20 Feb 2013

Book Review: A Witch in Winter by Ruth Warburton

Anna Winterson doesn't know she's a witch and would probably mock you for believing in magic, but after moving to the small town of Winter with her father, she learns more than she ever wanted to about power. When Anna meets Seth, she is smitten, but when she enchants him to love her, she unwittingly amplifies a deadly conflict between two witch clans and splits her own heart in two. She wants to love Seth, to let him love her – but if it is her magic that's controlling his passion, then she is as monstrous as the witch clan who are trying to use her amazing powers for their own gain.




Published:    5th January 2012
Publisher:  Hodder
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Series:  Book 1, Winter Trilogy
Source:  Bought

Review:   8 out of 10


What I loved about this book...
The minute I saw the word witch on the front of the cover, I knew I had to read this book.   I love love love witch books.  First, just want to make a brief mention about the beautiful cover.  What really drew me into the cover and the book was the creepy looking house on the left hand side and the lightning striking it, now that is screaming out to me to be a witch house if ever I saw one!  Match the house with the striking blue and the serious look on the woman's face, the cover seems really cold and I immediately felt like she had been shut out of the house or something.  

I really enjoyed the sense of mystery this book has to offer.  Firstly, there is the mystery of why Anna did not know she was a witch and what would happen next in terms of coming into her powers.  Who would want to stop Anna from finding out who she was.  Secondly, there is the mystery surrounding the town of Winter and who lives in it.  Some people may not be who they say they were and I was very much suspicious of most characters reading this story. 

Although this next point may possibly have been put in the 'not so fond of section', as I was reading through the story I was glad that it was a part of it.  I did find the story to be very predictable and found that very little surprised me in the story.  Normally, I would put this as a 'something I did not like about the story' but with this story in particular, I found the predictability to be some form of comfort.  As I practically knew what was happening next, I could sit back and enjoy the details of the story and concentrate on the characters and their motives etc and I really did enjoy that. 

What I was not so fond of in this book...
The romance part of the story was a bit puzzling for me.  Right from the beginning, it appeared to be a bit of an instant love thing happening and put that together with the love spell Anna put on Seth, it made the whole 'romance' part of the story throughout this book a little bit unbelievable (not completely but there was always a question in the mind as to whether it was real or not).

Summary
A very good start to the trilogy.  Great action, suspense and mystery surrounding Anna and the town of Winter.  I am looking forward to finding out how the story continues.  


Best wishes

Debs 

 
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