Thursday, October 22, 2015

Book Review: Escape from Witchwood Hollow

Escape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek
Publication Date: October 29, 2014

Everyone in Arnn - a small farming town with more legends than residents - knows the story of Witchwood Hollow: if you venture into the whispering forest, the witch will trap your soul among the shadowed trees.

After losing her parents in a horrific terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria and her older brother escape New York City to Arnn. In the lure of that perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope, when she should be afraid.

Perhaps the witch can reunite her with her lost parents. Awakening the witch, however, brings more than salvation from mourning, for Honoria discovers a past of missing children and broken promises.

To save the citizens of Arnn from becoming the witch’s next victims, she must find the truth behind the woman’s madness.

How deep into Witchwood Hollow does Honoria dare venture?

***I received this book from the author in exchange for a honest review.***

Escape from Witchwood Hollow was a spooky, quick read that will appeal to most, but not to all. The style of writing, and the style of the story itself, is not typical, and it can throw some readers off. However, it is very unique, and is an intriguing read that you'll fly through in no time. While it wasn't the best book I've ever read, it was still an pretty good story that could use a bit of improvement. 

There is a lot of potential for this story, it just needs to be flushed out a bit more. There were times when the story was confusing, and it took me a little bit to fully understand the time jumps/alternate POVs. This wasn't because I didn't know who was speaking, but because it was just a bit awkward. Honoria was okay as a female lead. The biggest problem I had was that I never truly felt a connection with her. Whether this was due to the fact that we don't truly read that much from her POV--her chapters are pretty short so we're never with her for very long, coupled with the fact that this book is short--or that she just wasn't that developed as a character, the reader just feels at a bit of a loss when it comes to her. 

Overall, this was a good mystery with a major twist ending. I was able to figure out most of it, but it was still interesting to watch everything come together in the end. With a bit more development of the characters and the storyline itself, this has a lot of potential to be a fantastic book! Check it out, and see if it's your cup of tea!

Happy reading :)


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