Friday, September 20, 2013

Witchstruck (The Tudor Witch Trilogy #1) by Victoria Lamb - Ashley's Pre-Reading

*I received this book as an eARC from Harlequin Teen on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Witchstruck
Author: Victoria Lamb
Year Published: 2013

If she sink, she be no witch and shall be drowned. 

If she float, she be a witch and must be hanged. 

Meg Lytton has always known she is different; that she bears a dark and powerful gift. But in 1554 England, in service at Woodstock Palace to the banished Tudor princess Elizabeth, it has never been more dangerous to practice witchcraft. Meg knows she must guard her secret carefully from the many suspicious eyes watching over the princess and her companions. One wrong move could mean her life, and the life of Elizabeth, rightful heir to the English throne. 

With witchfinder Marcus Dent determined to have Meg's hand in marriage, and Meg's own family conspiring against the English queen, there isn't a single person Meg can trust. Certainly not the enigmatic young Spanish priest Alejandro de Castillo, despite her undeniable feelings. But when all the world turns against her, Meg must open her heart to a dangerous choice. 

The Secret Circle meets The Other Boleyn Girl in Witchstruck, the first book of the magical Tudor Witch trilogy.

Why?: I'm always a fan of books about witches, especially when they're thrown into a historical context. I can totally imagine a witch being in the Tudor court, and I'm interested to see how Lamb writes that story. Plus, I really enjoyed The Other Boleyn Girl, so I'm hoping that means that this book will have the fictional spin on a true story that The Other Boleyn Girl does. Only with magic! 

Expectations: I'm not really sure what to expect from this book. Probably a romance at the center, but also mystery and adventure and life-threatening choices that will have to be made. Also, all of the fun politics that come along with a story about the Tudors. Mostly though, I'm just looking forward to a fun read. 

Judging a book by its cover: I kind of really love this cover, and it's what drew me in to begin with. I love the colors and the castle and the girl and just all of it. It's so vibrant that I would definitely pick it up off of a shelf if I saw it somewhere. 


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