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The Witch Hunt

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The second book in the Witch Haven, has Frances and friends from hexahaven academy going to Paris. I would recommend you read these books in order. 
I loved the first book and the sequel dug more into being more emotional as it shows Frances vulnerabilities of her past and her fear of becoming a fraud as her magic is disappearing.
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If you like – no if you LOVE books about witches, you’ll definitely want to read The Witch Hunt (and The Witch Haven, which comes first in the series) by Sasha Peyton Smith.

I have to say, I adored Maxine. I loved how irreverent she could be and the way that you could tell that she cared deeply for Frances and Lena.

I was also very fond of Frances and of Oliver. I think they make an adorable couple, even if they might not be quite sure exactly what they are to each other.

I had a difficult time putting this book down to do things I needed to do around the house. While the book might seem to start off slow to some people, trust me, once it picks up, it zooms by. You won’t know what hit you. I find it difficult to talk about the book without giving anything away but I have to address one plot point that I loved.

I loved that Frances’s magic was on the fritz. I loved that her magic wasn’t perfect, that it didn’t always work the way it was supposed to. So many stories involving witches and/or magic end up with the magic-user’s magic always being perfect and working precisely as it should that it can make for a very boring story. But Frances having her magic not work properly made this story all the more interesting.

I give this one a solid 4 stars. I highly recommend it. I’m planning to re-read it again very soon.
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Frances is now a teacher at Haxahaven. She and Maxine are traveling to Paris and picking up their mutual friend Lena on the way. They travel six days on a fancy ship then stay at Maxine’s family home once they reach Paris. Frances hasn’t told Lena and Maxine that she received a letter from Finn or that she wants to visit her father who abandoned her family when she was young. She meets her father and is underwhelmed with his reaction and his personality. Finn doesn’t evoke trustworthiness but Frances feels that she has to work with him to fix the damage the two of them caused when reaching the veil and speaking to her deceased brother William. Frances and her friends are determined to fix the magic problem caused by the veil breach and they need all the help they can get. Likeable characters! 4 stars!

Mature content: PG-13 for underage drinking, LGBT side characters mentioned
Language: R for 7 swears and 1 f-bomb
Violence: PG-13 for stabbing, shooting and a tied up victim
Mixed Ethnicity and set in 1913 Paris
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As always thanks Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing for sending me an advanced copy of this book. I am such a huge fan!!!

The ending, oh the ending....

I fell in love with The Witch Wave and I was so excited to read the sequel. It definitely didn't disappoint. It was a bit of a slow burn and I was happy to give it 3 or 4 stars. But the last few chapters bumped it up to a full five stars.

I can't stop thinking about it. I can't believe this journey is over. I can't wait to see what Sasha does next!
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I absolutely loved witch hunt, just as much as witch haven, there was shocking twist & turns. The book started slow but it held my attention and it picked up and I couldn’t put it down. This book is highly recommended!!
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This is quickly becoming one of my favorite witchy series! With relatable and well developed characters, an atmospheric Paris setting, and all the friendship and romance you could want! I love how believable the magic elements are and how they flow seamlessly throughout the story. The suspense is also woven well and not just thrown in as an afterthought.
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I enjoyed this book far more than its predecessor. Perhaps this is because I could tell right off the bat that Finn was going to be a villain and I hated that the majority of Book 1 spent time fawning over him and trying to make us care for him that I started to get annoyed with Frances for having feelings for him.

This book was fun because it gave us relationship building, mystery, snooping around, and a couple of fun moments in Paris. I adore Oliver and was so glad that there was no intention of creating a "love triangle" in this book, which would have knocked it down about 2 stars.

