Friday, June 30, 2017

The Witch's Kiss & The Witch's Tears by Katharine & Elizabeth Corr - Book Review, Guest Post & Giveaway



Review by Anniek

Merry was twelve years old when she secretly did a test, she wanted to know if she is a witch. Her mother is away a lot and Merry mostly stays home together with her brother Leo. Because of a family feud Merry has remained untrained. She tried to teach herself some harmless spells, but using them turned out pretty badly. Lately Merry has been having dreams of a young man. These nightmares make her feel scared and when she hears noises coming from the attic Merry is terrified. When she and Leo are trying find the source, they discover a rattling box. This box holds the essence of an ancient curse. A curse that can only be broken by Merry. Is it possible for an untrained teenage witch to go up against an old powerful wizard?

Jack is the firstborn son of Queen Edith and her husband Aidan. Edith was once best friends with Gwydion. He saved her life, but when he wanted to claim his prize, seeing his wish to marry Edith fulfilled, she shattered his dreams. Edith never understood how deeply Gwydion was in love with her and she already gave her promise to Aidan, an Irish prince. Gwydion left the palace, his heart full of hate, vowing that some day he'd take revenge for Edith's betrayal. Edith hasn't forgotten this threat and when her son is born she's being consumed by worry. Her worst fear becomes reality when Gwydion returns and claims Jack for himself when Jack will turn eighteen. What horrors will Gwydion have in store for Jack?

Merry struggles with the absence of her mother. She's still so young and is not thrilled when a prophecy appoints her as the one who will break a powerful curse. All she ever wanted was to be a normal teenage girl. Merry doesn't want to be special, but she's even more powerful than she could have ever imagined. Her grandmother is a witch as well and she and her coven have promised Merry they will be with her every step of the way, but they can only go so far. In the end it will all come down to Merry and her brother Leo. Merry and Leo have a very close bond. They tell each other everything and stand together when facing trouble. Being close to my own brother as well made reading about Merry and Leo incredibly special. Both of them are smart and resourceful. They complete each other and even though Leo has no magical abilities he's just as strong as Merry and he's fabulously inventive.

Gwydion has turned Jack into a weapon. Jack is the victim of his revenge and his terrible curse. Everyone Jack loves will be at risk, because Gwydion has full control over him most of the time. My heart went out to Jack since he's powerless and can't help his actions. I was wishing for him the curse would be broken, so that he would be free once more and would be unable to harm anyone else. Love will always prove to be stronger than hate and I kept my fingers crossed this would be what would prevail eventually.

The Witch's Kiss is a magical story about an old curse, witches and wizards and of course love. Love is such a powerful tool, not only when it comes to lovers, but also in the relationships betwee family and friends. I was drawn to the story from the beginning and I think The Witch's Kiss is a powerful start of a series. I love it when two authors can make a story come to life so perfectly. Katharine and Elizabeth Corr's writing style has a wonderful flow, which makes it easy to follow the story. I flew through the pages and was really eager to learn more about the curse and couldn't wait to get to the ending to see if it would be broken. Katharine and Elizabeth Corr managed to keep me guessing until the final scene. I look forward to finding out what happens in the next book of this series, The Witch's Tears.

Advice

If you love stories about magic, witches, old curses and the power of love I would highly recommend The Witch's Kiss.

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Review by Suze

Merry has defeated a powerful wizard, but the coven she's a member of treats her with distrust. She has to learn how to use magic by abiding to their rules, using their ways of spell casting, when she's finally allowed to actually perform something, and learning plenty of theory. This isn't how Merry feels she should practice her magic, but as it's the way her coven wants it she has no choice but to agree. After losing the boy she loves pretending to be a normal teenager while also being trained as a witch isn't easy, but Merry has to keep going.

Merry's brother Leo is struggling with heartbreak as well. He's angry and while he used to tell Merry everything he's now withdrawn and secretive. When a new friend who understands what magic can do, is interested in spending time with him, Leo decides it's time to make his own choices. However, something isn't right and danger is lurking in the shadows. How long will it take before it strikes and will Merry and Leo be able to be victorious this time or does their rift mess things up completely?

