Friday, April 17, 2015

Title:       Witchlight
Author:   J.S. Watts
Rating:   ★★★
Availability: Kobo | Amazon
*Ebook copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

There are some books you just really want to like but...can't. Or at least not as much as you wanted to.

Holly has been mortal all her life. Now at thirty-eight, her fairy godfather arrives to tell her she’s a witch, and suddenly she's having to come to terms with the uncertainties of an alarmingly magic-fuelled world. Magic is not like it is in the books and films, and Holly starts to doubt whether her fairy godfather, Partridge Mayflower, is the fey, avuncular charmer he appears.

When appearances are magically deceptive, Holly cannot afford to trust those closest to her, including herself. Accidents start to happen, people die, Old Magic is on the hunt, but in the age-old game of cat and mouse, just who is the feline and who is the rodent?

It's not that Witchlight was bad, but it took me a while to get into the story. The start was pretty slow and a bit boring that I wasn't encouraged to continue reading, but I've decided to push through anyway.

The paranormal story picks up halfway to the middle, and then I'm caught up in a world of secrets and old magic. The story quickly picks up the pace and before I know it, I'm nearing the end.

However, I feel like even after reading 200 pages, I don't know Holly that well. All I know is that she's pretty powerful and an orphan. I didn't get her personality all that much. Sarah, her best friend, and which should have played a more major role in her life (seeing as she's a best friend and all) quite disappeared somewhere in the middle aside from being mentioned as demanding of her time. Seeing as she's a major fixture in Holly's life, I would have expected a side story where Sarah's told about Holly's magical abilities.

Plus, there were some magical mumbo jumbo that I couldn't quite imagine. I wish the concept of Old Magic was more explained. I feel that there was a huge build-up towards the end but the ending left a little bit more to be desired.

Happy Friday! What are your weekend reads?