I saw this book on Goodreads a couple months back, and immediately thought that this book was right up my alley. Fantasy, witches, an epic quest... all I could think is that I had a might need. Luckily, Little Brown was kind enough to provide me with an advanced copy. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 2nd, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. When she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to die at the stake. Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution is she can track down the person who laid a deadly curse on him.
As she's thrust into the world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and all-too-handsome healers, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate. (Goodreads)
My Bookish Thoughts:
This book started out at a great pace. I never thought the pacing was off. It had action spattered throughout the entire novel, so if you are looking to be entertained, this may be the perfect book for you; however, I felt like the writing lacked severely. There were a couple of good lines here and there, but overall, this is not one of those books you finish and think, "That was a well-written book."
Despite the average writing, I struck with it, because I wanted so badly for something else to redeem this book. Maybe the blossoming attraction between John and Elizabeth, or even the self-discovery of the journey Elizabeth had to undertake. There was ample opportunity for Boecker to include good character development or well-devised lines of prose. But sadly, there was none of that. Everything felt stilted and forced.
I will say that I am a pretty picky person when it comes to my fantasies. I love fantasy dearly, so when I read a very average fantasy, the minor things turns from brush-off-the-shoulder issues to irksome, drive-me-mad issues. And this is sadly the category this book fell into for me. That's not to say that this book won't be to someone else's liking. And granted I DNF'd it at 61%, so this book may have been redeeming by the end. I will leave that up to you to decide.
I gave this book 1.5 stars