The Black Witch

Yes I do get that the main character s racist perspective is obviously supposed to be an attempt to highlight the horrible views of those who raised her Yes I get that this book is probably suppo

Yes, I do get that the main character’s racist perspective is obviously supposed to be an attempt to highlight the horrible views of those who raised her. Yes, I get that this book is probably supposed to be the story of a naive, sheltered girl overcoming internalized prejudice. I will address all of this in a bit because it reallllly didn't work for me.Ok so brief (ha, lies. nothing here will be brief) overview of the story first:Elloren's grandmother was the Black Witch who was actually horrible and killed thousands of people to "save" her people, but Elloren's been raised on the rhetoric of the oppressors. She's living with her uncle in a small town because he's trying to keep her powers a secret and away from the schemes of her aunt & the Council. It's obvious to the reader that Elloren has her grandmother's super special power, but she's the definition of clueless and spends most of the book walking around wide-eyed & confused like she was born yesterday.Their religion wants kids to get wandfasted (basically an arranged marriage) as young teens and have their racial purity tested. Elloren’s aunt is determined to have her wandfasted to the most handsome and eligible guy ever, but the uncle sends Elloren to university and makes her promise not to wandfast to anyone for two years.The all kids go to magic school, where Elloren continues to spew racist nonsense. The school is made up of Kelts, Elves, fae in disguise, Icarals with wings, and a couple Lupine. There are characters with literally every color skin like pink, lavender, or green. And it seems like a typical fantasy book except now everyone's reduced to their race in the most simplistic way.The story goes to seriously absurd lengths to put Elloren in in sad situations... a mean girl keeps harassing and tripping her with magic, her coworkers in the kitchen physically abuse and mock her, and she's assigned to live in a remote tower with a girl who tries to kill her the first night. It seriously gets ridiculous. The story just tries so, so hard to make her the underdog and it gets beyond annoying: "I can't leave Verpax Universry because I'm at risk of being killed by a demonic, monstrous, wingless Icaral. And I have no alternative but to live with two demonic, monstrous winged Icarals and work in a place where people want to break my arms and legs.”The behavior of the classmates who harass Elloren is such an absurd over-the-top caricature of cruelty that it didn’t even feel like girl hate anymore… it just felt like bad writing. It was SO painful to make it through this book on so many different levels. The next couple hundred pages could be summed up as: everyone hates everyone else. Gardnerian and Kelt students won't go into a classroom where a Lupine student is sitting, the Lupine twins hate the Gardnerians, apparently the Icaral hate the Lupine, and on and on. I could honestly fill a review with the horrific things Elloren goes around thinking and saying about everyone. And she keeps calling people “half-breeds” even though she gets indignant at the “slur” when someone refers to her that way.I couldn't stand how the pain of others in this book almost always becomes a prop for some super basic growth and a pat on the back for Elloren. Elloren’s self-centered, oblivious POV is infuriating to read through because she has no common sense whatsoever and her entire petty personality can be summed up as self-pity. She has such a victim complex and is one of the most irritating characters I have ever found. So many of her thoughts and actions make zero sense and she reads like she’s 12 instead of 17. I'm not sure if the reader is meant to hate her or not, but there is truly nothing likable about her.Elloren doesn't start really considering that the "Evil One" stuff in her religion MIGHT be wrong until page 350… but then she still continues to be dumb. It's beyond tiresome. The next couple hundred pages are cringeworthy efforts for the students from different cultures to try to understand the religions and customs of other students. There are SIX pages of "uncomfortably blunt questions" about Lupine mating, with both parties judging the other for stuff that feels iffy at best. The writing is just extremely clunky, juvenile, and awkward to say the least.Eventually her friend has the genius breakthrough of “I'm finding I like meeting new people... people different from me. I'm tired of being afraid of everyone.” The whole thing feels like a children's book that talks down to the reader. And SO many of Elloren's thoughts are just WHYYYYY.The love interest spends most of the book glaring at Elloren in fifty shades of anger… his sole method of communication is his “stormy eyes.” There is zero chemistry or feels there, but that’s the least of this book’s issues. It really just kept getting worse and worse as it went. Example: towards the end they go to rescue a Selkie woman who was being abused/imprisoned by a guy as a sex slave and that entire episode is just there as a gold star for Elloren. It’s white savior stuff all around and handled so unbelievably poorly.I cannot even explain how weak the meandering