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BLOG TOUR --- Witchtown by Cory Putman Oakes [Review + Giveaway]

Title: Witchtown
Author(s): Cory Putman Oakes
Edition: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook; 320 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 18, 2017
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & Noble - iBooks - Book Depository

Tour Schedule

 Week One:
7/10/2017 - Brittany's Book Rambles - Interview
7/11/2017 - Book Briefs - Review
7/12/2017 - Always Me - Guest Post
7/13/2017 - The Blonde Bookworm - Review
7/14/2017 - YA and Wine - Interview

Week Two:

7/17/2017 - Savings in Seconds - Review
7/18/2017 - Wandering Bark Books - Guest Post
7/19/2017 - Eli to the nth - Review
7/20/2017 - Don't Judge, Read - Review
7/21/2017 - YA Book Madness - Interview

The Summary

When sixteen-year-old Macie O’Sullivan and her masterfully manipulative mother Aubra arrive at the gates of Witchtown—the most famous and mysterious witch-only haven in the world—they have one goal in mind: to rob it for all it’s worth.

But that plan derails when Macie and Aubra start to dig deeper into Witchtown’s history and uncover that there is more to the quirky haven than meets the eye.

Exploring the haven by herself, Macie finds that secrets are worth more than money in Witchtown.

Secrets have their own power.

My Review

I love books about magic, and I especially love books about different magic communities.  Witchtown by Cory Putman Oakes is chock full of both!  The reader follows Macie O'Sullivan, as she and her con-artist mother, Aubra, move onto their "last" big score: robbing the haven of Witchtown blind!  But as Macie digs deeper into Witchtown, she learns secrets, not only about the town, but about herself!

I loved this book!  It was fast-paced, full of twists, and fully satisfying at the end.  A truly well-done standalone novel.  Of course, I wish we could see more of Witchtown, because I think we could've used more of this potentially amazing setting, but it was always on this side of not fleshed out enough.  But the idea of a Second Inquisition is interesting, especially with the result not being the total destruction of all witches, but a segregation of witches from the general populace.  

However, the characters themselves were great!  You really felt what Macie, the main character, was going through, both within the relationship with her mother, and while she was unfurling the mysteries in Witchtown.  The friendship between Macie and Tayla was naturally developed, and you could really tell that both cared for each other.  I love when friendships are developed in a real way.  It always adds something to the story.

This book is just too fun!  A super-fast read, if you like witchiness, mysteries, and comeuppance, then you'll want to pick up Witchtown by Cory Putman Oakes this summer!

Final Rating

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About the Author

Sometime around sixth grade, Cory was forced to face the sad truth that being a heroine in a Tamora Pierce, Robin McKinley, or Madeleine L’Engle book was not, in fact, a valid future career choice. But since she thought it might be almost as much fun to grow up to be Tamora Pierce, Robin McKinley, or Madeleine L’Engle, she decided to do just that. She’s still working on it.

She officially made her sixth grade dream come true in 2011, with her debut young adult novel, THE VEIL. Cory’s debut middle grade, DINOSAUR BOY, came out from Sourcebooks in February of 2015 and it’s sequel, DINOSAUR BOY SAVES MARS, launched in February 2016. Cory’s next young adult novel, WITCHTOWN, will come out from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers on July 18, 2017.

Cory lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Mark (who, luckily for all concerned, decided to stick with the whole “maybe-I’ll-be-a-lawyer” thing), their two kids, and their pets. In addition to writing, Cory enjoys running, cooking, and hanging out with her family. She is proud to be represented by Sarah LaPolla of Bradford Literary Agency. Photo by Sam Bond Photography


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