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Friday, 19 December 2014

REVIEW, BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY - The Witches of the Glass Castle (Books 1 & 2)

Title: The Witches of the Glass Castle: Uprising

Author: Gabriella Lepore

Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance

Release Date: December 16, 2014

Mia's life is turned upside down when she uncovers her family secret—that she and her brother Dino are witches. 

Seeking refuge in an ancient castle, the siblings begin down a path that will change their lives forever. Suddenly thrust into a world where handsome warriors command the power of nature and people's thoughts and actions can be manipulated at will, Mia and Dino struggle to navigate their own allegiances and do what they know to be right, even when everything around them seems beyond their control.
Mia gazed around the land. Beyond the embankment, the forest stood staunchly behind its silvery mist. A natural curiosity held her focus to it. She was at a safe enough distance to really study it, and she couldn’t resist indulging in the temptation of doing so. After all, the forest held such mystery – it was impossible not to be intrigued by it. But the longer she watched it, the more uncomfortable it made her. Suddenly she felt extremely exposed, as though she was no longer simply watching, but was, in fact, being watched.
Mia glanced around, intimidated by the thought of eyes upon her. There was no one around; she was alone. Although perhaps that wasn’t a good thing.
When she looked back to the forest, the rain before her eyes seemed to distort her vision. It was as though the flow of rainfall was different somehow. And as it progressively worsened, she could barely see her own hand in front of her face. Now, the rain was no longer falling straight down, but rather it was dropping diagonally and in zigzag patterns, as though it had been caught in a ferocious whirlwind.
A familiar breeze caressed her wet hair. Mia stiffened instinctively. A Hunter was near.

The Witches of Glass Castle (Book 1)

4 out of 5 (really liked it

I received this book from Enticing Journey in return for a fair and honest review.

This book starts with a bang as there is a fire in the cellar. Mia is the one who caused it although she has no idea how but it is her brother, Dino, who is suffering from it. Her mother and aunt take it all in stride and explain that it's about due as they're witches so off to the Glass Castle they go.

Now Dino is in a lot of pain, which is excellently explained, and he portrays the pained, grumpy, disgruntled teenager to perfection. He does make friends though and is very good friends with Blue aka Buttons (who is simply brilliant!)

Mia makes friends with a girl her own age called Kizzy who is a seer. Mia doesn't know what she is and almost feels jealousy of Dino although she knows how much he is hurting.

So put these two together with a group of other witches, throw in the danger of the unknown and you have a fantastic story that will draw you in and keep you turning the pages WAY past your bedtime!

I loved the relationship between Mia and Dino - it was so typically familial. Deep love and yet there is still irritation, jealousy, envy and even hatred, they're all there.

A short mention of Colt - he is the love interest of Mia and of course, he has to be a hunter. I loved Colt! He is such a brilliantly written character - a perfect mix of being a bad-ass, so arrogant it makes your teeth itch but then a hint of vulnerability that makes you want to hug him.

The plot line is well paced and the story and backstory is very well written. Nothing feels rushed about this book, everything seems to develop at the perfect time. Mia is only 16 and as such, some of her reactions had me shaking my head but it wasn't long before Colt came along and sorted things out. Really enjoyed this and would recommend without any doubts. Looking forward to book 2.

The Witches of Glass Castle: Uprising (Book 2)

4 out of 5 (really liked it)

I received this book from Enticing Journey in return for a fair and honest review.

This book continues a few months after the old one and starts with Dino and Mia sneaking back to the Glass Castle. The reason they are sneaking instead of going with full parental approval and fanfare like last time is because Mia's life is in danger due to something that is out of her control. Her mother and aunt want to send to her to the back of beyond, by herself, until the danger has passed but Mia and Dino are having none of that.

They go to the Glass Castle where they meet with old friends and new faces. Wendolyn is aware of the danger and is already trying to find a way to help Mia. She has personal feelings mixed in with her desire to help, as you find out.

This story is just as enticing as the first one, with twists and turns aplenty. I have to admit I wasn't surprised at who the 'bad guy' was as I'd thought it was him from the very start but how it was written was compelling and intriguing enough that my pleasure wasn't spoiled in any way!

Colt did give me heart attack a couple of times but he still remains my favourite character, although Siren and Dino are catching up with Blue.

The emotional ride that this book takes you on is full of angst but also hope and humour. I really enjoyed this second book and really, REALLY hope that there will be a third! There's so much more that I need to read about. Definitely recommended.

Gabriella Lepore lives on the coast of Wales in the United Kingdom. She began writing at an early age and grew up with a passion for all things supernatural—especially witches! She currently has five Young Adult books in print: How I Found You, Evanescent, Phoenix Holt, and The Witches of the Glass Castle books 1 & 2.


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