plot becomes by the end. Some cliche fantasy ideas are just scattered around without any relevance to this particular story. I guess the next book will actually get into the plot about the White Wand, Elloren's power, the Resistance, and the whole... story? This entire book could be summed up as “girl in a wide-eyed trance acts like an idiot for 600 pages.” There was seriously nothing to support or even like. This book had potential, too! I mean, the Fall Tournament sounded cool. So did Elloren’s dream to be an apothecary that was mentioned on the back cover. But school was mostly a vehicle for a montage of hateful scenes.The plot tries to deal with some very serious issues, but barely carries through on anything. The end is a brief, poorly written mess. And Elloren is still just as naive and dim as ever. Page 547 is her first and only true apology (to a woman who works in the kitchen): "I'm sorry I was so ignorant.” She also tells a little girl that she “didn’t want to be mean” and that she isn’t anymore. And that’s that, folks.I deleted most of the example quotes that I had in here because the review got too long, but they were seriously horrible. And maybe some reviewers think that makes me weak for not being able to handle the "real world" where people are racist, but... I'm here to have fun. That's not entertainment.But I don’t even want to spend more time complaining about the poor execution & writing, the weak and petty characters, how simplistic everything was, etc because it just doesn’t matter when compared to the fact this was hundreds of pages of unchecked hatred and intolerance. The book hit every single offensive topic in the most blatant way that it was clearly trying to show all of the possible things you could think that are wrong. And the author put all of those horrible, painful comments out there without really addressing it in the end.I couldn't handle how all of the pain in this book was thrown around cavalierly for the sake of the main character’s development. It's all about her struggles. If this story is supposed to be about a character unlearning prejudice, then we need to see something from the side of the oppressed as well. They only felt like props in this girl's painfully slow growth.If you took all of the racism, sexism, ableism, homophobic comments, and general idiocy out of this book it would probably be 50 pages long and just the intro to a story. I get that the author was trying to provide ample room for character growth here by having the character start out so ignorant. I’m not misunderstanding the intent; I’m saying it really did not work for me in this case. I get that this first book is setting up the rest of the series and the author wanted Elloren to unlearn what she’s been taught first, but I don’t think the way it’s approached is remotely acceptable.The entire book turned into a narrative on racism and prejudice but felt offensively hollow because the Elves, Lupine, etc are obviously “others.” The book needed waaaaay more worldbuilding in order to parallel racism in a way that’s not so incredibly irresponsible and ignorant. I thought the simplistic way that everyone hated each other (and even Elloren’s flimsy “awakening”) felt like something out of a children's picture book but was placed in the context of a full fantasy world that lacked the necessary complex history and explanation of power dynamics in order to feasibly depict racism. <—- that is probably my main thought. Sorry it took so long to get there. Anyways, it was just irritating, insulting, and painful to read. I do not want to sit through 600 pages of an idiot MC coming to learn that “racism is bad.” I hit the character limit in my review and can't elaborate on this but ughh we live in a world with enough hate. Let’s have fantasy worlds where readers can see themselves instead of feeling even more alienated.And for the people who say "it's just fiction, relax” (because I know I’ll get comments like this)... No. Fiction shapes how we view our world, ourselves, and everyone around us. There is no disconnect. It's kind of hard to be one of the first reviewers because there's nothing to gauge your reaction against and people who were excited about the book get angry that you've "ruined" it. I've only seen a few reviews so far from actual readers and they mostly adore this book. So all I can do is share my honest reaction and then wait for any discussion to unfold…Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC. The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.Good The Black Witch Creat Laurie Forest go inside Ebook A new Black Witch will rise her powers vast beyond imagining.Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last prophesied Black Witch, Carnissa Gardner, who drove back the enemy forces and saved the Gardnerian people during the Realm War But while she is the absolute spitting image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magicA new Black Witch will rise her powers vast beyond imagining.Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last prophesied Black Witch, Carnissa Gardner, who drove back the enemy forces and saved the Gardnerian people during the Realm War But while she is the absolute spitting image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else.When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University to embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother s legacy But she soon realizes that the university, which admits all manner of people including the fire wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of all Gardnerians is a treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.As evil looms on the horizon and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, everything Elloren thought she knew will be challenged and torn away Her best hope of survival may be among the most unlikely band of misfits if only she can find the courage to trust those she s been taught to hate and fear.. Laurie Forest lives deep in the backwoods of Vermont where she sits in front of a wood stove drinking strong tea and dreaming up tales full of dryads, dragons and wands THE BLACK WITCH May 2, 2017, Harlequin TEEN is her first novel, and WANDFASTED The Black Witch prequel, July 1, 2017, Harlequin TEEN is her first e book novella.. Good Book The Black Witch Yes, I do get that the main character’s racist perspective is obviously supposed to be an attempt to highlight the horrible views of those who raised her. Yes, I get that this book is probably supposed to be the story of a naive, sheltered girl overcoming internalized prejudice. I will address all of this in a bit because it reallllly didn't work for me.Ok so brief (ha, lies. nothing here will be brief) overview of the story first:Elloren's grandmother was the Black Witch who was actually horrible and killed thousands of people to "save" her people, but Elloren's been raised on the rhetoric of the oppressors. She's living with her uncle in a small town because he's trying to keep her powers a secret and away from the schemes of her aunt & the Council. It's obvious to the reader that Elloren has her grandmother's super special power, but she's the definition of clueless and spends most of the book walking around wide-eyed & confused like she was born yesterday.Their religion wants kids to get wandfasted (basically an arranged marriage) as young teens and have their racial purity tested. Elloren’s aunt is determined to have her wandfasted to the most handsome and eligible guy ever, but the uncle sends Elloren to university and makes her promise not to wandfast to anyone for two years.The all kids go to magic school, where Elloren continues to spew racist nonsense. The school is made up of Kelts, Elves, fae in disguise, Icarals with wings, and a couple Lupine. There are characters with literally every color skin like pink, lavender, or green. And it seems like a typical fantasy book except now everyone's reduced to their race in the most simplistic way.The story goes to seriously absurd lengths to put Elloren in in sad situations... a mean girl keeps harassing and tripping her with magic, her coworkers in the kitchen physically abuse and mock her, and she's assigned to live in a remote tower with a girl who tries to kill her the first night. It seriously gets ridiculous. The story just tries so, so hard to make her the underdog and it gets beyond annoying: "I can't leave Verpax Universry because I'm at risk of being killed by a demonic, monstrous, wingless Icaral. And I have no alternative but to live with two demonic, monstrous winged Icarals and work in a place where people want to break my arms and legs.”The behavior of the classmates who harass Elloren is such an absurd over-the-top caricature of cruelty that it didn’t even feel like girl hate anymore… it just felt like bad writing. It was SO painful to make it through this book on so many different levels. The next couple hundred pages could be summed up as: everyone hates everyone else. Gardnerian and Kelt students won't go into a classroom where a Lupine student is sitting, the Lupine twins hate the Gardnerians, apparently the Icaral hate the Lupine, and on and on. I could honestly fill a review with the horrific things Elloren goes around thinking and saying about everyone. And she keeps calling people “half-breeds” even though she gets indignant at the “slur” when someone refers to her that way.I couldn't stand how the pain of others in this book almost always becomes a prop for some super basic growth and a pat on the back for Elloren. Elloren’s self-centered, oblivious POV is infuriating to read through because she has no common sense whatsoever and her entire petty personality can be summed up as self-pity. She has such a victim complex and is one of the most irritating characters I have ever found. So many of her thoughts and actions make zero sense and she reads like she’s 12 instead of 17. I'm not sure if the reader is meant to hate her or not, but there is truly nothing likable about her.Elloren doesn't start really considering that the "Evil One" stuff in her religion MIGHT be wrong until page 350… but then she still continues to be dumb. It's beyond tiresome. The next couple hundred pages are cringeworthy efforts for the students from different cultures to try to understand the religions and customs of other students. There are SIX pages of "uncomfortably blunt questions" about Lupine mating, with both parties judging the other for stuff that feels iffy at best. The writing is just extremely clunky, juvenile, and awkward to say the least.Eventually her friend has the genius breakthrough of “I'm finding I like