Monday, 12 March 2012

Review: A Witch in Winter by Ruth Warburton

A Witch in Winter by Ruth Warburton
(Winter Trilogy #1)
4 out of 5 stars

Published by Hodder Children's Books

With the arrival of vampires, shifters and angels, witches have taken the background. Luckily, 2012 brings us some very interesting young-adult debuts featuring witches, including Witch in Winter.

When at a slumber party Anna by accident bewitches her crush Seth to fall in love with her, she doesn't know what to do. She has found an old spell-book and she tries everything to undo the spell. But her powers are attracting unwanted notice, and some people might do anything to make her stop...

What I liked about Witch in Winter is the main character Anna. She is believable and a nice girl. She isn't the popular kind of girl, but not the lonely emo kid either. It was nice to have a main character that has a nice group of friends. Her love interest Seth is kind of standard at the begin of the story, the typical popular bad boy. He does change over the course of the novel, and getting to know him was enjoyable.

Watching their romance was a bit of a rocky road for me. At times I liked it, at times I didn't. At the end I wasn't that sure if Seth is the right guy for Anna. I met a character that I think might be a better match for her as she matures throughout the story. I'm looking forward to see how their romance continues in the next book.

Another thing I liked in Witch in Winter is the old-school magic system. There are spells and rituals, different powers, clans and everything. And their magic isn't just for little stuff, but they can do some pretty impressive stuff with it. Witch in Winter contains an epic magic battle that I enjoyed a lot. I'm looking forward to read more about the different kinds of power, and what makes Anna so special.

Witch in Winter is a very enjoyable paranormal read featuring witches, but it left me wanting more. I want more details, more magic, more background. Even though some things in the book are a little bit off, it is a great debut book and I'm definitely looking forward to the sequel, Witch in Love.


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.

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Books_r_gr8 said...

This is typically one of those maybe books for me. I would either need to read a great excerpt to convince me or find the book at a low price... 

Celine said...

You should check out, I actually bought this book for $3,70 or something. It still has a very low price (

Ashelynn @ Gypsy Book Reviews said...

I'm looking for more witch books, ever since reading Cold Kiss. LOVE books with magic. One of my favorite types to read. Great review! Love it. :) 

Ashelynn @ Gypsy Book

PatriciaBookExhibitionism said...

You made me really curious with your things you said about the magic. Arrgh. As if my wishlist and to be read shelf wasn't large enough already. *g

Asher_Knight said...

YAY. I'm so happy you loved this one, because that only encourages my excitement. I'm *dances* sososo ecstatic *dances some more* to read THIS BOOK. I hope to get to this VERY soon. :)


Celine said...

Thanks Ashelynn! I love witch books too, but there don't seem to be that many YA ones. Other supernatural creatures are more popular

Celine said...

Haha. It is my mission to make all of your TBR piles even bigger then they already are! (So I don't feel so bad about how huge mine is xD)

Celine said...

*joins the dancing* You should read it, I don't think it will disappoint you (: I'm really looking forward to the next part.. Why do I have to wait until July?!

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