Escape from Witchwood Hollow

Escape from Witchwood Hollow

by Jordan Elizabeth


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Everyone in Arnn - a small farming town with more legends than residents - knows the story of Witchwood Hollow: if you venture into the whispering forest, the witch will trap your soul among the shadowed trees.

After losing her parents in a horrific terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria and her older brother escape New York City to Arnn. In the lure of that perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope, when she should be afraid.

Perhaps the witch can reunite her with her lost parents. Awakening the witch, however, brings more than salvation from mourning, for Honoria discovers a past of missing children and broken promises.

To save the citizens of Arnn from becoming the witch's next victims, she must find the truth behind the woman's madness.

How deep into Witchwood Hollow does Honoria dare venture?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620076712
Publisher: Whampa, LLC
Publication date: 10/29/2014
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, writes down her nightmares in order to live her dreams. With an eclectic job history of working as a college professor; historic costumed interpreter at Fort Stanwix, Victorian Leisure Fair, and Mayfaire on the Green; office specialist; sales clerk; election inspector; and trainer, she is now diving into the world of author.It happens to be her favorite one.

When she’s not creating art or searching for lost history in the woods, she’s updating her blog, Kissed by Literature. Jordan is the president of the Utica Writers Club and maintains

She roams Central New York, but she loves to travel. A great deal of time has been spent in a rural town very similar to Arnn, the setting of her novel ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW.

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BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
A quick and intriguing read!  It took me a little while to get fully immersed into the story but once I did I really enjoyed it. Its told from 3 different girls lives in 3 different time periods, which I thought was awesome. We learn how the woods became known as Witchwood Holllow and why, when people enter, they do not leave. It was interesting to see each girls story play out and then come together centuries later.  I loved learning about Witchwood Hollow and found it fascinating. Woods are always creepy, but add in the legend of a Witch in there and it truly becomes scary. Also the Witch in this one is quite crazy!! I also loved the Historical element. Three different centuries meld together seamlessly. What does a girl in the 1600s, a girl in the 1800s and a girl in the 2000s have in common?, well you will have to read the book to find out.  There is quite a few characters in Escape From Witchwood Hollow and I have to say that my favourite was the motley crew from the woods. It was such an thrilling twist when they find themselves all together and we hear their stories.  Anyway, this was an interesting and intriguing read. I loved the world building and legend behind the Witch and thoroughly enjoyed reading each girls stories. The only thing that spoilt the book for me was the ending, it's not what I hoped!! That's a personal opinion though, and I know a lot of people will love it. It's a solid 4 stars for me and I have no problem recommending it to everyone. 
ScaroletEllis More than 1 year ago
Escape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth is an aamazing story to read. I loved reading this story so much, cause my teenangers could read it with me then we would go and have a discussion about. We loved it so much we can not wait to see what comes next, I highly recommend this story to everyone of all ages. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
LaurieBeemer More than 1 year ago
As soon as I started reading this story I knew that I was in for a long night. I had to stay up to finish it, I did not want it to end but I was waiting to see what the author had in store for the readers. I am ready and excited to read more from this author. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Robin Goodfellow for Readers' Favorite Escape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth is a young adult fantasy about clinging to a love that should have faded away, despite all the tragedies one may cause. Honoria is a teenage girl whose family had died during the terrorist attack at the World Trade Center. When she moves, however, she hears rumors about Witchwood Hollow, a dark, macabre forest that’s supposedly haunted by a witch who kidnaps people. As time goes on, she starts to see that there is more to the rumors surrounding the forest, and that she might just be dancing on the edge of danger. Lady Clifford is a woman who had been chased off as a witch. Desperate for companionship, she meets a man named Andrew, with whom she falls in love. However, when he takes their daughter and leaves, she experiences sorrow that can only be healed by her lover’s return. In this twisted, fantastical novel, Jordan Elizabeth paints a sadistic picture of the clash between past and present as a girl tries to break a curse that had claimed many innocents. There was a parallel between Lady Clifford and Honoria. While both had loved ones, Lady Clifford lost her love, and as such, launched a self-destructive spell that entrapped many victims. Honoria, on the other hand, had managed to open up, to find people who loved her. They were both similar in their pain, but Honoria refused to drown in despair. Eventually, it was that strength that led Lady Clifford to her own happy ending. It was like a fairytale in that essence. Jordan Elizabeth’s characters were wonderful; they entered the pages with unforgettable story lines and themes that made them even more beloved than they already were. What’s more, Jordan Elizabeth shows that tragedy may play an influential part in our lives, but it by no means defines who we are.