Title: The Witch Collector Part I
Author: Loretta Nyhan
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: Witch Collector (Book 1)
Publication Date: April 2, 2013
Format: eBook, 184 Pages
ISBN-10: 0062254316 (Harper Teen)
ISBN-13: 978-0062254313 (Harper Teen)
Reviewed by: Bridget
The Witch Collector is a digital original novel that’s a suspenseful brew of magic, dark strangers, and witchcraft—perfect for fans of the Beautiful Creatures and Mortal Instruments series.
The day after her best friend’s funeral, Breeda’s parents pack her up, usher her into the car, and then drive out of Oregon without looking back. Breeda doesn’t know why they left so urgently or why they’re headed to Chicago—but she does know that it’s against the rules to leave without consulting your Coven Leader. . . . It’s a crime punishable by banishment.
All her family has is each other now, in a city that feels strange, unfamiliar, and dark. But when Breeda comes home on her first night in Chicago to find their apartment ransacked and only a bloody handprint left behind, she realizes that you can’t outrun the craft.
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Quick & Dirty: Fun really fast read. The story was interesting, but the flow of the book wasn’t the best.
Opening Sentence: The sun stumbled and fell, and the moon rose in its place.
Breeda and her parents are witches. She has just turned 16 and she is starting the transition of getting her powers. She has lived outside of Portland Oregon for most of her life. She is part of a private community that is only for witches. She is part of the coven there as are her parents. One of her friends has just recently passed away and Breeda’s parents have started acting really weird. The day after the funeral her family packs up and leaves in the middle of the night heading to Chicago. Breeda was born in Chicago but left when she was 7 years old. She doesn’t really have any memories of that time in her life and she doesn’t understand why her parents left Oregon. She knows that they are keeping something from her and that they are acting scarred.
On the trip to Chicago Breeda starts to get her magic and it is making her sick. As her body adjusts to the changes it fights back and this is why Breeda has a hard time breathing and feels sick after using any type of magic. Soon after arriving in Chicago Breeda’s parents go missing and she has to rely on some new acquaintances to help her survive her transition and find her parents. As she starts to uncover more about herself and her parents she realizes that being a witch is way different than she expected.
Breeda is our heroine in the book and I had a hard time connecting with her. Because of her situation she has to put a lot of trust into total strangers. She is hesitant, but she goes with her gut feeling and decides to trust others, because she really has no other options. She really loves her parents and will do anything she can to find them. She misses her home and her friends from there, but she is open to making and trusting the new friends that she makes. To be honest I thought that Breeda was a little boring at times. She has some good qualities but nothing really stuck out to make her different or really interesting to me. I didn’t dislike her, but I wouldn’t say that I really liked her either. I am hoping that in the next book this changes and I can connect to her more.
I did really enjoy this book even with all of its flaws. One thing I did have a hard time with was the flow of the book. I felt that it jumped around a lot and I had a hard time following it at times. It was very fast paced and an easy read. Even though I wasn’t a huge fan of Breeda I did really enjoy some of the secondary characters. I thought that the story was really fun and interesting. There is a huge cliff hanger at the end so I will defiantly be picking up the next book to see what happens next. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants an easy fast YA paranormal read. It is only in ebook format so it is pretty inexpensive right now and I think that a lot of people will really enjoy this book.
The door was open a crack. “Mom? Dad?”
It was too late for privacy. I pushed at the door and it swung open, revealing an empty bed, the sheets wrapped in a tangled mess on the floor.
The room still held my mother’s scent, a mix of jasmine and musk. It smelled of something else, too—sharp and metallic. I flicked on the light.
A smudge across a pillowcase. A handprint on the wall by the radiator. A splash of crimson on the mirror.
“Mom?” But I knew I wasn’t going to get a response. Panic clutched at my heart; my pulse roared in my ears.
A noise, squawking and insistent, sounded outside. I backed into the living room, which shimmered with flickering red and blue lights.
Someone had called the police.
Policemen usually made witches nervous, but all I felt was relief to imagine someone might be able to help me. I stumbled down the stairs leading to the front door and tugged it open.
A cop stood just outside the iron gates, his head tilted back, looking up at our apartment windows. His dark blue uniform melted into the night, and the streetlight illuminated his pale face.
“Do you need help?” he called out.
I ran to him, throwing open the gate. “My parents!” I shouted. “It’s my parents. They’re gone. There’s . . . blood.” I was barely making sense, tears catching in my ravaged throat.
“Calm down,” he said.
“They’re gone! We’re wasting time.” My mind reeled. “Shouldn’t you alert someone?”
He stepped forward, placing a cold hand on my forearm. “They might still be in the apartment. Let’s go back inside.”
It was then that I saw his eyes. The iris and pupil melded together, forming two black holes in a face the color of chalk. His fingers curled around my arm, gripping my flesh. My panic kicked into pure terror.
I knew what he was. I’d never seen one before, but every witch had heard stories of demons. They were the stuff of our nightmares.
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FTC Advisory: Harper Collins provided me with a copy of The Witch Collector Part 1. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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