Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
A deeper magic. A stronger curse. A family lost…and found.
Persephone May has been alone her entire life. Abandoned as an infant and dragged through the foster care system, she wants nothing more than to belong somewhere. To someone. However, Persephone is as strange as she is lonely. Unexplainable things happen when she’s around—changes in weather, inanimate objects taking flight—and those who seek to bring her into their family quickly cast her out. To cope, she never gets attached, never makes friends. And she certainly never dates. Working odd jobs and always keeping her suitcases half-packed, Persephone is used to moving around, leaving one town for another when curiosity over her eccentric behavior inevitably draws unwanted attention.
After an accidental and very public display of power, Persephone knows it’s time to move on once again. It’s lucky, then, when she receives an email from the one friend she’s managed to keep, inviting her to the elusive Wile Isle. The timing couldn’t be more perfect. However, upon arrival, Persephone quickly discovers that Wile is no ordinary island. In fact, it just might hold the very things she’s been searching for her entire life.
Answers. Family. Home.
And some things she did not want. Like 100-year-old curses and an even older family feud. With the clock running out, love might be the magic that saves them all.
About: The Orphan Witch is a young adult fantasy written by Paige Crutcher. It will be published on 9/28/2021 by St. Martin’s Griffin, paperback, 352 pages. The genres are young adult, science fiction fantasy, paranormal, and witch. According to Macmillan’s website, “The Griffin list features a wide range of contemporary paperbacks, from commercial, literary, and graphic (illustrated) novels to titles of African American and young-adult interest. St. Martin’s Press has a long and respected history of publishing a solid and varied list. We are dedicated to publishing emerging new authors, and offering a fresh perspective on classic genres, while maintaining a diverse and interesting range of books.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Orphan Witch on 8/9/2021 and finished it on 9/29/2021. Definitely a great read, this book had a great start and it reeled me in. I enjoyed the story of the sisters Amara and True. The word Hinterland used in the story of Amara and True reminded me of The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. I liked that despite Persephone’s unstable childhood, she was studious and stayed in school. She’s smart and cautious. I liked the sisters Hyacinth and Moira as well as Ellison and Ariel. Why, this book is full of sisters! I don’t have a sister so I’m a little jealous. Loved reading Hyacinth’s journal.
This book started with Amara, in 1919 as she stood at the top of the cliff on an island thinking about lost family and the price of magic. Then the story began in 2019, off island, following Persephone. She’d been living in many different group homes so she never knew of any of her families or relatives. Her dream was to find her lost families but when her eyes met anyone, magick sent them doing harmful things to themselves. Now at 32, working at odd jobs, thinking maybe if she could take a chance and look into the professor’s eyes, the one who comes everyday to get coffee from her. But as soon as she did, he walked straight out into an oncoming traffic. She had to leave town yet again. In her car deciding where to go next, she received an email from Hyacinth, a friend she once met while working as a research assistant, inviting her to visit. When she arrived at her friend’s house, she learned more about herself than she was expecting.
The Orphan Witch was well written and a fun read full of banters. I loved that readers get to know what each characters were thinking, not just the main character Persephone but also characters that are introduced later on like Dorian, Ellison, Ariel, etc. There seemed to be love at first sight when Persephone first laid eyes on the librarian. There were some good twists I wasn’t expecting. The sisters were well liked and I enjoyed getting to know their individual personalities and their particulars. The magic was good and different. The island sounded wonderful.
I rate it 4 stars!
About the Author:
Paige Crutcher is a former Southern Correspondent for Publishers Weekly, an artist and yogi, and co-owner of the online marketing company Hatchery. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website.)
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***Disclaimer: I won a copy of this book via Goodreads giveaway. Also loved the surprise Bookmail from St. Martin’s with the good smelling tea! Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.