I received a free eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This title releases July 18, 2017.
Author: Cory Putman Oakes
TW: Gaslighting by parent
WITCHTOWN by Cory Putman Oakes follows 16 year old Macie O’Sullivan and her masterfully manipulative mother, Aubra, as they attempt to pull the heist of a lifetime- robbing the fabled witch Haven called Witchtown. Things start to unravel as the two realized Witchtown isn’t what it seems… and Macie realizes neither is her mother.
I love any and all books about witches and jumped on the opportunity to read a book about a witch-only town, but I ended up being pretty disappointed. It seriously took me a month to finish this book because the first solid 70% of this book was so boring. I felt like the set-up for the town and the people who become Macie’s friends could have been so interesting but Oakes sidetracks that in favor of introducing a whole bunch of characters we meet once or twice. I would have loved to know what made a certain character hate Witchtown and why Macie had such a sudden love for it. There was also the story of the poltergeist in the depot, a story that should have been told seeing as how Bradley played such a huge part in the book, that never got explored. What happened to Stan? What caused the fire?
While the last 25% or so of the book was pretty good, everything was seriously rushed to make this nice, neat ending work. I figured out pretty early on the significance of Aubra and Macie’s moonstones and that would have been such an interesting plot twist… if the author had done more with it.
All in all, it was an ok read. Not something I really would want on my shelf and definitely not something I would ever reread.