Jan 9, 2012

A Witch In Winter, by Ruth Warburton

Release Date: January 5, 2012 (UK)
ARC: 341 pages
Age Group: Young Adult
Buy: Amazon
Rating:3 stars 
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Anna Winterson doesn't know she's a witch and would probably mock you for believing in magic, but after moving to the small town of Winter with her father, she learns more than she ever wanted to about power. When Anna meets Seth, she is smitten, but when she enchants him to love her, she unwittingly amplifies a deadly conflict between two witch clans and splits her own heart in two. She wants to love Seth, to let him love her – but if it is her magic that's controlling his passion, then she is as monstrous as the witch clan who are trying to use her amazing powers for their own gain. 

I can tell you right now that I will most likely have trouble writing this review. I have a love/hate relationship with this book. It took me a while to get into this book, which then made it to where it took seven days to finish it. When I was reading it, it aggravated me so much because I'm not very used to this much UK English. But when I put it down to do something else, I kept thinking about it. The story line. What would happen next with Anna.

Witches are one of my top favorite supernatural beings. I've loved witches for as long as I can remember. I was obsessed with the TV show Charmed when I was in middle and high school and still kind of am. So when I first found out about this book, I knew I'd love it.

Anna is pretty easy to relate to. She just moved to a new part of England that seems a lot different than London where she grew up. She starts a new school and there is this guy there that she thinks she may like. In the beginning I got really curious of how the witches would come in. She doesn't know she's a witch in the beginning and I'm going to leave it at that so I won't throw out any spoilers. Anna is pretty down to earth and nice and is fine not having a boyfriend. She doesn't need one. I really like how she grew more confident by the end of the book. She grows a lot from the beginning.

I like some of the other characters, but not all. The ones that felt more real to me were Seth, Emmaline, Maya and Anna's dad. I really hope they grow stronger in the second book.

I loved the story line! I was a bit scared when I read the summary despite my love for witches because I thought it would be a regular over done story, but it wasn't. It was unique.I had a little trouble with the language, but I could kind of hear the accents in my head when I read it. (I LOVE English accents. <3 *le sigh*)I think I might of gotten used to it by the end because it didn't bug me as much. I was more into the action in the end. LOVE the action scenes.

Overall, despite me not loving this book to death like I thought I would, I do want to read the next book. I'm really curious about what happens next with Anna and Seth and, of course, the Ealdwitan.
The second book in this series is called A Witch in Love. It is set to release on July 5, 2012 in the UK.


  1. Hmm...not completely sold on this one, but I might eventually give it a shot. The romance aspect of this book sounds a little too much like the ones that are very stereotypical of this genre, so I'm not sure.

    P.S. I had never watched Charmed while it was on TV, but a few months ago I developed a brief obsession with it and watched all eight seasons in about eight weeks. :D

  2. Ha ha, nice! Yeah, it's pretty addicting.=) I don't have all seasons of it yet, but I have the 1-3 and the 5th season. I want all so I can go back and watch all. They're on Netflix too. I <3 Charmed.

  3. Hmmm...it sounds different but I'm still not sure what makes it special.  I don't get to read it anyway since I'm in the U.S. but definitely wanted to read your review anyway.  

  4. I live in the US as well, I got it for review. But you can purchase is on The Book Depository's website. =D Free shipping! It was pretty good. =D I want to read the second book.

  5. I will admit that there were moments of pure joy during this book, but there were also tears too. I didn't even realise I was crying until I felt hot wet tears run in rivulets down my cheeks. But in the end, I was left smiling.


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