I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Stories From The Witch Store by Olga Gutsol
on August 20, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Funny and imaginative chronicles from the life of a hereditary witch Arelia who, along with her loyal companions Cat and house-ghost Puck, moved to the small town of Burnaville to open the Magic Potions store. Here she falls into a lifetime of boredom. How have her magical powers resulted in this? What is missing from the charming life she has built?
My take on this story: Stories From The Witch Store by Olga Gutsol is definitely different than what I thought it was going to be. It’s still a good book, just not what I was expecting from reading the plot summary of the book.
The main character is a hereditary witch named Arelia. She lets everyone believe that she is this mean witch that can do more harm than good. However, she also helps the people in her town that comes to her magic potions shop. She is also very stubborn, She only wants to do things that she wants to do, but will help once someone wears her down. She has red hair that is mostly all over the place and the elder witches have been trying to get her to do something about it. She has a cat familiar that she calls Cat. Very original I might add. It is hard to know who is helping who and who is getting who in trouble with these two. She also has a house ghost named Puck. I think Puck is an elf but I’m not entirely sure. Puck seems to be friends with Cat or at least they tolerate each other and seems to be friends when it comes to food.
What I liked about this book. There are at least four things that I liked about this book. The first one I liked was a dragon named Dragon. She has such creative names for the animals in this book. I liked the dragon because yeah, he was kind of an antagonist but he was pretty funny. He just wanted some help and eventually, Arelia figured that out and helped him. Another pretty funny character is the Father. He was pretty weird and a bit kooky in my mind. He would go to her and ask for help with whatever ailment he needed to get rid of or just to go for a talk and then he would end up spilling holy water to make her go away on her doorstep on his way out. Or even just tell her to her face that he doesn’t like her. At least until she does something like save the town or the cattle or whatever and he ends up liking her again. I also liked how even though the book is all told from Arelia’s point of view that some of the other characters seem so three-dimensional which is always a good thing. The last thing that I like about the book is that there is a little romance in it but not a whole lot.
What I disliked about this book. There is a bit that I didn’t like about this book. The first thing that I disliked about this book is that all of it consists of journal entries. I didn’t like that since it made it a bit hard to really get to know the other characters besides what Arelia thought of them or with what she said of them. I would have preferred if it was in first person or even third person point of view. The last thing that I disliked about this book is that I didn’t really know what time period the book was in.
Stories From The Witch Store by Olga Gutsol is a good book despite some things that I mentioned above that I didn’t really like. I am giving this book four stars since all in all this book is still really good.
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