Stories from the Witch Store

Stories from the Witch Store

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ISBN-13: 9781389289002
Publisher: Olga
Publication date: 09/01/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 162
Sales rank: 503,448
File size: 6 MB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

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Stories from the Witch Store 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite Stories from the Witch Store is a humorous collection of fictional anecdotes written and illustrated by Olga Gutsol. Arelia Waterstone is a fifth generation hereditary witch who owns and runs a magical apothecary in Burnaville. The patrons to her store are plentiful, ranging from desperate women seeking love potions to a priest seeking a cure for the common cold. But with such little buzz happening lately in such a quiet town, Arelia begins keeping a daily journal of those who visit her establishment, those who are seeking to cause trouble and, of course, those nearest and dearest to Arelia in her everyday life – Puck (Arelia’s ancient house ghost) and Cat (Arelia’s cat). Life is quite mundane until trouble suddenly brews after one of Arelia’s karmic potions goes terribly wrong, setting off a chain of unbelievably hilarious events. I initially chose Stories from the Witch Store expecting to read true-life anecdotes of a High Priestess. As a Pagan, however, I quickly realized that the fantasy tales within the pages are written as pure entertainment for a young audience. Stories from the Witch Store is a combination of Young Adult, fiction, and fantasy genres sprinkled with a touch of Paganism (through the use of Sabbat rituals). It was not long before I was able to indulge in an immense amount of laughter brought about by the diarized entries of each page. With a blend of pure fantasy (dragons, demons, werewolves, vampires and more), Olga Gutsol has created a magic bubble, enabling magical creatures to exist among us from the wizarding world. It takes a lot of creativity, imagination and talent to be able to pull off such a feat, creating one of the most memorably magical tales I have read in a long time. I very much enjoyed reading Stories from the Witch Store (in particular, seeing a were-bear cured of unwelcome fleas he’d discovered after waking from hibernation) and will be keeping my eyes open for all future publications from Olga Gutsol. Young readers aged 12-17 who are fans of fantasy, sci-fi and paranormal tales (such as Harry Potter or Twilight) would definitely be able to immerse themselves in the magic within.
BaronessBookTrove More than 1 year ago
Stories From The Witch Store by Olga Gutsol is definitely a different book than what I thought it was going to be. It’s still a good book just not what I was expecting from reading the plot summary of the book when I got a book review request from the author. The main character is a hereditary witch named Arelia. She lets everyone believe that she is this mean witch that can do more harm than good but she also helps the people in her town that comes to her magic potions shop. She is also very stubborn to do things that she doesn’t want to do but does once someone wears her down. She has red hair that is mostly all over the place and the elder witches have been trying to get her to do something about it. She has a cat familiar that she calls Cat. Very original I might add. Who seems to get more into trouble than helping out Arelia. Or even more getting her into trouble. Even though it seems Arelia gets him into the trouble as well. She also has a house ghost named Puck. I think Puck is an elf but I’m not entirely sure. Puck seems to be friends with Cat or at least they tolerate each other and seems to be friends when it comes to food. What I liked about this book. There are at least four things that I liked about this book. The first one I liked was a dragon named Dragon. She has such creative names for the animals in this book. I liked the dragon because yeah, he was kind of an antagonist but he was pretty funny. He just wanted some help and eventually Arelia figured that out and helped him. Another pretty funny character is the Father. He was pretty weird and a bit kooky in my mind. He would go to her and ask for help with whatever ailment he needed to get rid of or just to go for a talk and then he would end up spilling holy water to make her go away on her doorstep on his way out. Or even just tell her to her face that he doesn’t like her. At least until she does something like save the town or the cattle or whatever and he ends up liking her again. I also liked how even though the book is all told from Arelia’s point of view that some of the other characters seem so three-dimensional which is always a good thing. The last thing that I like about the book is that there is a little romance in it but not a whole lot. What I disliked about this book. There is a bit that I didn’t like about this book. The first thing that I disliked about this book is that all of it consists of journal entries. I didn’t like that since it made it a bit hard to really get to know a lot more about the other characters besides what Arelia thought of them or with what she say of them. I would have preferred if it was in first person or even third person point of view. The last thing that I disliked about this book is that I didn’t really know what time period the book was in which was kind of hard to know about when the book took place. Stories From The Witch Store by Olga Gutsol is a good book despite some things that I mentioned above that I didn’t really like. I am giving this book four stars since despite the dislikes I have about this book it’s still really good. Anyways until the next time enjoy this review brought to you by Baroness’ Book Trove. I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. If you would like to read more reviews like this one please go to baronessbooktrove.com
BaronessBookTrove More than 1 year ago
Stories From The Witch Store by Olga Gutsol is definitely a different book than what I thought it was going to be. It’s still a good book just not what I was expecting from reading the plot summary of the book when I got a book review request from the author. The main character is a hereditary witch named Arelia. She lets everyone believe that she is this mean witch that can do more harm than good but she also helps the people in her town that comes to her magic potions shop. She is also very stubborn to do things that she doesn’t want to do but does once someone wears her down. She has red hair that is mostly all over the place and the elder witches have been trying to get her to do something about it. She has a cat familiar that she calls Cat. Very original I might add. Who seems to get more into trouble than helping out Arelia. Or even more getting her into trouble. Even though it seems Arelia gets him into the trouble as well. She also has a house ghost named Puck. I think Puck is an elf but I’m not entirely sure. Puck seems to be friends with Cat or at least they tolerate each other and seems to be friends when it comes to food. What I liked about this book. There are at least four things that I liked about this book. The first one I liked was a dragon named Dragon. She has such creative names for the animals in this book. I liked the dragon because yeah, he was kind of an antagonist but he was pretty funny. He just wanted some help and eventually Arelia figured that out and helped him. Another pretty funny character is the Father. He was pretty weird and a bit kooky in my mind. He would go to her and ask for help with whatever ailment he needed to get rid of or just to go for a talk and then he would end up spilling holy water to make her go away on her doorstep on his way out. Or even just tell her to her face that he doesn’t like her. At least until she does something like save the town or the cattle or whatever and he ends up liking her again. I also liked how even though the book is all told from Arelia’s point of view that some of the other characters seem so three-dimensional which is always a good thing. The last thing that I like about the book is that there is a little romance in it but not a whole lot. What I disliked about this book. There is a bit that I didn’t like about this book. The first thing that I disliked about this book is that all of it consists of journal entries. I didn’t like that since it made it a bit hard to really get to know a lot more about the other characters besides what Arelia thought of them or with what she say of them. I would have preferred if it was in first person or even third person point of view. The last thing that I disliked about this book is that I didn’t really know what time period the book was in which was kind of hard to know about when the book took place. Stories From The Witch Store by Olga Gutsol is a good book despite some things that I mentioned above that I didn’t really like. I am giving this book four stars since despite the dislikes I have about this book it’s still really good. Anyways until the next time enjoy this review brought to you by Baroness’ Book Trove. I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. If you would like to read more reviews like this one please go to baronessbooktrove.com