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Witch Hunter

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I recently bought a new kindle after my old one broke.  For some reason I was unable to download this title from the cloud onto my kindle, therefore I will be unable to review this title.  I am sorry for any inconvenience caused
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I really enjoyed the premise behind the novel, but the execution just wasn't quite there for me. Enjoyable enough considering its length, but I wouldn't pick up a sequel.
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Anyone who knows me, knows that it is almost virtually impossible for me to resist a good witchy read and that, more than anything else, is what drew me to pick this up. 
I'm so glad that I did because I was immediately drawn right into the story. If there is a second thing that lures me in besides a good tale full of magic and witchcraft, it is a strong heroine who knows how to kick a little butt and stand up and take charge and that is exactly who Elizabeth Grey, our heroine of the story is. 
I won't go into to much detail about what happens but I will say that I was pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to get caught up in the story line and want to learn more about this world that Elizabeth lived in. And the secondary characters were every bit as fun and interesting as the rest. 
No this wasn't some mind blowing read or even anything that maybe hasn't been done before but it still captured my attention and left me turning the pages and wanting more and most of all, I had a great time while doing it.
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The book is quite well-written. However, I didn't like the main character. She is supposed to be dangerous but she constantly make mistakes. The story is fast-paced and honestly good. There is not so much romance. I wish we would have more world-building.
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(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

Sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Grey doesn't look dangerous. A tiny, blonde, wisp of a girl shouldn't know how to poison a wizard and make it look like an accident. Or take out ten necromancers with a single sword and a bag of salt. Or kill a man using only her thumb. But things are not always as they appear. Elizabeth is one of the best witch hunters in Anglia and a member of the king's elite guard, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and bringing those who practice it to justice. And in Anglia, the price of justice is high: death by burning.
When Elizabeth is accused of being a witch herself, she's arrested and thrown in prison. The king declares her a traitor and her life is all but forfeit. With just hours before she's to die at the stake, Elizabeth gets a visitor - Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful wizard in Anglia. He offers her a deal: he will free her from prison and save her from execution if she will track down the wizard who laid a deadly curse on him.
As Elizabeth uncovers the horrifying facts about Nicholas's curse and the unwitting role she played in its creation, she is forced to redefine the differences between right and wrong, friends and enemies, love and hate... and life and death.

*1.5 stars*

This is yet another book that couldn't have been a total winner if it had stuck to the story and not get caught up in this current overwhelming need by YA authors to make their female characters faint at the sight of a man in pants...

The blurb of this story caught my attention (hence why I requested it) - it sounded like something I could really get into. Sadly, the blurb kind of overstates the plot and forgets about the drooling Elizabeth.

What earns 2 stars? The concept, mostly. I liked the idea of the "witch hunter", travelling around capturing witches for death sentences. And then she herself is accused of witchcraft and locked up...

That's really where the story should have taken off. Instead she is rescued by a gang of witches/warriors and, instead of being grateful, she plots to have THEM arrested cos, you know, witches are bad...except for John cos, you know, he's hot...like Caleb...the guy who promised to help her, but didn't...

I just could not bear Elizabeth and her infatuations with not just Caleb, but with John as well. I couldn't take her constant talking about the love interests. I couldn't really take to the fact that she did NOTHING for herself - she basically let everyone push her around to where she needed to be. No wonder she had time to pine about boys...where are all the tough, smart heroines gone...???

This was a massive disappointment but I won't let it affect the possibility of reading more of this author's work - who knows what might come next?


Paul
ARH
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I DNFed it after 100 pages. I did not like the author's writing style and I could not connect to the characters.
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Already reviewed and feedback sent ages ago. Not sure why these are duplicating. But please find review content at my archived blog www.behindonbooks.wordpress.com 

- Thanks! Sorry this is a little haphazard. Just trying to clear my Shelf here. :)
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I talk about Witch Hunter in my #ARCAugust Wrap-Up starting from 6:56 and ending at 8:28

https://youtu.be/03DiFs4EzQw?t=6m56s
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Comparing this to Sarah J. Maas I can understand, but I've seen some people comparing this to Game of Thrones which I don't think is accurate at all; I'm not even Game of Thrones's biggest fan, but even I can admit it has characters with more 'oomph' than this does. I'm all for 'kick-ass' heroines, but I don't like protagonists, regardless of gender, who can accomplish everything without any real effort while making stupid decisions, and that's how this book felt to me. It just wasn't to for me, unfortunately, but I could see it filling a hole for any readers anticipating Maas's next book.
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A fun mix of an inspired tudor england-esque world with salem-style witches complete with their very own kick-ass witch hunters. I had so much promise for this book but between the bland main character(who was supposed to be the best witch hunter in history but was actually pretty bad) and the several male characters who seemed to fall over each other to flirt with her., I sort of lost heart with it a quarter of the way through.
Intrigued for the sequel but not desperate.
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