Book Review: "The Witches of the Glass Castle" by Gabriella Lepore*

Whilst I enjoy reading books about witches all year round, they`re particularly fun to read during October. Because it`s Halloween and we all enjoy a spooky read (and possibly some inspiration for our costume). So I was delighted to see that the book for our October readathon was "Witches of the Glass Castle" by Gabriella Lepore. I have heard some great things about this duology and the premise was also amazing. Two teenagers find out they`re witched and are sent to a magical castle to learn about their powers? Count me in!

I very much enjoyed the first half of this book. When they`re sent to the Glass Castle, Mia and Dino have two opposite reactions. She`s quite happy to be there and wants to find out more about her powers. Dino, on the other hand, is sullen and wants things to go back to normal. We soon find out that the reason for his mood is his power, as he can feel other people`s emotions. I know a lot of people were not a fan of Dino, but personally, I loved him. His power was not easy or fun and I could see how it was a pain to live with it. I also enjoyed seeing his inner struggle with good and evil. 

Sadly, I can`t say that I was a fan of Mia. She seemed selfish and self-absorbed. I get that Dino was sometimes a dick to her, but I don`t think she really made an effort to understand him. She spends the first time of the book complaining that she does have any powers and then she loses her identity in her love interest. Because when you meet a dark and mysterious guy whom you should be afraid of, the logical reaction is to pursue him restlessly and call him your soulmate. Yes, I`m not joking! After a couple of weeks, they "wuw" each other and they`re soulmates. Meanwhile, it took me 6 months to tell my husband that I love him, but oh well! I know I`m old and bitter, but that part drove me mad.

The thing that annoys me most is that this book had so much potential. But it chose to focus on some stupid star-crossed lovers rather than on magic, friendship and family. Then again, this is YA. And when I analyze I book, I have to remember myself that my tastes now are different from my tastes back then. 10 years ago I probably would have loved this type of fated romance.

Like I said, I really enjoyed the first half of the book and Dino`s chapters. If you`re into witches and paranormal books, I`d recommend this book. And I also think that younger readers might be ok with the romance. After all, it`s a matter of personal preferences.

* I was sent an Ebook by Oftomes Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All opinion are my own.


2 comments :

  1. I hadn't heard of this before now, and while it seems like it's something that I might like, I'm always skeptical of books that focus on witches because they're often poorly portrayed in them. I'm sorry to hear that you didn't feel as though it was what you were hoping for, but great review!

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    1. Thanks! I am sad because I was expecting more, but at least it was a fun read.

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