Saturday, September 10, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on Escape from Witchwood Hollow

Escape from Witchwood HollowEscape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was approached by one of the members of the author's street team to possibly read and review this book. Upon reading the synopsis, it sounded like it would be right down my alley so I happily agreed. Thank you to the author for providing me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Everyone in Arnn - a small farming town with more legends than residents - knows the story of Witchwood Hollow: if you venture into the whispering forest, the witch will trap your soul among the shadowed trees.

After losing her parents in a horrific terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria and her older brother escape New York City to Arnn. In the lure of that perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope, when she should be afraid.

Perhaps the witch can reunite her with her lost parents. Awakening the witch, however, brings more than salvation from mourning, for Honoria discovers a past of missing children and broken promises.

To save the citizens of Arnn from becoming the witch’s next victims, she must find the truth behind the woman’s madness.

How deep into Witchwood Hollow does Honoria dare venture?

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The story is told in three different time periods: 1670, 1850, and 2001. Not something I was aware of going in. Jumping between time periods or multiple perspectives is something that throws me off a bit if I'm not careful, but I didn't seem to have too much of a problem with it in this book. Once I realized this though, I definitely started to form a theory about the storylines. That theory turned out to be right, but there were still nuggets presented that I was surprised and entertained by.

My favorite parts were the ones that occurred in the story taking place in 2001. Those sections were the ones that really drew me in and kept me captivated from the start. It wasn't until roughly halfway through, that I started to become enthralled with the story as a whole. That is also about when things started clicking together for me.

I was a little irritated with Honoria in the way that she only seemed interested in the prospect of a boyfriend at one point of the story. Some of the things she thought to herself really got under my skin. I was also a little disappointed with the way she handles some drama in the latter part of the story.

The end of this story was definitely a let down for me and it's what is preventing me from giving this book a higher rating. It was not something that I expected for sure, though I do feel it is a feasible end. If it had gone in a different direction though, I feel that the story would've been more satisfying for me as a whole. That being said, I would still check out another of this author's work in the future as I did think this was an enjoyable read.

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