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Honoria has a whole history she’d love to escape from—parents dead on 9/11, aunt and uncle taking her and her brother to live in the country, new school, new strangers, new rules… and light that sort of forms a face when she’s drawing trees in art class. But the face is in Witchwood Hollow, and how can the other kids resist taunting the newcomer with the local myth? Jordan Elizabeth’s Escape from Witchwood Hollow combines stories from different centuries and characters from different places, gradually leading the reader to piece it all together. It’s an intriguing tale, filled with nicely researched history, and it’s evocatively scary. The meaning of family, friendship, even romance, all come under scrutiny in a place where love has warped the lives of its captives. Escape can be from or to, and readers might have to choose. Just complex enough, just far enough out of the normal, Escape from Witchwood Hollow is a pleasingly curious and mysterious adventure for teens and young adults. Disclosure: I was given a copy and I offer my honest review.
Kadee Carder More than 1 year ago
Absolutely adored every page and twist and turn and heart-stopping moment in Escape From Witchwood Hollow. The plot was unpredictable and fresh, and brought a creepy, poignant tale to life with fabulous imagery, thrilling storytelling, and realistic characters who I simply adored. The story follows several characters through varying times in history, one of which is 2001 and follows the September 11th attacks. Honoria’s story reeled me in and I was hooked from the start. I don’t read a lot of fantasy but this was one that will stay on my Love list! It’s a good length, couldn’t put it down, and I look forward to more from Jordan Elizabeth! Highly recommend!
BlueEyeBooks More than 1 year ago
Thank you to the author, Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, for gifting me with a copy of Escape From Witchwood Hollow in exchange for an honest review! 1.  The plot.  I really liked the idea of this story.  It's so different in the fact that there isn't much focus on the actual witchcraft, it's more of what happens to the people that disappear and if it's real or not.  I think the author did a splendid job of fitting that idea into a plotline.  While it isn't really a rollercoaster ride, it has the mystery feel that kept me wanting more. 2.  The characters and POV.  The characters were adequate.  While they weren't fully developed and complex, they certainly held down the plot and kept everything moving.  I especially loved the different POV's from the different time periods so it was a little easier to understand what had happened over the years and how it impacted Honoria in the present day. 3.  The ending.  I have semi-mixed feelings about the ending.  On one hand, I loved it so, so much because it brought together all of the threads perfectly.  Elizabeth, Shane, Allison, Lynn, and Honoria's stories were brought together perfectly and there's such an amazing 'ah-hah' moment near the end that I so cherish in mystery books.  However, I do think it was brought together a bit quickly and could have been infused with a bit more emotion. 4.  The history/idea.  I mentioned this a bit in the plot section but I wanted to emphasize how much I loved this idea.  The history of the hollow is so intriguing and getting to put the pieces together was really fun for me.  Just the idea of a mysterious place where people have disappeared and don't age is so cool and I loved how the author kept dropping little pieces of the puzzle. The Final Verdict: This book has such an intriguing concept and the execution is wonderful.  However, the characters could have used a bit more emotional-attachment and the ending was slightly rushed. 4.5 stars
KtLBLy More than 1 year ago
*This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review* This story was unique because it’s told in three different time frames, one during the 1600’s, one during the 1850’s, and one in 2001. Even though it’s set in different times, it all intertwines into this big story which comes full circle in the end. During the 1600’s, a woman named Elizabeth Clifford is accused of being a witch because she does something very bad to another woman. She runs away from her town of Arnn to live in the woods and find a place where no one will find her. In the 1850’s, a woman named Albertine Slack is moving from England to America to help her father out on his farm in Arnn, and to marry her father’s neighbor since she is 17 and of age to do so. In 2001, a girl named Honoria moves with her brother Geoffrey move from New York to Arnn with her aunt and uncle because her parents have died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Over the years Elizabeth gets lonely by herself in the woods and just wants to be loved, so she uses simple magic to make sure that anyone who wanders into the woods, can never be able to leave and will be lost forever. Once Albertine gets to America, her