Review: When My Heart Was Wicked by Tricia Stirling

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Title: When My Heart Was Wicked
Author: Tricia Stirling
Release Date/Publisher: February 24th 2015 by Scholastic Press
Finished: April 8th 2015
Pages: 192-Hardcover-Library

Synopsis from Goodreads:

“I used to be one of those girls. The kind who loved to deliver bad news. When I colored my hair, I imagined it seeping into my scalp, black dye pooling into my veins.

But that was the old Lacy. Now, when I cast spells, they are always for good.”

16-year-old Lacy believes that magic and science can work side by side. She’s a botanist who knows how to harness the healing power of plants. So when her father dies, Lacy tries to stay with her step-mother in Chico, where her magic is good and healing. She fears the darkness that her real mother, Cheyenne, brings out, stripping away everything that is light and kind.

Yet Cheyenne never stays away for long. Beautiful, bewitching, unstable Cheyenne who will stop at nothing, not even black magic, to keep control of her daughter’s heart. She forces Lacy to accompany her to Sacramento, and before long, the “old” Lacy starts to resurface.

But when Lacy survives a traumatic encounter, she finds herself faced with a choice. Will she use her powers to exact revenge and spiral into the darkness forever? Or will she find the strength to embrace the light?

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Review: Witch Fall by Amber Argyle

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Title: Witch Fall (Witch Song #3)

Author: Amber Argyle

Release Date/Publisher: January 15th 2014 by Starling Publishing

Finished: December 22nd 2013

Pages: unknown-Kindle eBook-given for review

Series: 

  1. Witch Song
  2. Witch Born
  3. Witch Fall (prequel)

Synopsis:

With the magic of their songs, the Witches control the seasons, the storms, even the sea. Secure in their supremacy, they have forgotten the unmatched destructiveness of mankind. For the world has begun to covet their power, seeing them as weapons to be controlled instead of rulers worthy of obeisance.

Born of witches but raised among their enemy, Lilette searches for a way to heal the rift between mankind and the witches. But it may be too late to save either. For if there is one thing Lilette has come to know for certain, it’s that all things fall.

What I thought:

I received  copy of this for a review tour and while the final release version may be different, this is my opinion on the copy I have.

I have to say that I was really excited to get to this one after reading the other books. I wanted to know more about the past and this whole book is devoted to that. It’s a prequel to the series and tells the story of Lilette. If you’ve read the other books you know who she is. Technically you could read this alone, but it really adds to the story if you read the other two books first.

I’m not sure what I was expecting but it was pretty good. Lilette seemed like a good character and I actually kind of liked her better than Sena since she wasn’t as whiny and much more mature. She had so much to deal with such as the deaths of those she loved but she kept fighting every situation that was thrust her way. Lilette couldn’t remember how to do magic and was without it for years before she was around other Witches again. She also forgot some of her past too but she remembers it over time.

There were bits at the beginning of each chapter about Lilette and certain events that took place that chapter by Jolin, who was another Witch. I liked that added insight and it was pretty cool to see her thoughts too. The book also helps us learn about the world a bit more and the structure of the witches back then. If you’ve read book two, you will start to see how certain things started to change for the Wastrels. The ending of the book was really awesome and I couldn’t believe what was happening because of certain people.

I have to say that I actually enjoyed this book a little better than the other two. Don’t get me wrong, they were good, but I just enjoyed Lilette’s story a bit more and her character was so much stronger.

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Author Info

Author-pic-blue-scarf Amber ArgyleAmber Argyle is the author of Witch Song and Fairy Queen trilogies. She grew up with three brothers on a cattle ranch in the Rocky Mountains. She spent hours riding horses, roaming the mountains, and playing in her family’s creepy barn. This environment fueled her imagination for writing high fantasy. She has worked as a short order cook, janitor, and staff member in a mental institution. All of which has given her great insight into the human condition and has made for some unique characters. She received her bachelor’s degree in English and Physical Education from Utah State University. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and three small children.

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Review: Witch Born by Amber Argyle

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Title: Witch Born (Witch Song #2)

Author: Amber Argyle

Release Date/Publisher: September 5th 2012 by Starling Publishing

Finished: December 9th 2013

Pages: 330-Kindle eBook-given for review

Series: 

  1. Witch Song
  2. Witch Born
  3. Witch Fall (prequel)

Synopsis:

Brusenna thought it was finished. She defeated the Dark Witch, saving the Haven Witches from imprisonment and death. She found love and a place to belong. She was wrong. Haven is not the sanctuary it appears to be. Even love is in danger of slipping away like water through cupped hands. Some things can’t be saved. A new threat merges with the old as the Witches’ dark history begins to catch up with them. Only Brusenna knows the extent of the danger and how to stop it, though doing so might cost her everything. Including her life. Will Brusenna be required to make the ultimate sacrifice?

What I thought:

This book was pretty good but had a few things that brought it down for me. The first half is kind of slow and pretty much shows Senna going through her daily routine as a Witch Apprentice learning potions and such. The first chapter was exciting with her getting attacked but then it lulls. She keep saying she wants to leave and help Tarten after what happened there, but she also wants to stay and see if she can make changes there. Nothing really picks up until almost halfway through when she gets attacked again. I liked the look into that life of magic but I figured she would have left a lot sooner than she did.

