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Wild is the Witch

[A quick note: This is the second book by this author. The two are unrelated and stand alone. In fact, I donโ€™t think theyโ€™re even set in the same world, even though both are set in alternative reality where witches live among us and are recognized, even celebrated. I can tell this authorโ€™s writing and storytelling has improved. I love seeing an author grow!]

โ€œ๐‡๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ก ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐›๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐จ๐จ๐. ๐ˆ๐ญ ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐œ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ค๐ฅ๐ž ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ค๐ฌ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง. ๐ˆ๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐œ๐จ๐ณ๐ฒ ๐จ๐ง ๐š ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ข๐ ๐ง๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐œ ๐จ๐ง ๐š ๐ซ๐จ๐œ๐ค๐ฒ ๐›๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก. ๐ˆ๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก.โ€โ€”Rachel Griffin

Having read Nature of Witches, I was really looking forward to this one. It didnโ€™t disappoint! In fact, I enjoyed it more! The writing was lovely, full of nature, wildlife, and the essence of the Pacific Northwest. Even though it takes place in spring, it had a autumnal feel to it with its witchy vibes and the ominous curse lurking just over the horizon. I found myself highlighting so many passages. Plus, the storyline was a forced-proximity romance so, what could go wrong?!

โ€œ๐‘๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ, ๐ˆ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž ๐š ๐ ๐ข๐ซ๐ฅ ๐ค๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐จ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐š ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐œ๐ก ๐ค๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐จ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐.โ€โ€”Rachel Griffin

Iris is a witch who has an affinity for animals. When she accidentally releases a rogue curse into the world, itโ€™s swallowed up by a spotted owl. Now she must track the owl and remove the curse. The only problem? Pike Alder is the boy she intended to curse, and heโ€™s stuck with her, traipsing through the wilderness.

This was a short read. Very easy to get through. It flowed effortlessly. There was an elegance to it I appreciated. The plot was simplistic, but thatโ€™s okay. I wanted something light and easy. Being YA, I expected well-executed character arcs. It delivered. The growth between Iris and Pikeโ€™s characters was clear. Iris suffers a tragic event in her past that dictates all her choices. Pike, likewise, suffers a tragic event in his past that prejudices him towards witches. CUE THE TENSION!!! They must both come together and work through their flaws. Itโ€™s pretty โ€œby-the-bookโ€ in terms of execution. This made for a cleanly crafted story.

The only negative I felt was in regards to Irisโ€™s character flaws. She blatantly lies about several things towards the end of the story, when she was given the opportunity to come clean. Iโ€™m someone who disdains lying, so when characters do it, especially in dire circumstances, I cringe. Itโ€™s not a feel-good thing for me. Ultimately, that is why I didnโ€™t give this all the stars. I know this was technically part of her arc, but when I experience this yucky feeling, it takes my enjoyment down. But overall, a charming, enjoyable read. ๐Œ๐˜ ๐‘๐€๐“๐ˆ๐๐†: ๐Ÿ’.๐Ÿ“/๐Ÿ“โญ๏ธ

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