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  1. says:

    The North American witch hunts of the 1600’s was a tumultuous and horrifying time in our history particularly for women who were unable to conform to the norms of society Witch Child is a diary of sorts that starts out with Mary recounting the horrific and humiliating witch trial that her beloved old grandmother had to endure before her public execution in England It follows Mary as she makes her journey to the New World where she realized that things are not much different than they were in England This is not your typical “Salem witch trial” esue novel I was a bit worried it would be just another retelling of The Crucible or The Witch Of Blackbird Pond Sure it keeps in the interesting historical facts but it adds a new twist Here is why Witch Child is original and captivatingOur protagonist Mary is a not only a terrified puritan girl wanting to avoid being accused of witchcraft But she is in fact a witch Well really like a modern day Pagan or Wiccan But still considered a full blown witch by their standardsThe other thing that makes this book stand out from its contemporaries is that Rees has created a artful parallel between two cultures and thus a compelling statement about how laws and opinions are highly influenced by society In the woods near the city of Beulah where Mary is living there is a Native American people who strongly revere shamanism and second sight in their people In stark contrast to their puritan neighbors who as we all know are sending many a young woman to the gallows for the same thing I found this new spin on an old favorite topic compelling and engrossing despite the fact that some of the sub characters were a little flat and boring If I had to choose just one word to describe Witch Child it would be Enchanting Recommended for anyone who loves witch lore Early American historical fiction andor Native American culture4 stars from me


  2. says:

    5 Words Magic conflict superstition new worldThis is such a great book and I've loved it for years It's not a high paced thriller and to be honest not much actually happens but it is a great pleasant read and totally compellingI love the various settings and all of the conflict which comes with themThis book flirts with fantasy but there's very little outright It not in your face it's subtle and uite tame It comes across as very realistic and what magic is mentioned is rather vague it's hedge witchery and healing I uite liked the way it was written it was almost hesitant It was also very clever I like it when fiction is presented in such a way that it could be real


  3. says:

    Mary and her grandmother exist on the fringes of society eking out a living by midwifery and herb lore But those on the margins are always at risk from their neighbours existing at the mercy of their good opinion On a day like any other Mary's grandmother is accused of witchcraft then uickly hanged for doing nothing than what neighbours once called 'help' but now considered to be 'crimes' Left alone Mary is forced to take a dangerous path one that stretches all the way to the New World But will she be any safer there? Her grandmother's needless death was Mary's first lesson about the power of prejudice and public opinion There are many to come Told through Mary's 'lost' diary entires the book follows her from Cromwellian England to Puritan America Each moment holds the terrifying possibility that her secret may be revealed Mary too is a witch Her negotiation between her growing understanding of herself as a girl and a witch and the intolerance suspicion petty jealousies and bitter rivalries of her new community is what lies at the heart of the novel The narrative is pretty straightforward with no real surprises and it's only Celia Rees' creation of a strong and appealing character in Mary that gives the story its impact While it addresses relatively dark themes it's lightly done a thought provoking read rather than a disturbing oneThere's something to it though a feeling of magic just awakened and there's real potential for the seuel to add the depth that this was lacking I'll certainly be reading it I'd like to see what this young witch does nextARC via Netgalley


  4. says:

    Witch Child is a really good story one about how people fear what they don't understand It's bad enough that the main character's grandmother was hanged after she was accused of being a witch but now Mary has to keep her own magical powers a secret lest she be sent to death herself


  5. says:

    1659 A time of fear and persecution Mary granddaughter of a witch keeps a diary It begins I am Mary I am a witchShe sees her grandmother hanged is rescued by a stranger takes ship for America and finds a place in a Puritan community there All that befalls her she records in her diary and as she writes she stitches the pages inside a uilt for discovery would mean deathFor a young adult book this was very good No patronizing teenage girl voice that you would find in Twilight I actually suggest getting a copy of the book on cd so you can hear the wonderful Jennifer Ehle who played Elizabeth Bennett in the AE version of Pride and Prejudice reading the story It is a light read It is a little stereotypical but then again doesn't history pretty much point out that the Puritans were a bit stodgy and afraid of just about anything that couldn't be explained by the local pastor? There were times when I felt as if the story was being outright stolen from other witch huntwitch trial stories out there some teenage girls don't like another teenage girl and they all start acting crazy and blaming the other girl for it She comes to me with the Devil That part was a little disappointing I've read that story already I knew sooner or later that Mary would be considered a witch and probably hunted down by her townsfolk but to have it almost exactly like many other stories? mehIn the end I thought the book on cd was entertaining especially as I worked on boring data entry Nothing too heavy but not too light either Didn't draw my attention away too much from my work but kept me interested and going A definite read


  6. says:

    This wonderful historical novel for teenagers begins ‘I am Mary I am a witch’ It is set in 1659 during the tumultuous months after Cromwell’s death and before the return of Charles II Her story is purportedly told in diary entries that have been found sewn inside a uilt It is a tragic and powerful tale which begins when Mary’s grandmother is arrested and tortured by witch finders and then hanged in the town suare Mary is rescued by a rich woman who she suspects may be her real mother and sent to join a group of Puritans fleeing to the New World However the Puritans are stern and narrow minded and uick to blame any misfortune on witchcraft Mary finds herself in increasing danger as the party lands in Salem Massachusetts A growing friendship with a Native American and his shaman grandfather increases her risk A simple yet powerful tale that explores the nature of magic and superstition faith and cruelty


  7. says:

    25 stars A lot of potential and good writing style but ultimately just another boring archetypal historical fiction When I was in my preteen stage I went through a historical fiction stage and I read countless books about witch hunts Almost all of them share some major traits a main character who is a misfit usually because she's particularly unreligious and a boring beginning Unfortunately this book doesn't break that mold Rees breaks no boundaries with her sometimes boring plotting Besides the unoriginality this book fails due to bad plotting Witch Child is far too drawn out The first half was completely boring and the author only manages to develop dramatic tension towards the end This book does do some good things Celia Rees' prose flows very nicely making even the boring bits easy to read And the main protagonist here was genuinely likable which is definitely a redeeming factor But altogether there was nothing special about this book It was just okay


  8. says:

    This book was just as good as it was the first time I read it


  9. says:

    Witch Child by Celia Rees explores a very contradictory issue that existed in America for a vast amount of time The Salem Witch trials are studied in classes to this day and the events that took place still haunt many people This novel does not focus directly or bluntly state the events of the Salem Witch Trials but is obviously focused in that central time period The setting of this novel is essential in the plot which is something I do not regularly see in other texts This uniue focus on that specific literary element really intrigued me; I don't think this book would be the same if alternate literary devices had been demonstrated to portray the overall theme of hardships of witch craftAdditionally the point of view of this novel played an essential role in portraying the message Rees intended If the narrator of this novel hadn't been a witch suffering from the mistreatment and horrors surrounding her the readers would not be subject to bias and might hold a different opinion on the events Overall this novel is very well written and despite a few disturbing images that prevented me from reading it in the past I really enjoyed this book and recommend it


  10. says:

    I don't think I was really in the mood for this It's a fairly straightforward historical fiction with a fairly standard frame story of a found diary type deal It's very easy to read; definitely aimed at young adults if not at kids Probably that's part of it it was so easy there was nothing to hold onto The set up is interesting enough and for what it is it's well written but there wasn't enough substance for me


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