In the first book I thought Senna was stubborn, and she still is in this one. Sometimes I connected with her wanting to make things right, but other times she was just annoying and whiny. Mostly when she keeps mentioning that she’s not pretty and she still has issues of how Joshen could love her. She even thinks him keeping her safe and not letting her go was bad. He just loved her and wanted to keep her alive instead of letting her get herself in danger or killed. But luckily she does get better as the story goes on and you start to cheer for her more. I think she really matured at the end of the book too which was great.

Senna’s now the strongest witch, and while some revere her they’re also scared. I have to admit that her power and the way her magic gets stronger was pretty cool, especially a few scenes. I still love how the witches sing and use plants and the weather. After she does leave Haven things get much better. There’s a bunch of shocking moments, and eventually all the secrets are revealed that we’ve been waiting for. As soon as the big battle starts that’s when this book gets really good. All the fighting and how everything develops was awesome, and I actually really liked how this story ended. It was perfect for the series and at one point it made my eyes water.

I liked this book about as much as the first, and aside from a slow start the ending more than makes up for it. This is a good witchy series with some unique magic that I had of fun reading.

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Review: Witch Song by Amber Argyle

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Title: Witch Song (Witch Song #1)

Author: Amber Argyle

Release Date/Publisher:  August 29th 2011 by Rhemalda Publishing

Finished: December 4th 2013

Pages: 325-Kindle eBook-given for review

Series: 

  1. Witch Song
  2. Witch Born
  3. Witch Fall (prequel)

Synopsis:

The world is changing. Once, Witch Song controlled everything from the winds to the shifting of the seasons-but not anymore. All the Witches are gone, taken captive by a traitor. All but Brusenna. As the echo of their songs fades, the traitor grows stronger. Now she is coming for Brusenna. Her guardian has sworn to protect her, but even he can’t stop the Dark Witch. Somehow, Brusenna has to succeed where every other Witch has failed. Find the traitor. Fight her. Defeat her. Because if Brusenna doesn’t, there won’t be anything left to save.

What I thought:

First I have to say that all the covers for this series are gorgeous! I love books with witches and this is the first in a new series for me. I was given all three books to review for a tour.

One of the things I loved the most was the magic. They used their voices and sing for their spells. It’s cool because while reading you can imagine how it all sounds and it was pretty awesome. They also use seeds to grow things and they even have more original elements that are used, like sunlight.

Brusenna (or Senna as she calls herself later) was an ok main character. She lived most of her life growing up pretty sheltered, aside from her house and the small village nearby. The villagers knew what her and her mother were and pretty much hated them. She could barely buy any supplies without getting treated badly. When someone visits and things kick up a notch, she knows nothing about other witches and what’s really going on. Her mother wanted to protect her, but I would have had her trained while in hiding.

She also makes a few silly decisions early on when she does set out on a journey. One of them  involves another person that I figured could help her but she doesn’t want them to get hurt even if they don’t care. She does get older in this and grow a little with her magic. But deep down she’s still young with a big burden and she still tries to push people that care about her away thinking it will save them.

Things get much better in the second half of the book and she’s finally doing something, although there is still a lot of running and hiding and getting hurt. I would have liked more history and to have learned more about their word, but that might come in the next books since the third is a prequel. The big battle was pretty good too and the last bit of it had a lot of action and magic.

This book was a good start to this series and there were some really good parts about it. I’m glad I have the next book waiting for me on my Kindle too.

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Review: A Witch Alone by Ruth Warburton

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Title: A Witch Alone (Winter Trilogy #3)

Author: Ruth Warburton

Release Date/Publisher: July 5th 2012 by Hodder Children’s Books

Finished: September 27th 2013

Pages: 432-Paperback-Owned

Series:

  1. A Witch in Winter
  2. A Witch In Love
  3. A Witch Alone

Synopsis:

Where do you go when your heart has been ripped out?

For Anna there is only one answer; into her past, where the truth about her mother, her power, and her real identity lie hidden.

But as Anna delves deeper into her history, she begins to fear that the truth about what set her mother running may be darker than she ever suspected. With the witches of the world on the brink of war, Seth gone, and her friend Abe wanting more from her than she can possibly give, Anna is in crisis.

As the clouds around her gather, Anna is torn between friends, family and rival tribes of witches and – at the last – between love and magic.

What I thought:

And this series come to a close! Thankfully, everything gets wrapped up, which is what I was hoping for. We also finally find out more about Anna’s past, her mom, and what she needs to do. If you liked the first two books, definitely finish the series!

Anna finally does embrace her magic side and becomes stronger, but there are still a few parts in this book where I thought she was making stupid decisions. For instance leaving her loved ones to go away so they wouldn’t get hurt, but you can guess that they did anyway. And she keeps doing it, thinking she’s doing them a favour! Her selfless-ness was probably a good thing for a character to have, but she does it so much that it was annoying after a while, and kind of expected too.

The action and magic use and fighting was awesome though! I loved that some words were included for some of the spells, and although I have no idea how they were pronounced it was still fun! This part is what made the book so awesome, even with the main character issues. But in the end I still found myself wanting to keep reading and although Anna had some bad moments, I still enjoyed most of her journey.

This series was fun and full of magic and adventure, and I really enjoyed it. I just wish Anna was a little bit different at times, and there wasn’t so much romantic tension because she doubts herself or other people and doesn’t know what she really wants. Anyway, go check out this series!

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