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Witch's Brew

(The Spellspinners of Melas County #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  538 ratings  ·  105 reviews
The Spellspinners of Melas County is a fantasy YA romance series about a witch, a warlock, and their fight for their forbidden but prophesied love.

Once soulmates, the witch and warlock covens of the California coast have been estranged for a century. Raised to hate each other, their teenagers meet in the Solstice Stones, a magical battleground where they draw energy from e
ebook, 342 pages
Published January 11th 2012 by Coliloquy, LLC
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Oct 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Turns out the ol' #sexahmagicbook took its nickname too far and hath blossomed into a 10-book series!
Least I could do is give myself a half-star per book, no? ;-)

Can't wait to share book one, WITCH'S BREW, with everyone today!

Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Heidi R. Kling's Witch's Brew is one of those novels that completely takes you by surprise. From the synopsis, it sounds like your typical witch story with a hot guy in it, but Heidi is able to make it her own, and therefore unique. (And the hot guy isn't just a hot guy, he's a smokin' hot guy). With the completely different style of reading the novel, an exciting and well explained world, and relatable characters, Witch's Brew has enchanted itself onto my favorite witch-books list.

In case you d
Sharon L
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
EDIT: after some thoughts I lower the rating down to 2 stars. the fact that a book resembles every other cliché on the genre does not mean I need to spare it. this is the right thing to do as sad as it is.

I ran into this book while searching for something new, different, unique.

I found it (though not in this book).

I also wanted to read a book about witches, it has been a long time since I read one. which leads me to admitting that the latest witched book I read and remember quite well is a H
Oct 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Fantasy has always been my favorite genre, so when I learned Heidi R Kling was writing a fantasy book, I was beyond ecstatic. For those of you that have read my blog at any point before, you will know of my love for Heidi R Kling’s debut, Sea, and how I harbor this immense crazy love for it. Something I didn’t think was possible happened with Witch’s Brew – I loved it even more. I should learn to never doubt Heidi R Kling, as she is simply a mastermind with words and can write the most beautiful ...more
Aug 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
I really feel as though I’m part of the minority with this one. A lot of people seem to enjoy this book, yet I couldn’t really get into it. I tried – oh, I tried so hard – but in the end, I couldn’t finish it.

I admit that such a thing is rare for me, but it does occasionally happen. I’m also trying to force a new rule onto myself: to stop reading books I’m not enjoying. Since joining BookBub the number of books on my Kindle has boomed. There are now over a thousand books sitting on there, simply
Zed Whisper
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Janae's Book Obsession
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was different than any book I've read where you able to choose you're own "destiny." Let me explain.. As you're reading the reader gets an interactive experience and is able to chose which way they want the story to go. The ending is still the same but you get to take different ways to get there. I read both ways just so I could be able to review it better.

I was apprehensive at first and was like ohhh man another star-crossed couple forbidden to be together but fighting against it all
Anna McC
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Heidi R.Kling for allowing me to read this book on a read for review basis.

Wow this book was amazing. From the very first sentence I was hooked. This isn't just any witch book with the same old storyline. Heidi R.Kling has a way of taking a simple thing and making it brand new and completely original. It was like no other witch book I have ever read and it made it stand out and keep my attention throughout the book. The author not only wrote a brilliant book but she also tried a new
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Heidi R. Kling’s first book in The Spellspinners of Melas County, Witch’s Brew, is an amazing story about a complex barred love between a witch and a warlock. Sixteen-year-olds Lily and Logan, who were once soulmates and now strangers for a hundred years, they meet again in a magical battleground called the Solstice Stones. They spent years of training for their first Stones only to realize that the enemy in the Solstice Stones is not what they have been preparing for.

