Review By Veronica

The October Witches is a fun and magical ride and perfect for any middle grade reader.

Favourite Quote:

The magic comes as streaming light. I feel a prickle I’ve never felt before. Tiny beads of light are beginning to descend down our arms and cluster around us. It’s like being walked on by hundreds of gentle, wispy feet. I shift as if to brush them off, but behind me, Mum puts a gentle hand on my shoulder.

Goodreads Synopsis: 

There’s so much to love about October – Halloween, pumpkin everything and MAGIC. Especially magic. But for nervous young witch Clemmie, this October might see the stars descend on her for the first time, bringing with them a whole month of chaotic new power. She’s spent twelve years watching her mum, aunts and cousin receive their October power and knows that, for the Merlyns, magic can get very messy.

And there are those who want to harness their magic and make it last beyond October. It’s a bold experiment, until Clemmie and her coven find themselves in mortal danger. What price must be paid for magic that never ends? Or for having magic at all?

I wasn’t too sure what I was going to get with this book because books with magic and witches can sometimes go terribly wrong. But I found myself enjoying this story. Now, readers, this book does start out a bit slow (about the first quarter), and I did find that some of the world details, especially around the magic parts, are a bit hazy at times. But overall, this was a fun, quirky read. Once the action starts, it continues on until the very end. I think both big and small kiddos will love the humour sprinkled through the story. I know I found myself laughing from time to time. I enjoyed Clemmie’s Aunts. They are a hoot! They are so eccentric, energetic, and just a lot of fun to be around.   

The October Witches is full of excitement and peril and perfect for any kiddo who loves reading books with magic. 

Thank you, Simon and Schuster Canada, for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.