Switch (The Witches of Armour Hill, #1) by Alyssa Cooper



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


My rating:  4.8  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

Margaret May Reis knows how strange she is; people have been telling her for years. At sixteen years old, though, Maggie begins to realize that strangeness is only half the story. Maggie isn’t just strange – she’s a witch.

Sent to live with a cousin she’s never met, in a city she doesn’t remember, Maggie is sure that life as she knows it is over. It doesn’t take her long to learn that Peterborough is not at all what it seems. Her first week in the city, Maggie meets a stray cat named Elowen, who seems to appear out of thin air, and a strange girl named Rhosyn, who introduces her to a coven of witches, and assures her that life will never be the same.

The newest member of an ancient coven, Maggie discovers new friends, new powers, and a new lease on life. As she works with her young sisters to hone their magical skills, they stumble across the coven’s darkest secret, one that their governing council has kept hidden for over a century. Caught up in a conspiracy that began with the very first generations of witches, Maggie and her friends tumble down the rabbit hole, reaching blindly for the truth.

It will take three young witches to uncover the secrets that their Matriarch left behind over a century before.


Genre(s):  Young Adult, Fantasy

Series:  The Witches of Armour Hill, #1

Length:  371 pages

Release Date:  2015-07-20



Maggie turned back to the cat, seated on her pillow with her tail tucked around her paws, and frowned. “How did you get up here?” She sat down again on the edge of the bed, and when Maggie held out one hand, the cat stretched out her neck to nuzzle her palm.

“What’s your name?” Maggie murmured dreamily, and in her mind, a word echoed clearly.



My Opinion

This book introduces you to Maggie. She is handed over from one distant family member to the other. After her room catches fire the second time, she is taken home by her cousin Sandra. Life there is unbearable, especially as Sandra doesn’t want Elowen – a stray cat Maggie grows fond of – in her home. Life seems to take a turn for the better when Maggie meets Rhosyn.

With Switch, Alyssa Cooper has created the fascinating beginning of a series: The Witches of Armour Hill. The story comprises a broad variety of believable and more or less complex main characters, nicely woven situations and interesting interactions – keeping me glued to my Kindle. I had an exciting time reading Switch – it is a very compelling read. I was drawn into the story right away, an invisible friend in Maggie’s circle. This is for you if you like determined teenagers (even if you do not always share their opinion), a thrilling plot-line with great twists, urban fantasy and lots of magic.

This is the very promising start of a series – definitely worth reading again.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

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


About the author

Alyssa Cooper is a Canadian writer with a graphic design diploma and a passion for story telling. She collects old books and antique typewriters, and has a preference for the darker side of fiction.

Alyssa is the author of three traditionally published books, Salvation, Benjamin, and Cold Breath of Life, as well as an independently produced collection called Whispers. All of these titles are also available as ebooks on the Kindle Store.

She’s currently living in Kingston, Ontario with her cats, her cacti, and her personal library, while she works diligently on The Witches of Armour Hill, Book Two: Twisted.


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 Switch?  Or – if you did not yet read Switch – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

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

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

Review:  The Motel Room by Alyssa Cooper

Tomorrow’s blog post:  10 Statements – Alyssa Cooper


6 thoughts on “Switch (The Witches of Armour Hill, #1) by Alyssa Cooper

  1. Pingback: 10 Statements – Alyssa Cooper | My train of thoughts on...

Leave a reply :-)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.