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Witchtown Hardcover – July 18, 2017
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". . . an enjoyable coming-of-age tale sure to be a hit with readers who like their romance or mystery with a hint of the paranormal." —Booklist
"This uncomplicated, romantic story will charm reluctant readers who want a little magic but not all the tedious rituals." —Kirkus
" The story is an appealing combination of the paranormal and romance genres, sure to please older “Harry Potter” fans. "—School Library Journal
"A deeply felt, spooky-romantic story that intrigues, surprises and, ultimately, celebrates the magic within.” —Cynthia Leitich Smith, New York Times bestselling author of the Tantalize and Feral series
"Magical, inventive, and fast-paced, Witchtown will put a spell on you!” —Jessica Taylor, author of Wandering Wild
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After a lifetime of moving from place to place, and leaving behind the only boy she ever cared about, Macie was hopeful that Witchtown would be a place she and her mother could finally call home. But Aubra had other ideas.
The exclusive, witch-only haven was supposed to be the wealthiest haven in the country and Aubra was not about to settle down when the possibility of a huge score existed. With Macie’s help, her plan to rob the town would ensure they’d be set for life. And if Macie wasn’t willing to do her part? Aubra had no problem doing whatever it took to make sure she was.
Cory Putman Oakes imagined a world where witches live openly, but are largely confined to havens as they are seen as a threat. She gave a few of her witches incredible powers, but most have lesser abilities, and a few have none. She set her story in a haven beleaguered from within and without. And she introduced characters who ranged from kind and helpful to mischievous and curmudgeonly to intriguing and secretive to self-centered and vile.
Her heroine, Macie O’Sullivan, is likable and sympathetic. Raised by a mother who puts her own interests first and last, Macie’s sense of right and wrong is skewed. And when she’s finally in a position to make her own choices she’s confused, conflicted, and frightened, and doesn’t always choose right. But she is still worth rooting for.
Equal parts delightful and addictive, WITCHTOWN promises to keep readers hooked as they uncover Macie and Aubra’s secrets, discover the truth about potential love interest Kellen and about potential bff Talya, ferret out what’s really going on with the ghost that’s taken up residence in the Depot, learn more about all that is Witchtown, and find out which witch will end up a winner.
Witchtown is a sanctuary for witches in a world in which witches have become feared and persecuted. Our main protagonist has to go there with her mother because her mother intends to rob the place. Witchtown has a peculiar way of working things out for its witches though, so the mother daughter duo is surprised to learn when they get there that the town not only wants to hire the thieving mom to do what she does best.
Our protagonist is a herbalist, but before it can do here any good, she must face a problem- there's a poltergeist that doesn't want her there!
I loved reading about the herbs and the town. I felt like there was good world building in this book. I was very uncomfortable with how criminal Macy, the main character's, mom was. She was very abusive, but it was interesting to see how Macy tried to deal with it.
It wasn't a book I had trouble putting down, but I did enjoy looking forward to my reading sessions with it and I finished it eagerly. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good witch story. (Speaking of Good Witches, the town's personality, if towns can have one, reminded me a bit of Cassandra Nightingale.)
I feel like the blurb did not do a good job describing this book, so I'll do a little intro.
Following the Second Inquisition, witch havens were established as places where both natural and learned witches placed on the National Witch Registry lived openly as witches. Macie and her mother, Aubra, had spent the past decade inserting themselves into these havens only to rob them blind. In the last haven, Macie made the mistake of breaking one of the fundamental rules for being a con, she formed an attachment and fell in love.
Shortly thereafter, Macie and Aubra fled and sought refuge in the utopian haven of Witchtown. Aubra promised Macie, that this would be the last heist, and afterward, they would settle down and establish roots, the way most witches did. However, as their time in Witchtown grew shorter, Macie began to doubt her mother's promise, and also suspected that her mother was harboring a much bigger secret, which involved both her and her mother.
I enjoyed my trip to Witchtown, and found this to be an entertaining tale with filled with some really great characters and some captivating magic.
Things I liked:
*The main character, Macie, was quite complicated. She was struggling with the life she knew and the life she wanted. In Witchtown, she found a solid group of friends, who believed she was good. They supported her and were there for her when she really needed them. This was a huge change from how she was treated by her mother, and she began to rethink a lot of her ways and beliefs as a result of coming to Witchtown.
*There were some great secondary characters too. I found Tayla and Kellen to be pretty awesome friends, who really showed Macie that she could trust other people. They opened her up to letting others in. Both Tayla and Kellen were keeping some major secrets, but in the end, they were there to help Macie uncover a huge secret, which was standing in the way of her happiness.
*I liked Witchtown. This town was billed as a utopia, and it did not disappoint. Witchtown was green and self-sufficient. The citizens lived in harmony and were always there to lend a helping hand. It's no wonder that Macie grew to love and care about this town and the people in it, because it seemed like such a charming place.
*This is a lighter type paranormal. There is conflict and tension and even some violence, but it's never too much or too heavy. I felt that the relationships Macie was building in Witchtown played a bigger role in this story, and therefore, were featured more prominently.
*I cannot forget the romance. This was sort of a twofer. We get one romance in the form of flashbacks, and a second that plays out real-time in the story. Both were important with respect to Macie's personal journey, and I always love a good romance.
*The ending was strong for me. Although there were still some unresolved plot points at the end of the story, this did not detract from my enjoyment of how Oakes left the story. It was in a neat enough bow and filled with sufficient hope and promise, that I was left happy.
Overall: a lighter-side paranormal with enough magic and mystery to entertain.
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It's got a pretty unusual plot that adds a ton of drama, some characters I really loved, and the author builds a very unusual world.Read more