Title: Julia Vanishes by (Witch’s Child #1)
Author: Catherine Egan
Release Date/Publisher: June 7th 2016 by Doubleday Canada
Finished: May 31st 2016
Pages: 384-ARC Paperback-Given for review
1. Julia Vanishes
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Julia Vanishes Julia has the unusual ability to be . . . unseen. Not invisible, exactly. Just beyond most people’s senses.
It’s a dangerous trait in a city that has banned all forms of magic and drowns witches in public Cleansings. But it’s a useful trait for a thief and a spy. And Julia has learned–crime pays.
Her latest job is paying very well indeed. Julia is posing as a housemaid in the grand house of Mrs. Och, where an odd assortment of characters live and work: A disgraced professor who sends her to fetch parcels containing bullets, spiders, and poison. An aristocratic houseguest who is locked in the basement each night. And a mysterious young woman who is clearly in hiding–though from what or whom?
Worse, Julia suspects that there’s a connection between these people and the killer leaving a trail of bodies across the frozen city.
The more she learns, the more she wants to be done with this unnatural job. To go back to the safety of her friends and fellow thieves. But Julia is entangled in a struggle between forces more powerful than she’d ever imagined. Escape will come at a terrible price.
What I Thought:
When I requested this I briefly read the description and wanted it as soon as I saw something about witches. I tend to always want witch and ghost books the most. After chatting about it on Twitter I got even more excited and made sure I read it as soon as I could.
It wasn’t at all what I was expecting which was great because I thought based on the description it wasn’t going to be that exciting. It was though and there was so much going on with the world and characters and everything that I ended up loving it. I was totally absorbed into it by the first few chapters and I wished I had the next book right away.
I loved Julia’s ability. The idea of vanishing seemed really cool and it helped when she got herself into trouble a lot of the time. She makes some bad decisions but it made her feel more real, especially with what she did after a certain incident. I’m also glad this wasn’t full of romance. Yes there’s a thing with her and Wyn when the book starts, but that was already established and it wasn’t the focal point of the whole book. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good romance, but sometimes the story has to shine on it’s own without that creating more problems.
Based on the text in the beginning about the book information there might be a map in the final print. I’m not really sure but I hope there is. I love maps and if there is one I’m excited to see it. I’m planning on buying a final version of this as soon as I can after it’s out (which is the same day this review goes up)! So after you read this, seriously go read this book.