meeting new people... people different from me. I'm tired of being afraid of everyone.” The whole thing feels like a children's book that talks down to the reader. And SO many of Elloren's thoughts are just WHYYYYY.The love interest spends most of the book glaring at Elloren in fifty shades of anger… his sole method of communication is his “stormy eyes.” There is zero chemistry or feels there, but that’s the least of this book’s issues. It really just kept getting worse and worse as it went. Example: towards the end they go to rescue a Selkie woman who was being abused/imprisoned by a guy as a sex slave and that entire episode is just there as a gold star for Elloren. It’s white savior stuff all around and handled so unbelievably poorly.I cannot even explain how weak the meandering plot becomes by the end. Some cliche fantasy ideas are just scattered around without any relevance to this particular story. I guess the next book will actually get into the plot about the White Wand, Elloren's power, the Resistance, and the whole... story? This entire book could be summed up as “girl in a wide-eyed trance acts like an idiot for 600 pages.” There was seriously nothing to support or even like. This book had potential, too! I mean, the Fall Tournament sounded cool. So did Elloren’s dream to be an apothecary that was mentioned on the back cover. But school was mostly a vehicle for a montage of hateful scenes.The plot tries to deal with some very serious issues, but barely carries through on anything. The end is a brief, poorly written mess. And Elloren is still just as naive and dim as ever. Page 547 is her first and only true apology (to a woman who works in the kitchen): "I'm sorry I was so ignorant.” She also tells a little girl that she “didn’t want to be mean” and that she isn’t anymore. And that’s that, folks.I deleted most of the example quotes that I had in here because the review got too long, but they were seriously horrible. And maybe some reviewers think that makes me weak for not being able to handle the "real world" where people are racist, but... I'm here to have fun. That's not entertainment.But I don’t even want to spend more time complaining about the poor execution & writing, the weak and petty characters, how simplistic everything was, etc because it just doesn’t matter when compared to the fact this was hundreds of pages of unchecked hatred and intolerance. The book hit every single offensive topic in the most blatant way that it was clearly trying to show all of the possible things you could think that are wrong. And the author put all of those horrible, painful comments out there without really addressing it in the end.I couldn't handle how all of the pain in this book was thrown around cavalierly for the sake of the main character’s development. It's all about her struggles. If this story is supposed to be about a character unlearning prejudice, then we need to see something from the side of the oppressed as well. They only felt like props in this girl's painfully slow growth.If you took all of the racism, sexism, ableism, homophobic comments, and general idiocy out of this book it would probably be 50 pages long and just the intro to a story. I get that the author was trying to provide ample room for character growth here by having the character start out so ignorant. I’m not misunderstanding the intent; I’m saying it really did not work for me in this case. I get that this first book is setting up the rest of the series and the author wanted Elloren to unlearn what she’s been taught first, but I don’t think the way it’s approached is remotely acceptable.The entire book turned into a narrative on racism and prejudice but felt offensively hollow because the Elves, Lupine, etc are obviously “others.” The book needed waaaaay more worldbuilding in order to parallel racism in a way that’s not so incredibly irresponsible and ignorant. I thought the simplistic way that everyone hated each other (and even Elloren’s flimsy “awakening”) felt like something out of a children's picture book but was placed in the context of a full fantasy world that lacked the necessary complex history and explanation of power dynamics in order to feasibly depict racism. <—- that is probably my main thought. Sorry it took so long to get there. Anyways, it was just irritating, insulting, and painful to read. I do not want to sit through 600 pages of an idiot MC coming to learn that “racism is bad.” I hit the character limit in my review and can't elaborate on this but ughh we live in a world with enough hate. Let’s have fantasy worlds where readers can see themselves instead of feeling even more alienated.And for the people who say "it's just fiction, relax” (because I know I’ll get comments like this)... No. Fiction shapes how we view our world, ourselves, and everyone around us. There is no disconnect. It's kind of hard to be one of the first reviewers because there's nothing to gauge your reaction against and people who were excited about the book get angry that you've "ruined" it. I've only seen a few reviews so far from actual readers and they mostly adore this book. So all I can do is share my honest reaction and then wait for any discussion to unfold…Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC. The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.