father is on a business trip, but she thinks she can make the journey from town to the farm because it’s only a couple miles away through the woods. She is told of the legends but doesn’t believe in witches so she believes she has nothing to fear. On her journey she crosses paths with a few people who make it known that some of them have been trapped for hundreds of years there. Honoria is dared by some new friends at her new school to visit the nicknamed Witchwood Hollow woods and she has a very unique experience when she is in there. Each time frame was very fun and interesting to read. It’s less than 200 pages so I got it done in one day, and the ending has a huge surprise twist to it that was very shocking. I loved this story though and would love to read more from this author. ***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. For more information regarding our reviews please visit our Fansite:***
MontzieW More than 1 year ago
Escape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek is a great teen novel that has intrigue, suspense, but is touching at the same time. The book tells three stories at the same time that merge into one. One story is told in three time periods and the writer makes them fit together seamlessly. A story of Witchwood Hollow and why it is thought to be haunted/cursed, and why no one goes in there or comes out. A fantasy, paranormal tale, and a family story all in one. A good quick enjoyable read. Received a complimentary copy to read and review but it in no way effects my review or rating.
dwatson More than 1 year ago
Arrn is a small town where most of the people live and work on a farm. It's a different world then New York City where Honoria is from. In October of 2001, Fifteen year old Honoria had just lost her parents in the World Trade Center bombings and is now going to a new school and starting a new life in this rural community that has a dark secret. Outside of Arrn is an area of forest called Witchwood Hollow where a soul stealing witch lives. One night two girls from the school take Honoria to the hollow and she soon finds out that there may be some truth to the old myth of a witch who traps kids who enter her domain. In the hollow it is always Autumn and when Honoria enters she has strange visions. She now believes that awakening the witch who lives there may be the key to seeing her parents again. But Witchwood Hollow is a place of broken dreams and promises from which she may never escape. Escape From Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth has a lot going for it. The way everything is described in this book made you feel like you were there. Witchwood Hollow feels like a real place where either your dreams can come true or doom awaits. My favorite part of the book is Honoria, the way she is described in the opening chapters makes you feel for her. She is a girl going through a traumatic experience but you get the feeling that she will make a better life for herself, the question is how? Honoria in the beginning is desperately missing her parents and she is a stranger in a strange land. She is jealous of her brother who seems to have a much easier time making friends and she feels all alone even when two girls befriend her. You have hope for Honoria though as you see how she dreams about having her own fashion magazine. She may have problems in the present but she is still looking forward to the future. This brings me to the main problem with the book, I liked Honoria so much that when the book starts to get into the witch's story set in 1670, I found myself just wanting to get back to Honoria's story. Then we get into a third character's story with a girl named Albertine set in 1850. While I liked how each story related to the other I felt there was too much going on and it would have been better if it kept the focus on Honoria and didn't include Albertine at all. Escape From Witchwood Hollow is a book that young readers will enjoy. Honoria is a character that anyone who has moved to a new town and felt like a fish out of water can relate to. This is a visually exciting book and the main idea of what someone is willing to do when they feel lonely is handled well. Jordan Elizabeth knows how to entertain a teenage audience and she has written a good story with a twist ending that will leave you in shock.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
This is a Young Adult Fantasy set in a contemporary setting. Honoria, and her brother Geoffrey, are still recovering from the loss of their parents in the Twin Towers. They now live with their aunt and uncle, and have moved to Arnn where Honoria quickly becomes intrigued and ensnared by the local legend of Witchwood Hollow. Set in many different times, they do link up as the story progresses. Elizabeth, Lady Clifford, I just couldn't figure out how I felt about her. Honoria and Leon were fantastic characters that were completely real to their natures and the times. Well written, with a fast moving story, this definitely has more of a mystery theme than romance, although there is a hint of it. I liked how it all tied up together at the end, complete with the twist. If you want a Young Adult Fantasy Mystery, then I can definitely recommend this. * I received this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
New_Mexico_Reader More than 1 year ago
I don't ordinarily read young adult books, but the more I read in this one, the more intrigued I became. It's well written and kept me engaged right up to the end--which was a surprise, to say the least!
