The Blonde Bookworm: Witchtown by Cory Putnam Oakes -- Review & Blog Tour

Witchtown by Cory Putnam Oakes -- Review & Blog Tour

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Author: Cory Putman Oakes
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Pages: 320
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iBooks | TBD

When sixteen-year-old Macie O’Sullivan and her masterfully manipulative mother Aubra arrive at the gates of Witchtown—the most famous and mysterious witch-only haven in the world—they have one goal in mind: to rob it for all it’s worth.
But that plan derails when Macie and Aubra start to dig deeper into Witchtown’s history and uncover that there is more to the quirky haven than meets the eye.
Exploring the haven by herself, Macie finds that secrets are worth more than money in Witchtown.
Secrets have their own power.

About Cory:
Sometime around sixth grade, Cory was forced to face the sad truth that being a heroine in a Tamora Pierce, Robin McKinley, or Madeleine L’Engle book was not, in fact, a valid future career choice. But since she thought it might be almost as much fun to grow up to be Tamora Pierce, Robin McKinley, or Madeleine L’Engle, she decided to do just that. She’s still working on it.
Cory’s path to being an author did not go in a straight line. There was the whole “maybe-I’ll-be-a-psychologist” thing (just on the side, until the writing took off) which led her to UCLA and an eventual B.A. in Psychology. Then there was the “maybe-I’ll-be-a-lawyer” thing (just on the side, until the writing took off) which led her to Cornell Law School, a J.D., and a year of working as a litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell. There was also a brief “maybe-I’ll-teach-law” phase (just on the . . . well, you know) where she taught business law to undergraduates at Texas State University.
But the writing thing was a bug that she just couldn’t shake, and she officially made her sixth grade dream come true in 2011, with her debut young adult novel, THE VEIL. Cory’s debut middle grade, DINOSAUR BOY, came out from Sourcebooks in February of 2015 and it’s sequel, DINOSAUR BOY SAVES MARS, launched in February 2016. Cory’s next young adult novel, WITCHTOWN, will come out from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers on July 18, 2017.
Cory lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Mark (who, luckily for all concerned, decided to stick with the whole “maybe-I’ll-be-a-lawyer” thing), their two kids, and their pets. In addition to writing, Cory enjoys running, cooking, and hanging out with her family. She is proud to be represented by Sarah LaPolla of Bradford Literary Agency. Photo by Sam Bond Photography
Witchtown caught my eye a while back and I placed it on a tentative read list. When the opportunity came about to read it along with the Rockstar Book Tours crew, I knew I needed to jump aboard and read it. It was a fun middle grade novel about a young girl and her mother who travel between witch havens in order to get rich quick. The leading lady Macie begins to uncover some secrets in Witchtown and the story flows from there.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and found the characters entertaining. It was fast paced and fun, but it also had some unexpected twists and turn towards the end. Each of the characters had their own secrets and I loved being able to follow along with Macie as she searched for answers about herself, her new home, and her new friends. 
All in all, Witchtown was a well written and entertaining read. It was definitely a "read in one sitting" type of book and I really enjoyed the fantasy and magic involved. I would definitely recommend this to readers who enjoy middle grade reads with a hint suspense! A big thank you to HMH Books for Young Readers, NetGalley and Rockstar Book Tours for sending my this novel in exchange for an honest review. 
Rating 4/5
Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a hardcover of WITCHTOWN! US Only. Click HERE to enter.
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1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed this book so much! Hoping to see her continue with the story.


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