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  1. Laurie Forest lives deep in the backwoods of Vermont where she sits in front of a wood stove drinking strong tea and dreaming up tales full of dryads, dragons and wands THE BLACK WITCH May 2, 2017, Harlequin TEEN is her first novel, and WANDFASTED The Black Witch prequel, July 1, 2017, Harlequin TEEN is her first e book novella.

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  1. Yes, I do get that the main character s racist perspective is obviously supposed to be an attempt to highlight the horrible views of those who raised her Yes, I get that this book is probably supposed to be the story of a naive, sheltered girl overcoming internalized prejudice I will address all of this in a bit because it reallllly didn t work for me.Ok so brief ha, lies nothing here will be brief overview of the story first Elloren s grandmother was the Black Witch who was actually horrible an [...]


  2. People see what they expect to see, he says sharply Through a filter of their own hatred and prejudice I don t really know where to start with this book I recommend that everyone make themselves aware of the criticisms surrounding The Black Witch, if you are not already And also be aware that this review is my opinion I speak for no one but me If you have a problem with that, don t read on.The Black Witch is, in my opinion, a thoughtful consideration of the prejudices people hold, and the way up [...]


  3. What is wrong with you people, now we are commanding artists what they can t and can write in FANTASY just so we wouldn t get triggered Don t read it if you can t deal with cruel, sad and dark themes But you don t get to tell someone they are racist just because they choose to depict a world in which racism is very much alive What s the point of that Are we going to ban history books next She writes her story, she created her flawed characters and her flawed world just as ours is, and there s ro [...]


  4. So, I read it Honestly, I m pretty disappointed in those people who condemned this book before giving it a chance because the truth is, it s really not racist Yes, a defining motivation for almost everything that happens in this book is racial tension between a handful of fantasy races No, I do not feel that the author condones racist, homophobic, ableist, etc ideologies about races that exist in reality.My opinion This book was preemptively dragged through the mud for nothing.Seriously though, [...]


  5. See this review and on bookbastionRelated review Wandfasted The Black Witch 0.5 I d like to start off this review with a little warning to the naysayers for this book if you re here to brigade me in the comments section and tell me how wrong I am for having an opinion that differs from your own, you can save it because your comment WILL be flagged and deleted The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and no amount of abuse from the people who think it s okay to squash free thinking with [...]


  6. I ve completely re written this review If you read the earlier version, maybe take another look It is really long sorry about that lol Part 1 is the review Part 2 is the discussion of the controversy around this book, re written based on my thinking of, and discussion around this topic here on GR in the last few weeksRT ONE THE REVIEW People see what they expect to see Through a filter of their own hatred and prejudice 3.5 starsThis is essentially an origin story Poor stylistic choices and an un [...]


  7. 6 15 17Here is MY 30 THOUSAND WORD review on The Black Witch by Laurie Forest I, a person of color, found this book to not be racist, sexist, homophobic, whatever else phobic ist the ableist claims were unsubstantiated, no evidence for this claim that I could see at all The MC absolutely does learn in the end and undergoes change I quoted the book extensively and provided several pictures i have receipts everywhere in my review P.S I have no intention of really keeping up with this blog, it was [...]


  8. College or University A time when almost every student discovers that a not everyone believes what you believe and b some of what you know is wrong.The Black Witch captures that time in the protagonist s life as Elloren leaves the shelter of her rustic uncle s home and goes off to school under the guidance of her politically power aunt Elloren has been wand tested for magic and found lacking, despite the family lineage of powerful mages She is still a potentially powerful pawn for her aunt s amb [...]


  9. This book was fan freaking tastic Even though I wanted to beat about 1500 people I love about 15 people in this book They were so damn awesome First off, Elloren, Rafe and Trystan were all brought up by their uncle Edwin And good ole uncle brought them up to be good peeps They were all still tarnished by untrue beliefs but it all comes out in good time ladies and gents They are all descendants of The Black Witch and uncle is keeping some things hidden from Elloren Then ole evil auntie comes and [...]


