Thursday, July 23, 2020

Book Review: "Curse of the Night Witch" by Alex Aster

Curse of the Night Witch (Emblem Island, #1)
Title: Curse of the Night Witch
Author: Alex Aster
Series: "Emblem Island" #1
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Page Length: 352 pages
Publication Date: June 9, 2020
Rating: 4 // 5 stars

*I was sent a free digital ARC of this book from Sourcebooks in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own*

Going into this book, I didn't really know what to expect. I was hoping for an enjoyable middle grade adventure but wasn't exactly sure of what was going to happen. I ended up being pleasantly surprised at how fun and enjoyable this book was. 

I think what drove this for me was our three main characters. They are pretty well written and unique in their own ways even though we only get Tor's point-of-view throughout the novel. I thought it was interesting to see the character developments from the beginning to end of the book and how the relationships changed. I really liked all three characters. I feel like Tor is just trying to live his life on his own terms, Melda is the strong but suffer in silence type, and Engle is a food-loving, loyal friend (I highly relate to his food loving). 

Additionally, this world was very interesting. I was wondering throughout the book if this would be a stand alone or a series and I'm pretty excited that there's going to be more books. I want to know more about the magic system and the world because it's all rather fascinating. 

This book was also just a fun adventure. Sure, there were lots of serious or tense moments, but overall I'd say I had fun reading this book because of the fun, adventure aspect. We cover a lot of events and visit a lot of different parts of this island and it was very enjoyable to read. I thought the balance between fun banter, serious conversations, and high-stakes actions was quite good. 

One thing that I tend to enjoy most about middle grade is how easy it is to fall into the story and how they're usually quick reads for me. This book was exactly that way for me and I really enjoyed my time. I ended up reading it in one sitting and I think that worked best for me. 

Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot and I'm interested in seeing where the plot and characters go next (especially after that ending). 

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