The Witch’s Kiss by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr
Genre: Fairy Tale, Contemporary
Format: ARC e-book
Note: We received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Sister writing duo, fairy tales, witches, oh my! There was a lot to look forward to in The Witch’s Kiss and I loved every single second! If this book wasn’t made for me, I’d be surprised! Going into it, I didn’t realise it was going to be part of a series, so I was reading it thinking everything was going to resolve by the end, and it almost does, except for a little thread that just itches at you, making you desperate for the second book. We’re only waiting until February 2017, though, which isn’t too long….right?
P L O T
Merry is descended from a group of powerful witches. She’s part of a curse that means she must be the one to defeat the evil wizard, Gwydion and his minion, the King of Hearts. The bad part is, Merry hasn’t practiced magic in a year. She’s rusty and uncertain but wholly supported by her brother and best friend Leo.
Things get complicated when it turns out that the King of Hearts, Jack, is an extremely handsome teenage boy, who’s a serious candidate to fall in love with. Jack is equally cursed to work for Gwydion, ripping the hearts out of people, Once Upon a Time style.
Isn’t love, magic and an evil curse a recipe for disaster??
Apparently it’s the recipe for a four star book!
F A I R Y T A L E E L E M E N T S
My favourite parts of the story were the parts that felt the most familiar to me already. The sleeping curse, the evil magical being, three magical sisters, being raised by people who aren’t your true parents, true love’s kiss saving the day…it was Sleeping Beauty and Hercules mashed together to create something beautiful. This really proved to me that familiarity doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It was used in such a way to make an original tale. I liked being able to pick up strands from the classic fairy tales I know and love, but discovering what The Witch’s Kiss did to shake it up was the best part of the book.
The expositional few chapters, that tell you about the legend of Gwydion and Jack, and gives their origin story in Anglo-Saxon times, alongside the three witches’ backstory, is a little bit shoehorned in, but necessary to get some understanding of the wizard’s evil motives.
C H A R A C T E R S
Merry is such a fabulous character because she’s so insecure about her powers and capabilities. There are lots of vulnerable moments for Merry in the book, where she talks about how she’s abused her powers to do well in school and maintain relationships with her friends. Her moral greyness makes her super relatable, because you know she’s a good person, but I can’t say if I had magic, I wouldn’t use it to my advantage sometimes, can you?
Leo was a great older brother, always looking out of Merry and although he wasn’t a wizard or witch himself, he was still super important in the deciding if the curse would be fulfilled or forgotten. The fact that Leo and Merry actually communicated well with each other was lovely to read!
Jack. Well, as a love interest he was sweet, but I couldn’t really get round his forced, dark past. To be honest, I was so focused on Merry, I wasn’t really paying much attention to the other most important character, haha!
V E R D I C T
So, although it felt a little slow paced in some moments, and maybe the whole find-your-way-to-the-bottom-of-the-lake bit did take most of the book to solve when if Merry had just listened to her magical manuscript telling her what to do, they could have saved the world a lot sooner.BUT, those are the reasons this is a book doesn’t get the whole five stars. Apart from that, I loved The Witch’s Kiss and The Witch’s Tears is the top of my anticipated reads for 2017! (Magical tears being another fairy tale trope, woo!)