Escape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth


Escape_from_Witchwood_Hollow

 

The author sent me a copy (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

 

My rating:  5  of  5  stars

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Everyone in Arnn – a small farming town with more legends than residents – knows the story of Witchwood Hollow: if you venture into the whispering forest, the witch will trap your soul among the shadowed trees.

After losing her parents in a horrific terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria and her older brother escape New York City to Arnn. In the lure of that perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope, when she should be afraid.

Perhaps the witch can reunite her with her lost parents. Awakening the witch, however, brings more than salvation from mourning, for Honoria discovers a past of missing children and broken promises.

To save the citizens of Arnn from becoming the witch’s next victims, she must find the truth behind the woman’s madness.

How deep into Witchwood Hollow does Honoria dare venture?

 

Genre(s):  Young Adult, Fantasy

Series:  –

Length:  200 pages

Release Date:  2014-10-29

 

Teaser


Honoria walked to where weeds and ferns grew over the ditch. They seemed to wave her in as the wind stirred them. “So, I walk in and the witch grabs me?”

“And doesn’t let you out,” Harley added.


 

My Opinion

This book introduces you to Honoria. After losing her parents in the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, her aunt and uncle move with her and her brother to Arnn. Being a city girl, living in the country seems strange.

With Escape from Witchwood Hollow, Jordan Elizabeth has created three expertly woven plotlines; each thread gets you closer to the young women in their centuries. The story comprises a broad variety of believable and complex main characters with sufficient depth, nicely woven situations and interesting interactions kept me glued to my Kindle. I had an exciting time reading Escape from Witchwood Hollow – it is a very compelling read. I was drawn into the story right away, an invisible friend of Honoria, an invisible bystander in Elizabeth and Albertine’s plotlines. This is for you if you like determined teenagers and/or young women, suspense with great twists and local flair, urban fantasy, masterly combined plotlines.

A very suspenseful book to read again.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Writing Great
Plot Many twists
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
Characters Developed (complex)
Violence No violence
Sexual content No sexual content
POV Third person

 

About the author

Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, writes down her nightmares in order to live her dreams. With an eclectic job history behind her, she is now diving into the world of author. It happens to be her most favorite one yet. When she’s not creating art or searching for lost history in the woods, she’s updating her blog. Jordan is the president of the Utica Writers Club. She roams Central New York, but she loves to travel.

 

Connect with the Author:

 

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Escape from Witchwood Hollow?  Or – if you did not yet read Escape from Witchwood Hollow – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Escape from Witchwood Hollow was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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7 thoughts on “Escape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth

  1. I have to be honest if it wasn’t you reviewing this based off of the cover I would not have given this book a second look. It actually sounds very good but the cover was a little to YA for me to take it seriously…..however had I seen it back in the day when almost all fantasy YA covers were terrible I would have. I’m glad you highlighted it do I don’t lose out because I’m being snooty over a cover.

    • Thank you for bringing this up, Steph. This is a difficult question: Do covers matter? Despite my ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ policy, this isn’t always easy. When browsing a bookshop, Smashwords, Amazon, etc., I am occasionally repelled by a cover; if the summary isn’t appealing enough – I dismiss the book. Many books might sell a whole lot better with another cover.
      You certainly also came across books with awesome covers, quite interesting summaries and – the books did not keep their promises.
      In this case, the cover is a quite appropriate choice: It is young adult cover for a young adult book; as the book introduces Honoria in 2001 – the cover indicates the beginning of Witchwood Hollow.
      I’m glad that you are interested in reading this book even if you aren’t too fond of its cover. Wouldn’t it be boring if we all had the same likes and dislikes?

      • Absolutely. You are also right. This is perfect for the main demographic audience. I think it’s also why some books get published with multiple covers – to engage different audience

      • There is one book by Tess Gerritsen: Even the titles differ (American vs British market)
        Different covers may be required, different titles are not called for…

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