My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Title: A Curse of Ash & Embers
Author: Jo Spurrier
Format: eBook (NetGalley)
Publication Date: 11/3/20
Categories: Young Adult, Fantasy, Witches
Disclaimer: **I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**
A dead witch. A bitter curse. A battle of magic.
Some people knit socks by the fire at night. Gyssha Blackbone made monsters.
But the old witch is dead now, and somehow it’s Elodie’s job to clean up the mess.
When she was hired at Black Oak Cottage, Elodie had no idea she’d find herself working for a witch; and her acid-tongued new mistress, Aleida, was not expecting a housemaid to turn up on her doorstep.
Gyssha’s final curse left Aleida practically dead on her feet, and now, with huge monsters roaming the woods, a demonic tree lurking in the orchard and an angry warlock demanding repayment of a debt, Aleida needs Elodie’s help, whether she likes it or not.
And no matter what the old witch throws at her, to Elodie it’s still better than going back home.
Thank you to Voyager and NetGalley for giving me a chance to read this eARC!
My Attention: it couldn’t hold my attention
World Building: Black Oak Cottage, witches and a mystery to uncover
Writing Style: atmospheric
Bringing the Heat: none
Crazy in Love: nope – not crazy
Creativity: magic, witches and monsters
Mood: mixed feelings
My Takeaway: Elodie is a strong and brave young woman who can take care of herself.
- I enjoyed the story of Aleida and Gyssha, the witches of Black Oak Cottage. When Elodie meets Aleida, Black Oak Cottage isn’t in good condition. We learn about Gyssha’s demise and then more about the witches’ history but Aleida is pretty fierce.
- The female characters in this book are strong. Elodie is a great character because she is literally just turned out from her home. Her step-father wants her gone and unfortunately her mother agrees it’s time for her to go. She’s a young woman, away from family and home. Elodie is smart, and isn’t afraid to ask questions. I liked her inquiring mind as she met different people like the wizard.
- The writing is wonderful and atmospheric. There is action and danger to keep things somewhat exciting.
- Unfortunately, I found myself bored at times reading this story because it moves slowly like a mystery.
- Would have liked a little more romance, but that’s a personal thing for me because I love romance in my stories.
This book may have not captured my full attention but many people who read young adult fantasy will enjoy this story very much. It has witches, action, danger and a girl named Elodie who finds a new home in the most unexpected place.