Monday, January 18, 2016

Audio Book Review: Witch Wood

Witch Wood

By:  Melanie Karsak

Publish Date:  October 1, 2015, Audiobook Release December 12, 2015

Format:  Audiobook - 2 hrs 23 mins
Narrated By:  Kristin James

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  2.5 in The Harvesting series; 1st book ~ The Harvesting, 1.5 Novella ~ Midway, 2nd Book ~ The Shadow Aspect

First Impression:  There's a good witch in the midst of all going bad.

Harm none, and be ready for zombies.

In the little town of Brighton, Amelia’s practice of Wicca makes her an outcast in school and the subject of disdain at home. But Amelia can’t change what she is. Knowing how to use herbs, see auras, and create spells comes naturally to her. Only Madame Knightly, the ancient matriarch and owner of Witch Wood Estate to whom Amelia plays caretaker, doesn’t seem to mind her conjoining. In fact, the library in the crumbling old mansion is full of old books and oddities.

However, when modern treatments fail to make a dent in the flu outbreak sweeping the globe, those who once ridiculed her white witchcraft turn to Amelia for help. While her eucalyptus tinctures prove no more effective than western medicine, her spell-casting is another matter. The residents of Brighton soon depend on the very magic they once ridiculed to save their lives.

** Witch Wood is a tie-in novella that complements The Harvesting Series. It can be read as a stand-alone or as Book 2.5 in the series **

First Sentence:
The aura around Mrs. Delaney had faded from vibrant green to dull, sludge-colored green-brown as the last class of the day wore down to its end.

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My Thoughts and Summary:
*I requested to review a copy of this audiobook for an honest review from the author.

Amelia has a white witch's touch. Those in school and around Brighton don't see a witch as kindly, but Amelia loves what she is. She can feel and see things are off, but she doesn't know what it is, starting with her mother's aura having specks of sticky black to it. When people come down with the flu Amelia will have to do more than mix her faithful herbs, she'll have to cast spells.

Kristin gets to share her adverse vocal talents once again. She not only does different tones for different characters, but also gets to do a young girls voice then the teachers older and more stern voice. There is such a variety that it's amazing to see her slip into different personas. Kristin does a hurt, upset girl along with other voices.

As with each book, this one brings a new element into the world of the harvesting. Magic. A witch. I couldn't quit listening. I knew what was going to result, but I was drawn to know for sure. What would happen and see what Amelia could do. She's special! Oh we discover with Amelia something new that she can do.

Amelia is a white witch. It's sweet hearing her thank the trees and for pumpkins and many others. She's connected to nature. She even sees the aura of people, and tries to help all when sees dark spots by clearing them from their aura. She believes in using natural herbs to help heal and maintain good health. This mention of natural herbs brings into question something that's mentioned in Shadow Aspect, something that might have spread this disease.

Oh where this story ends! Eee! I can't wait to follow on in the series. It's all coming together now. And I'm curious about Logan. I have a few thoughts on him, but I'll keep that to myself so you can experience him in your own thinking.


  1. I like the sound of this one. These characters are interesting and I'd really like to meet Amelia. I think I would like her as well.

    1. Melissa (B&T) That is one think I enjoy with this series. I meet someone new and learn something new with each book. Hope you get to enjoy it!

  2. I love her books. All of them. Just getting ready to start reading this!

    1. Laura Thomas. I'm starting to fall in that category as well. She has one series I haven't read yet, a historical one. But I'd love to try it. Hope you enjoy this one.

  3. I didn't know about this series, but you really got me intrigued now!

    1. Silvia, it has a little bit of everything to it. There is love and suspense with the zombie outbreak. But there is something new we learn with each book. I really enjoy it. :)

  4. So glad to hear that the narrator is fantastic with the voices! I am happy to see you enjoyed her love of nature with her witchy ways. Great review!

    1. Thank you Jaclyn Canada. I loved the blend of the writing and the narrator. Really brings the book to life for me. :)


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