Faerie-bookworm More than 1 year ago
Good story..... Title: Escape From Witchwood Hollow Author: Jordan Elizabeth Mierek Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Mystery Format: Ebook Pages: 178 Rating: 3.5/4 Setting: Arnn, New York Main Characters: Honoria, Leon Supporting Characters: Harley, Albertine, Lady Clifford Summary: Honoria moves to a farm town, Arnn, with her Aunt and Uncle to get away from the city, Brooklyn, since her parents died in 9/11. Learning the history surrounding the legend of Witchwood Hollow makes Honoria think she can get her parents back. As the past catches up with the future will the legend be proven true, or just a legend? Thoughts: This was a very interesting story, I liked the plot and characters but I had issues figuring out who the protagonist was. I loved the stories from the past, they helped build the story and it was obvious who the antagonist was. I know Honoria is the main character but it also seemed to be about the characters from the past. I think the confusion is what detracted from the story for me. I thought it was a great story, very easy to fall into the book and not come out for hours. I wasn’t expecting the story to end how it did and that was actually a great ending to the story. I received a free copy from the author for an honest review.
belle7171 More than 1 year ago
I would like to thank the author for giving me the opportunity to read this book. At first, I thought this was going to be a slow read, as the first third of the book seemed to take forever to get through. Don’t get me wrong, it was interesting, but maybe I was reading in snippets because I never seemed to be making progress. The pace picked up and I was able to immerse myself into Arnn and Witchwood Hollow. I enjoyed the paranormal aspects – very cool that the author gave us insight as to the lives of those who vanished in the hollow. And I loved the twists in the end! Not horribly satisfied with the ending, but I did appreciate how it tied the story together. I enjoyed this book, and is a “kindle keeper” in my opinion! Can’t wait to explore the author’s other works.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
I knew this would be a hit from the moment I started reading. Witchwood Hollow is such an amazing, imaginative seting, and the story is so unique and original. Honoria is an amazing character, and I admired her bravery. Loved the focus on witches, and how it all wrapped up in the end. Definitely one of my favorite books I’ve read this year. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
Honoria lost her parents during 9/11. She and her brother moved with their aunt and uncle to a small town. There is a witch in the woods at Witchwood Hollow. At least that is the legend. She meets Leon, who has a love of history, and several others. She is trying to come to terms with her parents death and her move to the small town all she has to do is stay out of Witchwood Hollow so she doesn't become the next victim.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful tale, the Hollows playing a major role as individuals found themselves corralled insides its fortress. They were trapped inside, always searching for a way out but their attempts were always pointless. When they heard cries of help and imaged this next person who had stumbled into the Hollows would be their ticket out, for they always had hope that someday they would walk out of the woods safely. Each additional person who fell into the Hollows became one of them, a person who was missing out on their real life. The town had spoken of a witch who lived inside the Hollows yet who could really believe in this myth unless you lived it. Beginning in the 1600’s, the story reveals how the Hollows came into being and its progression and it was this history and the magical aspects of the Hollows that makes this story shine. Pulling three time periods together, I enjoyed seeing how the Hollows transformed itself and how it shaped the community around it. The town speaks of a witch yet they do not know the identity of the so-called witch and as I read the events transpiring inside the Hollow I wondered how much the townfolk knew about the witch. It was this creep factor of the witch that haunted the Hollows that no one knew much about that mystified me. I wanted her to reveal herself and I wanted to know what made her so fearsome. The only issue I had with the novel was the last sentence; I thought it was a bit cheesy for the novel and it didn’t need to be there. I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Post 911 and the Twin Tower attack, a family relocates to the remote town, Arnn, for a fresh start. Orphaned and in the care of her aunt and uncle, Honoria is struggling with her new circumstances. When the town’s witch story reaches Honoria, she wonders if this witch can reunite Honoria with her lost parents. You see, citizens of Arnn have