Review: The Gifts of our Mothers by Hazel Black

Posted October 3, 2017 by Minx

Review: The Gifts of our Mothers by Hazel Black

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Xpresso Book Tours. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

Review: The Gifts of our Mothers by Hazel Black The Gifts of Our Mothers by Hazel Black
Series: The Witches of Auburn #1
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Release Date: October 2, 2017
Publisher: Brunswick House
Format: ARC
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Pages: 423
ISBN: 1943622108
ASIN: B07443V8XV
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Minx's Rating:

In the dark woods I’m forbidden to go into, lying on top of the one person I swore I’d stay away from, and hiding from the men who chased him, I hold still as Ike Kennedy whispers in my ear, “Don’t leave me.”

The questions of why my mother packed up our lives and moved us to Auburn, New Jersey when she, herself, fled here twenty years ago, plague me every day. Her past and the people in this town loom over our family with a haunting understanding of the coven I was born into, but realize I know nothing about. The enemies I heard stories about as a child attack without warning or regard for human life, but I don’t know who they are.

I’m Ever Ayars. I can fly. I can disappear. I can move things with my mind, but my gifts are my only clarity. Lost within a new school, new friends, and a new life, there is only one thing I know for sure.

I’m not leaving Ike Kennedy.


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There once was a coven with four beautiful elemental witches. They had been together since the beginning and nothing could tear them apart, until one of them behaved rather badly and broke her sister’s heart. Now the damage could not be repaired and the instigator of the calamity was cast out. So, began the curse that would affect the lives of the Witches of Auburn.

Though they tried to ignore that the curse was truly something that plagued them, they could not deny that their lives seemed to have tragedies that were quite similar. Once the third death struck, the Witches decided that they must see what they could do so that this fate would not carry on to their daughters, as it appeared it would do. So back to Auburn the Witches moved and this is a tale from the perspective of their daughters, specifically of Ever Ayars and her connection with a swoony boy named Ike.

It was hard for me to get behind the entire reason for the break-up of the coven members in the beginning. Sorry, the betrayal was a hard pill to swallow, but for the love it was truly a bad choice and the parties involved were completely repentant. I would not have thrown away a lifetime of friendship for a truly stupid moment. Made the whole drama of the story seem foolish for me from the mothers and curse part.

What I did enjoy was everything else! The Gifts of Our Mothers is an exciting trip into the paranormal with witches who can fly, disappear at will, creatures that make you fear going into the woods alone, and other really cool elements. I enjoyed the characters, their abilities, and the connection between Ike and Ever. It was definitely a swoony teenage romance. Overall, I think that The Gifts of Our Mothers was a nicely told story that had lots of emotional impact and that came together quite nicely at the end…for some, ha ha ha.

*Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours & Author Hazel Black for this eARC of The Gifts of Our Mothers*

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About Hazel Black

Author Hazel Black

Hazel Black graduated from Rutgers University and returned to her hometown in rural South Jersey. Her mother encouraged her to take some time and find herself. After three months of searching, she began to bounce checks, her neighbors began to talk, and her mother told her to find a job.

She settled into corporate America, learning systems and practices and the bureaucracy that slows them. Hazel quickly discovered her creativity and gift for story telling as a corporate trainer and spent years perfecting her presentation skills and studying diversity. It was during this time she became an avid observer of the characters she met and the heartaches they endured. Her years of study taught her that laughter, even the completely inappropriate kind, was the key to survival.

She currently lives in New Jersey with her family and a misbehaving beagle named Odin. As an avid swimmer, if Hazel is not with her family and friends, she’d rather be underwater. While she enjoys many genres, she is, and always has been, a sucker for a love story…the more screwed up the better.

Hazel Black writes contemporary romance as Eliza Freed. To keep up with all new releases and giveaways, sign up for her newsletter here.

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