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The Wise One (The Scottish Scrolls, 1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  158 ratings  ·  135 reviews
Mckenna’s never thought much of her nightmares, but on her seventeenth birthday, a vivid dream of burning at the stake awakens her dormant abilities, thrusting her into a world where faeries are real, spirits hold a grudge, and a High Priestess obsessed with a 16th-century prophecy is tracking her every move.

​Now, her overprotective dads, Seán and Andre, are forced to tell
Paperback, 254 pages
Published October 28th 2020 by Kat Biggie Press
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A_ bookbound _soul
4 stars!

It was fun buddy reading this book with you, Parul !

"I want every child to know the world is full of light before they discover there’s such a thing as darkness,’ she’d say".

The Wise One was a fun, witchy read! It follows the adventures of McKenna who discovers the truth about herself and her mother on her 17th birthday. After the reveal she sets out on a journey alongside Nissa, a friend full of spirit and who always sees the bright side. During the course of her journey strange
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the perfect YA novel for someone who is interested in Celtic folklore (with a twist). The setting was painted so beautifully and I find myself wanting to visit Ireland and go on a Wise One tour!

The book starts with Mckenna waking up on her 17th birthday to a really vivid dream about a witch burning at the stake. You think that sets the scene for the rest of the book, but then you're almost immediately pulled back to the modern-day world where she shares a comfy, fairly normal life with
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
First of all, thank you NetGalley for providing me an ARC and giving me the chance to read it. It’s been a pleasure.

The Wise One follows the story of McKenna, a 17 year old teenager that starts experiencing weird and magical things that belong to those stories of fairytales. She then sets off on a journey which purpose is both discovering herself and investigating as well as trying to find someone she never thought she’d ever meet. Now, accompanied by a new friend Nissa and a stranger, McKenna
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Wise One is a story filled with magic, strong female characters, historical details and the desire to find out the truth once and for all. Its ethereal and mystical vibe transports the readers straight to Ireland, where McKenna will arrive by ship to finally know the story behind her mysterious and absent mother, and the magical powers hidden deep within her.

This book is set in 1991, something that immediately makes it stand out from most Fantasy books since it’s not an usual time period aut
Steph Elias
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Wise One is a fantastic YA fantasy book about a young girl named McKenna and how she comes to terms with not only who she is, but also what she is. The storyline is great with lots of magic and a bit of mystery. I loved the settings and the characters. It was just a really well-written book all around with a major cliffhanger for an ending. I can't wait to read the next book! ...more
Aly Manno
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Wise One is very easily the best book I’ve read in a long time, and the book I devoured in the least time once I got my hands on the copy! Anglehart’s light story-telling takes you on the best kind of ride, the kind where you don’t even think to ask “are we there yet?”, because the wind is in your hair and the journey is just as good as the destination. The story in itself is youthful yet timelessly relevant, because among other important themes the author touches on, it is also a story abou ...more
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I got this book as an ARC. And I feel so lucky that I did. The Wise One needs to be on all of the must read lists for 2020. I’m so moved by the storytelling, the setting and the characters K.T. created. I consumed this in a day, I couldn’t tear myself away. Not only did the author suck me into this breathtakingly visual book about magic, witches and faeries, but they stuck in so many life lessons that humans of all ages need to be reminded of. Don’t be a bully, love is love, protect our beautifu ...more
When McKenna turns seventeen, strange things start to happen to her. Birds are communicating with her, she can feel what others are feeling, and she has a compulsion to know her birth mother to help explain everything. She journeys to Ireland and begins to learn about the country, her heritage, and the large role she will play in the future of the world.

This takes place in the 90's, so there are no cell phones and less technology. This is good because McKenna and her friend Nissa are able to sn
Cynthia A
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read with, I felt, a creative take on modern mysticism and a relevant backdrop of radical environmentalism. The author does a lovely job of taking you along for Mckenna's journey, with a page-turning international road-trip amidst beautifully described scenery and adventure. ...more
Oct 14, 2020 rated it liked it
“We always have choice, boireannach glic—no destiny is written. We’re all born with gifts; all we can do is harness them, and walk the path that feels the truest. Stay grounded, stay centred” (235).

On the day of her 17th birthday, Mckenna begins experiencing strange dreams accompanied by a new magical connection to a stranger named Nissa. She comes home to her fathers holding a deep secret that her mother was a witch. With the possibility of her mother being alive, Mckenna embarks on a voyage to
Sep 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 7-8-and-9
Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of The Wise One in exchange for an honest review.

The Wise Ones is a fun low fantasy read, its just being targeted at the wrong audience.

Following 17 (I think, she might have been 16) year old Mckenna after she learns that the woman she'd assumed to have been a surrogate to her gay fathers was actually a witch as she travels from Boston to Ireland and gets wrapped up in a centuries old prophecy, The Wise One hits all the hallmarks of middle a middle
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Wise One was a pretty cute and quick book to dive into. In it, you will meet McKenna who slowly, but surely, discovers more about herself throughout the book. Now I have no idea how I would handle any of the information that she received but I am happy with how she handled everything. Especially with all the secrets that came out in each chapter.

Even though this book had it's cute moments.. it also had it's boring ones.
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’ve received The Wise One from the author in exchange for a review. Thank you very much for the ebook.

The Wise One is a book somewhere between YA and Teen for me. Nevertheless, if you want to read a perfect witchy story inspired by Celtic folklore and visit some ancient places in Ireland, this is for you. Honestly, I know that the Irish atmosphere had a huge some influence on me (because I love everything related to this country), still I enjoyed this book a lot and I highly recommend it.