been disappearing for years. Honoria is determined to uncover the secrets behind the woods that have claimed so many, in the hopes to reunite with her parents. The time line jumps back and forth between past and present. Escape from Witchwood Hollow was interesting and suspense filled but keeps children fiction readers in mind with its complexities. The ending was quite shocking and definitely not what I anticipated. I received this copy of Escape from Witchwood Hollow From Jordan Elizabeth Mierek in exchange for a honest review. My Rating: 4 Stars Written by: Jordan Elizabeth Mierek Paperback: 180 pages Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press Publication Date: October 29, 2014 ISBN-10: 1620076713 ISBN-13: 978-1620076712 Genre: Children's Fiction | Scifi | Folklore Amazon | Barnes & Noble For Reviews and More Check out:
Amers86 More than 1 year ago
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books 3/5 (Good) *I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review* This story was interesting and intriguing. It was over all, a good story and a story I’d read again. I thought the descriptions were well written and made it easy to picture what was going on. Stepping back and looking at the story as a whole, it’s very well written. It felt like there was SO much going on in this story. At times it was hard to follow all of it and keep up with it. At times it made the story confusing. This was probably my only complaint in it but it felt kind of like a big deal as I was reading I felt myself becoming puzzled and then spent more time trying to figure out what was going on.
EGRGRY More than 1 year ago
Full review and more available at: ***** My Thoughts: In the world of young adult literature, paranormal reigns supreme. I will never run out of paranormal options with the way the industry is cranking out novels in this genre, but in many cases, they're really lacking something. It's getting to the point where I need another genre to tie it to, something to make each read unique. One of my absolute favorites is YA-horror. It's often overlooked as it's probably the smallest of the YA sub-genres. Not many authors can pull it off successfully. There's such a stigma around writing anything in the horror genre that most authors stray away from it altogether. Thankfully for me, Jordan Elizabeth is not one of those authors. Escape from Witchwood Hollow is neither marketed nor categorized as a horror novel, but I'm here to tell you that it was among the most terrifying YA-horror novels I have ever devoured. What a trip! The entire novel had a very Shyamalan-ian feel to it that really kept me reeling from the first chapter to the final sentence. This is not a read for the faint of heart, Elizabeth really pulls out all the stops to make this novel jaw-dropping. When I say horror, I don't mean blood and gore either, Elizabeth does a phenomenal job at keeping the horror aspect of this novel on the mental plane (for the most part). It will leave your brain on a track it won't be able to get off. Seriously mind-blowing at times, with a twist I really didn't see coming! The plot of Escape was one of the more unique that I have seen in a YA novel. I am a huge stickler for historical novels so I absolutely fell in love with Elizabeth's decision to follow three characters throughout various time periods (1600s, 1800s, and 2001). That was a great literary device. Tying the story into current events (the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001) was a great idea that really grounded the story with an emotional anchor. Truly creative thinking on the part of Elizabeth. The historical aspects of the novel was spot on for American history and really helped to set the tone for the various chapters of the novel. The eventual ways in while the various storylines tie together really was groundbreaking for me. The execution was so seamless, only an author with the storytelling ability of Elizabeth could successfully pull it off. This was a really quick read (just shy of 200 pages) so I really think the one thing Elizabeth missed out on was character development. While we learn a lot about the characters, we really don't dive too far into their minds and psyche in this story. It worked well for the story, but I would have liked to see the story expanded to allow for more character development. In the end, it really doesn't matter because Elizabeth is able to formulate a successful ending while wrapping up every loose end at once. There are far too many characters involved in this novel to critique them all, but for the most part I liked every one. There was one character I really didn't like and don't really understand the purpose of, but in the end it didn't bother me enough to change my thoughts on the story. The settings in Escape were great. Arnn is written to perfection. I've never lived the city life so I'm very familiar with small-towns like Arnn. In fact, my hometown even has local legends like Arnn as well! The city of Arnn is so creatively reflected throughout the
