Title: A Witch in Winter
Author: Ruth Warburton
Published: January 2012
From the back of the book:~
When love is tangled up in magic, how do you know what's real?
When Anna meets Seth, it's magic. But her hidden powers unleash a spell that sparks a war among witches and enslaves Seth's heart.
Opening line: The first thing that hit me was the smell - damp and bitter.
Closing line: It was a thing of beauty, a little piece of magic made out of nowhere. From just oil and water.
I want to start off by thanking Cait over at The Cait Files for holding a giveaway which led to me winning a signed copy of A Witch in Winter, and also thank you to author Ruth Warburton.
I loved this book!! And one of the main things I love is that this is a British book, set in Britain by a talented new British author and one I will be keeping boths eyes on!!
Anna Winterson has no idea that a move to the small town of Winter with her farther will lead to her discovering that she is a witch and has powers that only others could dream of. After meeting Seth, Anna enchants him to fall in love with her, and it works only a little too well. She loves Seth and wants him to love her the same way, without magic, but as she uses her powers to try and fix her original enchantment she causes destruction and unleashes evil. Anna also attracts the attention of other witches, some good and wanting to help her, and others not so good that I think would use her power for all the wrong reasons.
Anna is a brilliant character, her world may be changing and in spite of it all, and her self doubt at times, she is a strong-willed and strong minded character. I love the relationship with her dad and I can't wait for the questions and answers about who her mother really was.
I liked Seth, he's a guy with a mildly bad past after falling of the rails and I love his relationship with Anna. I really like how his own story pans out in the book and I love the whole idea of not knowing if he truely loves Anna or if it's just the spell at work. Warburton did this rather well and her writing is just brilliant!
I can't memtion Anna and Seth with out mentioning Emmaline! Yes there are some fantastic secondary characters in this book but I just love Emmaline! I love her whole attutide, she isn't affraid to speak her mind and stand up for her family and friends. She's the kind of girl who speaks her mind and I love that!!
4/5 stars. Why? Because A Witch in Winter is a brilliant start to a promising new series from a fantastic new author and I can't wait to read more. For me, Ruth Warburton has already made her name in the YA genre and one I'm recommending to all my customers!