The Memory Witch by Heather Topham Wood #BookReview #Givewaway

The Memory Witch by Heather Topham Wood
Series: The Memory Witch #1
Release Date: December 15th 2013
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press

Ten years ago, Quinn Jacobs’ mother made a bargain with a local witch—steal away Quinn’s memories from the first eight years of her life and in return, Quinn would spend a year in servitude to the witch.

On Quinn’s eighteenth birthday, she’s forced to leave her home and friends behind. For the next year, she’ll live at the Chadwick House, learning everything she needs to know about being a spellcaster. As her powers grow, Quinn begins to unravel the secrets of the past and the reason her mother was so desperate to conceal the horrifying truth.

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What if your mom told you that this creepy old lady was going to take you to her house for a year to train you as a witch. That you have no choice in the matter because your mother made a deal that erased your horrible past and a price must be paid. Oh and you actually have magic blood in your veins as a descent of witches. A little crazy right? Well that’s exactly what happens to Quinn. She’s expected to leave her boyfriend, her scholarship and her life behind.

I thought this book was well executed. I really enjoyed the plot and the pacing fit well. I was slightly disappointed in the ending. Not because it was bad but just because of Quinn’s decision. So i was disappointed in Quinn I guess. It’s funny though immediately I did that thing in my head where I analyze how she could get out of the situation. Take them to the police department and then use a truth spell to spill their guts.

I love when witches are involved in a story their magic comes from nature because that is how I perceive witches. Obviously I’m not a witch authority but the idea of casting a spell cost a price completely makes sense to me. Everything has to have a balance and when you mess with nature you need to keep the balance in tact. I really really loved that about this book. We might not have seen a ton of crazy spell casting but I thought the amount trickled in was perfect and fit with the rest of the story.

I liked the romance in the story as well. Quinn has a boyfriend at the beginning of the book and even though he is not perfect he isn’t a low life (well….). It’s a normal relationship that gets strained when Quinn moves to Stella’s house. When it ends it’s believable and when Quinn and Mason start finding themselves attracted to each other it also feels natural. I felt like there was a big chunk of the book that was more focused on Quinn herself and her relationship with Stella then with the boys. Always a plus for me. It had a good balance (I laughed when I wrote this because it made me think of the casting)

I liked the characters of Quinn, Stella and Masson. They made no apologies for the people they are and that’s always a plus. I understood why Quinn was desperate to get back her stolen memories even though I had a feeling what happened to her. How can you move forward when you can’t let go. How can you let go when you don’t know what you are letting go. When her memories return it was difficult to read. Poor Quinn, I was a little disappointed in her reaction because she didn’t listen to Stella’s warning. Oh Quinn.

Overall I really like this book. I thought it was well executed story about witches and an interesting take. I would recommend reading it if you like your witchcraft with a little romance.

Heather Topham Wood’s obsession with novels began in childhood while growing up in a shore town in New Jersey. Writing since her teens, she recently returned to penning novels after a successful career as a freelance writer. She’s the author of the paranormal romance Second Sight series and the standalone The Disappearing Girl .
Heather graduated from the College of New Jersey in 2005 and holds a bachelor's degree in English. Her freelance work has appeared in publications such as USA Today,, Outlook by the Bay and Step in Style magazine. She resides in Trenton, New Jersey with her husband and two sons. Besides writing, Heather is a pop culture fanatic and has an obsession with supernatural novels and TV shows.


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