joseph_spucklerJS More than 1 year ago
Escape from Witchwood Hollow is a Young Adult fantasy book centering around Honoria, a fifteen-year-old girl who lost her parents in the 9/11 attacks. She finds herself in Arnn, NY, in a new school, living with her aunt and uncle. Honoria experiences all the problems that the new kid, who is a bit different, would experience. She is also introduced to Witchwood Hollow where local legends tell of a witch who traps people in the woods. Honoria shares the story with Lady Elizabeth Clifford from the seventeenth century and Albertine from the mid-nineteenth century. I never had a "young adult" reading period in my life, so I generally veer away from the genre. In fourth grade, I read Solzhenitsyn and was introduced to Philip Larkin. A year later I was reading Stephen King, Gary Brandner, J.G. Ballard, The Omen, and The Exorcist. So as a middle-aged adult when I was offered Witchwood Hollow from the author, I thought it over for a while and hesitantly accepted. Any hesitation I felt quickly passed after the first few pages. The descriptions seemed a little much when I started, and I played it off as the younger folk needing more descriptions to keep their attention. This feeling quickly passed after a few pages, and I found myself involved in a really interesting story. The hollow itself is very well thought out place, and although it is written as fantasy, it does not seem too far of a stretch from quantum theory. Yes, it is a stretch but easily within the reader's willing suspension of disbelief. It is the hollow that ties everything together for the three main characters and their time periods. Very well done and original thinking. The characters are well done, and the reader will care about their well-being throughout the book. Their stories intertwine nicely bringing everything together. The time periods are well described without any noticeable anachronisms. The main characters are interesting and contribute useful information to the reader. Their stories are detailed enough to stand on their own but are not overbearing. The three women share the limelight equally. The supporting characters are well developed and act as expected in their roles. The dialog is excellent and lacks the forced conversations and over explanations seen in many newer books from smaller publishers. I was pleasantly surprised by the entire book and read it in a single sitting. Mierek writes a class act book. Watch for her in the near future. With her displayed style, insight, and skill, she will be making her mark in the fantasy genre. Five stars for Young Adult Fantasy writing.
SGBarron More than 1 year ago
This book was provided by the author for a honest review. First, I'm going to start this review by saying I really enjoyed reading this book. I'm giving it 4 stars as in my rating scale, 4 stars means I really enjoyed the book but it didn't hit me as better than or equal to others I've read that I would purchase the hard copy. Understand, it's definitely worth buying the ebook, just not both the ebook and hard copy. When I started the book I found it frustrating because it flipped between time periods and characters without a foundation of "why." The only common denominators were the woods and a witch. The "why" was elusive. You assume they are tied together somehow, but it isn't clear. I think starting the book with Lady Clifford would have helped to make more sense and then moved to the other characters chronologically. I've been internally debating if it would have been better to tell each character's story chronologically or having some minimal flipping between time periods and characters. I can honestly say I haven't come to a conclusion. I liked the characters and there seemed to be enough depth to understand them and their motivations. I was a little sad at the end and I think an epilogue would have done well to determine if Leon eventually joined Honoria with tales of his experiences or he decided that through his life experiences, he didn't need to return to the past. The age of 15 is too young to make decisions on your forever after and emotions are so much more intense than later in life. Some of the things I really liked about this book are that the main characters had honor, integrity, and compassion even though they had to work through their own issues and hardships; the characters seemed to act in ways appropriate to their time periods and ages; and there were some surprises you don't anticipate. Overall I like the book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a nice, clean young adult fantasy fiction that spans almost 400 years and three strong female characters. The book is well edited and doesn't have distracting grammatical, spelling, or context errors throughout.
