Once again Ashley points me in the direction of an amazing new author. Posting something on facebook (oh how great is the internet) and then me reading it led me to purchase said book before getting offered a free copy for review. LETS JUST SAY IT SOUNDED THAT AMAZING! So I bought it, I read it and now I'm sharing my thoughts.
With Junie Cauldwell’s 16th birthday comes an unexpected gift—she’s a witch, one in a long line of women who either mastered their magic or succumbed to the power it offered.
Social outcast Junie has only ever found comfort in two things: her best friend Miles (who’s suddenly “friendlier” than ever), and Armistice Manor, a remote hotel run by her Aunt Melinda. Things are different at Armistice this visit however, and not just because Junie can now bring inanimate objects to life. Unusual guests from the hidden land of Lothea fill the rooms, all seeking one thing: protection.
When her aunt disappears, Junie is forced to search Lothea’s wild and enchanted terrain, accompanied by a motley band of exiled residents. But no amount of preparation readies the young witch for what is waiting on the other side of her new life … or who.
If anyone knows how to write a good hook it's S.Marie Carlson. She literally had be at the first sentence. The dual worlds and epic cliffhanger which leaves you wanting more were also perfect additions to this story. All I wanted to do was read this book and never stop.
The main character is brilliant and relatable, if not a little predictable too. While I loved her beginning her end only left me frustrated. I wanted more for her, but I guess we will be getting that in book two. I can also see there being a love triangle as there was a hint and movement of feelings between Junie and two other characters. I don't even know who to root for.
The ending left me speechless. I didn't even realise it was the end. I want, I need to know what happens to some of the characters as there is horrible things happening now. I love and hate it, however this debut is definitely with every minute you spend as it will grip your heart and make it hurt.
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