Review of Witchtown by Cory Putman Oaks

  • Title: Witchtown
  • Author: Cory Putman Oaks
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
  • Publication Date: July 18 2017
  • Pages: 320
  • Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Goodreads Synopsis:

When sixteen-year-old Macie O’Sullivan and her masterfully manipulative mother Aubra arrive at the gates of Witchtown—the most famous and mysterious witch-only haven in the world—they have one goal in mind: to rob it for all it’s worth.

But that plan derails when Macie and Aubra start to dig deeper into Witchtown’s history and uncover that there is more to the quirky haven than meets the eye.

Exploring the haven by herself, Macie finds that secrets are worth more than money in Witchtown.

Secrets have their own power.

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ARC of Witchtown provided by author via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed Witchtown,  but there were a few hits and misses for me. I won’t give any spoilers but some characters secrets were surprising while others were really predictable. Granted this book really seems like it was written for a younger audience so maybe with them these issues will go unnoticed. Other than that it just felt like a lot more could have been done with the story. Especially considering when you think of witches you think of magic, and even though there was some magic, it just felt like there could have been so much more.  On top of that I don’t feel the synopsis accurately describes Macie and her mothers relationship. It makes them sound like a close team that worked together to figure out the mystery of Witchtown, and that’s just not the case at all.

With that said Witchtown really was a fun read. Macie is strong but completely under her mothers control. As the story continued I really loved reading about Macie’s internal struggle. Seeing her fight with what shes always been told about her self and what shes starting to discover really held my attention.  I also really enjoy an interesting supporting cast and this book had that as well, for the most part. The characters closest to Macie were great. Where as some of them that were just kind of there could have probably been left out and it wouldn’t impact the story at all. As for Aubra, Macie’s mom, I truly hated her from the beginning. I feel like shes the worse kind of person there could ever be. I’ll leave her at that because I really don’t want to give anything away.


 To be completely honest once half way through the book I couldn’t put it down. Even with the cons I pointed out and having an idea of where it was going, it was still a really great story. It just goes to show that even if you figured out the big plot twist, it’s still fun to read. Getting to see how Macie finds out and see how she handles it, is what really makes it intriguing.  Plus there’s still some mysteries I wasn’t able to guess. I have to say, Witchtown had mystery, some fun, a little romance, and wrapped up with some magic made it a good read.



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