Release Date: January 5, 2012
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
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. - Goodreads.com
For some reason, I don't find many stories out there about witches. There are plenty of vampires, werewolves, angels and demons, but not nearly as many witch stories. So A Witch In Winter was kind of refreshing for me.
I loved Anna as a heroine. She was kind of cute, and was exactly how I would picture a girl her age. So much of the time, I read stories where the YA heroine is portrayed as being super smart, brave, resourceful, etc... and I always thoroughly enjoy those stories. Sometimes, though, it's nice to just meet an average-seeming teenage girl. And to me, that was Anna. I liked her and her relationship with her father, and it was interesting to see her trying to build relationships with some of the girls around her. Once she finds out what she is, I didn't admire some of her early choices though. Attempting to do things on your own when your first trial of witchery had gone so wrong probably wasn't such a great idea, but there again, she was acting her age.
Seth was a great character, and I understand that the premise of the story is that she's accidentally put a love spell on him that supposedly causes him to love her, but at the same time, the insta-love effect in the story kind of disappointed me. Even though we're supposed to believe he would have loved her that quickly spell or no spell. But at least once they are together, I truly enjoyed their relationship and thought he was a great guy.
The big showdown was the best part of the story, to me. Very compelling. This proves that Ruth Warburton knows how to write some really suspensful scenes. The book came together for me and I thought this was a pretty good debut. Very enjoyable.
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