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Despite the very mixed reviews on Goodreads, I found this book gripping, entertaining anda real page turner. Firstly, I was immediately drawn in by the cover. Usually I prefer books with illustrated covers, but I found that the photograph on this and the sepia tones really reflect the feel and atmostphere of the book.
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With regards to the premise and the style of writing, this book contains diary entries written by Mary, the granddaughter of a witch, around It is regarded as a children Despite the very mixed reviews on Goodreads, I found this book gripping, entertaining anda real page turner. It is regarded as a children's book, being shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction prize in , but I think it would definitely be suitable for a teenage or even adult audience also. As this book is not a work of fiction, more passages from an irregularly kept diary dating back from the colonial period, more commonly known as 'the Mary papers', I found some of the chapters very emotional and thought-provoking, as I knew they were based on reality.
I am finding it difficult to write a review for this book, as I honestly cannot fault it in any way. I loved the simplistic yet poetic writing style, the story that this girl lived and also the characters that she met along the way. When her grandmother is accused for sorcery, Mary has to flee immediately. With the help of a mysterious woman, she is able to get on a boat that is leaving the continent for the New World. Living within a puritan settlement , Mary is however once again the target of hatred and persecution. Will her friends be able to protect her?
I have always been intersted in reading about the persecution of whiches and sorceres as one of the darkest chapters in human history and I remember that I e 3. I have always been intersted in reading about the persecution of whiches and sorceres as one of the darkest chapters in human history and I remember that I enjoyed reading this book a lot as a teenager.
Mary is an intriguing character and I desperately wanted to know all about her. Unfortunately, the story is focusing a lot on her travel over sea and on the settlement of the group of puritans.
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When the story is suddenly getting suspenseful, I had the feeling that the author rushed a little through it and the ending came much too fast! Considering that the story is having an open end , the many important happening in the last few pages left me a little unsatisfied. After having read the reviews of the second installment of this series - which is supposed to wrap up the fate of Mary - I am however unsure if I am going to give the book a try.
I guess that the little hints I got by reading the blurb and the reviews gave me all the information I wanted to have. Nov 21, Beth Bonini rated it it was amazing Shelves: children-s-book-club. This is a particularly compelling example of historical fiction. So compelling, in fact,that I think my students may well ask, "Is this real? Mary Newbury's story begins in Cromwellian England, and the action begins in the first chapter when Mary's grandmother is hanged for practising witchcraft. Mary is whisked away by a mysterious woman, and then given into the care of some Puritans who are sailing for the New World.
Mary's grandmother has been a herbalist and healer, and Mary has learned -- and has need to practise -- some of these healing skills. Before long, though, whispers that she is a witch begin to undermine her tentative place in this new community. Full of wonderful details, beautifully written, and possessing an interesting, consistent narrative voice, this is a story that should appeal to most female readers. Although Rees writes for young adults, this book has the sophistication to appeal to adult readers as well. Aug 05, Relyn rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: teen lit lovers.
Recommended to Relyn by: spotted at a Phoenix used book shop.
One of the things I was really looking forward to about this vacation is all the time in the car to read. I didn't bring a single book that I wanted to read. No kidding. At the time I packed, I was tired and I grabbed really light reading. When it came time to read, I really wanted a story , you know?
Instead, I read all my magazines and bought more. One of the things Jeffrey and I always do in a new city is go to the art museum and seek out good used bookstores. I found this one at Bards One of the things I was really looking forward to about this vacation is all the time in the car to read. I found this one at Bards Books in Phoenix. It is kind of fun because it's a copy actually printed in Britain and the price is listed in pounds.
I read this all the way through yesterday - couldn't put it down.
But, somehow, it's not the same - it's compelling and a nail-biter and different. I loved this book. For one thing, she really is a witch. No worries - I didn't spoil anything. The first line of the book is something like, "I am Mary. Great read! Jan 26, Jessaca Willis rated it liked it Shelves: witches , historical-fantasyth-centuray.
The only reason someone would ever want to read the journal of a witch is if there was mention of witchcraft or some cool sorceries.
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I was kind of angry about this book though. I found the structure of the novel confusing and unrealistic. I did enjoy the tone of Witch Child and felt the speech patterns were authentic to the time. Witch Child is presented as a collection of found journal entries written by Mary Newbury between March and October She boards a ship to the New World where she hopes to leave behind her witchy 3.
She boards a ship to the New World where she hopes to leave behind her witchy ways and live a life of freedom and free of persecution. Unfortunately, this is Puritan America… need I say more?!
We are truly in the wilderness. Screeching and howlings rend the night. The cries are of creatures unknown to us, not heard in England since ages past. I love stories of historical witches, and I have an interest in 17C America, so I was like a pig in muck with this. Picture that. Picture me, dressed in a pig suit, rolling in mud. I really enjoyed going on the journey with Mary. I also enjoyed the tough, no nonsense Martha. There are aspects of magical realism which ticks another huge yes please box for me.
Give me more magical realism please! Om nom nom. I have seen his past. I have seen his future. I know how death will come to him and I feel the knowledge like a burden. There is no help and no avoidance. To be a midwife, to be a healer, brings danger.