This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Jordan Elizabeth. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Escape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek
Also by this author: Cogling
Genres: Fantasy, young adult
Release Date: October 29th 2014
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Source: Author, Jordan Elizabeth
Purchase at: Amazon
Everyone in Arnn - a small farming town with more legends than residents - knows the story of Witchwood Hollow: if you venture into the whispering forest, the witch will trap your soul among the shadowed trees.
After losing her parents in a horrific terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria and her older brother escape New York City to Arnn. In the lure of that perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope, when she should be afraid.
Perhaps the witch can reunite her with her lost parents. Awakening the witch, however, brings more than salvation from mourning, for Honoria discovers a past of missing children and broken promises.
To save the citizens of Arnn from becoming the witch’s next victims, she must find the truth behind the woman’s madness.
How deep into Witchwood Hollow does Honoria dare venture?
I was expecting a young adult fantasy and the story delivered that but what I was not expecting was a story with time transitions and multiple storylines woven together to create an intriguing mystery that made you hang on until the end.
Honoria and her brother have moved to Arnn with their aunt and uncle after the recent loss of their parents. Honoria is still reeling from the loss of her parents and grieving. Trying to make the best of things she attempts a friendship with a couple of girls from her new school. It is through them that Honoria is introduced to the legend of Witchwood Hollow.
Witchwood Hollow is a cursed forest that is located just outside of Arnn. For a very long time there have been warnings that the witch drew people in but they were never seen again. So the legend of the Hollow was circulated and all knew to be wary of these woods, but there always seemed to be those who disregarded the warnings. The “curse” was very well explained and through the weaving of the multiple timelines we are able to understand what the witch’s intention was and why she kept some people and not others.
Through a parallel storyline we learned about the birth of the legend of the witch from Witchwood Hollow, who she was and how she came to be the witch of the hollow. In another parallel storyline we learned about a woman who was taken captive by the Hollow and her significance in the decrease of abductions.
The time transitions are nicely done. The three main characters are interesting and well thought out. It does not follow the typical YA formulaic fantasy module, which is very nice. There is some humor, the dialogue and emotional context does feel real and not forced. The ending is a bit of a shocker but gives you a nice tidy ending. Overall I thought it was a nice read with all the right elements to make it a stand out story.
*Thank you to Jordan Elizabeth for this digital copy of Escape from Witchwood Hollow*