Monday, April 7, 2014

Book Review: Witch's Brew (The Spellspinners of Melas County #1) by Heidi R. Kling

Witch's Brew 

(The Spellspinners of Melas County #1) 
Heidi R. Kling 

Pub January 11th 2012 
by Coliloquy, LLC 
ARC For Review 

The Spellspinners of Melas County is a fantasy YA romance series about a witch, a warlock, and their fight for their forbidden but prophesied love. 

Once soulmates, the witch and warlock covens of the California coast have been estranged for a century. Raised to hate each other, their teenagers meet in the Solstice Stones, a magical battleground where they draw energy from each other to maintain their balance. 16 year olds Logan and Lily have spent years training for their first Stones…only to discover just days before that the enemy may not be what either of them had thought. 

In Witch’s Brew, Lily is torn between her feelings for Logan and her coven’s need to know who—or what—he is. The young lovers race against time, their distrust for each other, and the powerful influence of their elders to unravel the mystery of their pasts before their future is destroyed. 

This is an Active Fiction title "Active fiction" is a new type of e-reading experience that allows the reader and the author to interact with each other and the text in new and different ways. 

In Witch’s Brew, Lily and Logan's fate is already decided, but Heidi explores several different possible pathways for how they get there. She shares scenes that wouldn’t normally fit in a book format and gives readers more precious moments between the two young lovers. As the series progresses, you'll see some normal narrative forms, interspersed with smaller scenes, alternate points of view, and a lot of "what if" scenarios.

The Way I See It 

I’M LOSING MY SH*#!!! RIGHT.NOW…”Breath Ria, get it together.” Okay I have to walk away for a sec maybe go get another cup of coffee I’m totally losing it right now. Alright y'all I’m back and let me tell you!!!!!!!!! I’ve lost it in the most AMAZING way. Witch’s Brew was wickedly fun!!! The book is interactive! How flipping fun is that?! Let me tell you…its astonishingly fun! The writing was excellent I think I know who’s behind what but Ms. Kling doesn’t give away any answers. I got just enough to keep me hooked but there’s still much unfolding to be had thats for sure. I can’t wait to do it!!! 

W-arlocks, fierce and wicked they are not to be trusted. Witches are of the light they love and protect.
I-nterest, Lily is placed in a high ranking something exists within her that makes her special beyond the sisters in her coven.
T-ime, the girls make a choice at a young age from that moment training begins…The Gleaning is just around the corner.
C-haos, Lily’s magic is up and its down this is not a time for weakness she must face her foe with all of her strength.
H-idden, a spell is cast and Lily does not know what to believe. Logan is entranced by the heirloom he sees and must find out more.
'S-urreal, walking with a warlock is unheard of the feelings she has towards him treasonous but something about him pulls at her.

B-randed, Logan may hold the key but many questions have yet to be answered and all he seeks is to find where he belongs.
R-esolution, a ghost holds the key but the answers won't reveal themselves until its time.
E-nchantment, Lily’s coven only knows one way her love and her faith for them will blind her towards the bigger picture. Come what may no one will listen to Lily so she must find a way on her own.
W-illpower, magic is strong but Lily will find out she is stronger. Lily knows the key is within her grasp her heart will show the way to reach her love. 

THAT ENDING was OH M GEE!! I super secretly not so secretly curse every book on my schedule that is standing in my way between ME the next books in the series!! Gah!! This reminds me of those old timey adventure books where you can pick a path then when you re-read it you can pick a different path!!! Eeeeeeep how fun is that!!! I’m going to read these books a million times and you will too! Seriously this isn was delightfully wicked! I’m already in love with this series and I can only see it getting better. 

My Fav’s

She totally kicks butt but is pretty humble about it. She holds a leaders position but she does so with grace and humility. Lily has a little sister she loves dearly and her relationship with her mother is pretty great. I’m very curious about her father though and I hope to find out more soon. Lily doesn’t really understand why she has such a strong pull towards Logan but I’m dying to find out. 

He doesn’t know who he is but he might be the key to solving everything. I love his personality and the kindness he wields even though he was raised in darkness. Logan is drawn to Lily in a way he cannot describe and I love their interactions. I’m dying to find out more about him…sigh I cant wait. 

My Rating
4.5 Witch’s Brew, Gleaning, Ocean, Iris, Daisy, Orchid, Treasure Chest, Prophecy, Kiss, Hawk, Enchanted, Love filled Stars!! I can not say this enough!! Pick up this series its a blast!!

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About The Author

Heidi R Kling is the author of Sea and The Spellspinners of Melas County series. Her first novel, Sea was a finalist for "Northern California Book of the Year", an IndieNext Pick, Goodreads "Mover and Shaker," a Gateway Reader's Award Finalist , Scholastic Readers Choice among other generous accolades. After earning her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School in New York City, Heidi returned to her native California where she lives with her husband and two children right over the coastal mountains from the sea.

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  1. Love the sounds of this one. I am a sucker for witches, and Lily sounds great!

  2. Interactive? Interesting. I've never had much luck with witches stories though. I'm glad you loved this one so much.


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