The Witch and the Vampire
by Francesca Flores
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Pub Date 21 Mar 2023 | Archive Date 04 Apr 2023
St. Martin's Press, Wednesday Books
Francesca Flores's The Witch and the Vampire is a queer Rapunzel retelling where a witch and a vampire who trust no one but themselves must journey together through a cursed forest with danger at every turn.
Ava and Kaye used to be best friends. Until one night two years ago, vampires broke through the magical barrier protecting their town, and in the ensuing attack, Kaye’s mother was killed, and Ava was turned into a vampire. Since then, Ava has been trapped in her house. Her mother Eugenia needs her: Ava still has her witch powers, and Eugenia must take them in order to hide that she's a vampire as well. Desperate to escape her confinement and stop her mother's plans to destroy the town, Ava must break out, flee to the forest, and seek help from the vampires who live there. When there is another attack, she sees her opportunity and escapes.
Kaye, now at the end of her training as a Flame witch, is ready to fulfill her duty of killing any vampires that threaten the town, including Ava. On the night that Ava escapes, Kaye follows her and convinces her to travel together into the forest, while secretly planning to turn her in. Ava agrees, hoping to rekindle their old friendship, and the romantic feelings she'd started to have for Kaye before that terrible night.
But with monstrous trees that devour humans whole, vampires who attack from above, and Ava’s stepfather tracking her, the woods are full of danger. As they travel deeper into the forest, Kaye questions everything she thought she knew. The two are each other's greatest threat—and also their only hope, if they want to make it through the forest unscathed.
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Woah woah woah what did I just read! This book was amazing! The representation, the world building everything was just so spot on! A Rapunzel retelling was not one that I thought I needed but it turns out it was something that I very much needed! Thank you NetGalley for the ARC and I can't wait to read more from the author.
This was such a fantastic read. The setting and lore were so freaking visceral, the magic system was both complex but explained in such an easy-to-understand way. The characters were intriguing, the plot was beautiful. It had so many elements that I loved; enemies to lovers, queer romance, second chance romance, a murder mystery and a beautiful magic system.
This book was amazing and such a wonderful read! From the romance to the world-building everything was so good and so detailed. I loved how Ava and Kaye came to trust each other again and the trials they had to go through together. I especially loved the ending and how there is room for a potential sequel. If there ever is one I would love to read more about Ava and Kaye's adventures and see how their relationship develops. But yeah 10/10 was a really good read and a fun time!
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