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Colleen Delaney

Autor(a) de The Hedge Witch

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Obras por Colleen Delaney

The Hedge Witch (2024) 27 exemplares, 11 críticas
The Forest Witch 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Light Between Oceans (2012) — Narrador, algumas edições7,399 exemplares, 511 críticas
Blood: Stories of Life and Death from the Civil War (2000) — Narrador, algumas edições38 exemplares


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The Hedge Witch by Colleen Delaney - MAY 2024 LTER em Reviews of Early Reviewers Books (Junho 29)


Esta crítica foi escrita no âmbito dos Primeiros Críticos do LibraryThing.
*received for free via early reviewers giveaway on LibraryThing*

I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to find out what happens in the next instalment! The premise of witches in this book was so fun to read and learn more about. The world-building was so seamlessly interwoven with the story that there weren't any breaks of information dumping or points where you sat there questioning what the hell something meant. I love the concept of a family of sisters all with different specialities and powers. I can't wait to see all the other types of witches and get into their details as we meet more characters!… (mais)
rowanwalker | 10 outras críticas | Jul 20, 2024 |
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Perhaps my favourite thing about this book was the worldbuilding - some fascinating hints of different types of magic, most granted by birth/blood, not disciplines you can simply learn and hop between. And sonofawitch being a specific Thing, not witch (or warlock) and not mundane human? Quite interesting!

Honestly, the book felt a lot like a YA in style and characterisation - an aged-up YA, with lots of sex and some more grown-up problems, but still handled and feeling very teenager. Especially Laurel felt very . . . fictional take on a trying to be edgy teenage girl, at times.

Also, while I expected - as it is - the feel of one of Those Series of romances, where each novel follows a different sibling or member of a group as they find love, and possessed of an overarching storyline but not necessarily deeply entwined, this one . . . did not feel like the first in the series. It was perfectly understandable, but it felt like a later book in one of those series, with the extras that make more sense or give more layers if you've read prior books. Only there aren't any prior books.

Truly, though it didn't wow me, I enjoyed the book overall!

That YA feeling? There were several points at which the very much adult characters were making decisions that felt very . . . adolescent. Also some decisions that were head-tilt inducing; not so much the ones where you (not in the situation, with a better grasp on it) can see are unwise, but ones where even in-story the decision seems ???

Such as Laurel's refusal to ask Owen's family for help - any of his family.

The book also seemed to flip back and forth frequently on how soulmates are with one another - how much that means, how much it jumpstarts relationships, whether the rapid recognition should be held back against and worked on to build a proper relationship and understanding or just given up to. . . And personally, Laurel and Owen being all over each other sexually even in the middle of tense, we-don't-know-each-others'-buttons fights - and, indeed, in general - felt a little 'really?' to me.

Also, the curse Amee put on Flavie, and Morana desperately wanted Laurel to remove . . . Laurel was so horrified by it - given the curse was enacted on the woman who purposely set her up to be burned alive, among other things, it didn't feel unjustified, and definitely not like an abuse of power, to me?

I'll admit, the wrap-up felt a little quick and easy, especially after the amount of tension and searching to find the identity of the mystery threat and further (any) information about her. And the ending after that felt even quicker and more hand-wavey. I'm curious about the cliffhanger and I may try and check out the next book in the series, but we'll see.

Oh, and the set up for the next romance? A quick note that was rather amusing in the middle of that speedy wrap-up of drama.
… (mais)
Kalira | 10 outras críticas | Jun 29, 2024 |
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The Hedge Witch is a story about 5 magical sisters living on Star Island where they are soon to meet their fated soulmates. One of the sisters, Laurel, finds her soulmate but also runs into trouble from another mysterious witch.

Overall, the story was enjoyable. It took 1/3 of the book to get rolling as the initial start was a little repetitive and not much happened, but once it did I was hooked and wanted to know more about the mystery and the sisters’ powers and dynamics. I enjoyed the island setting and magical world building. However, it was hard keeping the 5 sisters straight as they all had floral/herbal names and most of the characters felt one dimensional throughout the story. The author definitely sets up for more books, so maybe this was a deliberate choice.

One of the main plot devices, the soulmate/fated mates, was a little cheesy at first. I do wish we had a little more backstory on WHY witches need soulmates and how that works as it would help it feel more plausible. As the story progresses, you get into it though and root for the love story and those characters. Laurel and Owen feel demisexual coded, which was great.

The ending left a little to be desired - the third act conflict between the couple felt unnecessary and unnatural. The climax of the story was short and you see some growth of the two main characters, but it was missing depth and felt a little too easy. It leaves you partially on a cliffhanger, so you’d want to pick up book 2 to continue the story.

Overall, this was a fun quick read, and if you like the fated mates trope and a magical mystery this would be a good choice.

Thank you to Library Thing and City Owl Press for the free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
… (mais)
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book.maven397 | 10 outras críticas | Jun 24, 2024 |
Esta crítica foi escrita no âmbito dos Primeiros Críticos do LibraryThing.
An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my thoughts in any way.

I'm hoping The Hedge Witch is the first of a series because I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Laurel Bay and her witchy sisters. The story was fast paced and the romance was hot. I would love to read more about the other Bay sisters and their lives on Star island.
belladonna624 | 10 outras críticas | Jun 23, 2024 |


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