Tales of Aradia: The Last Witch, Volume 1

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Unknown to the humans who hanged innocent people at the Salem Witch Trials, real witches of the hidden race were slaughtered on the belief that they had betrayed the hiddens to the humans. Not one witch survived the genocide, or so it was believed for more than three hundred years. One day a girl named Aradia moves to Salem, Massachusetts, and all that changes
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Overview

Unknown to the humans who hanged innocent people at the Salem Witch Trials, real witches of the hidden race were slaughtered on the belief that they had betrayed the hiddens to the humans. Not one witch survived the genocide, or so it was believed for more than three hundred years. One day a girl named Aradia moves to Salem, Massachusetts, and all that changes
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  • ISBN-13: 9781461077794
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/5/2012
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

L.A. Jones is a twenty-six old college student with Aspergers Syndrome from Bethesda, MD. She has a mother, father, and a sister who is also in college. Her greatest passion is her writing, and hopes it will give as much joy to her readers as it does for herself. Tales of Aradia the Last Witch is her first book series. You can contact her on Tales of Aradia's Facebook page.
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  • Posted July 26, 2011

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    Nice mix of Superman and Twilight

    Cross Superman with Twilight and you might get something like this book. With the same unpolished feel of the older comics, and the beautifully sensuous bodies of Twilight, it introduces a mix of "hidden races" to a modern-day high school in Salem, and adds that special something in the form of Aradia, a girl in search of identity.

    Unfortunately others are searching for Aradia's identity too, and the author cleverly leaves readers wondering just who the bad guys are as the story progresses. Aradia's powers are sometimes overly explained, sometimes oddly inconsistent-but then, what teen ever knows the true limits of her abilities? Amusing backstories lead to Aradia's presence at her new school, and now the "loser" is being stared at by winners and choosing her battles. Her parents are supportive, intelligent and wise, and have instilled good morals in their daughter. The result is a pleasing, if sometimes uneven tale, with nice plot, interesting characters, intriguing history, and some fascinating questions. There's more to come, but these Tales of Aradia start with a novel that feels satisfyingly complete, one battle finished convincingly, and more of them waiting in the eaves. A fun teen novel with a gruesome start but a nice sense of humor and nice low-key touch.



    Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

    The potential for a great series!

    Review:

    Having exposed the Hidden beings - witches, vampires, weres, etc., to the human race, the witches were systematically killed until only one was left. Hidden in the folds of time, Aradia had no knowledge of where she came from or why she could do the things she could do. Strange behavior and the struggle to control her powers during her childhood made her a lonely, shy girl. A move to Salem, MA helps change that. Strange behavior seems to be the norm in Salem and Aradia finds that she has more in common with many of its residents than she originally thought.

    In this first book of the series by LA Jones, Tales of Aradia was a story that held my attention throughout. Aradia goes from that shy, quiet girl to a self-assured young woman as the book progresses, and by the end, she is a force to be reckoned with. The supporting characters were unusual and interesting, if at times rather unlikable. As most of them were supposed to be Aradia's enemies, that wasn't surprising.

    I believe Tales of Aradia has the potential to be a great book. The idea for the story line was well thought out and clever, but the presentation of it in this book left some room for improvement. Shifts in writing from different characters' perspectives were at times confusing and hard to follow. Some unrealistic events even within a paranormal book occurred, such as a young girl being able to bring someone to the police station and put him in a cell overnight without an explanation of how. There were also jumps in time passed that were unexpected and affected the flow of the book. A few inconsistencies in facts were also present - for instance, a character is supposed to be in jail and on the next page he is out with no explanations of how he managed to escape. If the author has the inclination, some short, concise sentences could fix many of these issues. As a side note - there may be grammatical errors but because self-published authors usually do not have the benefit of professional editing, and conversion of files can affect text when sending electronic review copies, I do not include comments about editing in my reviews.

    Overall, I give Tales of Aradia three stars because of its potential to become a great series.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

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    Has potential, needs work.

    My Blurb:

    Born 300 years ago, Aradia is the last witch of the hidden race. Only she doesn't know it. All she knows is she can do really cool things.

    Her adoptive parents move Aradia to Salem shortly before High school begins, giving her a chance to make new friends since the people in her old town were wary of her.

    Aradia might get more than she bargained for when she starts to investigate a murder. Suddenly the hunter becomes the hunted and Aradia must fight for her life.

    Lets Talk About It:

    I had high hopes for this book.. after all it is the tales of the last witch. Unfortunately the book wasn't up to the hopes I held for it.

    It had potential. The idea of a last witch who has hidden in between worlds for 300 years until she arrives and is adopted by a loving couple who realizes her potential and strange gifts could be a very good story. But like many YA books it stuck to a common Twilightish theme. Girl meets boys, boy is werewolf, boy is vampire: enter semi-love triangle.

    Sadly I ended up annoyed more so than entertained. Two words were completely overused: However and Therefore. There was also reference in one part how Aradia was 15 years old and looked like she hadn't aged at all, no wrinkles or gray hair. Since when do 15 year olds get wrinkles and gray hair? In another part Aradia dragged a werewolf she knocked out back to the local police department from the forest and put him in a jail cell. Ummm.. how? How did no one notice her and stop her? How was she able to just walk into a police department and lock him into a cell then stay there over night with him? And somehow the evil villain who wants her dead from since the time she was born suddenly finds her and.. decides to let her live. What?!

    There were just too many things in the book that didn't make sense for it to be a great story.

    I understand it's part of a series of books. I will not be reading on to find out what happens. For me the story ends with this book.

