“To me, a witch is a woman that is capable of letting her intuition take hold of her actions, that communes with her environment, that isn’t afraid of facing challenges.”
– Paul Coelho
A special thanks to NetGalley and Redhook Publishing for a free digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Set in the late 1800’s, independent teen, Annis, is due to marry – and she want nothing to do with it. She comes from a long line of witches, including a mother who uses her powers to try to force Annis into marriage and an aunt who takes her under her magical wing. The Age of Witches is a beautifully written tale of female and family struggles that was a delightful escape to read.
What I liked: ○ Strong female characters! ○ Immersive and direct writing style. ○ Concept – witches, women, magic – what’s not to like? ○ Once the pace picked up, I was hooked. ○ History was well-presented. ○ If there were to be a sequel, I’d definitely read it 🙂
What I didn’t like: ○ Like a lot of reviewers, I found the pacing of the book to be very slow. ○ The dialogue was cheesy and predictable at times. ○ More for fans of historical fiction/romance than magical realism or paranormal fantasy.
“Humans are strange. They value punishment because they think it means their actions are important—that they are important… it’s vanity.”
-Robert Jackson Bennett, City of Stairs
Considering that it’s 1⁄3 of the way through the year and I am 1⁄3 through my annual reading challenge, I thought I’d give an update. You’d think I’d have all the time in the world and be reading my life away… and I do, but I’m not.
Lately I’ve been slowly chipping away Foundryside, a steampunk sci-fi fantasy by Robert Jackson Bennett (1⁄3 of the way through!). I decided to crack it open after NetGalley and Random House Publishing sent me an advanced reading copy of it’s sequel, Shorefall. Oddly enough, I’ve had a used copy of Foundryside sitting on my bookshelf for months, and I’m glad I did.
Stay tuned for my review – its a little too soon for me to form an opinion yet. What I will say is that, regardless of it previously gathering dust on my shelf, I am very pleased (so far) with Bennett’s world-building and magic system. (And how cool is that cover?)
Working from home has been a challenge in itself so I’ve given myself reading “assignments” to complete as a distraction. Turns out, assignments and deadlines make things a lot less fun! My introverted, book-loving self has found quite a bit of enjoyment in this quarantine. Despite this, I’m really not a deadline person. Being creative in the kitchen, organizing, and watching A LOT of bad TV has filled my spare time.
It’s been hard not to try to distract myself during this weird time. I’m one of the lucky ones. Working from home, healthy, and content with not going anywhere or seeing anyone for weeks on end. Still, I’ve been letting my mind wander freely away from reality. Away from the news, from how much I miss my family, from the lack of socializing. Distractions like reading and writing are helpful and keep my mental health on track.
Why do I make myself feel guilty for not reading my allotted daily chapters? Who knows! Since I’ve been taking it easy in every other way, I’ve decided to do the same for my reading. Books are my passion and my all-around favorite thing and I must find enjoyment in them again before my brain turns into a lumpy potato.
Maybe this week I’ll read another 1⁄3 of Foundryside, or maybe not. All I know is that I aim to finish it… eventually. Again, stay tuned for my review and a further update about what I have in store for the next 1⁄3 of 2020.
“On an ancient ley line, deep within Vermont’s dark forests, lives a mysterious and frightening secret… A forbidden door to a world beyond human perception. And three hunters are about to become the hunted.”