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Hi, my name is Kim and I am addicted to books. See? I can admit it!! 

Witch's Brew

Witch's Brew - Heidi R. Kling

Witch's Brew is the first book in The Spellspinners of Melas County series and is an "active fiction" read.  I have not read this kind of "choose your path" book before so it was a new experience for me.  There are two places at which you, as the reader, must make a choice.  The beginning and ending is the same, but the choices you make will affect how the characters get from point A to B.  I will be reading it again to follow some other paths to the end!


The book is set in a version of our own world, the geography recognizable.  But the world of magic exists alongside humanity, with most never knowing very much about its existence.  Witches and warlocks live separately, forbidden to interact with one another.  They live very different lives with very different values and priorities.  The story is told from the alternating points of view of Logan and Lily, a warlock and a witch.  I love that technique because it allows us to really know both sides of the same story.


Logan and Lily are fantastic characters with great voices.  Both have fully embraced the worlds they live in, ready and willing to accept anything and everything that comes along with that.  Right up until they meet one another and realize that there is something more going on between them.  There is a very clear line drawn between good and evil in this book, with Logan coming from the side of evil, but it is impossible not to love him for reasons that unfold over the course of the book.

The mythology is rich, drawing on some real principles, but with so many new elements of its own.  There is a lot of of mystery on both sides, secrets and betrayals and so much more.  The story grows more and more intense the farther into it you get and there is a fantastic cliffhanger waiting for you at the end...!


Things to love...


  • Daisy.  Lily's little sister is spunky, sassy and fun!
  • The witch's naming.  All of the witches are  named after flowers, a nice tie-in to the nature worship aspect of witchcraft.
  • The ink.  It's a warlock thing, but as a lover of tattoos, I like it!
  • The cover!  GORGEOUS!


Things I wanted more/less of...


  • More Daisy.  She's hilarious!
  • More Melas County!


Some Quotastic Goodness


  • Sucking him in, I took a mental picture of his pale face, the almond shape of his eyes, the sharp outline of his jaw.  He was beyond hot.  Smoking hot.  Tree-caught-on-fire hot (Loc. 207).
  • "You have a pink car," I deadpanned into his window.  "Correction."  He grinned.  "The band has a pink BUS.  We call it the Pink Twinkie (Loc. 1581)."


My Recommendation


This is a really great read!  There is a little of everything... love, mystery, intrigue, humor, magic!

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