* I received an early release copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
I have to admit that reading The Lost Witch was actually the first time which I had encountered Melvin Burgess’ work. I don’t know how I have seemed to have missed this author in the past since so many of my friends are avid admirers of his work – particularly Junk. Which meant I went in completely blind when I read The Lost Witch, I didn’t even read the blurb but rather just dived straight in to see what I would find and admittedly I was surprised.
The Lost Witch follows a pre-teen called Bea after she discovers the ‘other world’ as well as the fact that she is actually a witch herself! After saving a rabbit from being hunted while returning home with her family, Bea is unaware of the consequences will have on her own life and her family. Throughout the novel, we are introduced to a unique set of characters, especially since most witches have their own unique magical ability which I found to be quite fun. Spanning over a few years, it becomes clearer that this is not just a novel with a focus on magic within our modern world, but undertook a darker and thriller tone which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Throughout the novel, we see Bea as she not only grows into a young adult, but we are able to see her growth as a witch. This is something I really appreciated since the novel itself is quite fastpaced, and Bea’s development was something I thought would possibly suffer because of it. But really, I found that having a fast-paced narrative allowed us to understand Bea and enhanced her character development so much.
Overall, I was completely surprised by this novel, it was not at all like I was expecting it to be. Instead, it was a fast-paced, thriller YA with so many twists and turns that I was completely gripped from start to finish. The Lost Witch is out August 2nd, and if you enjoy a good thriller with a witchy twist then I definitely encourage you to pick this one up!
If this review has spiked your interest then check back tomorrow when you can see my own author interview with Melvin Burgess!
Huge thank you to Hazel and the team behind ‘The Northern YA Literary Festival: Supernatural’ for sending me an early copy of The Lost Witch to review and the opportunity to interview Melvin Burgess himself! If you are thinking about attending the festival, then you can book your FREE tickets here!