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Three-point-five stars rounded up to four
ARC received from Netgalley. This review is not biased in any way. There was no money, gifts, discounts, or favors exchanged for this review.So, I <i>might</i> like historical romance. Especially the 1400s-1800s. <i>Might</i>. And I <i>might</i> completely love witch books. I blame it on <i>Charmed</i>. Sadly, a lot of witch books are horrible. Sort of like angel books. And I <i>might</i> love European accents. Well, that's a given. <i>Of course</i> accents are amazing. To girls, anyway. After seeing the covers and the publisher, I decided I definitely had to get it. This is a reason I love Netgalley so much. You find all these new books, and if they suck, you didn't have to pay any money for them!
Meg Lytton is an apprentice to her aunt, a witch. She struggles in some spells, like any normal student would. Meg is a servant to Elizabeth, who was outcast because of suspicion of threats to her sister, the queen of England. Alejandro de Castillo is a priest in the making from Spain. He and another priest were sent to convert Elizabeth. Now, Meg can only practice her witchcraft in the extremest secrecy, or else she'll be hanged.
The characters of <i>Witchstruck</i> could have been written better. My favorite kind of books are character-driven ones, instead of being plot-driven.
<i>Witchstruck</i> was part of both. If the characters had been more developed, I would have liked it a lot more. Meg was never certain of her mind, which I really didn't like. That being said, I enjoyed the characters. They just didn't completely seem real.
The love story between Alejandro and Meg is gradual in development, right up until the end. I've found this in many books: the romance is completely well paced, until a chapter or two before the end, when the author feels like it is necessary for them to completely love each other forever and ever and ever.
There's a lot of telling, rather than showing, which annoyed me a lot. Readers probably won't be as annoyed as I was, though.
This novel had an interesting plot, and I felt that it was well-paced. Some parts could have used more detail, but overall, it was very well written.
I'm planing to read the next book, as well as more of the author's works. I'm hoping this series gets better, as it has a lot of potential, but isn't amazing at being well executed.