Overall, there still was some wiggle room for improvement to make this a top tier book, but overall I enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone who was on the fence after the first book.
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Maybe it's special because I finished it while at YALLFest but I loved this one!!! 
The sequel to the witch haven did not disappoint at all I thought it was even better than the first. 
In The Witch Hunt, Frances is now a professor at Haxahaven but something is amiss with her magic. She goes to Paris with Maxine and Lena, but she's really hoping she can fix her magic. After reconnecting with an old friend 😉, they soon find out something even more sinister is going on in the depths of Paris.
Sasha Peyton Smith is no stranger to high stakes, and that is evident by yet another absolutely heart breaking finale.
I still go back and forth on how I feel about the ending, because it doesn't feel done. If there's a book three then I'll be okay but SASHA IT CANT END THIS WAY 😭 I mean it can and it did but still! Maybe I just like when everything is tied up neatly, but I'm hoping it's just leaving it open for a third book or novella or something.
This title is available now. Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for a digital copy of this ARC
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Thank you NetGalley, Sasha Peyton Smith, and Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! I LOVED The Witch Haven and honestly enjoyed this one just as much! I think that the setting being changed to Paris in this one made it seem unique and kept me intrigued the entire time. I loved the characters, once more, and the romance(s). The ending was perfect and even better than I could imagined! I think that this book wrapped up things really nicely and gave Frances a satisfying story. I highly recommend this book - and the first one if you haven’t read it!
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I really enjoyed the first book, so I was so excited to pick this one up! Although it was much slower for me than the first book, I really like how the author expanded upon the world and the story. I still really enjoyed the writing and the characters in this book though.
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First off, can I say how grateful I am that this book started right where it left off? I mean.. kisses to he most high. We jumped right back into the story and it sweeps you away back into that magical space. Paris, the magical school, Francis Maxine and Lena right?

Ok, this book was almost a solid 4 stars for me. But the last 35% of the book ruined that. Let me explain. Flynn, yes, absolutely, all the things. Yeah he killed Francis’ brother, but what morally gray character hasn’t done something shady and then received their redemption from it?

Olli.. the nice guy. Anyone else feel like even from the first book, that he and Francis relationship felt forced. Like Francis was making herself like/love him because her feelings were hurt over Flynn? No? Just me? Ok.

There’s still some things that I didn’t quite understand like the veil, it’s origins and things surrounding that but otherwise the first 65% of the book was solid. Beautifully written, and extremely engaging.

But… that last bit… oh that last bit. All I have to ask is why? We started so strong, just to end it on a lie? I don’t understand… Le sigh.
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The Witch Hunt picked right back up with Frances from the end of the first book.

And what a wild ending it was. Smith wasted no time in delving straight into the action in this second book and I loved it. This book follows Frances and her fellow witches to the luxuriant streets of Paris where new secrets, heart break and dangerous magic jumps up at every corner. 

The author has a very stunning writing style. Smith's prose is very lyrical and it's gorgeous to read. The author also thrives in her characterisation. Her characters are very nuanced and it makes you like them alot. As usual I loved Frances and really enjoy her as a main character. Her relationship with Maxine and Lena is so wholesome and, as side characters they've really cemented their place in the story. 

Overall I really enjoyed the book. Having adored Witch Haven. This book was perfect for the Halloween season and I recommend the series if you're looking for a nice, witch-magic read.
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The Witch Hunt is a sequel from the first book Witch Haven. This time we follow Frances and her witch friends Lena and Maxine in the streets of Paris as they helped Frances find answers to why her magic is not behaving as it usually does and at the same time unraveling family secrets, long lost love, curses, family reunions and most of all fighting dark and evil magic that were dangerously waiting for them. 

