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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Book Review: The Orphan Witch By Paige Crutcher

The Orphan Witch
By Paige Crutcher
September 28, 2021
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
ISBN: 9781250823632ol
ISBN: 9781250797377
A deeper magic. A stronger curse. A family lost...and found.

Persephone May has been alone her entire life. Abandoned as an infant and dragged through the foster care system, she wants nothing more than to belong somewhere. To someone. However, Persephone is as strange as she is lonely. Unexplainable things happen when she’s around—changes in weather, inanimate objects taking flight—and those who seek to bring her into their family quickly cast her out. To cope, she never gets attached, never makes friends. And she certainly never dates. Working odd jobs and always keeping her suitcases half-packed, Persephone is used to moving around, leaving one town for another when curiosity over her eccentric behavior inevitably draws unwanted attention.

After an accidental and very public display of power, Persephone knows it’s time to move on once again. It’s lucky, then, when she receives an email from the one friend she’s managed to keep, inviting her to the elusive Wile Isle. The timing couldn’t be more perfect. However, upon arrival, Persephone quickly discovers that Wile is no ordinary island. In fact, it just might hold the very things she’s been searching for her entire life.

Answers. Family. Home.

And some things she did not want. Like 100-year-old curses and an even older family feud. With the clock running out, love might be the magic that saves them all.

Persephone May has had problems her whole life making eye contact with anyone. If she does, something bad happens to the person. Her life is lonely. Until one day, she goes to a seaside village in Wile, North Carolina. She finds out she is a witch and other female witches living there are related to her. She finally has a home and a family. Except there is a curse connected to the place and her family along with a family feud. 

She discovers she may be a World Walker, one who can walk through worlds, and she finds a Library of the Lost and a male librarian, who she can make eye contact with and nothing bad happens, she is attracted to. But time is running out and Persephone hopes she is the walker that may save them all.

I give The Orphan Witch 4 sheep.

Reviewed by Pamela K. Kinney

About the Author:
Paige Crutcher is the author of THE ORPHAN WITCH. Her work appears in multiple anthologies and online publications, and she is a former Southern Correspondent for Publishers Weekly. She is an artist and yogi, and when not writing, she prefers to spend her time trekking through the forest with her children, hunting for portals to new worlds. 

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