  10. Elloren, Aunt Vyvian breathes, you have grown into the absolute image of your grandmother It s a huge compliment, and I want to believe it My grandmother was not only one of my people s most powerful Mages, she was also considered to be very beautiful.This book has an overwhelmingly, unprecedentedly low rating I suspect it s because of the controversies this book has generated This is unfortunate, because I believe this book s low rating should be due to the fact that it is painfully bad, not to [...]


  11. 3.5 stars, rounding up Review first posted on Fantasy Literature In an ironic twist, The Black Witch 2017 , a book expressly dedicated to exploring the problem of prejudice and promoting diversity and tolerance, has been accused by many voices of being the very thing it is most devoted to showing as wrong Words like offensive, racist, ableist, and homophobic have been hurled at the author and this book It s understandable, because the society and most of the characters depicted in The Black Witc [...]


  12. I have removed my review The past two weeks discussion over this novel has taken place online and If have a moment please read this review t kCumGwr0hCI have read the entire review Having thought about this and read Shauna s points, quotes and direct references I can see I have been completely wrong I also want to add this quote from Shauna I m doing this not to tear down a single person, but to tear down a system that publishes books like THEBLACKWITCH The publishing system needs to change.


  13. EDIT If you have the stomach spoons for it, here s an in depth review of all of the awful things in the book.I can t believe we have to tell people that calling mixed race people half breeds and advocating for the genocide of other races is not okayA Also1 wow my family is a bunch of genocidal racists oops is the worst plot twist ever.2 POC do not need to go through 300 pages of a white coded girl being racist toward POC coded characters to know that racism toward us is wrong and awful This kind [...]


  14. i love seeing people jump on the hate any new book getswithout evertuallyading the book themselves lmao that s an A opinion kiddo, let me know when you grow up please like no offense but why would you rely on another person s opinion instead of forming your own perhaps the economy s been tough on everyone especially the people who apparently now do all the critical thinking by proxy because i honest to god don t know what the fuck is wrong with some of y all navigating the real world i hope y al [...]


  15. This book is literally everything I wished Harry Potter would be I LOVED this book so much, oh my god, LAURIE FORST GIVE ME THE NEXT BOOK NOW No, this book was NOT homophobic or racist in any way And if you re gonna comment otherwise and start bullshit, I m warning you now fuck off because I am not in the mood for this bullshit today or tomorrow Oh wait, than half of you didn t even read the book so,,,, you can t even argue.Anyways, I m so glad I read this for myself I m so glad I gave this boo [...]


  16. There s been a lot of discussion around this book and I wanted to indulge my self importance and read it and add my opinion which is what this is so if you disagree that s cool totally tell me but I just want to say that if you are just going to tell me that I don t know something or I m ignorant I m just going to get defensive and mean and I don t want to be mean I really do try to be nice and reasonable but I get riled up if I feel like I m being attacked so lets just try to keep this pleasant [...]


  17. 4.5 stars Review to comeBuddy read with these truth seekers The one who puts my reading to shameThat other guyHoly crap this book is actually pretty awesomeFor the majority it is definitely a slow build and a character driven story but I actually like slow build stories and character driven stories so this is not a negative for me For others who might not like these things this could be a bit of a drag for you.BUT HOLY CRAP THIS BOOK IS AWESOME AND THAT ENDING AND DRAGONS AND WAR ON THE HORIZON [...]


  18. Review also found here at the blog it s different than the one here The Black WitchFANTASTIC DEBUT NOVEL that handled themes of bigotry and prejudice quite well, in my view.All in all, this is not so different than your typical Young Adult fantasy A powerful, tyrannical group threatens the freedom and free will of other oppressed groups The group in charge is made up of mages and the other groups are fae, wolf shifters, selkies, etc We have a heroine who is originally ignorant and thinks the mag [...]


  19. To see this review and others please visit readrantrockandrollThe Black Witch by Laurie Forest is a coming of age story about a girl named Elloren Gardner I saw this on Netgalley and the cover and blurb pulled me in.The story begins with Elloren, the granddaughter of a Black Witch, Carnissa Gardner After spending her life in a village, she s now being sent to the Verpax University to finish her education.I think the author is good at writing and I enjoyed her writing style The story had a good a [...]


