Review: The Witch's Kiss by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr
March 30, 2017
Any book that is billed to me as a retelling of a classic story, I will most likely look into reading it. I have read many retellings of Beauty and the Beast, but not so much of Sleeping Beauty, which is what I have heard 'The Witch's Kiss' is a retelling of. An old curse created by wizard Gwydion, causes people to turn up dead at the hands of an immortal prince. Merry believes her powers aren't strong enough to break the curse, however her and brother Leo try to break the curse, even though the odds are stacked against them.
First of all, I thought Merry was an okay character. It was nice to read a YA fantasy with a believable, younger female protagonist. Merry actually reads like a real teenager, she does make mistakes and she does moan, BUT ultimately she is brave and does try to break the curse. (I don't want to spoil the ending) She was very relatable for my younger teen years and a great hero, especially paired with her brother Leo, they were a really enjoyable duo to read about. Leo was my favourite character to read about as he was always there for Merry and there was more depth to him than any other character in my opinion.
The addition of Anglo-Saxon history within the story, was actually very refreshing and intricately woven within the novel, it was interesting to read and most important of all actually added to the story and made sense. Furthermore, the romance within the novel wasn't overpowering and was more sweet than overtop. As I personally am not into romance novels I found this to be sweet and tastefully written.
Overall, I did enjoy 'The Witch's Kiss' as I found it to be an interesting take on a classic story. I really enjoyed the Anglo-Saxon history, a relatable heroine and the dynamic between Merry and her Brother Leo. The ending was satisfying and will make you want book two! The ending also tied up any loose ends and was a nice finishing to a well-written novel. I think more should be spoken about 'The Witch's Kiss', I would recommend it to friends and family
ARC copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review