Book & Author Details:
Publication date: January 11th 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Historical, Young Adult
Sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Winters may be a witch, but she doesn’t know the first thing about magic—unless you count accidental bouts of spontaneous combustion. Elizabeth’s father, a wizard himself, has forbidden the use of her powers for her own protection, but when accusations of witchcraft start flying through Salem Village, she wishes she was more prepared.
Despite her lack of magical knowledge, Elizabeth appoints herself to save innocent women from the demise the village has in store for them. Elizabeth finds, however, that she is not the hero Salem needs her to be.
She meant to save them. She cursed them instead.
I was lucky enough to visit Salem recently, and find this whole episode in history intriguing. But what if it wasn’t hysteria? What if there really were witches in Salem?
This book takes a decent story premise and adds a smattering of truth – just enough for a hint of realism to add a hard edge to the story; a degree of realism. And the resultant story is an easy read. Quick to get into, characters with whom a connection was created, and good pacing. And whilst the ending might not be the one you will find in history books, this fictionalised retelling of the Salem story made for a satisfying read.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Heather Eagar started reviewing books in the hope that she can provide people with the information they need to make informed decisions when deciding what books to read. With this in mind, you will find that her reviews not only have a summary of the book and her opinion, but also tells you what to expect in terms of language, violence, and sexual content.
Heather is the author of the YA novel, Devil’s Playground (Release date Jan 12, 2016). She currently lives in Logan, Utah (though that usually changes year by year) with her husband and 2 children.