Escape from Witchwood Hollow
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 Details

TitleEscape from Witchwood Hollow
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 29th, 2014
PublisherCuriosity Quills Press
ISBN-139781620076712
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Witches, Mystery, Historical, Historical Fiction

Escape from Witchwood Hollow Review

  • Marla
    January 1, 1970
    This is a really good book. The story is mainly about Honoria who has moved to Arnn with her brother Geoffrey and their aunt and uncle after her parents are killed in the World Trade Center. The reader immediately gets drawn into Honoria's life. She's a pretty smart girl for 15. The book is also about Lady Elizabeth Clifford who in the 1600's is accused of killing her brother-in-law by using witchcraft and she is on the run in the woods by Arnn. Soon other people are getting trapped in the woods This is a really good book. The story is mainly about Honoria who has moved to Arnn with her brother Geoffrey and their aunt and uncle after her parents are killed in the World Trade Center. The reader immediately gets drawn into Honoria's life. She's a pretty smart girl for 15. The book is also about Lady Elizabeth Clifford who in the 1600's is accused of killing her brother-in-law by using witchcraft and she is on the run in the woods by Arnn. Soon other people are getting trapped in the woods. The author does a great job of switching between the different characters and different times. Honoria is drawn to the Witchwood Hollow and if the witch was real. Honoria makes friends with Leon who is also interested in the history of Witchwood Hollow. Things start coming to light and there is a really sad ending. I really enjoyed Jordan's writing and would read anything she writes and also recommend this book to everyone.I'm so glad Jordan's friend contacted me to see if I would read the book.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fun book! Great for fans of historical fiction. I liked how the story goes between three different time periods, but everything is tied together. The author originally conceived of this story as a movie and that is evident in the cinematic quality of the writing. The novel transports you and I am now inspired to go on a historical adventure in my own hometown.
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    This book follows our main character, Honoria, after she lost both her parents to the collapse of the twin towers.The book weaves together the tail from separate time periods and I often felt like Arnn was a character in and of itself.The writing was solid and seamless and even if I thought the author missed the teen authenticity once in a while (brand names, much?), it really was an exciting tale and worth the read.
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  • Lorna Czarnota
    January 1, 1970
    I was given a copy of Jordan's book Escape from Witchwood Hollow in exchange for an honest review. The author is very good with descriptive words and her ability to shift language when writing period pieces is highlighted in this story. Jordan is very good at scene building and melding her characters into that scene. I'm reminded of how architect Frank Lloyd Wright believed a building shouldn't appear plunked down in an environment, but should feel as if it grew from it. This is how this author I was given a copy of Jordan's book Escape from Witchwood Hollow in exchange for an honest review. The author is very good with descriptive words and her ability to shift language when writing period pieces is highlighted in this story. Jordan is very good at scene building and melding her characters into that scene. I'm reminded of how architect Frank Lloyd Wright believed a building shouldn't appear plunked down in an environment, but should feel as if it grew from it. This is how this author creates her characters. The foundations for this book were laid when the author was in high school, and the young person's voice will appeal to her youth readers.
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  • Chad Case
    January 1, 1970
    Jordan Elizabeth's 'Escape from Witchwood Hollow' was a fun, quick read. I liked that Jordan took a chance and told the story from several different time periods. Some people might not enjoy this approach, but you need to go in with an open mind. Overall, I really enjoyed it and was shocked by the ending. If you are looking for something different and uniquely weird, this book might be a great read for you.I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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  • Maria V. Snyder
    January 1, 1970
    A good book to read near the anniversary of 911 as the main character's parents died when the twin towers crashed. It's a fantasy that has current day action, but also switches back to the past as well. I enjoyed the book and thought the ending (view spoiler)[ was sad, but it made sense and I wasn't too upset. And I really wished it wasn't Leon who shot her but Haley - poor guy! (hide spoiler)].
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  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    Leave your broomsticks, your pointy hats and your sparkling red shoes behind, this tale of witchcraft is one of great loss, love, loneliness and hidden truths as Jordan Elizabeth’s creative cauldron gives us Escape from Witchwood Hollow, a YA fantasy for all ages. Will a teenage right of peer-passage in a small town filled with the whispers of legends, witchcraft and evil become a frightening journey into the darkness that calls to her? Honoria hears the whispers, they call to her, but thoughts Leave your broomsticks, your pointy hats and your sparkling red shoes behind, this tale of witchcraft is one of great loss, love, loneliness and hidden truths as Jordan Elizabeth’s creative cauldron gives us Escape from Witchwood Hollow, a YA fantasy for all ages. Will a teenage right of peer-passage in a small town filled with the whispers of legends, witchcraft and evil become a frightening journey into the darkness that calls to her? Honoria hears the whispers, they call to her, but thoughts of the legend lead to a desperate act to test their veracity. What she finds are the truths behind centuries of death, missing loved ones and the pain endured by a once loving young witch.Get ready for Jordan Elizabeth’s style, bewitching and dark, yet infused with love and the hope for less pain in the future. Jordan Elizabeth routes her tale through three time periods to build her world and entwines them together to create layer upon layer of mystery and intrigue up to a final conclusion that you will NOT see coming. Her characters all have an innocent sweetness to them that reveals their age and the viewpoints they harbor. Friendships will be tested, choices must be made, but never once, does this tale get bogged down by itself, as the truth of one legend and its victims come to life and the final scenes roll through your mind. I received this copy from Jordan Elizabeth in exchange for my honest review.Publication Date: October 14, 2014Publisher: Curiosity Quills PressGenre: YA fantasyPrint Length: 200 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleReviewed for: http://tometender.blogspot.com
