Saturday, July 18, 2015

{REVIEW} The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

Title: The Witch Hunter
Author: Virginia Boecker
Series: The Witch Hunter #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication: June 2nd, 2015
Rating: ★★★★☆

Your greatest enemy isn't what you fight, but what you fear.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that's been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth's witch hunting past--if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she's thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.
After finishing the book I read a few reviews and noticed that people either liked it ... or not. The reviews are all pretty mixed but mostly positive from what I saw. I went into this without knowing too much and I'm really glad about that! Usually I'm not a fan of books about witches and magic but this one intrigued me! I fell in love with the cover and knew I had to read this, no matter what.

I was surprised at how much I ended up enjoying it! Sure, there were some minor things that disturbed me - I wanted more action scenes, for example - but Virginia balanced it out with her great characters that were all very loveable and awesome. Each one of them actually. Well, except for the "bad" ones but yeah.

At first I thought Elizabeth would be a typical YA heroine ... good at everything she does, too perfect or maybe the complete opposite. I was still curious and hoped for the best. I must admit that I really, really liked her because the author made her seem perfect/good at what she does but proved us early on that she isn't. Not anymore at least. However, the changes she went through during her time with Nicholas and the others were very interesting to read!

"You're awfully short," I say.
"Short? Not me! Maybe you're the short one. Ever think of that?"
I consider it. "My God, you're right. You must be very clever."
Geroge cracks a laugh. "If only everyone was this easy to convince."

And speaking of the others ... I liked everyone! At first we met George and well, I thought he'd be a love interest for Elizabeth but gladly that didn't happen. Them being friends and bantering all day long was so much more enjoyable! They're both sarcastic and I had a lot of fun reading their scenes! Fifer is another one I wasn't sure about at first ... she seemed like a real bitch but in the end I loved her as much as everyone else. Her boyfriend Schuyler is someone I'd even want to read more about - he intrigued me and I was hoping to find out more about him ... maybe in the next book!

And then there's John. Oh my dear. He's a healer with such a big and loving heart and I knew I'd like him A LOT. Well, guess what ... I was right. He's amazing, seriously, and I can't wait to read more about him and Elizabeth! ♥ *sigh*

Like I mentioned above I wouldn't have minded a few more action scenes ... don't get me wrong, it was still amazing and thrilling and the end was pure action but throughout the book there could've happened a lot more. The setting/world Virginia created is great, though! I enjoyed the information about magic and seeing/reading how it's used but also wanted more. In the next book I definitely expect more of EVERYTHING - that would be best, haha.

"Nicholas says that magic isn't inherently good or bad, it's what people do with it that makes it that way. It took me a long time to understand that. Once I did, I realized it isn't magic that separates us from them, or you from me. It's misunderstanding."

My overall conclusion is: Get the book and read it! It's easy to say I liked it but everyone has a different taste ... if it intrigued you don't hesitate too much and just read it! In my opinion, it's totally worth it and who knows, in the future I might even give some other magic/witch books a try (recommendations anyone?)!


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