Author: Paige McKenzie & Nancy Ohlin
Series: B*Witch #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: July 7th, 2020
Publishers: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
This was the most unsatisfying ending I have ever read! I enjoyed the book up until the the 2nd or 3rd last chapter. It went from a 3.5/4 starts to a 2.5 stars within a couple sentences. If you have read this book you will know exactly what I’m talking about… I will do a little spoilery section at the bottom of this post so I can rant about it!
For the good things first! I love the diversity in this book! There is diverse representation for gender identity, sexuality, mental health & race all found in this book which I really appreciated. I also loved that none of the diversity was the focus of the book. The book had diverse characters but it wasn’t a book about diverse characters if that makes sense. I really wish there was more like this!
Now onto the less liked subjects, besides the ending… So, I didn’t like how many POV there was. Honestly I was getting so confused at times trying to remember who was who & follow the POVs. It was just too much. I think there was 5 POVs and there is 7 main characters. So that was a lot to begin with! I definitely struggled there. The story could have easily been pulled off with maybe 3 POV. One girl from each of the covens & Iris.
I’m not sure how old the characters are meant to be. It might have said but I don’t remember, but this felt kind of immature for a YA book. It may be directed towards the younger end of YA but even then the characters read very childish. This made it hard to connect with the characters as well. I just had different expectations for the characters and that put me off. Also the characters were very flat except Iris (and kind of Binks). She was the only one that really had some depth to her.
Overall this had potential to be an amazingly diverse fun mystery with witches. The execution was just not there though. The ending definitely felt lazy and let it down but there was other aspects too that disappointed. I will probably read book 2 if it comes out on Scribd on Audiobook but it’s not something I want to spend my money or audible credits on.
*I do want to mention that I have read reviews from people that have Anxiety that the rep is not fabulous. So keep that in mind. The anxiety, POC & trans rep is not something I can personally comment on so I would suggest reading reviews from readers in those groups for accurate information!
NOW ONTO THE SPOILERS! So basically this book is leading up to the climax & one girl gets kidnapped by this group that wants to kill her for her heart… Scary right?! The other girls finally find the house & it’s on FIRE! One of the girls rushes in to save her & the cat. Awesome. Kind of a bit quick and underwhelming but okay. Maybe something else will happen. But NOPE! What happens is the kidnapper walks out and erases all their memories and they just go back to their lives like nothing happened… I’m sorry WHAT!? It’s like the author was too lazy to actually finish the story but wanted to leave it open for a second book. Honestly this is the most frustrating & disappointing ending I have EVER read! I have ranted to like 3 people in 24 hours about this. I literally paused the audiobook & sat there thinking ARE YOU F*CKING KIDDING ME when it happened. Like NO! Now I feel like book 2 will just be them relearning/investigating the same crap that they already did in this book & now don’t remember. Just Why??
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