast paced and easy to read this is a great introduction for younger kids to start with and as they grow up they can read her original series. I read this with 2 people who have never read her books before and they also truly ...more
Anne Barker
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was such a quick read. The story had me wanting to keep turning the pages until there were no more to turn. I really liked how each chapter was short because there were time where I had to do so something so finishing the chapter really quickly was easy.

I had so many feelings from the beginning of this book. Endera made me so mad, I just wanted to keep reading to find out if karma finally caught up to her. I love the friendship that Abigail and Hugo have. No matter what, they are best friend
Luis Enrique
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The blue witch is a book filled with twists and turns as well as an unexpected attack in the end. It is filled with such attention to detail that it seems as if it were made directly before all the other books in the series, not one that was made after. Alane finds a balance between suspense, action, and comedy. It introduces new characters and how they interact with the older characters, leaving readers of the previous books shocked at how the old stereotyped characters (such as the balfin boys ...more
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as an advanced reader's copy due to the avid fans our patrons are with Norse Mythology and the Legend of Thor and Odin. I love this new spin off Alane Adams has created that makes it relateable to the juvenile reader enduring a better understanding of Norse Mythology while blending the fantasy creations of witches. I loved the classes Abigail had to take in witch school and how she discovered her lost power and the secrets of her dad. The Blue Witch will definitely be a hit ...more
Lauri Heaton
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the story of a young witch, Abigail, in the Tarkana Academy and how she gets her magic. The story engages from the beginning and readers will become enthralled with the characters, creatures, and spells that are cast in this fun read. It is the first in a series for young readers (age 8+) and I look forward to seeing where the author will take young Abigail. Adams wrote the Legends of Orkney series for middle grade readers and this book is a wonderful prequel to that series. Great writing A ...more
Toya (the reading chemist)
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Blue Witch was such an enjoyable read. The story reminded me of a cross between Harry Potter and The Worst Witch.

The plot follows the journey of Abigail Tarkana as she begins studying witchcraft at Tarkana Witch Academy. She endures challenges from bullying classmates and viscous creatures, as well as grappling with the true identity of her heritage.

I honestly felt like a big kid reading this book. The plot has a great pace. Alane Adams’ writing is magical, and it feels like you’ve been pi
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Prequel to the Legends of Orkney series.
Readers see Sam's mom as a child and how her story began.
She must hide her blue witchfire as it makes her stand out as different.
She forms some alliances with a young man and a glitch witch along with others who are spying for Odin.
Readers are drawn in to the challenges she faces and triumphs over. The ending sets up the next book in the series for further adventures.
Nov 08, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
Not terrible but I'm forcing myself to read which is never a good sign.

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Tristan Munoz
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Blue Witch was a wonderful middle grade book that mixed Norse mythology with a Harry Potter like school for witches. My children and I read it as part of Once Upon A Book Club's middle-grade box. We all loved it. The five-year-old, the ten-year-old, the twelve-year-old and myself enjoyed the story equally. I love that it's a story with a little bit of something for all of us! We're very excited to read the next two books in the series!
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