This magical world that aut
Kate (VerbVixen)
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
SEXY MAGIC BOOK. That's what twitter has been calling Witch's Brew for months now, and its an apt name. Witchy girls, warlock boys, a feud, mystery, drama, and an intense romance: this book has it all. I love Logan and Lily. Love love love love love. Witch's Brew has so many brilliant moments- of vulnerability, passion, anger, fragility. I will warn you though, be prepared for a heart-stopping, cliff-hanging ending that will leave you screaming. No really there was actual shrieking involved. Kli ...more
Pam Victorio
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Big review closer to release date, but I LOVED everything about this book. In fact I am reading it over right now, because it has CHOICES! It feels like one of those choose your own adventure books we all read when we were young, but less childish and with higher stakes. The story of the witches was well thought out and great research went into the book about celtic paganism. I can't wait for more.
Misty Baker
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I was about 11 years old I discovered the wonderful world of “choose your own adventure” books. My teacher was thrilled. It kept me in the classroom much longer and out of the library exchanging books every other day. Me? I was just thrilled (the stubborn child that I was) to be offered the chance to make up my own mind. See, I am the girl who screams at the TV when the dumb blonde (who will eventually be the heroin of the movie) runs UP the stairs when the big bad wolf is after her vs haul ...more
The Fairytale Nerd
May 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Read full review at The Fairytale Nerd.

I like the way the history was completely laid down right at the beginning of the story for the reader's better understanding. I did appreciate the story better and enjoyed the book so much more because of this. I also loved the writing. Heidi Kling's writing is sensual and enticing. While the writing is lyrical, it is not difficult to read or overly flowery. And the world she created is just amazing. Magic and fantasy are beautifully tied up in this s
Jun 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: review
3.5 stars
Okay, so this actually turned out to be a remarkably sweet story. I was worried that there would be an insta-love connection (which nobody ever seems to enjoy), but instead there was more of an instant connection that invoked guilt and confusion. I loved the way the relationship was sparked, and was built on. Love is far from simple, and Kling showed this perfectly.

The main characters are likeable, and the villains are not, just as they should be. Not everyone can be categorized so easi
Alex Bennett
Review from Electrifying Reviews:

Surprisingly, Witch’s Brew is the only book by Heidi R. Kling that I’ve read. Now, I know she only has two, but when her first book, Sea, came out, I heard nothing but good things about it. Judging by the love that book had gotten, I knew I was probably going to like Witch’s Brew. I’m happy to say that I judged correctly.

I love books about witches, and Witch’s Brew had everything I was looking for. It’s just so… magical, y
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.

Firstly I would like to thank Heidi R. Kling, author of Witch's Brew for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this fabulous book.

Whoa! What a great start of an awesome series! I totally loved it! The author really did a remarkable job in writing this book and it's a treat for readers like us and even made the day for me. One of the best witch related book I've ever read and let me tell you
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-on-kindle
I have to admit that fantasy is not usually my favourite genre, however this book intrigued me from the start. Witch's Brew is the story of Lily, a witch and Logan, a warlock. Throughout their lives, they have been prepared for 'The Gleaning', a magical combat between witches and warlocks necessary for their covens to keep the balance in their magical powers. When they meet, they know that they are supposed to be enemies but cannot help develop feelings for each other, even though this is prohib ...more
Sara Fiorenzo
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I love the action fiction format. When the page came up when I had to choose, I really didn’t know what I wanted to do. And then the entire time I was reading, I kept wondering how my choice affected the story. I had to contain myself from flipping back through to change my choice. I have already gone back and read it again, changing my choices to see how the story will change.

I really like the world that Heidi created. The idea of witch’s and warlock being enemies is really great!
Viv Ross
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-have
I have seen the "choose an action/option" applied in many books for learning purposes, but I cannot say that I've ever seen it in a leisure book until now. I love it! This trait gives the reader a sense of power, of involvement, and makes this storyline even more appealing than it already is.

I read through each storlyine because I'm that kind of person that will pick door number 1 but still want to at least know what's behind door number 2. For me it did not detract from the book in the least bu
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
{my thoughts} - This book is about Lily and Logan. Lily is a witch teenager and Logan is a warlock teenager. Both teenagers are forced to decide with what they have been taught to believe in to be right. Which is that each other is each other's enemy. And what their hearts are trying to tell them is right. It's a different kind of book then I have ever read before because it's a choose your own path {adventure} book. It gives you choices at various points within the book and you choose where to ...more
Sep 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
This review originally appeared here

I’ve been waiting for WITCH’S BREW to come out for what seems like forever. It sounded like all of the things I love to read: witches, warlocks, prophesies, a magic-pocalypse. Also, I was SUPER intrigued by its author-appointed nickname, #sexahmagicbook. Umm…YES PLEASE. And then when I found out that this book was not only totally up my alley plot-wise, but that it was also a new kind of ebook where the reader could choose the path the story would take, I beca
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
First off, this the first book that I have read on my iPod touch/iPad and to be honest, it is not like having a physical book in my hands, but the book was entertaining enough in itself that I was not bothered by this and had a very easy time reading the book. Secondly, this is the frist book that I have read where I was in charge of choosing how the book unfolded. So the development of the story and characters was influenced by the decision that I made. At first I wasn't sure how I felt about t ...more
First of all: That COVER!!! OMG, I *HEART* it!!!

