Hello everyone! Today I’m bringing you another blog tour – but this time, it has a review attached to it. So without further delay, here is my review of The Witch Hunt by Sasha Peyton Smith.
I received this book for free from NetGalley to facilitate my review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Witch Hunt by Sasha Peyton Smith
Series: The Witch Haven #2
Published by Simon and Schuster on 10/11/2022
Genres: Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult Fiction / Action & Adventure / General, Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Historical, Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Wizards & Witches
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The lush and pulse-pounding sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Witch Haven follows Frances and her fellow witches to the streets of Paris where family secrets, lost loves, and dangerous magic await.
Months after the devastating battle between the Sons of St. Druon and the witches of Haxahaven, Frances has built a quiet, safe life for herself, teaching young witches and tending the garden within the walls of Haxahaven Academy. But one thing nags; her magic has begun to act strangely. When an opportunity to visit Paris arises, Frances jumps at the chance to go, longing for adventure and seeking answers about her own power.
Once she and her classmates Maxine and Lena reach the vibrant streets of France, Frances learns that the spell she used to speak to her dead brother has had terrible consequences—the veil between the living and the dead has been torn by her recklessness, and a group of magicians are using the rift for their own gain at a horrifying cost.
To right this wrong, and save lives and her own magical powers, Frances must hunt down answers in the parlors of Parisian secret societies, the halls of the Louvre, and the tunnels of the catacombs. Her only choice is to team up with the person she swore she’d never trust again, risking further betrayal and her own life in the process.
If you like – no if you LOVE books about witches, you’ll definitely want to read The Witch Hunt (and The Witch Haven, which comes first in the series) by Sasha Peyton Smith.
I have to say, I adored Maxine. I loved how irreverent she could be and the way that you could tell that she cared deeply for Frances and Lena.
I was also very fond of Frances and of Oliver. I think they make an adorable couple, even if they might not be quite sure exactly what they are to each other.
I had a difficult time putting this book down to do things I needed to do around the house. While the book might seem to start off slow to some people, trust me, once it picks up, it zooms by. You won’t know what hit you. I find it difficult to talk about the book without giving anything away but I have to address one plot point that I loved.
I loved that Frances’s magic was on the fritz. I loved that her magic wasn’t perfect, that it didn’t always work the way it was supposed to. So many stories involving witches and/or magic end up with the magic-user’s magic always being perfect and working precisely as it should that it can make for a very boring story. But Frances having her magic not work properly made this story all the more interesting.
I give this one a solid 4 stars. I highly recommend it. I’m planning to re-read it again very soon.