I have to be honest. I haven’t read a lot of books this year. My Goodreads 2013 reading challenge might say I’ve exceeded my 10 book-goal for the year, but I haven’t done as much reading as I was hoping. There’s such a plethora of interesting novels I want to get my hands on, but never find the right time, and with the new job being at home, with limited public transport travel, which is where I had been doing my reading for the past two or three years, all my reading plans have gone to shambles. But that’s a topic for another post. Now on with this one. The reason for this introduction is because the books I did read this year, or tried to, were somewhat disappointing. Candace Knoebel’s “Born in Flames” proved challenging to take seriously with the minimal amount of editing that seemed to have taken place in the book and “Caleo” by james crawford, although a pleasant surprise had its downward moments; again heavily due to editing. So you could not possibly imagine how refreshed I felt reading Heidi Hall’s “Witch Way” of the Magical Holiday Tales series and find that the economy in this book was magnificent. But first things first:
Witch Way is about a troubled, young woman, Roxy, who is forced out of her quite comfortable life with Uncle Barry on a Halloween night and is driven by mystical forces to Mystic, Oregon, where all the inhabitants seem to be waiting for her, everyone seems to know her and ever so strangely she feels like home. What will happen when her true heritage comes to light? And what will she be willing to do for her future when her recent past comes to haunt and hunt her down?
This is no high art literature, nor an epic, and does never claim to be one. It is chick-lit. But it is chick-lit at its best. And to all of you snobs out there who think chick-lit does not really deserve its -lit part, then you are really missing the point of what reading is all about. Admittedly, I’m not a big fan of the genre, but only because it lacks the very element that isn’t from this book. Magic. I do have a soft-spot for witchy, romantic stories that seem to spring up everywhere in the e-book world. This one novella is fantastic one at that. It offers great amounts of laughter, tons of salivating swoon and the fun of spell-casting, in a fine, neat package. Having read books that are so pre-occupied with themselves that they lose the audience every few pages, it was infuriatingly stimulating to read something that had great economy and savored the story as a whole rather than giving in to the need to extend on every scene and moment of brilliance (which I might be guilty of in my own writing). The plot flows smoothly and the pace sticks true to the rest of the novella. Every moment is appreciated for what it is, but keeping faithful to the story.
Character wise, because of its length, one cannot go into big depths about development and I think it might be more worthwhile to look at character development throughout the three novellas in the series, rather than in one individually, but even in that short amount of time we do see Roxy transforming from a self-obssessed girl, to a full, grown woman who has accepted her past for what it is.
I was eagerly anticipating reading this novella every time I was on the go and craved for more every time, so in engaging the reader mark A+. What worked the trick for me in this novella was the use of Wicca tradition for the representation of magic. It was done with great amounts of research, but also with enough liberty to also serve the story right. All in all, a much worthy read!
Rhys Out! xXxNote: I will be trying to set up an interview with the author of this book, in an effort to redefine this blog into a writers/readers community, so stay tuned for that!