Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Returned & Before Tour Review & Giveaway!

Pendle Hill Series
Book One
Keeley Smith

17 year old Cora Hunt has one wish, to live the life of a normal teenager. Her wish never comes true.

After her reluctant move to a sleepy village in the middle of Lancashire Cora's life is turned upside down when she discovers she is a witch. Cora is not just any old witch, she is the daughter of Alizon Device who was one of the most powerful witches of her time.

Dealing with her new found powers is quite a challenge, but when the past she didn't know about unearths new complications in the form of Jack Thomas, her life becomes increasingly dangerous with each waking minute. Jack also has a secret past, a past that clashes with Cora's.

A confrontation between the two results in a life or death situation. The brutal events of 1612 happened hundreds of years ago, but what Jack and Cora face is a definite déjà vu.

The only question is, will their fate be the same as those who perished in 1612?

A Pendle Hill Novella
Keeley Smith

Cora and Jack are childhood friends who have always lived next door to each other in a beautiful, idyllic part of Lancashire. What binds them as lifelong friends are their powers.

As young witches, life is hard. If the commoners find out their secret, they will be killed. But Cora is lucky, she has her best friend Jack by her side.

Having grown up together they know each other, they trust each other, they love each other. However their blossoming relationship is cut short by the events of one day. A date that will bring their perfect worlds crashing down around them.

20th August 1612

Cora and Jack are forced to face the reality of being a witch during these turbulent times, however they don’t know that their lives will become part of one of the most famous witch trials to have ever hit England.
The Pendle Hill witch trials of 1612.

by Keeley Smith
Jasmin's Review
4 of 5  

Returned by Keeley Smith is the story of two young people, Jack and Cora, who are in fact not so young anymore. They are witches and their families have sworn to kill each other until only one remains.

Actually this book reminds me a lot of  the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer (I have to admit I liked reading those). First thing is: Jack and Cora are both 17. When Cora gets to know she is actually 417(or something around that, I'm not so good at remembering ages. And don't worry it's not a major spoiler, since it's known throughout the whole book.)  I just had to think about the scene in the forest where Bella gets to know Edward is a vampire. [How old are you? Seventeen. How long have you been Seventeen?  ...a while. (quote from Stephenie Meyer's Twilight)]
Furthermore there is a group, who are similar to the Volturi, who want to prevent witchcraft from being known and are super powerful. I'm aware groups like this existed in books published long before Twilight, but the Volturi from Twilight are probably the best know one.
And to add to the similarities, I just read 8 books of the Wicca series by Cate Tienan a few months ago, so I simply had the feeling of reading something I had already seen before.

Anyway I still enjoyed reading Returned. In my opinion the reader is able to grasp each character's feelings and thoughts pretty clearly. Even though some not so important characters remain a total mystery. Also I have to admit I love stories, where the past is really blurry and you get to know the facts slowly. I can't wait to get to know more about the past events! :) (Luckily Before is already finished and waiting for me to read it.)

Since the book ends with a cliffhanger, I had a hard time deciding my rating. Actually I loved reading this. Returned really never gets boring. 

Before Review
 5 of 5

After Jack's marriage proposal, live seems to be perfect for Cora and her family. But it takes only one day to make Cora's life crumble...
Even though "Before" is short, it's a book packed with a lot of action. I never got bored throughout the whole story. You can fully understand how every character thinks and feels, therefore it almost made me cry, when Cora and Jack started to hate each other. They were so cute together! :(
There was one thing on my mind though: Why didn't they save Cora's mother? She was a powerful witch, so she could have simply escaped. Tabitha once says it would lead to a lot of more people dying, but in my opinion that's not true. A lot of people died anyway and Cora still had to hide after her mother's death. So why aren't they trying to save her mother and hide afterwards? I definitely wanted her to live.
Anyway it was a really nice short story and I totally enjoyed reading it, so "Before" definitely deserves 5 stars.

This book was provided free of charge as part of the tour for an honest review.

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About the Author:

I've always loved reading, it is a common known fact that I pretty much demolish a book a day. Expensive hobby, but a great one! I've dabbled with writing since the day I could actually write. So, it was only fitting that I had my first book published when I was 15.

If I'm not writing you would generally find me reading, creating jewellery, trawling social networking sites and listening to music. I will pretty much listen to any kind of music but I have two favourites, country music which has been with me since I was a little toddler and I also love to listen to movie scores, especially when I'm writing!

I currently live in Yorkshire with my husband.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the lovely review! So glad to hear you enjoyed the books :-)