Book Reviews

Witch Child by Celia Rees

13 December, 2017


Book: Witch Child

Authors: Celia Rees

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Paranormal: Witches;

Pages: 240 pages

Format: Paperback

Goodreads rating: 3.79

My ratings: 3 stars

Online Store: Used book from Awesomebooks

Synopsis: Enter the world of young Mary Newbury, a world where simply being different can cost a person her life. Hidden until now in the pages of her diary, Mary’s startling story begins in 1659, the year her beloved grandmother is hanged in the public square as a witch. Mary narrowly escapes a similar fate, only to face intolerance and new danger among the Puritans in the New World. How long can she hide her true identity? Will she ever find a place where her healing powers will not be feared?

Review (Spoiler Free):

Witch Child had been on my shelf for over a year until I finally picked it up and decided to read it. It’s a story about a girl named Mary that is a witch and the book is written in the format of her secret diary. It’s set in the 17th century where women were burned or hanged without any trials for the most simple suspicions of them being witches.

Mary has the gift of being able to see into people’s past, present and future and her spirit animal is the wolf. This is where I started having some issues with the book. Her powers were one of the most interesting aspects of the story and I feel that the fact that she related to wolves and could connect with them had almost no use or explanation at all and felt somewhat unfinished. Her predicting powers were, again, only used once and that made them a bit pointless, in my eyes.

I struggled with the beggining of the book, I was just not interested in this kind of story and I even though of setting the book aside but as I continued on with the story, motivated by the fact that this is a very short book, I found myself interested and entertained with everything that was happening.

It was, for me, a good book. Nothing more. I think the plot and the story could have been more developed and as the book ended abruptly I found myself wishing for more of Mary’s life story. Either way, it’s a solid three star book and if you like witches and historical fiction, you might want to pick this one up.

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