July 7, 2014

Review: Witch Ball by Adele Elliott

Product Description:
Truly Moore loves to spend time with her Great Aunt Fleur, a larger than life, quirky old lady who makes a living selling magic charms. The townspeople know Fleur is “different”, a sin in this “Buckle of the Bible Belt”, and many suspect that Aunt Fleur is a witch. The serenity of the town is shattered by the murder of a respected high school track coach, and as the murder becomes more and more difficult to solve, a witch hunt begins. But not all demons have pointy horns and tails, and not all angels have wings. 

Witch Ball asks us to be careful who we deify, and who we vilify.

My Thoughts:
The main reason I didn't like Witch Ball was because I felt the story was a too choppy. There were major reveals that were just passed over like if nothing extraordinary just happened. When one plot point reveals a major family secret, Truly thinks to herself, "Mom must have thought I already knew this. I didn't." then the story rolls on like nothing shocking was just shared. 

In another chapter Truly learns the real story behind her parents marriage and instead of wanting to talk about it, after her mom finishes her story and says, "Let's go to bed. It's Sunday morning." the chapter ends. What?!? You can be darn sure that if that were my family I would be all over that story with questions. Maybe I'm just too curious?

There were a few more of these instances throughout the book that just had me shaking my head. 

My Recommendation:
I understand that this is a YA book but there is plenty of YA out there that is very enjoyable for adults and this isn't one of them. I do honestly feel that a teen would be able to overlook what I couldn't and they would possibly enjoy it more.