I love Witch Haven and so I was beyond excited to receive a copy of The Witch Hunt from Netgalley to review! The magical atmosphere of The Witch Haven and the Witch Hunt in general were so intense  that it gave me the excitement that was so binding from the very first page to the end. The love triangle between Oliver, Frances and Finn was very good in all aspects! Villain and hero all fighting for the love of the bad ass young witch, I mean, just take that  plus all the heart racing hunt between good and evil was like fireworks. I would not mind having the gift to levitate things here and there!  Some say it was like a magical trip to Paris and it was indeed! The ending- I do not even know what to make of it. It was a great wrapped up coming from the first book. It was both sweet and sad but ultimately satisfying. I have come to love the characters and I can definitely say that this witch duo book is worth all the time and probably a repeat read in the future!
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Let me start by saying this is not due to Sasha.   I've been in a awful book funk and can't seem to get into this one.  It's not her writing or the story it's self, It is 100% me right now.   So do to that, I do not feel that I am fit to give an honest review.
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Months after the devastating battle between the Sons of St. Druon and the witches of Haxahaven, Frances has built a quiet, safe life for herself, teaching young witches and tending the garden within the walls of Haxahaven Academy. But one thing nags; her magic has begun to act strangely. When an opportunity to visit Paris arises, Frances jumps at the chance to go, longing for adventure and seeking answers about her own power.

Friendships, suspense, and romance all woven intricately together - I enjoyed this sequel as much as its predecessor.
Set in 1913, our witches set sail from New York to France. Aside from visiting Paris, Frances hoped to find solution to get her magic back. Instead, she got more than she bargained for. The new characters add depth to the story and suddenly everything that has happened in Frances' life makes sense. The prose is lovely. Again, Frances as a main character and  her relationship with Maxine and Lena shined the brightest. Finn was a great character too,
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While I didn't love the first book in this series, the end of it set up the potential for a great sequel. Unfortunately, most of that potential was squandered for a story that was largely more of the same. Frances learned important lessons at the end of the first book about being less foolhardy and selfish, as well as the necessity of being wary about those you trust and the power of sisterhood. At the start of this story, all that growth seemed to be out the window. For the first third of the book, she was back to lying, sneaking, and disregarding the consequences of her actions on her friends. I honestly think the beginning would have been better if it had skipped the journey to Europe and just started with Frances and her friends in Paris. The mystery could have started immediately without needing to devolve her character in an effort to make the journey interesting. I enjoyed the plot of this book once it got going, but it was similar to the first book in a lot of ways. There were still competing secret societies of magic users and the need to find an object to work/reverse death magic. However, the setting made it feel fresh, as did the focus on Frances's growth and her struggle with PTSD and guilt over the fallout of her previous actions. I actually came close to liking Frances at certain points in the novel, which was an accomplishment given how much I loathed her in book one. Finn's re-introduction increased the focus on the love triangle, which was even more prominent in this book than the first one since Oliver played a main role in this story as well. Oliver was sweet but kind of flat, and honestly, I wanted Frances to end up with Finn more, even though he had betrayed her and murdered her brother. Frances and Finn were both selfish disasters, with Frances being less so in certain parts of this book, and I don't think she deserved someone as good as Oliver. After the rough start, I was mostly enjoying the book up until the end. I HATED the ending. Frances was back to being selfish and lying to Oliver. Finn was wasted with little explanation as to why. It was just quite unsatisfying, and I couldn't help but feel sorry for poor Oliver. Overall, this book was once again a middle of the road story for me, just like its predecessor. It was okay, but the potential for it to be great was really squandered. Therefore, I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.
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3.5. I could recommend you to read The Witch Haven first for context but not necessarily.  Plenty of references were mentioned in the sequel.

Set in 1913, three friends set sail from New York to France.  Aside from visiting Paris, Frances hoped to find solution to get her magic back.  Instead, she got more than she bargained for.

If you like friendships, love triangle, lgbtq, and second chances, this is the book for you.  It was a slow start but I did enjoy the banter between friends throughout the book.  Maxine and Lena were my favorites.  Oliver is dreamy.  There was also not much magic as I thought it would be.  It seemed more like an ordinary mystery or suspense.  The ending was touching and it seemed to indicate that there might be a 3rd book.  Guess we’ll find out.

Thank you, @netgalley, and @simonandschuster,for the eARC in return for an honest review.
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It’s not often that I like a sequel better than the first book, but it happened with The Witch Hunt.

