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Book Review: Something Wicked

A breakup and a car accident are no way to start your seventeenth birthday.
For Theo Montgomery, that is exactly how it began. Her bad luck turns worse when she returns home from a school dance to find her house on fire–with her parents still inside. Following their deaths, Theo is sent to live with her estranged aunt in Salem, Massachusetts. If a new home and a new school aren’t enough to deal with, Theo discovers her aunt has a secret: she is a witch. And so is Theo.
Theo must learn to keep her magic in check, lest the village’s notorious witch hunters discover that magic has returned to the world after more than three hundred years. But how can she navigate a new school, new magical powers, and avoid the witch hunters, when she finds herself enjoying the company of one?
Trystan de Lancre is a dangerous witch hunter, but that doesn’t keep Theo from wanting to discover more about him. Harboring secrets of his own, Trystan isn’t the only perilous force in Salem. Something has returned to the village; something the witches believed to have been dead and buried long ago.
Salem’s dark past rises to haunt Theo and the present-day witches, unraveling a shocking revelation: the real cause of the Salem Witch Trials.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

A great witchy read! I cannot wait for the next book in this series. I really loved Theo and Hazel. I felt like their friendship grew very organically. It just seemed like an authentic kind of companionship. 

The authors writing style had me begging for more and I was engaged with the story the whole time. I really we had seen Theo push back a bit when she discovers her new life… Though in reality I can’t be mad that she didn’t question it much, if someone came at me like ‘Hey, by the way you are a witch..’ I would not question it a bit. 

I just really wanted to see Theo struggle a little. I feel like it would make her more relatable as a character instead of just being perfect at it from day one. The story itself has great pacing. I even slightly enjoyed the love at first sight aspect of it.  I liked that the pacing of the romantic relationship between Theo and Trystan seemed realistic. 

I love the elemental approach to witchcraft in stories. Too often we see witches wielding dark magic or curses so this was very beautifully done. Thank you so much to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for allowing me to review this title. 

Image and synopsis taken from NetGalley.

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