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Witch's Brew, Spellspinners Series #1 (The Spellspinners of Melas County) [Kindle Edition]

Heidi R. Kling
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Book Description

The Spellspinners of Melas County is a fantasy YA romance series about a witch, a warlock, and their fight for their forbidden but prophesized 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 each other to maintain their balance. 16 year olds Logan and Lily have spent years training for their first Stones…only to discover just days before that the enemy may not be what either of them had thought.

In Witch’s Brew, Lily is torn between her feelings for Logan and her coven’s need to know who—or what—he is. The young lovers race against time, their distrust for each other, and the powerful influence of their elders, to unravel the mystery of their pasts before their future is destroyed.

What’s Cool from Coliloquy: In Witch’s Brew, Lily and Logan’s fate is already decided, but Heidi explores several different possible pathways for how they get there. She shares scenes that wouldn’t normally fit in a book format and gives readers more precious moments between the two young lovers. As the series progresses, you’ll see some normal narrative forms, interspersed with smaller scenes, alternate points of view, and a lot of “what if” scenarios.


Product Details

  • File Size: 2769 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Coliloquy, LLC (December 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AKJMOR8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,019 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spin me another spell! January 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I wasn't sure how I would feel about one of my favorite contemporary authors going speculative. I also wasn't sure how I would feel about a choose your own path serialized 10 part series. I went into this book with a hopeful heart and I loved every minute of the story. I even read it twice! So that I could choose all the choices and see the story from both ways.

One part Melissa de la Cruz with a heaping dose of L. J. Smith, Kling's speculative debut delights the supernatural purist in me. It is obvious that painstaking amounts of research on witchcraft was done by Kling, unless she herself is a witch which is a possibility. I have seen her wear some crazy shoes.

The story follows witches who are constantly hyper aware of the fact that warlocks are out to get them and steal their powers to survive. A curse, a prophecy and a love story are unfolding as you read Witch's Brew and with the choice function you hold power over the destiny of our protagonists. And yes, that is just as super cool as it sounds.

The story and the characters had a very contemporary feel and I liked that Kling was able to keep that aspect of her writing in this book as well. Kling has a talent for writing believable teens in up to date fashion and that really has a chance to shine through in a paranormal setting.

This book and others from the new digital publisher Coliloquy based in the Silicon Valley are available only on Kindle e-ink devices to provide the most enhanced technology to guide the reader through the book and the choices.

The next installment of Witch's Brew cannot come fast enough for me. I am dying to see what happens to our ragtag group of witches next.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodreads Review March 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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 but for others this may not be the best option to pursue.

I thoroughly enjoy the dynamics between Lily, Orchid, Logan, and Chase. I'm especially intrigued by the amulets and certain other objects. My suspicions have been aroused concerning certain other characters and I cannot wait to see what happens next!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it March 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I really liked how you can read the same events with different perspectives (and one completely different outcome). I can't wait to see what happens at the gleaning, in the next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great start to series April 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
easy reading love the whole series cant wait to buy the rest, fun to read and love the story line
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brewing a new spin... March 27, 2013
By Wendy G
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found Witch's Brew to be a light-hearted, romantic story of 2 teenagers struggling between their growing attraction and their sense of duty to their "families". Ms. Kling puts a new spin on a classic story line by adding the mystical and magical levels to the struggle.

Ms. Kling adds another twist that allows the reader to decide the path of the story. I finished the book, having selected one option and now plan to re-read the book, selecting the other option. I am looking forward to seeing how she has developed the other story line.

The only negative I have about the book (and I'm sure it's not a negative from Ms. Kling's perspective) is that it leaves me wanting more. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series to see how Lily and Logan's relationship develops.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By aGeppy1
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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 that; I use books as my escape and as a nice way to not have to make decision on things that are already predetermined for me by the author, this put a new twist on that. Seriously, now that I have finished the book, I really loved this idea. Very different for a book and I think it will be a very attractive idea for younger readers. However that being said, I as a reader have this insatiable curiosity and need to know every aspect of the characters that I fall in love with, that I couldn't help myself from reading the book one way and then going back and reading it the other/different way. I like to have to full picture. So far in the series, it seemed like regardless of which way you choose, you still got to the same ending. So you have to ask yourself, do I want more mystery and drama or a more detailed love story and entanglements? I thought that in reading the story twice with both pathways, I finally felt like I had the full story. In reading the pathways separately, sometimes it felt as though the writing and events occurred in an abrupt manner, and I would re-read parts of a chapter only to find things to still be a little disjointed.

This is really a perfect series for me to fall in love with.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Break the spell and enjoy this good book!
Published 3 days ago by Leigh Neely
5.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious, on the tip of seat,
Mysterious, on the tip of seat, its go to have
Published 13 days ago by yolande
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the characters and story
Loved the characters and story! Could not put it down. BUT...This book was released in 2012. Why has the next book in the series not appeared yet? Such a pity...Oops! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Soft Paws
4.0 out of 5 stars witchy goodness
I really liked this book. It was a little different. As in the choose your own adventure type. I can't wait to read book 2 as it does leave you hanging.
Published 2 months ago by jenn duffey
5.0 out of 5 stars love witch's Brew
Was this book one that was were hard to put down. Can what to read the next one. Thank you! I love books like this to read.
Published 3 months ago by Julia James
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read
I loved this book and loved the choices. Can't wait to read the gleaning. This is one of those can't put down books to read.
Published 4 months ago by Melissa rush
3.0 out of 5 stars Random conservative bashing
The ability to choose alternate paths in the story is not something I enjoyed but the premise was nice. Cover art is great. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mary Mullins
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story!
Witch's Brew is the first book in The Spellspinners of Melas County series and is an "active fiction" read. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kiki Deister
4.0 out of 5 stars MUST Read if your a fan of Wicked Fun!!
The Way I See It

I’M LOSING MY SH*#!!! RIGHT.NOW…”Breath Ria, get it together.” Okay I have to walk away for a sec maybe go get another cup of coffee I’m totally losing... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ria Jay
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book, frustrating ending
I found the 'reader's choice pathway' feature in a book a bit confusing, but fun for a change.

The book is set on the California Coast. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kristi Gilleland
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More About the Author

Heidi R. Kling is the author of the acclaimed novel SEA, a contemporary romance about the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami, and the popular fantasy series The Spellspinners of Melas County.

SEA was a finalist for "Northern California Book of the Year", an IndieNext Pick, Goodreads "Mover and Shaker" and a Gateway Reader's Award Finalist among other generous accolades. The Spellspinners of Melas County is a 9-book serial about estranged teen witches and warlocks set on the California coast. WITCH'S BREW, THE GLEANING and DEVIL'S FROST are available now. BEAUTIFUL MONSTER is out Fall, 2014.

After earning her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School in New York, she returned to Northern California where she lives with her husband and two children, right over the coastal mountains from the sea.

http://heidirkling.com









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