(The Spellspinners of Melas County #1)
by Heidi R. Kling
Rate: 5 of 5 stars ★★★★★
Book Review by: Autumn
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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.
This book is about the Melas County coven of witches and warlocks, known as Spellspinners. The main characters, Lily (who is a witch) and Logan (a warlock), may be a part of a big prophecy that the Seven Sisters spoke about centuries ago. Witches and warlocks were separated into the Light side and the Dark side (witches being the light side) and are forbidden to come in contact with each other until the Gleaming. The Gleaming is when a witch and warlock fight each other for the other one's powers. Lily and Logan have an interesting relationship that will keep the readers on the edge of their seats throughout the entire novel. The book also left a huge cliffhanger at the end. This book would be appropriate for teens 13+. Contains very mild language and very few sensual scenes. This is a new kind of book, Active-Literature, not unlike the "choose-your-own-adventure" stories. I give this book a five out of five stars. Brilliant work by the author!
"If caught, he risked punishment- losing his place as Leader of the Sons of Darkness, his reputation with Congression, his brothers, with Father... Lily was worth it."
Other books in this series:
The Gleaning (#2)
Devil's Frost (#3)