The Promise by Apryl Baker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
GENRE: Young Adult
THEME: Romance, Paranormal, Witches, Magic
REVIEW:I’ve always been intrigue by the story of Salem and the witch trials, how terrible it was that woman would be burned at the stake. This story focuses on the history of New Salem and that sometimes the past won’t ever go away. I really enjoyed stepping back into young adult books with Bakers first book in the Coven series and the magic, suspense and romance will hook you right at the start.
The Promise follows Cassie Jayne Bishop aka CJ, who lives in the small town of New Salem and strangely enough is the only non-believer of witchcraft. But when CJ meets Ethan and questions arise about her older sister death, CJ discovers her small town is hiding a big secret…and its all about her.
Cassie is a young girl whose life has shifted since the death of her best friend and sister Emily. Her parents no longer get along, the town has started looking at her differently and her best friend Kay is having dreams about burning at the stake. It was interesting to watch the secrets of this town unfold and how CJ put the pieces together with the help of her sister. CJ is easy to connect too, she is brave, smart, and always put her friends and family before herself. I was pretty shocked with some of the twist that the author threw at CJ, she is betrayed many times and I was rooting for her to get some revenge.
There are many secondary characters that I felt equaled importance to the plot line. Kay is CJ’s best friend and apart of the coven, but most importantly was shares a birthday with CJ. Jeff is CJ best guy friend and someone who wishes she would see him has more than a friend. And lastly there is the mysterious Ethan, who has a whole back-story that will surprise the readers. Each character plays a key role in CJ future; they can either help or hurt her. I found it interesting that even though there was romance, the main focus was true friendship and determination to do the right thing.
Overall this was a great start to a new series that got better and better with every turn of the page. Even though there is a slight insta-love, which I don’t care much for, I was happy the focus was more on magic, family and friendship. If your looking for a new series with romance, magic, shocking twists, and friendship than this is the book for you.
RECOMMENDATION:This is a young adult novel with a ton of mystery and fantasy elements. Fans of Jennifer Armenrtouts Covenant series and Amy Plums Revenant series will love The Promise by Apryl Baker.
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About the Author
So who am I? Well, I'm the crazy girl with an imagination that never shuts up. I LOVE scary movies. My friends laugh at me when I scare myself watching them and tell me to stop watching them, but who doesn't love to get scared? I grew up in a small town nestled in the southern mountains of West Virginia where I spent days roaming around in the woods, climbing trees, and causing general mayhem. Nights I would stay up reading Nancy Drew by flashlight under the covers until my parents yelled at me to go to sleep.
I love books, I love writing books, and I love entertaining people with my silly stories.
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