Wednesday, February 8th 2012

Review: Legend of Witchtrot Road, E. J. Stevens.

Publisher: Sacred Oaks Press
Publication Date: October 4, 2011
Received From: Author
Page Count: 180
ISBN: 9780984247547

Blurb:
Surviving agitated ghosts, irritated witches, angry werewolves, and the horrors of high school has never been so hard.

The night of Samhain may be behind them, but Yuki and her friends have only begun to face the challenges of their paranormal gifts. Tensions are rising–in the pack, at school, and within their tightly knit group of friends.

The tragic death of Wakefield High student Dylan Jacobs has emotions boiling over. The J-Team, Yuki’s arch nemesis, have turned the entire football team against her. They claim that Yuki is a witch and blame her for the death of their fellow teammate. Will Yuki be able to solve the mystery of Dylan’s death, and the legend of Witchtrot Road, before tempers flare and things turn violent?

Emma is the friend that Yuki turns to when things get tough, but she’s been behaving strangely. Emma has been acting distant and seems to be coming down with a mysterious illness. What will Yuki and her friends do if their healer is truly sick?

Calvin has become Alpha and wants the best for his pack. He is a dedicated and compassionate leader willing to do anything for the good of his people, but will Cal be able to hold the pack together when a fiery, young werewolf comes seeking revenge?

Simon may still be a roguish playboy, but he is taking his role as Calvin’s second in command deadly serious. Will Simon be able to focus on his pack duties when he is forced to face his dark, emotional past?

E. J. Stevens returns with the third instalment of her popular Spirit Guide series, Legend of Witchtrot Road. If you are new to this series, I highly recommend checking out the two preceding books: She Smells the Dead and Spirit Storm. This will allow you to appreciate the story and characters thus far.

For those of you that follow my reviews, you may already be aware of my feelings towards this series. If not well, I love it! I am a huge fan of the Spirit Guide series and as a result, Stevens has earned her place as one of my new favourite authors. After completing the second instalment, I was left begging for more. So I picked up Legend of Witchtrot Road with a combination of feelings; excitement and apprehension. I was excited to read more but apprehensive as to whether it would live up to the high expectations I have with this series.

Yuki, Cal, Simon and Emma pick up where the last instalment ended. Having survived the traumas of Samhain night, the gang can breathe a sigh of relied and life can get back to normal for the time being. Perhaps not! When a fellow student loses his life on the allegedly cursed Witchtrot Road, it is down to Yuki with her friends help to get to the bottom of who or what caused his death.

Yuki is the protagonist of this series and I cannot sing her praises enough. She is honest, easy to relate to and has wit – what more could a reader want? As an avid reader, it takes a lot for me to like a protagonist this much but Yuki is, in my eyes, impossible not to like. She isn’t afraid to stand out from the crowd and I love how she doesn’t attempt to conform to the social norm. There are times when she is vulnerable and times when she is strong and I cannot help but care for her. In this instalment, she seems to come more into her own and has more belief in herself as a person. Her unique gift of experiencing the smell impressions of restless souls is one that she seems to be gaining more control over. I feel as though as Yuki grows, I am there for the ride with her and I am so proud of her for the woman she is becoming.

Then there’s Cal: Yuki’s other half. He is everything a girl could want in a boyfriend. He is protective of Yuki and his love for her is genuine. Oh and did I mention that he also happens to be an Alpha wolf? He is the leader of the pack and takes his responsibilities seriously and is the best person for the job while also possessing a bit of a wild streak. Yuki and Cal’s relationship is full of love and chemistry. I have said it before and I will say it again, this is a coupling that has the potential to be the new power couple in young adult fiction. They are genuine, believable, caring of each other and just so adorable. In this instalment there are hints that their relationship could move to the next level. I can’t wait to see how the pair continue to grow.

Simon, Cal’s second in command, made me fall in love with him in this instalment. I mean, he is the typical bad boy but he has a sweet side to him too. Even though he might not like to show it a lot, I know its there. It is that combination that makes him my new crush. In Spirit Storm, readers learnt of a great loss he has faced in his life and Legend of Witchtrot Road develops on this when the introduction to a new character, Gabriel, is made. Tensions run high between Simon and Gabriel and I get the feeling this is going to progress even further in the upcoming book.

When I mention Simon, I have to mention Emma. Why? The chemistry between these two have been brewing since day one and in this instalment there relationship really steps up a level. This pair are interesting to read about and Stevens does an excellent job of keeping me on the edge of my seat, waiting to see if anything is going to happen. Emma is Yuki’s best friend and I loved reading more about their friendship.

The characters in this series are amazing. I like each of the four main characters for different reasons and very much enjoy reading about them. The plot, although not as full of drama as the previous instalments, was fast paced and flowed well. As a result, once more, I was able to complete the book quickly. Legend of Witchtrot Road ended with the problem solved but I’m still left with questions about the characters and what is going to happen next. This series shows no signs of slowing down in terms of it’s readability and quality. I cannot wait to read more about Yuki and her friends in the next instalment. This series is a must read for fans of the paranormal young adult genre!

2 Responses to “Review: Legend of Witchtrot Road, E. J. Stevens.”

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