Title- The Witches of the Glass Castle
Author- Gabriella Lepore
Genre- YA Paranormal Fantasy
Sixteen-year-old Mia’s life is turned upside down when she uncovers her family secret-that she and her brother Dino are witches. Seeking refuge in an ancient castle, the siblings begin down a path that will change their lives forever. Suddenly thrust into a world where handsome warriors command the power of nature and peoples thoughts and actions can be manipulated at will, Mia and Dino struggle to navigate their own allegiances and do what they know to be right, even when everything around them seems beyond their control.
Mia was your typical 16 year old girl, before one fatal night everything changed and her world as she knows it will never be the same. Speaking words she did not understand in the basement of her home she set into motion a whirlwind if events.
Shortly after that night Mia and her brother Dino are told that they are witches and each have special abilities, only they aren’t sure which just yet. Mia isn’t sure weather she has brought out her and her brother;s gifts or if she has cursed the both of them. She feels as if she has lost her best friend, as Dino has changed so much since that fateful evening. His looks of hate and disgust are not lost on her. Dino’s powers have seem to come in and are causing her big brother to become a stranger to her, on top of that her power’s are no where to be found. Will Dino ever forgive her? Will her powers show up or has everyone made a mistake and she is non-magical?
Okay I have to start out by saying that I started this book and found the beginning to be a bit on the slow side and had honestly thought about putting it down and starting another book…. I am so happy that I didn’t! I really loved when the sorry picked up and was quickly drawn in and addicted! I would describe this as what you would get if you crossed Twilight with Harry Potter if he was babysat by the chicks from The Craft!
It is a magical story that is filled with adventure danger and forbidden love. Yes I said forbidden love! Colt is a hunter, since birth he has trained and been taught to hunt magical creatures and use his magic to protect the glass castle from any evil that may cross its boundaries including witches. Witches and hunters are simply not meant to be romantically but both Mia and Colt can not fight the pull to each other they both feel, it’s overwhelming.
The author succeeds in creating a world that is both magical but also scary and dark. The plot once you get over the slow start is filled to the brim with a mix of action, angst and magic that is simply addictive and extremely swoon worthy!
For me the first 2-3 chapters were extremely slow and in need of some action. I now realize the author was trying to set up the story for the readers before letting the action of the story take over however i would have preferred for things to speed up a bit by mid chapter two.
Rating- 4 out of 5 cupcakes! If you are a fan of magic and YA reads than I recommend this!