The Witch's Tears (The Witch's Kiss #2)
by Katherine and Elizabeth Corr
Publisher - HarperCollins Children's
Release Date - February 2nd 2018
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Can true love's kiss break your heart...?
It's not easy being a teenage witch. Just ask Merry. She's drowning in textbooks and rules set by the coven; drowning in heartbreak after the loss of Jack. But Merry's not the only one whose fairy tale is over. Big brother Leo is falling apart and everything Merry does seems to push him further to the brink. And everything that happens to Leo makes her ache for revenge. So when strangers offering friendship show them a different path they'd be mad not to take it...
Some rules were made to be broken, right?
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For my review of The Witch's Kiss please click here.
We've got over the potential threat of the King of Hearts and Gwydion, but what if the magic that still lurks under the Black Lake is waiting to be harnessed by someone else. What is the darkest fairy tale only had a short lived happening ending? Merry's life was never meant to go back to normal, normal is far too overrated for her these days, especially with a troubled Leo and losing the love of her life.
Merry isn't her usual self, it's like all this energy to destroy something is still swimming through her body but she's being undermined by the coven but in a way feared because Merry is unlike any witch the coven has come by. Just because she does things differently, her wires work differently, she feel she isn't being accepted no matter how much she's putting into her sessions with her Gran. Not to mentioned Leo is basically being a bum. I didn't realise understand his coldness towards her, but in a way I do, it's all focused on Merry being magical, not that fact that Leo was with her all time and everyone is forgetting that .Merry tries to help, but she pushing him away, he's locked away and the only person who seems to be helping is a new stranger, a wizard named Ronan. It isn't until Gran say that wizards are untrustworthy and dangerous that Merry becomes suspicious.
Meeting new characters, like Finn, Ronan, Flo as well as seeing more of the coven and even Merry and Leo finally being able to reconnect with their mother. Whether the new and current characters were good or bad, it built a family of characters that you couldn't pull away from, you wanted to know more and Kate and Liz did that, both through Merry's and Leo's perspective. It gave them a sense of belonging to the story.
The sequel to The Witch's Kiss is like the after story that leads to a much bigger plot - to the final battle in The Witch's Blood. When I read this book I was surprised I admit, because this could be taken a filler book and yes there were elements to it but what I loved about is that we got of what happened next. I miss that with a lot of stories, it finishes and your thinking "what happened to them?", "what happens next?" or "what sort of future did they have in-store?" It builds characters, it builds that relationship you have with the reader especially with Merry and Leo, I applaud Kate and Liz for doing that. It felt more realistic, the timing and pacing of the story-line, it builds the momentum to the final book which I loved considering I can read it straight after. I hate to imagine if I read this last year I don't think I could cope.
The Witch's Tears has more magic, mayhem, action, it's once again seamlessly well written and I just love Kate and Liz's writing regardless. The Witch's Kiss was only beginning, but as this series progresses and transforms into something powerful, Kate and Liz are putting their stamp in the world of fantasy in YA.Whatever you do, don't stop now. there is epicness to come in the final battle in The Witch's Blood.
Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5