Paperback ARC Review: Malice of the Dark Witch

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Title: Malice of the Dark Witch
Author: R.D. Crist
Genre: YA Fiction
Series: Book 1
Page Count: 310
Publisher: ShoRic Publishing
Type of Book: Arc, Paperback
Rated: 5/5 stars
Review Word Count: 700
Notes: A perfect read to the start of the Fall Season, filled with witchery and magic!

I greatly enjoyed this book, to the point I lingered over it for four days, trying to stretch it out as much as possible. The writing was good, though there were a few typos here and there (as this was a proof copy, I’m sure that these will be corrected). I would also like to thank the publisher for sending me one of the last two copies that were available. I feel quite honored and lucky in being sent such a fabulous book!

I selected October to be filled primarily with witchy reads. Titles with the word ‘witch’ in it will be my main goal, but of course I will read all my other ARCs as well, for they are more pressing in such. As I read nearly 40 books last month, I’m planning to aim October for 50 books. I’ve already written out a list of all the books that I desire to read for the month of October, including finishing all the ARCs that I have on Netgalley, three books of which were just published and so quickly need to be reviewed!

I digress. I should be writing a review about this book, my apologies. First though, the warnings:

Warnings: loss of a mother, death of main and minor characters, bullying, lies and trickery, witchcraft, strong female characters, and tragic orphan back-stories.

This book told the story of Natalie and how she lost her mother. It starts off with her coming to terms with loosing her only living relative, and avoiding a dangerous man named Saul, with the help of her Aunt Ava. There are horses in this book (which was a nice surprise, I *love* books with horses), there’s plenty of magic, adventure, intrigue, and suspense. Natalie barely survives with the help of her Aunt Ava, as well as the school of orphans she is sent to. There’s so much more to the story, but I really don’t know how to put into words the kind of review that generally comes easily. This story was so well done, and I really empathized with Natalie, Emma, and all the other girls. At first I hated the school bully Melissa, but then she kind of grew into a bad-ass and I really loved her character! Mrs. Hag was also an awesome character, and made me think strongly of McGonagall, in some ways.

This is a story that I will be thinking of in days to come, because there were lots of quotes that I deeply felt true and beautiful, such as this one:

“Natalie felt herself run and breathe with Galla. She could feel Galla’s thoughts and communicate with her without speaking aloud. Even their hearts beat together. Natalie felt the freedom of true existence-the wonder of being a horse. Running this way was greater than any euphoria she had ever felt. They ran, sprang, and flowed with each other in synch-like a body and limb, entirely complimentary. Natalie lifted her head to feel the wind in her face. This was freedom, this was contentment.”

There’s a great deal of school and learning in this book about what it means to be a witch. There’s friendship between girls, there’s battles against evil. There’s even discussions about power, and magic. I liked the many different lessons that were scattered throughout this book, about what it means to control such power and how to use it properly, as well as the amount of time it takes to build up a spell.

This was definitely one of my top favorite books of the month of September, finished just a day before October starts. I cannot highly recommend this book enough for young readers, even for adults as there is so much within this book to read and learn and love. If you enjoy witches and schools for girls as well as orphans, then I think you will definitely love to read this particularly fine novel worthy of a 5 stars rating.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

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