Fantasybkgirl More than 1 year ago
Escape from Witchwood Hollow is a must read! The author had me hooked and was reeling me in right from the beginning. Honoria and her brother move to Arnn from New York City with their aunt and uncle after their parents are killed. She is told right from the start about the legend of Witchwood Hollow. If you venture too far into the forest the witch will trap your soul. She is intrigued right from the start and does all she can to find out more about Witchwood Hollow. The story follows three girls, Honoria, Albertine and Lady Clifford who are from different time periods, as their stories are told. The characters are all very likable and I enjoyed learning about their backgrounds and how they each are a part of Witchwood Hollow. There are lots of twists and turns that lead up to an exciting and surprising ending. I will be on the lookout for other books from this author in the future. The e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
This is a short book packed with quite the story--a very tense and intriguing one! Honoria is a city girl, whose life has been turned upside down. Her parents are dead (died in the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers), she's moved to a renovation needy stone house in small country town, and she's thrown in to a school where she doesn't really feel comfortable. This book is written in three different time lines, told from three different characters' lives. At first, I found this a little jaunting but the dates at the beginning of each chapter help to keep track of which person's story is going to be told next. After this gets sorted out, the story is amazing. Honoria has a rough go at things. She sort of tries to fit in but is still in mourning, and despite some new friends, can't really find solid footing. But she's sweet and caring, and it's exactly these true to life problems which make her so interesting. She's not a heroine up on a pedestal, but a girl teens will be able to understand and grasp. There's a nice sense of family and friendship, and even a little bit of inspiration thrown in. The characters are not evil, but simply make wrong choices or are find themselves in difficult positions. Still, they find understanding and support from the people around them--even the witch has qualities which make her human and in some ways, likable. And there's nothing better than bad guys that one can slightly understand. The ending to this story takes quite the twist and may not be satisfying to all readers. Still, it hits and leaves one thinking days after the book is closed. And, in my opinion, this lasting impression is exactly what makes a story good even if it might not be the kind of ending the reader would like to have. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
This book is a magnificently crafted coming of age, fantasy novel.  The story primarily revolves around three young women from three different time periods and their experiences in Witchwood Hollow. The legend begins In 1670 when Lady Clifford flees from her home and family to save her own life. She takes refuge in the forest of Witchwood Hollow, and according to Legend is never seen again by her family. In 1850, a young woman, Albertine Slack from England received a letter from her father asking her to come to America. He wrote saying that he had secured land in Arnn NY and had found a husband for her. Albertine arrived in NY, but she never made it to her father’s home. The innkeeper tried to persuade her to wait until her father came for her, but Albertine was too anxious. Her father lived only a mile away, so she couldn’t see the harm in walking it. Albertine’s grave mistake though was when she took a short cut through Witchwood Hollow.  In 2001, after becoming an orphan, Honoria moved to Arnn NY with her aunt, uncle and brother. Honoria wanted to fit in and feel part of her new school. So when two friends dared her to enter the enchanted woods, Witchwood Hollow, Honoria accepted the challenge. She was petrified of the witch however but walked in anyway. She found that instead of feeling terrified there was a strange calmness about the area. That peaceful feeling, however, left her abruptly when she started to hear voices that told her to run. Honoria made it out that day. She became obsessed though, with Witchwood Hollow and wanted to learn everything she could about it and the witch who lived there. It was almost as if the place was beckoning and luring her back. The story is filled with magic, mystery and enough creepiness to keep the reader glued to their seat. I found the book captivating and meticulously crafted. The escape from Witchwood Hollow has many clever and unpredictable twists and turns in it. I thoroughly enjoyed this solid 5-star read and would highly recommend it to any young adult or adult looking for some excitement and intrigue.  I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.