Thursday, 15 September 2011

Book Review: The Witches Lottery



  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 204 KB
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language English
  • ASIN: B004IZLJSA

When Sophia and Drew McKibben's parents are killed in a tragic car accident, they are shipped off to live with an aunt they never even knew existed. Believing that they are moving to a privately owned island just off of the coast of Mystic, CT to live alone with her, they are surprised to find a sort of under-aged bed and breakfast.

Sophia draws the attention of one of the locals, Falen, immediately. He always seems to know exactly what she is thinking, and to her frustration, everything she does seems to amuse him. When a newcomer to the island brings with him a sense of deja vu, she begins to ask herself the ultimate question: Am I going crazy?

Sophia's world starts to unravel when she notices her own brother acting just as abnormal as the rest of them. When she begins to realize that the life she left behind looks even more bizarre then the one she was forced to leave it for, she's faced with a decision to make: embrace the new life that has been given to her, or drown in the past. Either choice brings with it more secrets and deceptions to unearth. The problem now is that the two worlds may actually be more intertwined than she thought.




In The Witches Lottery, our protagonist is Sophia. While still coming to terms with the loss of her parents, Sophia and her brother Drew, are shipped off to live with an aunt they never even knew existed…on a remote island with exactly one house.

Sophia knows there is something different about her aunt Celeste who looks so much like herself, and also the people staying with her. A few other teens Sophia’s age live with Celeste who all seem to know more than Sophia.

In the midst of her grief, Sophia’s worry for her brother Drew mounts day by day, as occurrences that she cannot explain increase. Bizarre dreams and even more bizarre behaviour leaves Sophia feeling like she’s losing her mind. And the constant teasing from gorgeous Falen doesn’t help any.

On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Sophia finds out what everyone has been keeping from her. She is a witch. Along with this self discovery, Sophia finds out that her mother knew what she would become…and she would have powers unrivalled by any other. But someone would do anything to have for themselves.

I thought Sophia was an extremely enjoyable and charming character. She was well written and it was a pleasure to watch her grow as the novel progressed. Her interactions with both Falen and Nick were full of delicious tension and anticipation and perfect interludes to Sophia trying to figure out what her new found powers mean.

The first in a new series, the Enchanted Island series is sure to be popular with any YA lover. And without sounding clichéd, The Witches Lottery was simply…magical. 

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