The Witches of Auburn: The Gifts of Our Mothers Kindle Edition
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Though they tried to ignore that the curse was truly something that plagued them, they could not deny that their lives seemed to have tragedies that were quite similar. Once the third death struck, the Witches decided that they must see what they could do so that this fate would not carry on to their daughters, as it appeared it would do. So back to Auburn the Witches moved and this is a tale from the perspective of their daughters, specifically of Ever Ayars and her connection with a swoony boy named Ike.
It was hard for me to get behind the entire reason for the break-up of the coven members in the beginning. Sorry, the betrayal was a hard pill to swallow, but for the love it was truly a bad choice and the parties involved were completely repentant. I would not have thrown away a lifetime of friendship for a truly stupid moment. Made the whole drama of the story seem foolish for me from the mothers and curse part.
What I did enjoy was everything else! The Gifts of Our Mothers is an exciting trip into the paranormal with witches who can fly, disappear at will, creatures that make you fear going into the woods alone, and other really cool elements. I enjoyed the characters, their abilities, and the connection between Ike and Ever. It was definitely a swoony teenage romance. Overall, I think that The Gifts of Our Mothers was a nicely told story that had lots of emotional impact and that came together quite nicely at the end…for some, ha ha ha.
This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Xpresso Book Tours. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
First book of a new YA series about a coven of witches and I feel like it was a good start. I have to say I was a little perturbed in the beginning when I learned that the story wasn't going to be directly about the witches introduced at first, the story would pick up 20 or so years into the future and revolve around the daughters of those beginning characters. I got attached immediately to the Helene and her crew, the mothers, LOL. Those characters are still in the story but I would say the focus is more on their daughters.
This is a trilogy I think, so this is sort of the introduction, setting up the story, introducing the major players, discussing the curse that was cast that has plagued this coven and how it's come full circle. There are some loose ends that I hope we find out more info regarding, like the Virago and this faceless voice that has come to Helene a few times now. I look forward to reading more of the series