Title: The witches of willow cove.
Author: Josh Roberts.
Format: E-ARC (Thanks to NetGalley, all opinions are my own!)
Publisher: Owl Hollow Press.
Page count: 260.
Release day: May 26th 2020.
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy.
Rating: 3.5 stars.
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
It’s not easy being a teenage witch. Seventh grader Abby Shepherd is just getting the hang of it when weird stuff starts happening all around her hometown of Willow Cove. Green slime bubbling to life in science class. Giant snakes slithering around the middle school gym. Her best friend suddenly keeping secrets and telling lies.
Things only begin to make sense when a stranger named Miss Winters reveals that Abby isn’t the only young witch in town—and that Willow Cove is home to a secret past that connects them all. Miss Winters, herself a witch, even offers to teach Abby and the others everything she knows about witchcraft.
But as Abby learns more about Miss Winters’ past, she begins to suspect her new mentor is keeping secrets of her own. Can Abby trust her, or does Miss Winters have something wicked planned for the young witches of Willow Cove?
Average: 6.43 (which means 3 stars!)
This was such a fun and magical story!
In this book we read the story through two perspectives; Abby and Robby. In the beginning they are best friends, but they fight about something and aren’t talking anymore. We then read from Abby’s perspective how she is a witch and learns how to do magic. While from Robby’s POV we also learn about witches, but more about the bad witches in relation to the disappearance of his mom and stepmom. It was very interesting to read these perspectives at the same time, since in this way we do know more than both characters.
This book is very big on friendship relations, and not only between Abby and Robby. Since they stop talking, they both build up a new friend group, and it was very nice to see these friendships develop!
As I mentioned at some point Robby’s stepmom disappears, and I think that was done really weirdly. It was as if no one else noticed besides our main characters?! I also thought the plot was a bit predictable. But maybe that is because I’m not the target audience!
I definitely recommend this book for younger readers, and I’m fairly interested in what this author will write next!