I wasn’t crazy about main character Frances in The Witch Haven. She seemed to have no problem asking others to take risks without considering the consequences for them. In this followup, months have passed, Frances has matured, and now she’s worried more about her friends than herself. When her magic begins acting strangely, Frances is naturally very concerned – especially since she teaches at a school for witches. When an opportunity to visit Paris presents itself, she jumps at the chance. Besides finding a solution to the problems with her powers, she has a more personal reason for the journey.

The strong friendship between Frances, Lena, and Maxine was one of my favorite things about the first novel, and it continues to top the list with this novel. Maxine stole my heart with her snarky comments. Oliver, Frances’s boyfriend, has been attending school in Paris, so she’s also excited to be reunited with him. And he’s such a sweetie – totally supportive of Frances in every way.

It’s no secret that Finn is reintroduced. He betrayed Frances in a horrible way, but still believes they’ll be together and he can persuade her to forgive him. Honestly, he had some pretty good moments, and it wouldn’t be the first time a “villain” redeems himself. Turns out the spell Finn and Frances cast to talk to her dead brother in the prior book had some serious repercussions. The veil between the living and the dead is open, strange things are afoot, and power-hungry people are taking advantage of it. Someone has to close the veil, and it’s not going to be easy – or accomplished without a few dead bodies along the way.

I really enjoyed the 1913 Paris setting – I love this time period, and the high stakes kept me flipping the pages. Although some reviewers aren’t happy with the ending, it felt right to me. But I admit to thinking about it a couple days before I decided.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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This book starts out months after the battle between the Sons of St. Druon and the witches of Haxahaven Academy in book one. Frances has settled into a life teaching at Haxahaven, but something is not right. Her magic is misfiring and not working when she calls for it. Frances decided to embark on a trip to Paris with her best friends, Maxine and Lena. She soon learns that the spell she used with Finn to commune with her dead brother left the veil open. Now magicians are using the veil for nefarious purposes. Frances and her friends must stop them.

I loved the friendship in this book between Frances, Maxine, and Lena. I also loved their free independent spirits and major witchy feminist girl power vibes. However, I really struggled to connect with Frances. When Finn comes back into the picture, I just could not understand why Frances and her friends would work with him again. I realize it was begrudgingly, but when a sociopath kills your brother and causes all sorts of murder and mayhem, you should probably not let him back into your circle in any sort of way. I also really wanted a deeper connection between Oliver and Frances.

Ultimately, I did like the witchy atmospheric vibes. The descriptions of Paris, the catacombs, the Louvre, etc. we’re delightful. I felt fully immersed in the setting. Maxine will always be my favorite character. I love her spunk and wit 🖤.

Thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing for this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The Witch Hunt - Sasha Peyton Smith
(Rounded up to 4)
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I really loved so much about THE WITCH HAVEN, and much of that was present in THE WITCH HUNT. Sasha Peyton Smith's writing has a lyrically poignant atmospheric quality to it that just makes you feel the magic as you read these books. It was lovely when the book was set in New York. but Paris? It's just incandescent and makes you feel like you are walking with Florence and Company in the City of Lights.  I'm not typically a big fan of time jumps, but I thought the time jump here fit Florence's character arc really well. I really enjoyed Florence as a main character and her relationships with other characters, especially Maxine and Lina. It's a beautifully carved sisterhood that brings to mind my own best girlfriends. I also loved how Florence's relationship with Oliver just blooms and develops throughout the novel. It was a friends-to-lovers dynamic I actually really liked, and that isn't a trope I enjoy very often. Also, Finn? Once again our resident bad boy just ripped my heart up again. I liked THE WITCH HUNT a lot, though I will say I felt the climax of the book was kind of rushed through and the chapters after felt kind out of place for me, but I was satisfied overall with where Florence's story went. I still love this duology in all of it's witchy glory.
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