The story revolves around Thea's discovery that she is from the sixteenth century, a girl whose memory has been erased to protect her and the powerful secret she holds. She finds out she has a formidable foe, who wants to capture, then kill her. Cory, Joshua, Samuel, Fish, Javier and Delia are friends who have always stuck by her side. Through them, she learns just how special she is. The series starts in Salem, but ends in a world like nothing you've ever imagined.
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As a witch, my life has always had just a touch of the paranormal about. That is one of the many reasons why I have always enjoyed paranormal and witchy tales. I picked up WITCH: A NEW BEGINNING with understandable high hopes. The blurb that I read was interesting and it is the season for tales set in Salem.
Thea is a quiet, shy girl who works at a bakery and lives in her books. Her life gets interesting when one of her favorite authors happens to wander into her bakery and orders some pastries. Try as hard as I could I wasn't able to like Thea. I think that part of that is the fact that she starts off by really not liking herself. If it wasn't for her friend Delia, I would have become bored rather quickly.
I think that the concept of this book to be interesting and refreshing. One part that I really did enjoy and wanted to mention was the spells themselves. They were all set into verse form and some where quite beautiful. Some of the secondary characters are also wonderful.
There were some real issues though that kept me from really enjoying the story. I almost felt as though I needed a score card to keep track of the different characters because they all had a sameness about them. And Thea is just way too whiny for me to deal with. The pacing was also off where it seems as though the characters were racing along just to drop back to a snail's pace abruptly.
As you can probably tell, I am not going to be able to recommend WITCH: A NEW BEGINNING to my readers. I do think that this author has talent but it needs some seasoning. I will keep my eyes out for future releases.
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.