The Orphan Witch by Paige Crutcher | DNF Review

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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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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