Book Review

Book Review: The Orphan Witch by Paige Crutcher

Thank you to St. Martin’s Griffin for the gifted copy.
Title: The Orphan Witch
Author(s): Paige Crutcher
Release Date: September 28, 2021
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre(s): Fantasy, Paranormal

A deeper magic. A stronger curse. A family lost…and found.

Persephone May has been alone her entire life. Abandoned as an infant and dragged through the foster care system, she wants nothing more than to belong somewhere. To someone. However, Persephone is as strange as she is lonely. Unexplainable things happen when she’s around—changes in weather, inanimate objects taking flight—and those who seek to bring her into their family quickly cast her out. To cope, she never gets attached, never makes friends. And she certainly never dates. Working odd jobs and always keeping her suitcases half-packed, Persephone is used to moving around, leaving one town for another when curiosity over her eccentric behavior inevitably draws unwanted attention.

After an accidental and very public display of power, Persephone knows it’s time to move on once again. It’s lucky, then, when she receives an email from the one friend she’s managed to keep, inviting her to the elusive Wile Isle. The timing couldn’t be more perfect. However, upon arrival, Persephone quickly discovers that Wile is no ordinary island. In fact, it just might hold the very things she’s been searching for her entire life.

Answers. Family. Home.

And some things she did not want. Like 100-year-old curses and an even older family feud. With the clock running out, love might be the magic that saves them all.

My Review:

The Orphan Witch is a witchy fantasy novel that is magical and thrilling. Paige Crutcher’s book is for fans of Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magical as it has great world-building, magical spells, and a bit of danger.

Persephone May is and has always felt like an outcast. She is an orphan and has never settled down in one place. And magical events follow her and force her to move from town to town. When an old friend invites her to Wile Isle, she can’t pass it up. As soon as Persephone arrives, she feels different. What is so special about this place?

As the story continues, we learn that Persephone may have found what she has spent her whole life searching for; a family. She also starts to realize that her magical and witchy vibes have been passed down. The more she learns about her powers and history the more everything starts to make sense.

She is faced with a dire mission to break a curse. A prophecy says that it can only be broken with the help of a time traveler. Turns out she is that person. The entire mission to save her family and the rest of the witches on the Isle is stressful but with the help of her cousins, she is going to try her best.

And if you enjoy a fantasy novel with a splash of romance, this book has it. Persephone finds love in the least expected time. But it could be the one thing to push her to break the curse.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

I give The Orphan Witch 4 stars. I really enjoyed the magical theme of the book. It’s perfect to get ready for all your October spooky vibes. The plot is interesting, the characters are fantastic, and the thrill of the time limit will make readers eager to want to finish it in one sitting. 

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