Review: The Snow Witch by Rosie Boyes (Blogtober Day 3)

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41842568The Snow Witch by Rosie Boyes
Published by: Self Published
Released: 1st October 2018
Page Count: 259 Pages
Edition: Kindle ARC
Rating: 4/5*

Thank you to the author for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

A GRANDFATHER CLOCK. A GLASS LOCKET. A POWERFUL CURSE UNLEASHED ON CHRISTMAS EVE.

Twelve-year-old Kitty Wigeon can't wait for Christmas at St Flurries, a grand old manor house in the countryside, until one chilly night she vanishes without a trace.

One hundred years later… Still grieving over the death of their mother, Kes Bunting and his younger sister Star, are sent to live at St Flurries. They find a house steeped in mystery and brimming with secrets. 

Who, or what, is making footprints in the snow?

And what evil force is taking a cold grip on Star?

Wrap up warm as you join Kes, and a cast of eccentric snow creatures, in a race against time to solve a hundred-year-old curse. Will he succeed? Or will the fate of his sister be decided by a shivery kiss from… the Snow Witch?
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After losing their mother and living in foster care for six months, Kes Bunting and his younger sister, Star are sent to live with their grandmother at St Flurries - a grand manor house in the countryside. Once they move in they find the house is filled with mystery and brimming with secrets. When Star becomes ill it's up to Kes to find out the secrets to help solve a hundred year old curse. Will he succeed or will the fate of his sister be decided by the peculiar Snow Witch?

I don't normally read a lot of middle grade fiction but when I heard about The Snow Witch I knew it was something that I had to get my teeth into. This read certainly didn't disappoint me - I ADORED it. It blends fantasy, mystery and magical realism all into one astonishing winter story and as it is so fast paced you just want to carry on reading.

The setting and the time the story took place had me pining for winter! As a big lover of all things wintery (and especially christmassy) I thoroughly enjoyed the festive wintertime vibes that came across when I was reading. Also, can we talk about St Flurries for a second!? If only it were real. I love reading books featuring mansions or manors and St Flurries has certainly made it onto my top five list. At times it was almost as if I was there exploring alongside Kes.

The story itself takes place in two time periods - 1918 and 2018. Split time periods in fiction is something that I have come to enjoy and this was no different. It was really interesting to find out all about Kitty and the events that led to her disappearance. Historical accuracy was also on point in The Snow Witch - especially with regards to the war (it's called The Winter War in the story). So, I really admire what research Rosie needed to have done when writing those segments. Choosing what time period I liked more is impossible as both were equally as fascinating and entertaining.

Each character in The Snow Witch had their own personality and the character development - although short was done very well. Granny Bird, Genevive and Kitty were my favourites but of course I loved Kes and Star too. The relationship between both Kes and Star was so heartwarming and it was refreshing to read about such a strong brotherly sisterly bond. You could really tell how much they cared for one another and it did make me shed a tear or two.

The Snow Witch was a fast paced, magical fairytale that took you on a fantastic journey. It's enchanting, captivating demeanour means that it's a perfect read for both children and adults alike.



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2 comments

  1. Oh, I'd not heard of this it sounds great though. I'll be buying it to save and read when it gets really wintry!

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    1. It really does make you feel all ready for Christmas :)

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