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‘A Witch in Winter’ is the stunning debut novel of British Author, Ruth Warburton. Action-packed full of spells, drama and romance it truly is a fantastic read and if you haven’t all ready, I would whole heartedly recommend you check it out.
When Anna Winterson and her father move to the small coastal town of Winter, they never imagined that their ancient house was once the home of witches. But then Anna discovers a half burned book in the old fireplace – a Grimoire, the treasured spell book of a witch. Yet despite the book and rumours whispered around town, Anna is still dubious towards the existence of magic. At least until her friends convince her to have a some fun and cast a little love spell.
Suddenly Seth, the hottest and most badass boy in school dumps his girlfriend and much to Anna’s surprise, professes his undying love for her. Now with time ticking away, Anna must somehow find a way to reverse the spell before her attraction towards Seth can grow deeper, but each failed spell only serves to bring her and Seth closer together. Yet Anna’s problems are only just beginning as slowly, she begins to uncover the buried secrets of her true heritage…
All I can say is that this was truly a brilliant read. The story was well paced, the plot intriguing and Anna was such a great character that I just couldn’t seem to stop turning the pages! I also loved that the story was set in England, a real rarity in paranormal, YA fiction.
A really easy book to fall into, ‘A Witch in Winter’ really picks up as Anna learns to cope with her newly discovered powers. As a main character she is brave, honourable and reacts to things just like any other fifteen year old girl – which makes her extremely likeable and easy to relate to.
Also Seth, Anna’s be-spelled love interest, sounds absolutely gorgeous! Despite him being a bit of an arrogant bad boy, you can’t help but fall for his charms and as a reader, I was fully rooting for their romance to be real. Both of them were really satisfying lead characters.
Furthermore as their romance develops, new plotlines are added bringing with them new dangers and challenges. With the stakes constantly being upped, Ruth Warburton builds up to a very climatic ending that has left me thirsting for the next book in the series.