    Melissa
    Reviewer for 1000 + Books to Read

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

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    great book

    awesome............................... cant wait for book two

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2011

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    Great book

    Great read finish in about 3 days. It took alot to put it down to sleep.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    Great read give it a look

    The story was great kept my att. hope there will be more to follow very different take on faries love it

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2011

    I loved this Story!

    When will the second book be ready? I want it as soon as it is Ready!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    I love your books series l.a jones you are an amazing person kee

    I love your books series l.a jones you are an amazing person keep writing you rock !                                                                    sincerly, katie michelle fritsche

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2013

    Tales of Aradia: The Last Witch Volume 1 was fantastic. I have a

    Tales of Aradia: The Last Witch Volume 1 was fantastic. I have always loved the Salam witch trials and this books give a whole new perspective on it. I love how it brings all the different races together instead of only one or two. If you love Twilight or any vampire/werewolf story with some romance, this is the book for you. As of right now, it seems like a love triangle, but then I think *wonder if Tristan likes her too?* I guess I will find out in the next books.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    Great book

    I recently read this and thought it was amazing! Wonderful story line, well written characters and interesting plot. Def. Recommending to all my friends and family who love mystical characters. Cant wait for more

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2013

    This series is captivating and truly draws you into the story li

    This series is captivating and truly draws you into the story line. It takes all the various fantasy worlds and brings them together in one great story. The series is addicting and I can't wait to read more!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2012

    Aradia always knew she was different. Throughout grade school a

    Aradia always knew she was different. Throughout grade school and middle school, enough events occurred to convince her of it. Unfortunately, those events also convinced everyone else, so much so that they stayed away from her, and she had a very lonely childhood.
    A move to a new town, and enrollment in a new school, was something she feels sure will make or break her life. She hopes for acceptance at the least, and real friends at the most. What she gets is nothing like she has been expecting.
    The students at her new school seem odd, most of them. Their attention intrigues, then irritates her. She finally makes friends, but then is plunged into a whole new world when she finds out what lies beneath the surface of her town’s society.
    Helping her dad find a killer, Aradia uses her special powers to help uncover clues, sort of like Nancy Drew with psychic benefits. She finds out her true nature just when she needs it—when the killer comes after her.
    LA Jones has written a very captivating book. I was hooked from the very first sentence. Her seemingly natural way of crafting a sentence makes the storyline move along seamlessly. I really liked how she was able to mingle the very real world of teen-age angst and otherworldly strangeness into something very believable. The book is not one that would horrify a reader with its gruesome details; rather it does a good job of holding back that information, allowing the reader to fill in the facts as he or she sees fit. The characters are very real, well-though-out, and can truly be seen in the mind’s eye. I am glad the author has another volume out, because I can hardly wait to get my hands on it! I have to see what happens to this young brave girl.
    Because, I forgot to mention, there is something darker wanting to get its claws on Aradia…

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Cool

    I am 11 going into the 6th grade and i hope that my school library has this book even though it has cuss words my elementary school boooks had cuss words like harry potter has cus words but it was still there if this book is in my middle school i will l recomend it to all of my friends. Please excuse the mispelled words I had to do this really fast.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2011

    Huh well it was alright

    Ummm i would give it a three start but then i kept reading it and i was like ohhhh but then it was like twlight only just a little because you have the werewolf and then the vampire and last was the girly butt kicking witch also it did have some grammar problems in there oh opps excuse my spelling im glad it was free and i cant seem to find the second book three hundered something pages was not enough for me it should have been longer but it was a good read i like it

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

    AN INTERESTING YA FANTASY! TALES OF ARADIA:THE LAST WITCH BY L.A.JONES

    TALES OF ARADIA: THE LAST WITCH by L.A. Jones is an interesting YA fantasy set in Salem,MA in present day. This is the story of Aradia,the last witch.This story is fast paced. It has vampires,werewolves,witchs,and other other world beings,and magic.While the "Master" of the vampires has all the witchs killed for so called treason,one survives,Aradia.Her mother hides her for decades until a couple finds her and adapts her. Aradia,learns as she is growing up that she is "special",but when she enters Salem High School,she will learn how special she really is. She learns her abilities,finds out who she is,what she is and who is trying to eliminate her. It has intrigue,some humor,fantasy,witchs,vampires,werewolves,survivial,and of course some action as Aradia tries to stay alive.This is a great YA book on fantasy written on YA level with high school age characters and of course a few "older" generation.This book was received for the purpose from the author and details can be found at Creatspace and My Book Addiction and More.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

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    I love it for two reasons, one, its free and two, it is very interusting and hard to stop reading

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2013

    AWESOME BOOK EVER

    This book is my favrot book ever!!!!! Evry one should read it!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    STRANGE

    I WOULD HAVE SAID IT WAS MY FAVORITE BOOK,BUT IT HAD TO MUCH SEX,AND GUESS WHAT!!!!!!THAT BOOK SWORE LIKE NOBODY'S BUSINESS,WHILE THAT'S EXAGGERATING,THEY DO SWEAR!!!!!AND THERE ARE WAY TO MUCH BLOODY SCENES,HOWEVER,WITH THAT BEING SAID,I THROUGHLY ENJOYED THE BOOK!!!!!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    I'm glad I stumbled across this book. It was a fast pace read wi

    I'm glad I stumbled across this book. It was a fast pace read with fun characters and a great story line. I look forward to reading the rest of this series.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    Love It

    I wasn't sure that I was going to like this book. But once I read it, I thought it was mind-blowing. I totally love this book. Everyone should buy this book or any book by L.A Jones!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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