The Witch’s Brew by Heidi R. Kling
Publication date: January 11th 2012
Publisher: Coliliquy, LLC
Number of pages: 342
Series: The Spellspinners of Melas County (1#)
Genre: YA Fantasy – Choose Your Own Ending
Source: From the publicist in exchange for review via Goodreads
The Spellspinners of Melas County is a fantasy YA romance series about a witch, a warlock, and their fight for their forbidden but prophesied love.
Once soulmates, the witch and warlock covens of the California coast have been estranged for a century. Raised to hate each other, their teenagers meet in the Solstice Stones, a magical battleground where they draw energy from each other to maintain their balance. 16 year olds Logan and Lily have spent years training for their first Stones…only to discover just days before that the enemy may not be what either of them had thought.
In Witch’s Brew, Lily is torn between her feelings for Logan and her coven’s need to know who—or what—he is. The young lovers race against time, their distrust for each other, and the powerful influence of their elders to unravel the mystery of their pasts before their future is destroyed.
This is an Active Fiction title
“Active fiction” is a new type of e-reading experience that allows the reader and the author to interact with each other and the text in new and different ways.
In Witch’s Brew, Lily and Logan’s fate is already decided, but Heidi explores several different possible pathways for how they get there. She shares scenes that wouldn’t normally fit in a book format and gives readers more precious moments between the two young lovers. As the series progresses, you’ll see some normal narrative forms, interspersed with smaller scenes, alternate points of view, and a lot of “what if” scenarios.
I have never read an electronic choose your own ending book before. Oh, have I ever read physical choose your own ending books (Goosebumps, anyone?) but never in Kindle format. So that was pretty cool.
Aside from my fascination with it being an electronic choose your own ending book, I really liked the story. I thought it was unique in terms of the relationship between the warlocks and the witches but to be honest, that for me was one of the only things separating it from other witch books for me. I read a lot of witch books, so it’s getting hard for me to find a book that is completely unique.
It was quick entertaining and I really liked it. I loved all the flower names and the actual characters themselves. Both Lily and Logan we’re great characters and I liked the way that Lily wasn’t afraid of her magic. In a lot of the witch books I’ve read, the witches are banned from using their magic, etc.
I thought that this was creative and I really liked it. Would recommend to anyone looking for a quick read and something a little unusual.
Looks like the start of an apocalypse. Almost there.
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Goodreads author bio:
After earning her BA in Literature & Creative Writing Literature from UC Santa Cruz and finding her voice in YA, Heidi went on to earn her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School. She has directed and written children’s theatre on both coasts and lives with her husband and two children in Palo Alto, CA.