Thursday, July 18, 2013

Witchstruck (The Tudor Witch Trilogy #1) by Victoria Lamb + Featured Freebie

If she sink, she be no witch and shall be drowned.

If she float, she be a witch and must be hanged.

Meg Lytton has always known she is different;that she bears a dark and powerful gift. But in 1554 England, in service at Woodstock Palace to the banished Tudor princess Elizabeth, it has never been more dangerous to practice witchcraft. Meg knows she must guard her secret carefully from the many suspicious eyes watching over the princess and her companions. One wrong move could mean her life, and the life of Elizabeth, rightful heir to the English throne.

With witchfinder Marcus Dent determined to have Meg's hand in marriage, and Meg's own family conspiring against the English queen, there isn't a single person Meg can trust. Certainly not the enigmatic young Spanish priest Alejandro de Castillo, despite her undeniable feelings. But when all the world turns against her, Meg must open her heart to a dangerous choice.

The Secret Circle meets The Other Boleyn Girl in Witchstruck, the first book of the magical Tudor Witch trilogy.

My Rating: 5 Roses

This book couldn't have come at a better time. I know I'm I little late on the uptake, but I finally found out about the show The Tudors. You know, the Showtime series full of super attractive people about the court of Henry the VIII. I've been obsessively watching this show, completely immersing myself in the world of the Tudors. And, lo and behold, I found this book on Netgalley. I know, great timing. After the splendor of the show, Witchstruck had high expectations from me if it was to live up to my perception of the Tudor dynasty.  And it totally did. Witchstruck was an amazing YA historical fiction with touches of magic and romance along with the drama of the royal court. I absolutely loved it!

This book had everything going for it. A setting in one of the most famous royal courts, hidden magic that is a danger just for its existence, a handsome Spanish priest, a sweet romance with said handsome Spanish priest, a strong heroine, and a dynamic cast of characters. What's not to love?

As I said, the setting was well done. Most of the book is set while Elizabeth was in captivity at a squalid estate. Later, the characters move to the royal court. Both settings were brilliant. The way the author set it up made me feel as if I were truly there.

Meg was a wonderful heroine. She was very strong and determined to help Elizabeth claim the throne. She was definitely kick ass. You do not want to made this witch mad. I thought she was great. Strong, likable, and a worthy heroine.

Alejandro was so swoon worthy. I have a weakness for hot Spanish guys. Their looks, their accent...sigh. And he was no different. He was very sweet and dedicated to doing the right thing, even when it went against his teachings. He was awesome and adorable and I can't wait to see more of him.

The romance was light, in that Meg and Alejandro did get together in any way until near the end of the book. But, that doesn't mean the romance aspect of the book wasn't there. Whenever these two were together, the romantic tension was off the charts. And, it was obvious that, even as they avoided each other, their feelings were growing. It was a "love at a distance" kind of thing going on and I thought it was brilliantly done. With the ending bringing their relationship to an entirely new level, I'm excited to see how things go for them.

The plot was fast paced. I was hooked and absolutely on the edge of my seat. We have the drama of the Tudor court, the thrills of Meg trying to escape Marcus Dent, a witchfinder determined to capture her, a stunning betrayal that completely took me by surprise, and the constant threat that Meg's powers could be discovered and she would end up executed. It was enough to keep me riveted. And the ending had me anxious to get my hands on the next book.

Witchstruck is a brilliant, top notch YA read. A mix of historical fiction, fantasy, and romance, this book is not to be missed. If you like any of those genres, you definitely have to read this book. I absolutely adored it!

*Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin Teen for a copy!
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Born a goddess. Controlled by the Fates. Can Macy's love for her soul mate survive the bonds of time... and death? 

Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth—her sister's friend Sophie didn't kill herself. She was murdered.

Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn't actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else's mind and experiences the world through that person's eyes. She's slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed "friend" when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie's slashed body.

Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can't bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting distant lately, especially now that she's been spending more time with Zane.

Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.

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