The Witch's Kiss Review

The Witch’s Kiss
Rating: 5/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy
Source: Copy from the publisher (Released 30th June 2016)

Sixteen year old Meredith is fed-up with her feuding family and feeling invisible at school – not to mention the witch magic that shoots out of her fingernails when she’s stressed. Then sweet, sensitive Jack comes into her life and she falls for him hard. The only problem is that he is periodically possessed by a destructive centuries-old curse. Meredith has lost her heart, but will she also lose her life? Or in true fairytale tradition, can true love’s kiss save the day?

One of the authors of this book followed me on Twitter and when I went to follow her back, I saw what book she’d written and it just so happened to be on my “to be read” list when it was released so you can imagine my joy when she agreed to send me a copy of the book to review…I was over the moon! The Witch’s Kiss came yesterday. I finished work at 3pm and by 8pm, the book was finished. There are some books that simply need to be devoured in one sitting…this was one of them.

The Witch’s Kiss is a novel written by sisters Katharine and Elizabeth Corr. The fact it was written by sisters really interested me, there’s no way on Earth I could ever write anything with my sister. I’d say the recommended audience age is 14+. I’m 22 and thoroughly enjoyed it. My question when I finished the book: IS THERE A SEQUEL? I turned the page and my prayers were answered. The Witch’s Tears is coming soon! My second question: HOW SOON? Sadly, that prayer has not been answered yet.

The Witch’s Kiss is written from Meredith’s point of view. She is 16 years old and has the usual teenage worries, friends, boys…magic. She’s a witch. Well, a suppressed witch. She stopped practising her powers for two reasons. 1. Her mum goes ballistic at the mention of the word magic. 2. She cast one too many spells on a boy named Alex… (But I don’t want to give away too much about that, it’s an integral part of the story.

She finds herself dreaming about an extremely hot, yet slightly insane boy named Jack. Well, that is until she walks into her bedroom one day and the man of her dreams is standing right there…seemingly trying to kill her. The course of true love never did run smoothly.

Nothing ever happens in Tillingham but recently, stabbings have been occurring every night. Surely these stabbings couldn’t be connected to the boy from her dreams? Merry is about to find out…

Merry and her brother Leo find an old trinket box in the attic of their house. It contains a bit of old parchment, the hilt of a sword and a braid. They are both baffled as to what to do with it but their meaning is revealed soon enough and Merry finds herself thrust into a world of magic, fighting and gruesome stories about a man that goes around cutting out people’s hearts and putting them into jars…or is it just a story?

Merry discovers that being a witch and fighting a centuries old enemy, Gwydion has been her destiny for a very long time and she must not suppress her powers any more as she has to defeat him…and his (not so willing) apprentice Jack. This is the same Jack she’s having dreams about and now spends most of her evenings kissing under trees.

By the end of the book, Merry and Leo find a way to where Gwydion has been hiding and they must defeat him now before he becomes strong enough to enter the human world.

There are some parts in this book that ripped my heart out of my chest (excuse the pun) and trampled all over it but my god was it brilliant. It was fast-paced, action packed (honestly, you barely have time to come up for breath!) and included everything you want in a good book.

I don’t think the synopsis or this review does this book justice as I don’t think it’s possible to describe just how incredible this book is. It’s released next week so go and grab yourself a copy and lose yourself in Merry’s world. 

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