The Witch's Tears is another fantastic gripping story by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr. I love Merry's strength. She's smart, resilient and powerful. She's always looking out for the people she loves. She's being held back by the coven and that's difficult for her, especially when she knows there's so much more she can do. She tries to be patient and I liked her determination to stay civil without losing her willingness to learn and to think outside the box at the same time. However, sometimes it's better for her to go her own way. She's a fantastic main character and I really enjoyed reading about her.

Leo is going through a difficult time. He's from a family of witches and has no power of his own. He's done an incredible thing, but Merry is the special one, because she's the one who's able to cast the spells. I could easily understand his frustration and his sadness about losing his best friend and the person he loved the most. It was painful to see him suffer so much, but it was also great to read more about him and I loved the extra layers of depth Katharine and Elizabeth Corr added to his personality. This made the story even more fascinating and I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to find out where his unpredictable behavior would lead.

The Witch's Kiss is a fabulous series about magic, family, friendship and curses. I liked that The Witch's Tears contains another interesting part of the history of the coven Merry is part of and it was fun to find out more about sorcerers as well. I loved Katharine and Elizabeth Corr's vivid descriptions of magic and the story kept me on the edge of my seat. The ending is terrific and I can't wait to read more about Merry and Leo. I love stories about siblings and highly recommend this one. it's wonderfully enchanting, entertaining and charming.

Advice

If you love stories about witchcraft I highly recommend The Witch's Kiss series. I'd advise you to read the books in their correct order, so you'll fully understand what's going on.

About Katharine and Elizabeth Corr


Hello from the Corr sisters! As well as sisters we are also best friends; try writing a book with someone else and you’ll see why that last bit is kind of important.

After spending our childhood in Essex, we now live ten minutes away from each other in Surrey. We both studied history at university and went to work in London for a bit. So, when we both decided to write novels – on account of fictional people being much easier to deal with than real ones – it was obvious we should do it together.

Stuff Katharine likes:

Playing instruments badly; dead languages; LOTR; loud pop concerts; Jane Austen; Neill Gaiman; Loki; the Surrey Hills. Killing off characters.

Stuff Elizabeth likes:

Sketching, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, cinema, long baths, kitchen discos, Terry Pratchett, Thor, London. Saving characters.

Stuff we both like:

YA / non-YA fantasy and science fiction, Star Wars, Star Trek, each other (most of the time).

Author links

Website: http://www.corrsisters.com/
Blog: http://www.corrsisters.com/blog/
Facebook Katharine: https://www.facebook.com/public/Katharine-Corr 
Facebook Elizabeth: https://www.facebook.com/public/Elizabeth-Corr
Twitter Katharine: https://twitter.com/katharinecorr 
Twitter Elizabeth: https://twitter.com/lizcorr_writes

Guest post


We’re celebrating a birthday today: one year since the publication of our first novel, The Witch’s Kiss. As debut authors (and clueless debut authors at that) we had no idea what to expect. Would Peter Jackson immediately beg to be allowed make our book into a film? Or would our baby achieve overnight obscurity, never read by anyone but our editor? Surprisingly enough, neither of those things happened (though the film rights are still available if you’re reading this, Peter!). But a lot of other things did. Here’s our handy guide to what to expect when you’re expecting a book baby.

You have very little control

Our first editor moved to a new job shortly after our first book was published. Then our second editor moved abroad while we were doing line edits for our second book. Personnel and other changes at your publisher will affect things like your deadlines and publication date, and there is NOTHING you can do. Just accept it and keep on writing.

You will get amazing reviews (and the occasional terrible one)

A published book is public property. Some people will love your literary efforts, others (the horror!) will remain unimpressed. We’ve had reviewers compare our books favourably to Harry Potter, and one who said our writing made her eyes bleed. Remember: even JK Rowling and Jane Austen get 1 star reviews. You can’t please everyone.

You will get to talk about your book and people will listen!


