The Orphan Witch by Paige Crutcher | DNF Review

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The Orphan Witch by Paige Crutcher | DNF ReviewThe Orphan Witch by Paige Crutcher
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on September 28, 2021
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Paranormal, Fiction / Women
Pages: 352
Format: eARC, Paperback
Source: Library, Publisher
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"Mystical, magical, and wildly original...If Alice Hoffman and Sara Addison Allen had a witchy love child, she would be Paige Crutcher. Do not miss this beautifully realized debut!"--- JT Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of Her Dark Lies on The Orphan Witch.

A deeper magic. A stronger curse. A family lost...and found.

Persephone May has been alone her entire life. Abandoned as an infant and dragged through the foster care system, she wants nothing more than to belong somewhere. To someone. However, Persephone is as strange as she is lonely. Unexplainable things happen when she’s around—changes in weather, inanimate objects taking flight—and those who seek to bring her into their family quickly cast her out. To cope, she never gets attached, never makes friends. And she certainly never dates. Working odd jobs and always keeping her suitcases half-packed, Persephone is used to moving around, leaving one town for another when curiosity over her eccentric behavior inevitably draws unwanted attention.

After an accidental and very public display of power, Persephone knows it’s time to move on once again. It’s lucky, then, when she receives an email from the one friend she’s managed to keep, inviting her to the elusive Wile Isle. The timing couldn’t be more perfect. However, upon arrival, Persephone quickly discovers that Wile is no ordinary island. In fact, it just might hold the very things she’s been searching for her entire life.

Answers. Family. Home.

And some things she did not want. Like 100-year-old curses and an even older family feud. With the clock running out, love might be the magic that saves them all.

What’s The Story Here?

The Orphan Witch by Paige Crutcher is about a young woman named Persephone May. Abandoned at six weeks old, Persephone has always felt lonely. She drifts from job to job. Persephone doesn’t feel close bonds with anyone. That’s because when she cares about someone or makes too much eye contact, strange dark things happen. As it turns out, Persephone is a witch and the key toward lifting the curse on a place called Wile Isle. She is invited by a passing acquaintance to stay on Wile Isle and to learn to harness her magic so that she can lift the 100 year old curse.

How Long Did I Last?

85 Pages

Why Did I DNF?

I realized maybe it was not meant to be with this book when I kept reading the same page over and over and over. Normally I can make progress with all of life’s distractions pressing in on me. However, I legitimately struggled to get through this. Then I realized one chapter was over fifty pages and when I basically got to the end of that chapter I thought, okay I am out. Life’s too short to force yourself to read something that just isn’t hitting for you. I do think maybe in a different season of my life this might be the book for me. But, basically it didn’t hook me and I did not feel any kind of compulsion to care about what happens after I set it aside.

Is There Anyone The Orphan Witch Would Appeal To?

I feel like if you enjoy books with time travel — you might like The Orphan Witch. Also, if you have the attention to devote to it. Oh and if you are someone who doesn’t mind long chapters. People who are used to books aimed at adults and who have patience are certainly the target audience. This is a good book to pick up in Autumn — just it wasn’t for me and I am onto the next one.


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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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