Everyone in Arnn – a small farming town with more legends than residents – knows the story of Witchwood Hollow: if you venture into the whispering forest, the witch will trap your soul among the shadowed trees.
After losing her parents in a horrific terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria and her older brother escape New York City to Arnn. In the lure of that perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope, when she should be afraid.
Perhaps the witch can reunite her with her lost parents. Awakening the witch, however, brings more than salvation from mourning, for Honoria discovers a past of missing children and broken promises.
To save the citizens of Arnn from becoming the witch’s next victims, she must find the truth behind the woman’s madness.
How deep into Witchwood Hollow does Honoria dare venture?
Escape From Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth is a serious fast read. I actually finished this book Sunday, but had to take a few days to process the book. I actually really loved it, until the end.
The book is a young adult paranormal that is written in three different views. There is Lady Clifford, the witch behind Witchwood Hollow. Albertine Slack, a young English immigrant who experiences the legend in 1850. And, Honoria, a girl who moves to Arnn in 2001 after the deaths of her parents.
There are so many books structured like this one that ends up confusing the reader, but Jordan Elizabeth is an epert. The reader sympathizes with all of the characters and is instantly pulled into two sets of mysteries that are more connected than anyone realizes.
The writing is simple, but direct. There isn’t a flurry of lyrical prose, only the raw emotion of the characters. I liked that. It’s been so long that I wanted to finish a book just to see what happened to Albertine and if she gets out of Witchwood Hollow. With Honoria, I wanted her to find peace and friendship. I wanted her to be happy in the end.
The ending is what forced me to take a step back for a few days. I can understand how it ended this way, but I feel a bit more would have made me happy, but it’s still a good book. Without telling you what happens, my thoughts were as followed: WTF!? I can’t believe this! Oh, now I’m beginning to understand. Sad.
Yeah, that’s the ending in a nutshell. But, don’t let that deter you. The book pulls you in and shows the idea of local legends having truth. Even the concept of Witchwood Hollow is amazing. The first thing that popped in my head was the idea of being Spirited Away. Yeah, it’s pretty cool. Jordan Elizabeth makes the magic believable. It’s like a fairy tale, but more lifelike.
This is a serious MUST READ! I’m dead serious here. You will finish it in a few days, probably get upset over the ending, but the journey is worth it. I’ll definitely read from Jordan Elizabeth again.