My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: Netgalley - to review
Genre: YA witches and warlocks
Book Description: 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.
My thoughts: Witch's Brew is an interesting book to read. The reader gets to choose a scenario link on the direction they would like the story to go. Do you want someone to run, or do you want them to fight? The reader gets to choose the option that interest them the most. If the reader wants to read both scenario's, the ability to do so is just a link away.
The book is set where witches are warlocks are enemies. They have chosen different paths, light vs dark, and as such do not get along. In fact, they fight against each other in a controlled setting at solstice.
Lily and Logan meet each other, fate has brought them together. They realize that they get along and there is a spark between them. They have romantic feelings for the other. Lily learns that there is a curse put upon the magical kind that could lead to all loosing powers if something isn't done about it. They may be the pair to do it.
I enjoyed the characters of Lily and Logan. They both are confused because they all that they believed about the other may not be true. They have been raised differently. They have been taught to follow their masters. There isn't room in their programming for each other, but they spark remains.
Maybe I chose some of the wrong plot lines, but the story fell a little flat for me. It seemed choppy in some parts. I enjoyed it. There is quite a bit of potential in the story. I may have to go back and read some of the other links to get a full feeling for the story.
The title of the book refers to a coffee shop on the beach. I felt that there was more meaning to the title than the obvious. This book has different ingredients. One small change can change a potion. While the book has a conclusion that has been decided by the author, the journey to get there changes as different options are chosen. This changes the brew along the way.
Overall, it's a fun book to read. There is some content that isn't suitable for anyone under 16.
The book can be purchase in ebook format.