Stories from the Witch Store

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Stories from the Witch Store by Olga Gutsol (114 pages, Published 8/20/2017)

Summary: Funny and imaginative chronicles from the life of a hereditary witch Arelia who, along with her loyal companions Cat and house-ghost Puck, moved to the small town of Burnaville to open the Magic Potions store. Here she falls into a lifetime of boredom. How have her magical powers resulted in this? What is missing from the charming life she has built?

Review: I rated this book 3.5 stars. It’s quite a cute book (I mean, look at that cover!) with beautiful illustrations and lots of fun adventures for a witch and her best friends. Arelia is witty and interesting, although she can be a bit annoying sometimes, complaining a lot and thinking that she is above everything and everyone because she’s a witch. Cat and Puck (the house spirit) are quite funny. I also wish that there was more backstory. We don’t get to find out much about Arelia before she moves to Burnaville or any of the other characters before the story. And although there are a lot of interesting day-to-day experiences, there isn’t a whole lot of a plot, so if you’re interested in something with a clear story arc, character development, and some sort of overarching goal, this might not be the book for you. Still, it was a very compelling premise. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything where a witch is just jotting down her everyday adventures, and it was very interesting to read about Arelia’s type of witchcraft. Stories from the Witch Store was an interesting, fast, and beautiful read.


Note: I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

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What I’m Reading Before Summer

My school year ends on June 19th, and before that happens I’d like to read a few books. Here’s the list:

thefates The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth

This is the second book in its series, after Carve the Mark. I read this last Summer and liked it quite a lot, so I’m excited to dive back into this world. Some of my friends have like this and some haven’t, so I want to figure out my opinion.

 

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City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

I know I’m super late to reading this series. I read the first book several years ago, but I read the first two books a couple weeks ago and want to finish the series this time, and at least 1 or 2 before school ends.

 

Image result for the girl with the red balloonThe Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke

I don’t know much about this book, except that it is about a girl who goes back in time to post-World War II Germany. This time period really fascinates me, so hopefully, it will be an interesting read.

 

Image result for strange the dreamerStrange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I’ve heard so much about this book from my friends and online. It sounds like a really interesting concept.

 

 

I’ll be posting updates throughout the month as it goes along. I have much more time for reading because my AP tests are over, but finals are coming up and I really need to study for those.