The cover of this series is absolutely beautiful. It can be so disappointing when an author or publisher makes zero effort into how it looks on the shelf. The cover should echo the feeling of the story, not just be a generic photo of two people kissing or a boring photo that barely gives you any feel for the type of book you are about to jump into. So bravo/brava to the people who made this cover and allowed it to be used.
I enjoyed this story well enough, but either there was not enough tension in the plot or things between Luke and Rosa were resolved too easily. I am on the fence, so maybe it was a little of both. Here’s this guy, whose parents were killed by a most powerful witch, who waltzes in a nest of witches and can’t do his assigned job. Oh he tries, but he’s just so smitten with this person he doesn’t even know that he can’t end it. While he (thankfully) doesn’t immediately start professing his love for her verbatim, it’s there (mostly because he doesn’t like these feelings). And Rosa appears to be attracted to Luke as well, even though she has no idea that he’s tried to kill her. Twice. Once he confesses, it doesn’t matter to her. Again, without much (or any) convincing. Love conquers all, right?
This is the time period where girls were no better than collateral, and the cruelty shown by Rosa’s mother and Rosa’s brother, Alexis, is disturbing. Add into that their magical abilities, and thing quickly pass cruel to frightening. As for Sebastian, let’s just say that Rosa definitely should go with the bad thing she’s feeling. I am not totally sure what the aim of the Ealdwitan is or what these witches hope to do with all of their amassed power, but I hope they keep it in the UK.
The Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton was published January 2, 2014 by Hodder Children’s Books. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to the Publisher, the Author and NetGalley.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Historical Fantasy Paranormal Romance Series
Ages: 13 and up
COYER Scavenger Hunt #72: Read a book that features witches only (no other supernatural characters). (5 points)