Book Title: The Vine Witch
Series: Vine Witch #1
Author: Luanne G. Smith
Goodreads Link: Click here
Release Date: 10/1/19
Star Rating: – DNF 35%
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
A young witch emerges from a curse to find her world upended in this gripping fantasy of betrayal, vengeance, and self-discovery set in turn-of-the-century France.
For centuries, the vineyards at Château Renard have depended on the talent of their vine witches, whose spells help create the world-renowned wine of the Chanceaux Valley. Then the skill of divining harvests fell into ruin when sorcière Elena Boureanu was blindsided by a curse. Now, after breaking the spell that confined her to the shallows of a marshland and weakened her magic, Elena is struggling to return to her former life. And the vineyard she was destined to inherit is now in the possession of a handsome stranger. – Goodreads
Nope. This was a DNF from me.
It’s unfortunate, because I loves me some witches. Hedge witches, the kinds that make potions, and healing compounds are particularly good for me. I LOVE books by Alice Hoffmann for instance, where magic is part of life and used to help people around them. This book was not that.
Other bloggers have since described it as more of a romance or historical fiction book than a fantasy and I’d have to say that’s a more than fair assessment. Again, unfortunately, I am not really into romance stories for the most part. Especially the one in this book. These two characters have no chemistry, they pretty much hate each other, and as far as I can see the point of the plot is for her to win over his science loving heart to appreciate her witch-y goodness. Yeah, that’s just not … believable? Realistic? It just doesn’t work in this particular story. I hold out no hope for them.
I mildly liked one of the secondary characters, but not enough to continue reading. It’s just a no from me dog. On the other hand if you like a hate-to-love romance type book with a tiny bit of magic, this might be for you, but it’s not something I’d really recommend.