Sunday, 4 March 2018

ARC Review: The Witch's Blood by Katharine & Elizabeth Corr

I got sent an advanced copy of this book by the lovely team at Harper Collins, for an honest review.

This is the third book in an amazing trilogy (see my reviews of book ONE and book TWO), and it comes out on March 8th! There will also be a blog tour post coming soon after, so keep your eyes out for that!

Here it is:


Just who can you trust when no one around you is who they seem?

Life as a teenage witch just got harder for Merry when her brother, Leo is captured and taken into an alternative reality by evil witch Ronan. Determined to get him back, Merry needs to use blood magic to outwit her arch-rival and get Leo back. Merry is more powerful than ever now, but she is also more dangerous and within the coven, loyalties are split on her use of the magic. In trying to save Leo, Merry will have to confront evil from her past and present and risk the lives of everyone she’s ever loved. Given the chaos she’s created, just what will she sacrifice to make things right?

I was so excited to be asked if I wanted to get an advanced copy of this book, as I'd been waiting for so long for it to come out, that I jumped at the chance. Even better I was asked to be a part of the blog tour - so you'll be seeing a tour post soon as well - keep your eyes out for that!

Anyways onto the actual review, I am glad to say that this didn't disappoint me at all - it was an amazing book with an ending that I think was absolutely perfect for the plotline. I couldn't have come up with a better ending had I tried (not that I would - I'm definitely not a writer, and if you read this book you'll surely agree that you wouldn't find a better ending!)

I'm even going to say that this was my favourite book of the three - it was darker, like the second book, but it also brought in some fantasy in the world that Merry was transported to - unicorns, dark elves, harpy's, etc. And of course, I love a good fantasy mix in - obviously there were always witches in this series, but the addition of fantasy creatures brought it to a whole new level for me.

Also, the black holly is shown on the cover (which I might say is absolutely beautiful - but all the covers in this series are) and I think it's a cute touch to the story.

One thing I adored about this book is the fact that it felt like there was a full circle from the first book to the last book - Jack comes back in, and the idea that the black holly will send you into a deep slumber has Sleeping Beauty vibes. This definitely leads back to the first book, which I loved because it was a twisted Sleeping Beauty story. So, overall I just  love the fact that it seemed like a full circle - something that I adore in films and TV shows, and which I now adore in books. (Got to admit that other book series I read now have a big expectation to live up to in that form)

I must say that I was always a Jack supporter in the first book, and I really did hope that something magical might happen during this book between him and Merry when I saw that he would somehow be a part of this book too. However, my heart was soon taken by Finn. I didn't expect it, but I loved him in this book - even despite the slight hiccup partway through, and I ended up changing my love of Jack to a love of Finn.

I am still proud to say though that I am a Leo lover. He is one of my favourite YA characters - mainly because he is always fighting despite the fact that he is the only one without magic in a family of witches. He constantly tries to help even though he may be put into danger, and even though he's had multiple heartbreaks, and this is something that I love - he's such a strong character for me - and I was so happy to see that he was included so much in this book.

As you can tell I could easily talk about my love of this book forever, but I just want to say one last thing, and that is thankyou to Katharine and Elizabeth Corr for writing such an amazing series, and for letting me be a part of the experience by sending me the second and third books. I'm definitely sad that this is the end of Merry and Leo's world, but I can't wait to see what other worlds they will be bringing me to in the future!

I give this book (and the whole series) 5 cats!

Have you read this series? Were you as excited for this last book as me? Comment below!

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