Saturday, August 29, 2015

Review: The Witches of BlackBrook

Title: The Witches of BlackBrook (The Witches of Blackbrook, #1)
Author: Tish Thawer
Publisher: Amber Leaf Publishing
Release Date: June 23rd, 2015!

From Goodreads...
Through space and time, sisters entwined. Lost then found, souls remain bound. 

Three sisters escape the Salem witch trials when the eldest casts a spell that hurdles their souls forward through time. After centuries separated, fate has finally reunited them in the present day. 

One the healer, one the teacher, and one the deceiver. 

Will their reunion return their full powers, or end their souls journey forever? 

A Witches of BlackBrook novel.

My Review!
Any time there is a story about witches, I NEED to read it! Add a pretty cover on top of that, and I’m basically sold. While I did enjoy this book, there was something about it that was just...lacking. It was told in 3rd person and switched a few POVs throughout so it was a little hard to connect to the characters, but I liked them! I just didn’t feel as if I knew them enough to come to care for them.

The main character is Trin, massage therapist and witch. I don’t really know much about her aside from that. She’s polite to the point I rolled my eyes. She’s the most powerful witch ever, apparently, and yet I didn’t actually see her doing much of that craft throughout the book. She’s been searching for her long-lost sister, and she thinks she’s finally found her. But nothing is as it seems for Trin, and she’ll have to deal with a lot of confusion in this book. I liked her character a lot, though again, with the 3rd person POV and the short book, I didn’t really feel like I got to know her enough.

There were quite a few other characters who didn’t feel well-rounded at all, even the “villain” and his little portions of POV during the course of the book. The romance left much to be desired, and I didn’t quite believe it even with a certain reveal. They didn’t make me FEEL like they loved each other. I liked the other characters well enough, but they were kind of bland. And everyone was just so POLITE to each other, and I was like: this isn’t real life. There wasn’t any emotional depth. Again, much of that could just be because it was in 3rd person, which always makes it harder to step into a character’s shoes, so to speak. But I could have used so much more development with them.

The plot was actually kind of the saving grace, as I was intrigued the whole way through! I even totally missed the Big Twist (which makes me feel like an idiot after rereading the synopsis). I didn’t guess that so it took me by surprise. I did really like the flashbacks, though I think less is more sometimes in that regard. They did give me great background on the characters and the past, but quite a few seemed either irrelevant or randomly thrown out there for a break in dialogue/story-line. That ending also felt completely wrapped up (even if it a bit open-ended), and I didn’t actually know it was a series. So I’m kinda interested to see where the sequel takes us.

The Witches of BlackBrook, while not the greatest book I’ve ever read, was really entertaining and intriguing. It grabbed my attention in the beginning, and that never wavered. It was a quick read, so it left the characters feeling underdeveloped, but I’m sure the sequel will change things in that regard and we’ll see more of certain ones. :)



  1. So I grew up reading this book called The Witch of Blackbird Pond. XD WHICH IS SUPER SIMILAR. haa. Anyway, that book was awesome, but this one, not so much. Sadness. :( I feel like third person can be SO hit or miss! I quite love reading it, but I've read some really dodgy ones where I just don't feel anything for the character. :( So probably not rushing out for this one, but I do like that cover!

  2. This book sounds really entertaining, I haven't heard about it before but I'm always welcome to read books about witches! A shame about the kind of random characters here and there but hey, I've never read a book with a massage therapist as a character. Lovely review Holly!

  3. I have been curious about this one for ages, it seems! I haven't read a good witch storyline in a loooooong time! The 3rd person narration would create disconnect for me too, which is sad :(


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