Everyone in Arnn – a small farming town with more legends than residents – knows the story of Witchwood Hollow: if you venture into the whispering forest, the witch will trap your soul among the shadowed trees.
After losing her parents in a horrific terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria and her older brother escape New York City to Arnn. In the lure of that perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope, when she should be afraid.
Perhaps the witch can reunite her with her lost parents. Awakening the witch, however, brings more than salvation from mourning, for Honoria discovers a past of missing children and broken promises.
To save the citizens of Arnn from becoming the witch’s next victims, she must find the truth behind the woman’s madness.
How deep into Witchwood Hollow does Honoria dare venture?
***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own.***
We meet Honoria in drawing class. She is the new girl in the small town school. She was from NYC and wasn’t used to the small town feel. Her parents died in 9/11 and she was still struggling with it. She met a couple of girls who goaded her into going into Witchwood Hollow late one night. From there things got a little interesting.
The story jumps time a lot. In one chapter we’re with Honoria. In another with Lady Clifford, yet another with Albertine. At first the time jumping makes no sense, but it quickly comes together and it all involves the “witch” of Witchwood Hollow. I wished there was more to the story. Less about what clothes and shoes people in Honoria’s family wore and more about the people around her and Honoria herself. I understand why it was done, it was what she liked, but it felt like it was in lieu of more character development. The story was interesting and had a few twisty turns, but I can’t say that I was happy with it. Even though that sort of ending doesn’t bother me, this one felt inorganic and unnecessary to me.
Ms. Jordan Elizabeth has a great base to her story. And even her characters have so much potential. So, I cannot say this is a bad story or that I didn’t like it. I just felt like this wasn’t complete. Almost like this were a first draft, instead of a final piece.
Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, writes down her nightmares in order to live her dreams. With an eclectic job history behind her, she is now diving into the world of author. It happens to be her most favorite one yet. When she’s not creating art or searching for lost history in the woods, she’s updating her blog. Jordan is the president of the Utica Writers Club. She roams Central New York, but she loves to travel.
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