What do you do when you discover you’re a witch?
And that using your new powers destroys your soul a little each time?
Set in the Swiss countryside, this story blends ancient folklore with a coming of age tale about a young witch on the brink of womanhood. Anna Sophia has always known she was different. She didn’t know just how different until now.
Through a story of otherworldly magic, Anna Sophia finds a sense of real-world belonging. With its cast of strong characters, inventive setting, and engaging storyline, this fantasy adventure is a relevant novel for middle grade children or young adults.
Received this book from netgally and the publisher in exchange for an honest review this has in no way affected my opinion
The Diary of Anna the Girl Witch: Foundling Witch started out as a lighthearted book about an almost 13 year old orphan girl who is get ready for a birthday party. What seems like a typical, school centered story about friendships and a coming of age story, soon grows into something darker when Anna finds out she is a witch and must come to terms with what magic might do to her soul if she allows herself to succumb to its darker side.
This story gradually improved for me. I found the writing at the beginning to be a little stilted, the sentences a bit awkward. The beginning was also a little slow going and could have used a bigger hook to draw the reader into the story sooner.
Also, one of my major problems with the story was the description of Beatrice, one of the characters in the story. She is supposed to be a nine year old girl, but she is clearly written as if she were four or five. I am the mother of a nine year old girl, and have substitute taught many nine year old girls, and none of them have ever behaved like this character did. It might not be a big deal to some adult readers, but I can see middle grade girls reading this and frankly being offended that nine year olds were portrayed as preschoolers.
However, I will say that the story did grow on me. Anna’s character arc was nicely drawn, and she grows a lot throughout the story. The plot was a little too predictable for me as an adult reader, but I believe middle grade readers will find the story adventurous and interesting enough.
I believe the strength of this story lies in some of the backstory created and the magic system. There was a lot of originality here which I found refreshing. As a first novel, this could have been a lot stronger, but I think there is a lot of potential for this to be a good series. I would like to read the sequel to see how the story progresses