Publication date: January 14th 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
When Vivian’s mother dies in a tragic accident, Vivian’s world is turned upside down. Her life, as she knows it, is over. A new life, full of her mother’s secrets, begins…
Sent away by her father to live with two eccentric aunts on the mysterious Tremaine Estate, Vivian comes to learn that a powerful curse lurks over her family – one that only she may have the power to break. With each day she spends in Misty Hills, Vivian uncovers more unsettling discoveries about the town, her reclusive family, and herself.
Can Vivian let go of every truth she’s ever believed and discover who she really is, before the dark secrets hidden within the supernatural town threaten to consume her and those she loves?
This story has quite a bit of potential, and I enjoyed the unexpected twists and turns when it came to a story about witches, considering this is a fairly saturated genre. Vivian's mother has passed away and her father sends her to live with her aunts in Misty Hills where she discovers that the town, the people and her aunts are not what most would term normal. Then she discovers she isn't so normal either.
Okay, now here comes my musings that are all about personal preference so take that into consideration and just ignore whatever you don't agree with. Totally up to you guys.
I think that her father sending her to live with her aunt's was really bizarre. If she had been a problem child or he couldn't handle it financially then that might have made more sense to me. It seems like more of an emotional inability to be around her now that his wife is dead, but there wasn't much set-up for that. It would have been great if the author could have added a few scenes in the beginning that allowed the reader to understand the dynamics of their relationship. Reading a conversation where he drops the bomb about sending her away and his reasons for that would have made more sense coming from a loving father, which was the picture I received based on the happy life she led up until her mother's death. There was certainly plenty of room for that. This first book was fairly short.
I like Vivian's spunk and personality. She is loving and concerned about others, but she isn't a pushover. Her emotional strength and stability considering the bombshells that are dropped on her one right after the other is not only impressive, but also believable. I think the secondary characters are well fleshed out, but I wanted to get to know them more, and I feel like this first book barely scratched the surface when it could have delved much deeper.
I'm trying to figure out what Hunter's deal is and that other dude that seems to have an interest in Vivian. I think I felt more frustrated that these aspects weren't explored more fully. There's so much story here that just didn't get written.
The curse is original, and Vivian's search to discover how to break it is intriguing, but when she finally gets her hands on the box she's stupid enough to leave it in her locker and then that's the end of the book. Super frustrating. The end of the book might be considered a cliff hanger to some, but it felt like the story just hit a wall instead. I kept trying to scroll through my kindle, thinking I was missing pages because of how awkward and abrupt the ending was. It read like the chapter was ending rather than the book. A quick rewrite for that might be in order.
I loved Vivian's instant protectiveness regarding Rose and that punch to that snotty girl's face was something my own hand itched to do. Loved that victorious moment right there. I think I lived vicariously through Vivian, by suddenly slaying my own "Mean girl" demons through her. LOL Highly therapeutic!
Like I said, this book has huge potential, and the author's voice and writing style is super easy to embrace. I think a few more scenes with less dead spaces and an easier transition into the cliffhanger ending would make this book even better. The author has created a really intriguing storyline with conflict and mystery
I think that teenagers will enjoy discovering this series, especially if they are obsessed with all things witches.
I gave it three cherry blossoms.
Nadia Nader was born and raised in Kuwait.
You can find Nadia on her website: www.NadiaNader.com
In addition to writing, Nadia’s interests include traveling around the world.