Haelsford, Florida is a Hellmouth. Or at least, that’s what Logan, a baby witch struggling to control her powers, thinks as she arrives to the witchtown to begin the new school year at Mesmortes Coven Academy. She is immediately taken under the wing of the infamous Red Three. Iris is a deathwitch who wants nothing more than to break the town’s curse; Jailah is one of the most powerful witches at the academy but her thirst for power may lead her down a dark path; and Thalia, the talented greenwitch, is on the run from her religious family and a past that still haunts her.
Fear and prejudice still fuel the uneasy truce between humans and witches who are forced to work together when the Haunting Season begins and Wolves rise from the swamp to feed. With this approaching, two Hammersmitt boys prepare to make their first sacrifices to the witches in exchange for protection. But as they become involved with the Mesmortes witches’ plan to end the Wolves’ reign of terror once and for all, old dangers lie in wait.
The cost to break the curse may be greater than any witch or human could ever know.
The Witchery is a load of fun and a perfect read for the summer and autumn seasons. I always enjoy story about witches and schooling and this book was no exception. This debut was fast paced and kept my attention throughout the entirety of the book. The multiple POVs definitely added to the story and was very well done overall.
I really appreciated how the author took the time to give each character their own personality and value added to the story. I genuinely enjoyed each POV and didn’t find myself wanting to skip over certain ones like I have done with other novels.
I also truly felt like our author really knew how to write about some “black girl magic,” which is what I always look for in a book. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who would love to read about black witches with unique personalities and a gripping story. If you have already read this book, I have included some recommendations based on this read below!
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S. Isabelle is a reader, writer, and hoarder of books. After earning a Master’s degree in library science, she took that love of reading to youth librarianship. Her short story “Break” was featured in the anthology Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading & Writing YA. The Witchery is her debut young adult novel. When she isn’t throwing books at teenagers, you can find her binge-watching TV shows, drinking heavily-sweetened coffee, or stressing over baseball. She can be found online at sisabellebooks.com.
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