Novel Review: Witchtown by Cory Putman Oakes

Witchtown by Cory Putnam Oakes
Teen ∴ Paranormal > Witches ∴ Urban Fantasy ∴ TW: Emotional abuse, suicide mention, emotional manipulation
Published July 18th 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers
eAudiobook ∴ 7h 41m ∴ 320 pages

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When sixteen-year-old Macie O’Sullivan and her masterfully manipulative mother Aubra arrive at the gates of Witchtown—the most famous and mysterious witch-only haven in the world—they have one goal in mind: to rob it for all it’s worth.

But that plan derails when Macie and Aubra start to dig deeper into Witchtown’s history and uncover that there is more to the quirky haven than meets the eye.

Exploring the haven by herself, Macie finds that secrets are worth more than money in Witchtown.

Secrets have their own power.

I was just browsing my library’s audiobook selection and I came across this one. Apparently, I already had it on my to-read list and had forgotten about it. I’m a sucker for anything witchy, so I wasn’t surprised.

I really enjoyed this, though I found it somewhat tropey. The base plot, mother and daughter are nomads and thieves, Witchtown is their “final” destination, mother sucks and is really mean and manipulative toward her daughter, daughter rebels against her mother with her new found friends that she’s never had before. That’s the general idea of the book.

Witchtown is a really quick and fun read, I bet it would be good to get someone out of a reading slump. Every time I had to quit listening, I would be thinking about it until I could go back to listening again. I really wanted to know what happened and how the story was going to resolve. I definitely recommend this if you’re looking for something witchy and maybe don’t know where to start or don’t like the dark stuff like I do.

∴ 3.5 stars ∴

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