  20. I think it s really crappy that people are throwing out 1 stars for no reason without reading, so to counteract one of those people that is why I am changing mine to a 5 because it s messed up If you read the book and totally hated it that s fine, but cmon now to those that threw out a 1 for no reason.


  21. I received an ARC for an honest review.WARNING Expect a major book hangover after living in this world.I fell in love with the world building in this booke beautiful setting, the depth and variety of characters, the complexity of the relationships, and how amazing it is to see the progression of Elloren s growth and that was an important part to me Their violent history and racial divides set up a complicated backdrop to this coming of age story It was hard not to empathize and draw comparisons [...]


  22. Look no I haven t read it, but I am done with bullshit weirdly racist white savior books Fantasy as a genre needs to fucking step up, and not use white as their go to race Apparently the author made the MC refer to a group of people as half breeds I m like really not ok w racially offensive language in fantasy books under the guise that it is a made up race and the MC doesn t know better If you want to write a racist MC make it blatant to the reader that they are a bad person, that they are a ba [...]


  23. A lot of people have pointed out the blatant racism in this book, along with a load of other problematic stuff, which make this book a huge NOPE For a play by play twitter b00kstorebabe status 841039340474122242Complete review b00kstorebabe 2017 03 review black witch by laurie forestmlAnother review review show 1901700760 book_show_action truefrom_review_page 1


  24. Update 3 Okay, so people have pointed out the author has children of colour who have read the book as sensitivity readers Firstly, we shouldn t look to them for any blame for how terrible this book turned out to be It is not their fault that the author wrote a garbage truck full of all the isms phobics Do not even think about blaming children for the authors mistakes The fault lies with the author and the whole team behind the book Editors should have caught it Agents should have caught it.Updat [...]


  25. I don t normally do live updates while reading a book Honestly, I tend to read so fast that it s just not worth it to me and most of the time I don t have so much to say that I feel like it s necessary It can wait until the review But this particular title stirred up a lot ofoughtsat I felt important to share with y all, my fellow readers.Before anything else I want to say that first, I am not the best judge of good rep because I know that I am privileged and still learning, and will always have [...]


  26. Actual Rating 4.5 Stars but I round up SMALL SPOILERS So by now I m sure everyone has heard of this book You ve been told this book is racist, sexist, homophobic, and lots of other horrible things If you ve been trying to talk about this book on Twitter in any positive form, then you have likely been called these things, I know I have Well, I m here to say that this book is none of the labels that have been stowed upon it by SJWs and neither are you for wanting to read it This book follows Ellor [...]


  27. If you are interested in reading this book, I implore you to check out this review first It is an amazingly comprehensive look at all the racism, homophobia and ableism in this book Fair warning though, there are many quotes pulled from the book that are horrific and hard to get through This book is unacceptable.


  28. I just can t with this book I can t I had to stop at 45% I just couldn t force myself to carry on any further Even getting this far was a struggle This book is sooo problematic I m aware the author is probably setting it up so that our oh so special MC can grow and change and become a better person and probably change the whole bloody world along the way But no It was racist and sexist and just awful Was the author trying to make Lukas Grey seem attractive to the reader Because he really just co [...]


  29. Real education doesn t make your life easy It complicates things and makes everything messy and disturbing But the alternative, Elloren Gardner, is to live your life based on injustice and lies Okay, so here s the deal There are a plethora of long reviews both bad good going over this book So, I have decided to make this as to the point as possible Before I start, let me just say one thing I am incredibly glad that I read the book instead of heeding the reviews imploring people to stop supportin [...]


  30. Edit 7 18 17 The Iron Flower is the title for book two in The Black Witch Chronicles, coming June 2018 Srsly, I m so excited 5 STARS Real education doesn t make your life easy It complicates things and makes everything messy and disturbing But the alternative, Elloren Gardner, is to live your life based on injustice and lies I m going to start this review off by saying that The Black Witch by Laurie Forest was absolutely brilliant Now, this is merely my own opinion and you can disagree with me, [...]


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