Thursday, 11 October 2012

A Witch in Winter , by Ruth Warburton

A Witch in Winter (Winter Trilogy, #1)
Paperback, 346 pages
Published January 5th 2012 by Hodder Children's Books
1444904698 (ISBN13: 9781444904697)
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A Witch in Winter
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.

Although a perfect fit for the paranormal romance genre, A WITCH IN WINTER avoids fangs, excessive body hair and submissive female leads, and tells the heart-wrenching story of a couple meant to be together, but being forced apart. Seth is utterly irresistible and Anna is an empowered, proactive young woman with unimaginable magic inside her. This is fast-paced, sensuous writing with believable incantations inspired by Warburton's research into witchcraft legend and old English
My Review
It appeared to me, that this was one of these books that was bigged up to be something else, and yet when reading it, it was not as promising as you thought it would be. It actually reminded me of the wiccan series that I read earlier on in the year as well as many other books about witches who do not know what they are until they perform what they thought was a silly spell with there friends. I am trying to remain positive about the book because it was engaging and it was a good write, but it was not everything that it was made out to be in the respect that it really didn't have the get up and go omph that a lot of books tend to have when wanting to captivate there readers attention. In some senses the book was a little too fast moving, like the fact that she automatically gets the crush, casts a spell to have him love her, she regrets it and tells him the truth and then somehow there actually in love with another? That whole concept just doesn't work within a novel, especially when its the good looking bad boy whose dating the popular girl, it automatically makes you question, has the author ever actually been to high school and seen what its like?
There were very many unrealistic traits to the novel which I think was probably made it a dissappointment to me. I wanted it to be a good book, I wanted it to be a worthy read, as the cover was fantastic. But like they say, never ever judge a book by its cover. If a cover is bland the book could be good, if the cover is amazing the book could be bland. Its a win loose situation here and you just have to read in order to find out. The characters were not really developed in the sense that I hoped them to be in that some characters who appeared important at the beginning, for example the three girls who did the spell with her, seemed to disappear later on and they were no more of importance, it was another girl entirely. Your kind of left wondering why on earth these girls didnt come back to find out why they had been ditched or anything. I was just sort of left raising my eyebrow thinking, hmmm, what happened to them and why have they been fired from the novel all of sudden.
As for the bad boy romance, this is something that I am tired and sick of reading within a novel. Its not something that happens within real life. We dont all fall and end up going out with the good looking bad boy. In fact most of us grow up and realize its  crush and we find someone whose more our type. This book in  a way merely became a cliche case with this ordinary scene. It seemed to take out the spark of individualty that could have been there within the pages and that really was a huge let down to me. There really isnt therefore much to say on the point of the storyline because it was your basic cliche novel, girl falls in love with bad boy, bad boy dumps hot popular girl for the normal new girl in town. ex hates the new girl and goes all queen of the bitch, somehow new girl causes a mass of havoc that means the whole town is in danger, but more so, her family her friends and her boyfriend. Someone saves the day, a few people die and everything moves on like nothing happened before. The end.
I really did want to make the book something different. I kind of wanted to rewrite it myself and make it different, more exciting with a huge sense of spark, but it just wasnt happening which really was a shame. Im hoping that perhaps the next book will be better, but I wont be holding my breath. Therefore I will be giving the book a two star rating because it really wasn't all that and its not the sort of book that I would want to pick up and read again because its the same as most other teenage fantasy novels.

didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing

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