WITCH'S BREW is a modern story about a clan of warlocks and a coven of witches who have been living under a shared curse for nearly 100 years. According to their folklore, they must figure out how the break the curse, before the century mark, or risk losing their magic forever.

This is the first book of The Spellspinners of Melas County trilogy. Witch's Brew focuses on introducing us to the main characters, Lily and Logan, giving us mysterious glim
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I have owned Witch's Brew for a long time, I got it as a Kindle deal and it has sat on my reader forever, I just never had a chance to read it with other blog tours and books that I was reading. I was given the chance to be on the Spellspinner's tour and was thrilled because now I could read the book that I had been wanting to for some time now AND I was getting the other 2 books in the series as well!

First thing to note is that the Spellspinners books (as stated above) are "Active Fiction" i.e
Ornella (Nyx)
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: abandoned-series
WHATTTTT!! WHYYYY?? would you end it like that?!

I like reading books with witches but I don't really go looking for them. So glad I stumbled upon this one. Really liked the magic aspect, the conflict between the warlocks and the witched, their history and their politics. I really liked how *easy* the magic actually was, none that weird crap about how magic is so awesome, but then you use it and poof you are done, like a one-time magical wonder. It kind of reminded me of the T.V show Sabrina in r
Jeanne 'Divinae'
Feb 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Overall, I liked this first book in this series. I read it on my kindle and it gave you options to continue the storyline one way or another. To my dismay, it wouldn't work correctly on the first choice. It would only let me choose one way(not the option I wanted to go with). But besides that, it was a very quick and fun read. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. In fact, I'd give it 4 stars if there wasn't that flaw of picking the first choice.

Pretty much Warlocks and Witches are
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I won this book through the Goodreads Firstread program, my review is my honest thoughts on this book.

At first when I found it in the mail, I thought that there won't be anything substantial in it because it only had 179 pages and from what I had experienced writers need at least 300 pages to capture my interest. Boy, was I wrong.

What I didn't bargain on was how quickly I was drawn into the story. The whole witches against wizards gave it a new angle that is quite original. The story has plenty
I have a couple of issues with this book -
- some of the dialogue just doesn't flow well.
- the flowery names, it's part of the whole witchy thing but there's not enough character development to distinguish the girls as it is, add in similar themed names and I found myself thinking "wait is that the sister or the best friend" once or twice.
- it's a cliffhanger without any sense of a completed adventure here (you're buying this book as a stepping stone to the real action)
- the inevitable love tria
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a like the old "choose your own adventure" books that I loved as a kid. Part way through there is a choice of actions and then another choice later on. I couldn't not read the whole book, so after I finished with one set of choices I went back and read through the other options. I really enjoyed the story with my choices the first time through. I felt a little lost at first, like maybe there was a previous book in the series that I hadn't read (there isn't), but I soon caught up on the ...more
Jessica (Books: A true story)
This book felt like Harry Potter goes YA. I found some similarities to Harry Potter like the term "You Know Who," and a a restricted library. I liked the magic. Women, or witch's, magic involves beauty, flowers, healing and nature. The men, or warlocks, are their enemies and have "opposite" powers though it doesn't go into a lot of detail what those powers are. It mentions mind reading powers and potions. The kind of stuff Snape would like. The conflict of having men and women being enemies from ...more
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Heidi R. Kling writes books about normal girls in fantastic situations.

Her debut novel SEA (Penguin/Putnam) was a finalist for Northern California Book of the Year," an IndieNext Summer Pick, Goodreads “Mover and Shaker," Scholastic Reading Pick, and Gateway Reader’s Award Finalist among other generous accolades. SEA, which launched June, 2010, is a bittersweet love story set in the aftermath of

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The Spellspinners of Melas County (4 books)
  • The Gleaning (The Spellspinners of Melas County, #2)
  • Devil's Frost (The Spellspinners of Melas County, #3)
  • Beautiful Monster (Spellspinners of Melas County, #4)
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