Genre: Fantasy Age Range: YA Star Rating: 3 stars Series: Yes - first book of trilogy
Sixteeen-year-old Meredith is fed-up with her feuding family and feeling invisible at school – not to mention the witch magic that shoots out of her fingernails when she’s stressed.
Then sweet, sensitive Jack comes into her life and she falls for him hard. The only problem is that he is periodically possessed by a destructive centuries-old curse.
Meredith has lost her heart, but will she also lose her life? Or in true fairytale tradition, can true love’s kiss save the day?
Being a witch is dangerous – but being in love is even worse.
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I was warned, going in, that this book is very different to the sister’s most recent book, A THRONE OF SWANS. I loved that book, so wanted to read their earlier books. The friend I borrowed the books from warned me that they have grown a lot as writers since THE WITCH’S KISS, and that I shouldn’t expect the same sort of writing or story.
I’m glad I was warned, as this book is much younger and less refined than A THRONE OF SWANS. The writing isn’t very subtle at times, and it’s a very cliched story – from the start with the girl waking from a nightmare and describing herself in the mirror, right through a cursed prince to the final show down. There are secrets that you know are being held back for no real reason, and the magic has no spark.
For a book with a synopsis and title all about romance, the romance in the book itself is very lackluster. There’s more emotional tugs about the unrequited love (and off page love interest) for Merry’s brother Leo.
I didn’t feel any chemistry between Merry and Jack, and it felt more like she was pitying him. They had no connection, and no reason to like each other. He’s a murderous, cursed prince with only a tragic backstory for depth – no shared interests or life for them to bond over. The whole “true love’s kiss idea” (which thankfully comes to nothing) was more like a nod to lore than any actual emotional stakes and hope.
It was engaging enough, though, that I read through to the end. It’s an easy story to read – doesn’t require much brainpower and what I’ve heard about the next two books makes me think the consequences of magic could be explored in an interesting way. I will read the rest of the trilogy, as I have them all here, but I’m not expecting much.
Read my reviews of other books by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr
The Witch’s Kiss (this series):
A Throne of Swans:
House of Shadows:
- DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS (#1)