Title: Hazel and Holly
Author: Sara C. Snider
Genre: New Adult, Sci Fi & Fantasy
Release Date: May 16 2019
So I have a confession, I actually started reading this quite some time ago but I had so much going on with work I stopped and suddenly picked it back up. I was instantly hooked on the book once again and binged the last 2/3’s quite quickly.
Here is the synopsis pulled from Netgalley:
Nestled within an enchanted forest is the Grove, a community where witches and warlocks practice natural magic, brew mystical potions, and lock their cellars against beer thieving gnomes. Life is quiet and uneventful. Well, except when Hazel’s long-lost father uses necromancy to trap her dead mother’s soul.
That simply won’t do. Necromancy is forbidden in the Grove, and for good reason too. Nobody wants filthy corpses shambling around, mussing up one’s garden. Hazel is determined to find her father and undo his treachery.
But despite Hazel’s plans of becoming a one-woman army, she can’t do everything alone. It’s not until wild sister Holly convinces her to leave the house for once and go to a party that Hazel finds a pair of unlikely allies in two bickering warlock brothers.
Together, the four of them go on a journey that takes them out of the Grove and into a world where necromancy reigns and the dead won’t respectfully stay in the grave. Hazel will do whatever it takes to stop her father and save her mother’s soul. Even if it means turning to necromancy. Even if it means losing her friends. Because they would never help a necromancer. Would they?
Now firstly I believe this book is definitely more young adult than new adult, if I’m honest it felt like something I would have loved to have read as a teenager. However I did enjoy it – I felt Snider did a great job of explaining her world and mystery that followed the two girls.
Hazel and Holly are two sisters who are witches, they are adventurous, feisty and have a strong empowering attitude which is great for young girls who may be reading. As expected they soon embark on an adventure, with two warlock brothers in which both have a love interest in. The girls have contrasting personalities but they compliment each other very well and you can tell the pair love each other unconditionally.
Their Mother, Willow has had her soul trapped by their estranged necromancer Father. The girls have spent their lives checking in on their Mother’s spirit (once per year) and now they’re ready to try and find their Father to undo the curse he has set upon their family.
I found the book enjoyable and lighthearted, however at times the pacing felt off for me and a little rushed. Also as I stated above it definitely felt more young adult, so if you’re reading this and looking for a new YA book to dive into this could be the perfect choice!
I’d love to hear your thoughts if you have already checked the book out?
*This book was received for review.
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