Friday, February 21, 2014

Book review: Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton

NOTE: I received the book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

When I requested Witch Finder I was super thrilled. The cover and summary had me hopeful that I was getting my hands on something beautiful. On a story worth reading and committing to memory.

No such luck.

Which is why, we shouldn't judge a book by it's cover I guess. Pity, that. It has a beautiful cover.

Anyhoo, let's get to it already.

Writing Style:
The writing was good enough. It was captivating to a point, but not so much that I'd go head over heals with it. I guess I was expecting a bit more, what with the suspense in the summary.

Story line:
Hmm, I'm fairly certain this story could've done a lot better if there was more action and more decisiveness in the characters. But the ones we were supposed to like were meek, fearful and impossible to relate to. Also, everything was kind of obvious from scene to scene and I'm fairly certain that's one reason why I couldn't really get to enjoy the book more.

Themes:
- The evil must be uprooted;
- The weakness of a girl in a time when men reigned;
- The power of the select few;
- Being different can be dangerous;
- Commitment to any cause could jeopardize your life.

Characters:
Beginning with Alexis, Rosamund's drunken brother, I believe that I can say he paints a horrible picture of all males of the witch kind. He's a selfish, mean, rude brute. He's a spoiled brat who cares about nobody else but himself.

Mama, Rosa and Alexis's mother, was a horrible, selfish woman. She was pushy, commanding and cares only about money, power and Alexis. To her Rosa is only a means to accomplishing status and nothing more.

Luke is a boy with nothing special about him but the fact that he can identify a witch when he sees one. He sees their auras, basically, and that makes him useful for the brotherhood of people who do the witch hunts. Since the horrible murder of his parents, Luke's on a mission to find the person who made him an orphan, even though he knows the man is a witch. A powerful dark witch. And nothing, not even a girl with a strong passionate red in her aura could make him change his mind. Or could she?

Rosa, despite what everyone wants to believe, is an innocent girl with dreams of freedom and a kind heart. She yearns for love compassion and kindness but gets none of those things. At least not from her family. Which is why meeting Luke is such a new experience for her. He is gentle, he is careful, he is different. And she can't stop her heart from beating for him.

Sebastian was the ultimate bad boy. Or actually he was a grown man. And he was really evil and black hearted. I actually think he killed his own father. Anyway, people admired this guy, as if he was this superior being. Alexis and Mama were quick to bow to him if he as much as twitched a finger. Gosh! Sebastian was a heartless bastard and I hated him instantly. His air of superiority got on my nerves from the very first time I met him on the page.

In conclusion, I don't even know what to say. It was an okay book, but I'm not sure I can recommend it.

My rating is