The Witch’s Kiss (The Witch’s Kiss #1) by Katharine Corr
Published August 30th 2016 by HarperCollins
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Sixteeen-year-old Meredith is fed-up with her feuding family and feeling invisible at school – not to mention the witch magic that shoots out of her fingernails when she’s stressed. Then sweet, sensitive Jack comes into her life and she falls for him hard. The only problem is that he is periodically possessed by a destructive centuries-old curse. Meredith has lost her heart, but will she also lose her life? Or in true fairytale tradition, can true love’s kiss save the day?
Thank you, HarperCollins and Edelweiss, for sending me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book was just a big miss for me, and overall I just felt very meh. It’s a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, only with the genders switched, and it being brought to modern times. Told in different POVs, the book switches from past to present, detailing the story about a curse cast by Gwydion, who was blinded by the desire to seek revenge to the princess who betrayed him, and did not return his romantic feelings.
The book from Merry’s POV starts off with a horror movie vibe which was what sucked me in, but the pace became slow real quick. Merry wasn’t all that memorable, and the logic as to why Merry became the “chosen one” despite being very young even for a teen hero was a bit too weird for me. I found myself liking Merry’s older brother Leo though, and honestly would have liked the story a lot more if it was told in his POV.
The elements of the story were just not to my liking as well. I guess they didn’t really blend well? There was the sassy grandmother, the insta love, the cryptic “incident” that made Merry not want to practice magic anymore, the sitting by the lake for a number of nights talking to a boy who just happens to be possessed by magic that turns him a murderer from time to time. There were a lot of weird things going on, especially with the writing style that made me not sure what the tone of the book the author was going for.
Overall it was just not what I expected. Also not something I’d recommend at the top of my head if someone asked me for YA fairytale retelling recs.