We’ve been lucky enough to participate in some brilliant events over the last 12 months. We’ve been to festivals (UKYACX in Newcastle and YA Shot in London). We’ve been on panels at bookshops with other excellent authors (including Melinda Salisbury, Laure Eve, Rhian Ivory and Irena Brignull). We’ve visited schools and helped students write their own twisted versions of fairy tales. It’s been FUN.

You will have actual fans



(Left: @HaleyFraser_x Right: @Ci_designs_)

One thing we never anticipated was people being inspired enough to produce fan art based on our books. Seeing readers’ interpretations of your characters is amazing. A recent high was one lovely reader using our book covers as her profile picture.

You will see your baby in a bookshop


And it will be one of the most exciting moments of your life.

You might also see your baby in other formats


For example, cake. And it tasted delicious (thanks @YAfictionados!). Enough said, really.

Giveaway


One very lucky reader of With Love For Books will receive a signed paperback copy of The Witch's Kiss and a 'The Witch's Kiss' necklace made by Luna of Luna's Little Library.

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The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

46 comments:

  1. I love stories about witchcraft. The Witch's Kiss series sounds like an entertaining read.

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  2. Who doesn't love stories that involves witches and spells am down for this book

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  3. Can't wait to read! sounds amazing and I love love cover

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  4. It sounds like a magical read!

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  5. This sounds like a fantastic gripping read, really looking forward to reading it.

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  6. Sounds like an awesome read, thanks for the review and giveaway!

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  7. I've been eyeing this book forever! Want to read it badly!
    @TeacherofYA

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    1. Hi Stephanie,
      I think you're in the US? The first book is coming out there on 19th September. :)
      Katharine

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  8. Great books, once got rid of jehovas witness's by telling them I was a witch.

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  9. Thank you for your honest reviews and for posting the informative guest post. I love to read the insight into being an author and also tips on how to deal with the world of publishing (or self-publishing). :)

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  10. This looks like a super fun series! It's so great that you get to write together as sisters :)

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    1. Thank you! We enjoy writing together a lot (most of the time :))

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  11. What is your writing Kryptonite?

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  12. The first link to visit Katharine Corr on Facebook goes to a weird page of a bunch of Katharines but not to a Katharine Corr, sorry.

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  13. Same thing with Elizabeth Corr..link just goes to random Elizabeth pages, lol oh well, :)

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    1. Hi Jan,
      We don't have anything set up on Facebook yet. We have a website if you're interested: www.corrsisters.com. We're also on Twitter and Instagram. :)

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  14. What a fascinating series! I love books about witches. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. I WOULD LOVE TO READ THIS BOOK SOUNDS ! fascinating !!

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  16. I love fantasy books especially ones involving witchcraft and wizardry. I really want to read this book it sounds thrilling and enchanting. I know I wouldn't be able to put it down.

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  17. Looks like an interesting read thank you

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  18. I can't wait to read this book. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  19. This sounds like a fantastic series. I'm looking forward to beginning it.

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  20. This book is "my cup of tea", looking forward to reading it!

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  21. Looking forward to reading this ;)

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  22. This book sounds super awesome! I love anything to do with witches.

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  23. The book sounds great. My niece loves magical stories.

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  24. I think young adult reads are underated.

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  25. Good luck with the release!

    --Trix

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  26. I love this kind of stories. I don't know why but I'm always lost in them.

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  27. Thanks for the giveaway.

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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  28. Love to read series' of books :)!!

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  29. This book really sounds like something I would enjoy. I loved the author bits. I've always wondered exactly what it was like to publish a new book and what comes with it. Those were great tips to keep a level head during the process! :)

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  30. It sounds a great book! Thanks for sharing!

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  31. Sounds like a fab read! Will have to let my daughter know as well as she loves books like this

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  32. Another book to add to my to read list!

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  33. This looks like a series I could get hooked on!

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  34. I think it's great that the 2 sisters are able to write together.

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  35. Wow these books sound so interesting! I love magical stories and this series looks amazing! Also I'm so in love with thsese covers, they are beautiful! ♥

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