The p
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
I know I usually do spoiler-free reviews but I just have to talk spoilers with this one so if you don't want to be spoiled I will leave you with this statement: this book was so weird and actually disgustingly gross at times (I don't mean graphically I just mean with the actions of the characters) and honestly it was a complete waste of my time. The only reason I gave it two stars instead of one was because I really enjoyed the Irish aspect of it and I liked the witchy magic vibes. Ok so if you ...more
The Bookend Diner
Nov 12, 2020 rated it liked it
One of my favorite things about reading is that with each book, I am picked up out of my comfortable chair and transported to different places around the world. I’m invited into homes and let in on secrets. I’m allowed to learn the histories of different peoples and the folklore that is passed down from generation to generation.⁣

The Wise One was all of the above for me. I was in the mood for a little magic and it provided just that. Sometimes when I’ve read a YA book, I’ve felt like I was readi
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! All around a great read. It does make you want a sequel though...

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
✨The Wise One✨

Thank you to netgalley, the publisher and K.T. Anglehart for providing an e-arc.

Summary: Mckenna has always been different and on her 17th birthday a nightmare of being burned at the stake awakens her dormant abilities, abilities that her two dads knew about but didn’t tell her. Mckenna is forced to confront her abilities and is forced to set off to find her mysterious mother. Mckenna has to face some harsh realities all the while trying to harness her powers, will she be able to
Vince M
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ok, I haven't binged read a book since Harry Potter 7 yeaaaars ago. This made me do that. I read it in two sittings, and if I could've, I would've read it in one.
It was a breeze to read, with fun characters and a really intriguing storyline. Loved Nissa. She's adorable. I thought it'd be a little too young for me at first but it hooked me pretty fast. AND THE TWISTS...I'll say no more.
But it ends quickly too! For me that's good though because I love the feeling of wanting to read the next book r
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, the way the author describes the different settings makes you feel you are actually there and you feel you really know the characters and get attached to them . Amazing storyline from beginning to end, I was transported to a different world yet many modern day topics are touched...definetely worth reading and re-reading! Looking forward for more material from this young promising author!
- Sandy
Erin Mackey
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this book! You connect with the characters right away and are engaged to the very last page. The author makes the scenery come to life in vivid color and you place yourself there with the characters. It made me even more excited to visit Ireland for our anniversary trip in a couple of years! I will definitely add this author to my regular reading list and I can't wait for my next read from them. ...more
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh. This is one of the books where I was so disappointed that I finished it! I'd been crawling under the covers every night with this book, and I looked forward to it every night! Hopefully, Book 2 will come along soon. I love McKenna but I think my favorite character might be Nissa, a sweet little underdog who is the perfect supporting character to McKenna. Hopefully, we saw more of her in a future book! ...more
Ilana Costello (patel)
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Cathy Martorana
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you are as Fascinated as I have Always been by Irish myth and folklore and it’s breathtaking countryside you will love this book !

Pure enchantment as you Embark on an Adventurous journey of Irish Myths ,Tales and magic .

Where mystical fantasy world becomes reality as you are transported in the magical fantasy world of Faeries, changelings and witches!
Must read! Looking forward to book 2!
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
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There's something wrong with McKenna. She's always thought so, but after her 17th birthday, things start getting even weirder than they usually are. She's having vivid dreams, and seems to be influencing things. When she goes to her fathers for answers, they are forced to tell her the truth. Her birth mother, a mystic, left to protect her, and she is a Wise One.

They don't offer any other details, so McKenna knows that sh
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished-fantasy
I was given an e-copy of The Wise One for a fair and honest review. So, honestly, K T Anglehart better be working on Book 2, because I’m in serious book withdrawal. The friendship between McKenna and Nissa felt so real, I wanted to be on their crazy journey with them. Almost every other character, I must have questioned their motives at least once. I love characters that have depth; are a blend of good and bad, doing the right things for the wrong reasons and the wrong things for the right reaso ...more
Jennifer Ma
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From the captivating first chapter to the surprise ending twist, K.T. Anglehart really reeled me in. I love quick-paced YA books, and I was instantly left wanting to learn more about the mystery that is McKenna’s mother, the High Priestess’s intentions and what it meant to be a wise one.  The author truly succeeded in bringing her readers on a magical journey alongside Mckenna and Nissa on their quest for answers. And what I loved most about it was that it wasn't just about discovering secrets, ...more
Riccardo Caimano
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
KT Anglehart’s debut novel is a thrilling adventure that expertly blends magic, environmentalism, and folklore. I really enjoyed the fast pace, it made for a very exciting read.

You can tell a lot of thought and research was put into the world of The Wise One. KT’s descriptions of the locations made me crave a trip to Ireland with a guide like Cillian! I can’t wait to find out where the story will take Mckenna and Nissa next.

Highly recommend for any magic lover out there! One of my favourite bo
Irim Sarwar
Sep 08, 2020 rated it liked it
First, let's get a few technical points out of the way:

*The past tense of 'to wind' is *wound*, not 'winded'
*The geographical feature is 'plain' not 'plane'
*Check your verb tenses
*Check your sentence fragments - there were full stops where there needed to be commas

Things like this sound small, but they disturb the flow of writing and throw the reader out of the book's world, especially if it happens a number of times.

This book suffered by comparison because I read Madeleine L'Engle's 'A Wrinkle
Louis C
Oct 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star-books
First of all, thank you NetGalley and the publisher for providing me an EARC.


The wise one follows Mckenna, a girl who just turned seventeen. Almost her entire life she had dreams, weird ones. That, and she lives together with her two dads, not knowing who her mother is. But she wants to know, feeling that could explain her dreams and soon other powers.

Mckenna ends up going on a search for her mother
Nov 23, 2020 marked it as dnf
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