Friday, 20 October 2017

Review - The Witches of the Glass Castle (The Witches of the Glass Castle, #1) by Gabriella Lepore




Title: The Witches of the Glass Castle (The Witches of the Glass Castle, #1)
Author: Gabriella Lepore
Pages: 366
Publisher: Oftomes Publishing
Release Date: 18th April 2017 (this edition)

Blurb from Goodreads: 

Sixteen-year-old Mia's life is turned upside down when she uncovers her family secret-that she and her brother Dino are witches. Seeking refuge in an ancient castle, the siblings begin down a path that will change their lives forever. Suddenly thrust into a world where handsome warriors command the power of nature and peoples thoughts and actions can be manipulated at will, Mia and Dino struggle to navigate their own allegiances and do what they know to be right, even when everything around them seems beyond their control.
 











My Review:

 *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Oftomes Publishing*





- Contains spoilers - 



After Mia and Dino find out that they are witches they are sent to stay at the Glass Castle.
While there the siblings find out more about their new powers and the different kinds of witches that exist.
Mia soon finds herself in trouble with the coven of Hunters that protect the grounds and is drawn to one of them in particular.
Will Mia and Dino learn to control their powers?
Can Mia stay away from the Hunters?


Going into this I was thinking okay so boarding school, magic . . . it's going to be something like Harry Potter. Nope.
To begin with I enjoyed The Witches of the Glass Castle, but then things kept nagging at me and I found myself enjoying it less and less as I read on.
Mia and Dino went to the Glass Castle to learn about magic and to control/develop their powers, but they didn't seem to have any lessons. There was a talk about an athame and some visits to the library, but that was it really. So I don't really see what the point of Mia and Dino going to the Glass Castle was. Couldn't their mum and aunt have helped them?
I thought it was a bit strange how fine Mia and Dino were with the fact that they were witches. They just seemed to accept it straight away.
Apart from Kizzy and Blue I didn't like the characters very much. Mia was annoying at times - after saying that they should stay away from the Hunters, she then proceeded straight away to go into their territory. What annoyed me the most was when she put the athame on after being told that it was powerful and that she wasn't ready to use it, which, of course, goes badly. Dino, her brother, flip-flopped from being angry with Mia to being protective of her a lot.
I really didn't like the romance - it developed too quickly for me and didn't feel real. For someone who supposedly has been trained not to have any humanity, Colt was very okay with his feelings for Mia who was rather stalkery at times.
The plot was okay but there could have been a lot more world building - there isn't much information about witches and I would have liked to find out more.
The writing style was easy enough to follow but there were a couple of spelling mistakes.


Overall this was a disappointing, okay read.  

 


Thursday, 19 October 2017

Blog Tour + Giveaway - Sparked by Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous


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Sparked by Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Geek & Sundry


Fifteen-year-old Laurel Goodwin wakes up to find her older sister Ivy missing from their Airstream trailer in the Oregon redwoods. A recurring nightmare convinces her that Ivy was abducted, but no one takes her dream seriously, including her mom. Laurel, a loner, has to learn to ask for help, and Jasper Blake, a mysterious new kid who shares her love of old books, quickly becomes her ally. Together they find their quiet town holds a deep secret and is the epicenter of a dark prophecy.

Laurel soon learns that her worst enemies, mean girls Peyton Andersen and Mei Rosen, are developing powers that she needs to find and save Ivy. With time running out, Laurel realizes that power doesn’t always take the form that you expect. And once she learns to look beyond her snap judgments, she develops an unexpected gift of her own.


 





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Excerpt:
  
The knocking woke me up from a dead sleep.
Whack, whack.
I sat up, blinking myself awake. The sky outside our porthole-shaped window was still dark, the silhouettes of the redwoods just a shade blacker. Rain lashed at the glass. Wind rocked the Airstream back and forth.
Whack.
There was that knocking again. I leaned over to wake Ivy. Our beds were so close, they practically touched—
But Ivy wasn’t in her bed.
Whack, whack.
She must have snuck out and forgotten her key. I needed to let her in fast. Our mom was a heavy sleeper—especially if she’d smoked a “medicinal” joint before bed—but there was a limit to what she could tune out.
When I eased open the accordion door to the bedroomette, a river of cold air whooshed over me. I hurried to the front of the trailer, where the door was wide open, banging in the wind.
I stepped out onto the top cinder-block stair, straining to see through the rain. “Ivy?” I called into the darkness, but no one answered. The icy wind cut through my pajamas and I shuddered, wrapping my arms around myself. Ivy must have left the door unlocked, and the storm had blown it open.
Still, it creeped me out.
I wasn’t used to living in a tin can on the edge of civilization. Our new property bumped up against the state park. We had no neighbors for miles, but hikers, poachers, and the occasional homeless person liked to use our land as their playground. Mom said that we were safer out here than if we lived in some apartment in town. Statistically, there were fewer weirdos in the vicinity.
But all it takes is one.


 





About the Author




Hello! We are both novelists, but if you’ve ever tried to write anything, you know that writing can be a lonely, angst-filled business. So one night over a cocktail or two, we came up with a solution: write our next book together. Malena already had an idea: a girl’s sister is kidnapped and she has to rely on mean girls with superpowers to get her sister back. We couldn’t resist seeing where that story would take us – a wild ride that includes a loner girl who wants to be a writer and a gorgeous boy who can shoot fire from his eyes but also loves to talk about books. And an ancient Zoroastrian prophecy. And pie shakes. (OK, so maybe we got a little carried away.)

We’ve both published solo novels (check them out here and here) and had no idea how co-writing would work out, but we pounded out the first draft in a white-hot frenzy of inspiration we called “the Vortex.” One of us would write a scene and send it to the other with a note: “My apartment is a pigsty and I haven’t eaten all day. #inthevortex.” We wrote the book we wanted to read as teenagers: a supernatural thriller with healthy doses of horror and humor. Oh, and of course there’s romance. You have to wait a long time for the only kiss in the book, but isn’t that the case with all the best kisses in books?













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