A big thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for my copy of A Letter to Three Witches. As always I will provide an honest review.
Nearly a century ago, Gwen Engel’s great-great-grandfather cast a spell with catastrophic side-effects. As a result, the Grand Council of Witches forbade his descendants from practicing witchcraft. The Council even planted anonymous snitches called Watchers in the community to report any errant spellcasting…
Yet magic may still be alive and not so well in Zenobia. Gwen and her cousins, Trudy and Milo, receive a letter from Gwen’s adopted sister, Tannith, informing them that she’s bewitched one of their partners and will run away with her at the end of the week. While Gwen frets about whether to trust her scientist boyfriend, currently out of town on a beetle-studying trip, she’s worried that local grad student Jeremy is secretly a Watcher doing his own research.
Cousin Trudy is so stressed that she accidentally enchants her cupcakes, creating havoc among her bakery customers—and in her marriage. Perhaps it’s time the family took back control and figured out how to harness their powers. How else can Gwen decide whether her growing feelings for Jeremy are real—or the result of too many of Trudy’s cupcakes?
Hello beautiful people! How are you all doing this fine day? I had a great day yesterday. I went out into the world, for the first time since I was ill, and went to lunch with a friend. To no one’s surprise, we also went book shopping. I managed to only buy three books.
Speaking of books. What to say about this one?
The characters didn’t sit well with me. Especially our main character, Gwen. I just found her tiresome, not a trait you want in your main protagonist. The character interactions were fine, but everyone’s immediate distrust in their partners says a lot about them, and I didn’t enjoy that part.
I was initially intrigued by the synopsis, but when it came time to read about the actual letter, I was a little disappointed. I expected them to have a little more oomph to them, but it felt like the author couldn’t quite find our antagonist’s voice.
I didn’t make it far enough into the book to really speak about the world-building or the pacing, so I won’t.
At the end of the day, I DNF’d it about 25% of the way through the book. 1 star.