- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (5 Jan. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444904698
- ISBN-13: 978-1444904697
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 99 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 324,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Witch in Winter: Book 1 (The Winter Trilogy) Paperback – 5 Jan 2012
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"A Witch in Winter is totally one to look out for. Ruth Warburton is going to take the YA market by storm. With well researched facts, romance and some fantastic action scenes, A Witch in Winter is a thoroughly enchanting read!" - Jade, at Ink Scratchers (Jade at Ink Scratchers)
"Anna's reactions to the events were pretty much how I imagine I'd react, which made it easy to love her... The love story was so fantastically different, I loved the idea of it and it was so well executed... The ultimate battle was amazing, the enemy was one that I actually found quite scary, and the solution was neither easy nor lazy. It has everything you'd expect from a paranormal YA, but it avoids the cliches and predictability..." - Cait from The Cait Files (Cait from The Cait Files)
"One of my most highly anticipated 2012 reads..." - Brodie of Eleusinian Mysteries (Brodie of Eleusinian Mysteries)
"It's a great read, steeped in witchcraft, with a steamy romance, feisty leads and a brooding coastal setting." (The Bookseller)
A great deal to like here. (Bookbag)
This is a very enjoyable read, and an impressive debut novel. **** (Books For Keeps)
A fantastic start to what promises to be an awesome series. (Jess Hearts Books)
This spellbinding read poses some interesting questions about love, life and ethics. (Kiss)
First rate... distinctive and memorable. (Carousel)
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Synopsis: Anna Winterson doesn't know she's a witch and would probably mock you for believing in magic, but after moving to the small town of Winter with her father, she learns more than she ever wanted to about power.
When Anna meets Seth, she is smitten, but when she enchants him to love her, she unwittingly amplifies a deadly conflict between two witch clans and splits her own heart in two. She wants to love Seth, to let him love her - but if it is her magic that's controlling his passion, then she is as monstrous as the witch clan who are trying to use her amazing powers for their own gain.
When love is tangled up in magic, how do you know what's real?
What a great start to my February! A Witch in Winter is a delicious new debut by a UK debut author, Ruth Warburton. This book is packed full of action! Spells! Steamy scenes with a gorgeous boy! What could you want more in a YA book?
I found myself falling into the story of Anna and her newly discovered powers. She is a very emotional girl, she makes mistakes, she's not afraid to cry, she's brave, she loves her family, she's just like any other girl in this world. Apart from the fact that she is a Witch. A Witch who's just casted a spell that may ruin the whole community. You can't make someone love you, but when your a powerful Witch like Anna, anything can happen.
Once you start reading the first few chapters you just can't put it down! Ruth does a brilliant job to hook you into this addictive story. She builds up her characters slowly, adding interesting personalities and twists that you wouldn't expect.
I must talk about Seth. I must. Seth.....Ahhhhhh....Lovely, lovely Seth. He sounds so perfect. At first I didn't really like him, I felt that he was slightly arrogant and not an overly fun person to read about and then he becomes obssessed....because of a spell. But when he starts telling Anna that the spell has worn off and that he loves her, my heart was pounding against my ribs, I wanted Anna to be less difficult! But in the end, I was satisfied with both characters.
I feel for Anna's dad, when your reading, you can tell that he is lonely and that he longs for company. He won't tell Anna how her mother died or what she was like. Anna is full of curiousity when it comes down to her mum and I hope that her dad will, one day, explain to her what happened.
I CAN'T WAIT to read A Witch in Love! Another book, another exciting story! Hopefully some new characters? Complicate the story a bit? Hmmmm, I'm sure Ruth will deliver!
I am so glad that Ruth is from the UK! Finally! A UK author! A YA UK author! FINALLY I AM PROUD TO BE BRITISH! I don't normally come across YA books written by a UK author, so I am very happy! I can't wait until June when the sequel comes!
The story is narrated directly by Anna, so understanding why she does things is effortless and we easily root for her. The novel begins with her move to a new town, Winter, into a spooky and dilapidated house, following family financial difficulties. We bond with her as she struggles to settle into a new place - a small-town community where clearly everyone knows everyone else's business, ensuring our sympathies are well-established with her before magic is brought into the story. And when it is, her reactions feel realistic and human, and we see her moral goodness through her horror at the spell's effect.
Seth is an interesting character, and the reasons for him and Anna to be drawn to one another (aside from physical attraction) are established, alongside some funny-but-disturbing scenes of spell-induced stalkerishness. I felt that (witchcraft aside) their relationship was a believable construction, and that the central barrier (can she ever be sure he isn't just bewitched?) was a really good one to unsettle the relationship.
The setting worked brilliantly in several ways: the realistic and modern sixth-form experience that Anna gets at school; the intriguing nature of Winter itself and its relationship to magic (which I hope we'll learn more about in books 2 and 3) and the glorious gothic ramshackle nature of Wicker House with its 'witch's house' reputation and general creepiness. Again, I'm sure there's more of the house's history to be discovered in later novels. The setting (and the dialogue) is very British, which was very welcome after reading a few US YA novels recently. There's something really comforting about the familiarity this offers, even when that familiarity is shot through with magic! As a language geek, I also enjoyed the Old English style spells, suggesting something ancient that's always been there, hidden.
The plot moves along effectively, and (other than questions of history/background) everything is resolved in this volume. The tension creeps up steadily before the spell is cast, as Anna is simply trying to settle into a new place and there is no explicit suggestion of witchcraft - but of course we know that this is where the story is going to go. The stakes are raised rapidly after this, and we're quickly into much bigger conflicts.
Overall, this was a book that I really enjoyed and would definitely recommend. The second in the series came out this month, and the third will be out early next year.
Anna's constant internal guilt trip did start to grate after a while but Emmaline makes up for it. I might have to start an Emmaline fan-club. She is now my absolute favourite character. She's funny (the magic incontinence theory had me laughing for ages) and regularly provides Anna with a reality check.
Personally I liked the story in A Witch in Love better, without giving anything away it made the `magic is real' more believable. I also loved Ruth Warburton's imaginings of magical places in London.
A Witch in Love succeeded in continuing to surprise me both with the writing and the story of Anna's world.
We now have to wait until February 2013 to find out how this adventure ends...*
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