The first in a series of popular young adult books, Witch is the tale of the centuries-old battle between two covens of witches. Holly Cathor is a high school senior blissfully unaware of her magical powers until her parents are killed in a tragic rafting accident and she is forced to move from San Diego to her long-lost aunt's home in Seattle. There she meets the Devereauxs, a historically evil family of warlocks that have been at odds with Holly's ancestors for hundreds of years. Holly immediately feels drawn to Jere Devereaux, the son of family patriarch Michael Devereaux, and begins to have intense flashbacks to 17th-century France that alert her to her genealogy and unusual talents.
The sudden shifts between present-day Seattle and past-day France are confusing at times, and each chapter opens with a superfluous poem about witchcraft, which is a distraction and breaks up the pace of the action. The good news is that narrator Cassandra Morris' bubbly voice is quite engaging and is able to hold an audience captive even through the bumpy first couple of chapters. She delivers the vernacular of teenagers spot on, and you easily forget that she isn't one. Because she's so effervescent, her narration rings a bit false when she's reciting the darker parts of the novel when Michael's plotting to kill someone or an evil spell is being cast, Morris sounds like a child trying to emulate an adult. Perhaps that's done intentionally, however, to keep the story from being too frightening for the suggested younger audience. Colleen Oakley
But sorrow and grief soon give way to bewildered fascination as, one by one, strange incidents begin to occur - such as the fact that any desire Holly whispers to her cat seems to come true. Or the fact that a beloved friend is injured after a freak attack from a vicious falcon. Or the fact of an undeniably magnetic and familiar attraction to a boy Holly barely knows.
Holly, Amanda, and Nicole are about to be launched into a dark legacy of secrets, alliances, and machinations, where ancient magics yield dangerous results, where possession is commonplace, and where reincarnation is taken for granted -- and the three girls must take on roles in an intergenerational feud the likes of which they could never have imagined....
©2008 Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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"Great Story, Wrong Narrator"
This is a great story! But the narrator is all wrong! The main character is a 16 year old girl, but the narrator (regardless of her actual age) sounds like she's 12, making the sexually oriented scenes a little creepy.
An excellent adventure of shock, horror, death, and loss of innocense. Holly finds herself thrown into a world she never new existed.
The book is wonderful, a bit confusing to keep up with at first, but the farther you go in the series the more clear it becomes...A must have!
I actually found the story to be very interesting, weaving the historical aspects in with the story elements. Yes it takes a little getting used to, but once you get into it, its a good story. I suppose its not going to be a story for everyone...but I can't wait to get the other books!
"Sounds like a little girl reading..."
I think I should have bought the book and read it myself. Sounds like a 10 year old reading a book, a little frustrating and I can't get into the audiobook... a waste of money.
I found her voice very young and hard to listen to, it makes you feel like a kid listening to her narrating.
maybe, I think it is geared to a much younger age group than me, not sure it would appeal to me.
A little jeuvenile, a little long and tedious to listen to at times. Not sure I will be continuing with the series or not.
"Difficult to follow storyline."
The story jettison back in time without letting the reader know. I thought my ipod had skipped ahead a chapter.
"Waste of a credit"
I really couldn't get into the book. I just didn't like the back and forth between now and present day. I didn't like the cast of characters either but that just me and I could only force myself to listen to half of it. Be for warned don't waste a credit on this book.
"Wicked waste of time"
From the way this book was written, someone has to pay to have it printed. The writting reminds me of the miserable ramblings of a tween with a
jejune iminagination. The reader is even worse.
I suspect that there are worse books in the library, but you would have to look hard to find it.
While I struggled to stay intrested through the start of the book, the first chapter or so, the story's progression made up for what was, in my opinion, odd pacing.
"I loved this book but..."
I was very dissatisfied. This is false advertisement! Before buying, it said that both witch and curse would be in it but that was not the case. The audiobook stopped right after witch. What a waste of my money...
"A mish-mash of mythology"
Very disappointed with this title. The narrator was good - but she sounded about 8 years old - which would be great for text suitable for that age group but not for talking about adult relationships or sexual feelings (creepy!). The text was a terrible mash-up of pseudo-Christian mythology and Pagan beliefs which were given a very negative spin. For example the God of the hunt relished rape and torture rather than the natural cycle of life and death. I daresay had a mainstream relgion been misreported in this way there would have been an outcry.
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