Title: Tales of Aradia: The Last Witch
Author: L.A. Jones
Published: 2012 by CreateSpace
Genre: Young Adult, Teen Fantasy, Paranormal
Unknown to the humans who hanged innocent people at the Salem Witch Trials, real witches of the hidden race were slaughtered on the belief that they had betrayed the hiddens to the humans. Not one witch survived the genocide, or so it was believed for more than three hundred years. One day a girl named Aradia moves to Salem, Massachusetts, and all that changes.
(Blurb from Goodreads)
Ross and Liza are coming home from a doctor’s appointment in which they just got bad news; the chances of them ever having children are slim to none. Driving home they almost get in an accident and swerve off the road. With the car now broken, Ross decides to look for help and hears a baby crying. Long story short, that baby becomes their daughter, the child that they wanted but couldn’t have, Aradia.
This was a good book. I liked how Aradia knew she was special, but didn’t know why. She has no clue that she’s a witch, and it takes them moving to a town of other ‘hidden’ beings to figure out what she is. The story had a nice flow and kept me interested and wanting to go back for more.
However, Aradia did get on my nerves. Her sense of humor was pretty dry, and I kind of felt embarrassed for her on occasion when she tried to be funny. She felt a little immature as well, but it is a young adult book and she is a young adult. So it was just her personality, and that’s fine, she just got on my nerves a bit.
It wasn’t just Aradia who got under my skin; it was her friend Roy too. I just wish he had more self-confidence; the lack of it was unappealing. But again, they are young characters. I’m hoping that he’ll gain some confidence through the series.
Another little thing that stuck out to me was the mentioning of CVS. This was when Aradia had just moved to Salem, Massachusetts and she was talking to a student at her school. She was telling him to pick up some medicine.
“Pick some up on the way home. It’s easy to find. They’ll have it at CVS.”
“Oh, right. Um, Walgreens? Any drug store (—)” (location 31 on Kindle)
Again, this does not affect my rating; I’m just throwing it out there. I’m from the area, and I promise, we know what CVS is (and Walgreens too). Lol.
Besides Miss Aradia not being my favorite person, she did grow on me, and I did enjoy the story. All in all, a good young adult book and I recommend it.
My Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
*****I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.*****