Happy Saturday bookworms and welcome to another review! Today I'll be reviewing Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart. I'd like to thank HarperCollins Canada for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review! Now let's get started!
We follow our two protagonists Iraya and Jazmyne, two polar opposites living on a politically charged island. Iraya has spent her life in a jail cell and plans for revenge everyday, while Jazmyne is the daughter of the island's queen but doesn't intend to die to give her mother more power like her sister before her. When fate brings these two together, they form an unlikely alliance to get what they both want, but each are willing to go to great lengths and betrayal is never off the table.
What I was first drawn to about this book was that it is inspired by Jamaican folklore which sounded very interesting! I'd have to say that element was what I enjoyed most about the plot. Unfortunately I found the magic system to be very confusing. There was not a full description of how it worked and I would become distracted from the plot while trying to figure it out. I spent a lot of time researching the book and the folklore it was inspired by to try to make sense of the magic but unfortunately I finished the book still not knowing exactly how it worked. I was most interested in the backgrounds and history of our two main characters, which I found to be more intriguing than the present setting. There was a lot happening in this book but it was mostly based in political intrigue as opposed to action. The writing style was also a little too flowery and descriptive for my taste. There were many aspects of the world that I would have loved to see explored more, such as the pirates and some of the side character's stories. Sadly this book just wasn't for me.
I gave this book 2/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️.
That's all for my review of Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart! I hope you enjoyed it! What's your favourite supernatural tv show, book or movie? Let me know in the comments below!
It's Wednesday bookworms! And I've got another review to share with you all! Today I'll be discussing Cooper B. and the Scavenger Hunt by Michael Shane Leighton. I'd like to thank the author for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Cooper B. has spent his whole life moving from orphanage to orphanage. That is, until he meets his best friends Aria and Miles, and the trio are whisked off to a strange new world. While attending a new magical boarding school, Cooper B will learn more about his past, but this new knowledge might put him in grave danger.
When I first picked this book up I was really excited to read about the magical boarding school. I enjoyed reading about our main character, Cooper B. and his friends and found the setting to be interesting. Unfortunately I found many aspects of the story to be very similar to a very popular magical school series. I saw these similarities in characters and plot points and it took away from my general enjoyment of the story. That said, it did have some unique features that I had fun reading about, like the scavenger hunt! I had enjoyed figuring out the clues with the characters and wish that it was a more prominent part of the book. I also would have liked to learn more about the rules of the magic system and the world in general, which I think will be explored in future books.
Overall it was a cute story, but unfortunately it just wasn't for me. I gave this book 2/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️.
That's a wrap on my review of Cooper B. and the Scavenger Hunt! I hope you enjoyed it! What's your favourite part of spring? Let me know in the comments below!