Sixteeen-year-old Meredith is fed-up with her feuding family and feeling invisible at school – not to mention the witch magic that shoots out of her fingernails when she’s stressed. Then sweet, sensitive Jack comes into her life and she falls for him hard. The only problem is that he is periodically possessed by a destructive centuries-old curse. Meredith has lost her heart, but will she also lose her life? Or in true fairytale tradition, can true love’s kiss save the day?
Oh wow, how I needed this! Lately all I have been reading is rather heavy and dark reads, so this is something that came at just the right time. Look at this cover!!! Its so obviously whats sold me this book and why I just needed to read it.
Meredith lives with her brother and her mother, although the mother is always absent working abroad. She is a witch, but has never been trained because her mother does not wish her to be. Being a witch has been past on for generations and is the reason why her mother argues with her grandmother. Meredith keeps dreaming about a boy she has never seen before and off places she has never seen. When her and her brother hear a strange knock from their loft they go and investigate and from then on Meredith's life is turned upside down. With the help of her grandma she discovers that she is destined to bring down someone evil, someone who has also cursed Jack many centuries ago. But Jack is so much more then she could ever possibly imagine.
This is a retelling but this is only really visible in some places and while I haven't got much experience with those I have enjoyed recognising some bits from the fairytale while still reading a completely different story.
I will be honest, this is not the best book I have read and it hasn't blown me of my feet. BUT I did really enjoy it. This is a nice and light read that was a lot of fun. I really loved the relationship between Meredith and her brother. But I am always a little annoyed when the books include absent parents. The world building was rather good and I am a fan of the switches between the past and the present. I think they have been integrated in a way that was really easy to follow and suited the whole story rather well.
All in all I have had a great time reading this. I am a big lover of all magic and witches. And of course I can never get enough of rather complicated love. This book has all the right ingredients for a successful YA fantasy, including a super stunning cover!
This is an adorable fantasy novel that will be loved by many.
The Witch's Kiss will be released 30th July.
Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins for my copy in exchange for my honest opinion.