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text 2017-09-20 10:15
Witches square: I've read 25%.
High Witch (High Witch Book 1) (Volume 1) - Mona Hanna

I'm not a big fan of YA Romance, but this is shaping up to be pretty good!

 

There's a bit of world building involved with rules for magic and prejudices that make witches keep quiet about their abilities, plus it's written from the boy's point of view which is less common.

 

In a lot of ways it is just another sweet Romance directed at a young audience, but it's enjoyable enough to continue reading. I might even read the sequels, though I might save them for future Bingo reads.

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review 2017-09-15 13:59
Something Was Lost in Translation
HEX - Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Considering how many horror authors enthused about this book I was thinking that this book would go down as a classic that I would read for years to come. Instead I found most of the book to be very slow moving. I thought the whole witch who cursed a village thing would be interesting and scary, but the author has the characters treat her like a hilarious oddity.

 

 

Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay 'til death. Whoever settles, never leaves.

Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children's bed for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened or the consequences will be too terrible to bear.

The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town's teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiraling into dark, medieval practices of the distant past.

 

I can't really call anyone a main character in this book. We follow several families and of course more than a handful of people that are important to the story. I can see why a lot of people ended up DNFing this one, because having to track this many people through a so-so story just ends up boring after a while. I kept reading about what person A said or thought or did and I was bored out of my mind. 

 

I think the reason why King gets such a reaction out of me as a reader is that he puts you in other people's heads. I felt like Heuvelt kept up a wall between me and all of the characters in this book. I just didn't feel a thing when I finally got to the ending. 

 

The writing was technically correct. But once again, I didn't feel anything. Maybe because Heuvelt does a lot of scenes that you don't figure out what happened before until several pages down the line. I guess you can call it the literary version of a flash forward (man I do not miss Lost). 

 

I do think that one of the biggest misses for me was that Heuvelt moves the story to a U.S. city for the English translation. He also supposedly changed the ending for an American audience. I really wish that we had gotten a chance to just read the original story. Because for me, I thought the whole book was kind of a big miss. I didn't really get a very good sense of a town in the Hudson Valley that is dealing with a curse. Heuvelt throws in a few things about Youtube, an app that monitors the witch, and of course video cameras and all, but I still felt the book was off in a way I can't quite put my finger on. 

 

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text 2017-09-12 02:11
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
HEX - Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Going to read this while listening to WWZ.

 

FYI I am in all day training Wednesday and we have an award ceremony Thursday with social events after work both days. So once again I'll be out of pocket. So I just won't be posting as many updates but just finished recap and full reviews when I get a chance.

 

I am reading this for "Witches" square. Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt.

 

Here is the synopsis:

 

Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay 'til death. Whoever settles, never leaves.

Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a 17th century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters your homes at will. She stands next to your bed for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened.

The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town's teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting, but in so doing send the town spiraling into the dark, medieval practices of the past.

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-09-05 17:45
Substitution for Witches Square
High Witch (High Witch Book 1) (Volume 1) - Mona Hanna

What was I thinking? 1207 pages for The Witching Hour! As if trying to read 25 books in two months wasn't already a stretch for me!

 

Mona Hanna is on a writer's site and I've been getting notifications of her writing progress for ages. I kept thinking I should actually read her chapters, but I don't like to read on screen and there never seemed to be time.

 

Then she put the whole series on for free and to be supportive, I downloaded the lot. There they sat on my Kindle, waiting for me to get past any reservations that it might be too much like a lot of YA out there.

 

Well it's time. It's reasonably short and it can't be any worse than some of the stuff I've had off Netgalley, can it? Who knows, maybe it will be really good. The reviews cover the spectrum, but there's a definite lean upward.

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