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Book Review: A Witch in Winter by Ruth Warburton

January 9, 2012

A Witch in Winter
by Ruth Warburton

Published 1/5/2012 by Hodder Children’s Books

From Goodreads: 
Anna Winterson doesn’t know she’s a witch and would probably mock you for believing in magic, but after moving to the small town of Winter with her father, she learns more than she ever wanted to about power. When Anna meets Seth, she is smitten, but when she enchants him to love her, she unwittingly amplifies a deadly conflict between two witch clans and splits her own heart in two. She wants to love Seth, to let him love her – but if it is her magic that’s controlling his passion, then she is as monstrous as the witch clan who are trying to use her amazing powers for their own gain.
Although a perfect fit for the paranormal romance genre, A WITCH IN WINTER avoids fangs, excessive body hair and submissive female leads, and tells the heart-wrenching story of a couple meant to be together, but being forced apart. Seth is utterly irresistible and Anna is an empowered, proactive young woman with unimaginable magic inside her. This is fast-paced, sensuous writing with believable incantations inspired by Warburton’s research into witchcraft legend and old English.

I thought:
Anna Winterson is less than thrilled to have been moved from her cushy life in London to the cold, dusty interior of the Winter house set amidst the Winter Woods. The kids at school lovingly referring to her new home as the ‘Witch’s house’ is doing nothing to ease the frustration and anxiety that seems to be building inside her since they moved in.

When Anna and her new friends work a love spell from the book Anna’s father found while doing renovations, Anna never dreamed that it would actually WORK. Until Seth (the super hot school bad boy) breaks up with his long time girlfriend and seemingly falls desperately in love with her.

“Anna, I know this sounds crazy but- I love you.”

In desperation she tells him that what he feels isn’t his actual feelings but something she enchanted him to feel… He doesn’t believe her, but I mean really- would YOU? So she PROVES that she is indeed a witch and he freaks out. But now she fears the wrath of the Ealdwitin (like a witch’s council) if he tells anyone about her.

Seth decides it couldn’t possibly be a spell making him love her and he comes knocking at her window in the middle of the night. Turns out there are more witches in Winter than Anna could’ve imagined… And one extremely heinous one whom doesn’t seem content to just leave Anna be.

A Witch in Winter is very descriptive and beautifully told! Book 2 will hopefully hold the answers to all the questions raised in this installment of the trilogy! I thought some of this story was a tad predictable, but most was very exciting!


From → 4 stilettos

  1. Eeek! This sounds awesome! I LOVE that cover too I want to read it juts for that haha.GiselleXpresso Reads

  2. The cover is awesome!I love when a book just grips you and doesn't let you go!

  3. I love the cover! Now I'm even more excited for this book. Can't wait to read it!!

  4. I am so into books about witches right now; however, the predictable factor you mentioned is making me wary. Love the cover as well!

  5. Yeah, I had this happened to me a lot in high school. Always making the hot guys fall in love with me… lol. Seriously though, this books sounds good.

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