Author: Cory Putman Oakes
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Publication date: July 18th, 2017
When sixteen-year-old Macie O’Sullivan and her masterfully manipulative mother Aubra arrive at the gates of Witchtown—the most famous and mysterious witch-only haven in the world—they have one goal in mind: to rob it for all it’s worth.
But that plan derails when Macie and Aubra start to dig deeper into Witchtown’s history and uncover that there is more to the quirky haven than meets the eye.
Exploring the haven by herself, Macie finds that secrets are worth more than money in Witchtown.
Secrets have their own power.
“Everybody I had ever met had always been fair game, To the extent that I had ever bothered to fin out their stories, their problems, their hopes, I had never let their needs eclipse mine.
No one had ever been off-limits.
If you’re picking this book purely because of the witch-y things… you’ll probably be disappointed. Now I’m not saying there are no witches or magical or paranormal elements related to them, just that it’s not the main focus of the book. It’s simply its background. But let me tell you it was a guilty pleassure for me. The story wasn’t special or mindblowing, but it was so addicting I needed to keep reading. So maybe that had something to do with the way I enjoyed the story.
And also let me add that despite loving witches so much, this is I believe the second book I’ve read where witches are the main focus of the story. And it was a nice introduction, so I’ll definitely be looking for more witch-y stories to read on Halloween!
“I took his hand. It was a decision. I knew that it was the start of something. And now, even after all that had happened, I couldn’t bring myself to regret it.”
Now at the beginning I was a bit confused because even though there were many types of witches (only three), it didn’t really explain what things each did until half of the book but the characters keep talking about them like if we knew. So yeah, I was a bit late on that train. I guesses who a Natural or a Learned were, but I had no idea what a Void was, but I guess the author did it on purpose because that is one of the big mysteries the story had.
There was the mystery surrounding what happened in the other haven and who was Rafe and what happened to him, as well. And because of those things the story felt so quick and easy to read.
“We did not know people. Witches (with the exception of my mother) like to put down roots, so they stay in one place. And since we never went to the saem haven twice, we never saw the same people more than once.”
I think my favourite part was the relationship between our main character Marcie and her mother. It’s the first time I’ve read about a toxic or problematic parental relationship, and I found it quite interesting. You could see how her mother manipulated her ’til the point where she believe she was doing something for the best and because her mom wanted the best to her, which let me tell you, it wasn’t. Their relationship was so messed up, and me having a really loving mother, found it really shoking.
But I loved how Marcie progressed throughout the story and became stronger and believed in herself. The friendships were really sharing and positive to her, and I think it helped her dealing with her mother.
Buuut… you know me. C’mon, this isn’t weird. I found it quite predictable and wasn’t surprised with most of the plot twists. Nothing new, right? (ha ha). However, that’s pretty normal to me, so I no more lower my ranting because of these things because it’s just me most of the times).
Overall, this was a pretty fun and quick read, and if you’re looking to a character driven story with a cute friendship and a bit of paranormal, this maybe is for you!
I recieved and ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This however, doesn’t change any thoughts or opinions of the story.
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