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  • Sophie
    January 1, 1970
    3,5 starsThis book has been given to me in exchange for an honest review.What a strange story! Don't let my rating deter you as I'm 100% certain fans of the genre will positively love this book. I just was unsettled for a long time as I rarely read books with a feel of time travel, even if it's not about time travel per se.As the characters of this book, I was lost in the beginning. I was puzzled by all the chapters written from others point of view as we did not have one but rather three main c 3,5 starsThis book has been given to me in exchange for an honest review.What a strange story! Don't let my rating deter you as I'm 100% certain fans of the genre will positively love this book. I just was unsettled for a long time as I rarely read books with a feel of time travel, even if it's not about time travel per se.As the characters of this book, I was lost in the beginning. I was puzzled by all the chapters written from others point of view as we did not have one but rather three main characters. I kept trying to read the clues and guess what the author aimed for until all the pieces fitted and I got my epiphany, exactly like the characters in the wood.It's actually very cleverly written as we have to follow a similar journey and get to experience what the protagonists did in some way.The story is built around Honoria, 15 years old in 2001; Lady Clifford 1670 aka The Witch and Albertine 17 years old in 1850. All begins with Honoria moving from New York to the countriside with her brother, aunt and uncle after her parents died in the Twin Towers attack. Now trying to fit in with the "country pumpkins", she'll enter a "cursed" wood on a dare. Witchwood Hollow has a bad rep in this small town. It's said a witch should hide within and keep people trying to cross the woods.Honoria barely escaped from the wood and will try to solve the legend's mystery with the help of her neighbour Leon, fascinated with old objects and history.Alongside Honoria's story we follow that of the witch and the story of Albertine as well. All stories intermingle at some point and finally I could understand the grand scheme. Hooray!Now, that ending I did not expect at all!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    (I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Jordan Elizabeth Mierek.)This was an okay story, but I did find it a little confusing.Honoria was an alright character, but I was a little concerned at how readily she wanted to sneak out at night with some other girls who she didn’t know at all, and how much she wanted to go into a haunted wood at night!The storyline in this confused me a bit with the story alternating between 2001 and 1856. It took me (I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Jordan Elizabeth Mierek.)This was an okay story, but I did find it a little confusing.Honoria was an alright character, but I was a little concerned at how readily she wanted to sneak out at night with some other girls who she didn’t know at all, and how much she wanted to go into a haunted wood at night!The storyline in this confused me a bit with the story alternating between 2001 and 1856. It took me a while to work out the connection between the two parts of the story, and I lost interest a little bit.The ending to this was okay, and it was good that the mystery of what had happened to the missing little boy was solved.6 out of 10Favourite Quote – “Lies,” Shane shrieked. “My uncle doesn’t have no brother!”
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  • Sharon Bayliss
    January 1, 1970
    The story centers around three different young women from three different time periods (1600s, 1800s, and 2001) all finding their way into the cursed Witchwood Hollow. I'm not usually a huge fan of historicals, but I absolutely loved venturing into the three different time periods. The author did a great job of creating three unique characters, and three unique settings, all while making the three young women seem so connected.The author has a fresh and distinctive voice. Not just anyone would t The story centers around three different young women from three different time periods (1600s, 1800s, and 2001) all finding their way into the cursed Witchwood Hollow. I'm not usually a huge fan of historicals, but I absolutely loved venturing into the three different time periods. The author did a great job of creating three unique characters, and three unique settings, all while making the three young women seem so connected.The author has a fresh and distinctive voice. Not just anyone would think to use "damsel in distress" as a curse word. lol I loved the dark, layered, and fascinating story and I look forward to reading more from this debut author!
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    In 1670 Lady Elizabeth Clifford fled into the nearby woods to escape the persecutors who would put her to death. They called her a witch; after the murder of a local village identity she had no choice but to flee. But what would be her future? Was she really a witch? 1850 found Albertine and Mary-Anne alone but for their drunken uncle and the farm they worked on. Their father had moved to America to find a better life after their mother had died – Arnn was the small farming town where he bought In 1670 Lady Elizabeth Clifford fled into the nearby woods to escape the persecutors who would put her to death. They called her a witch; after the murder of a local village identity she had no choice but to flee. But what would be her future? Was she really a witch? 1850 found Albertine and Mary-Anne alone but for their drunken uncle and the farm they worked on. Their father had moved to America to find a better life after their mother had died – Arnn was the small farming town where he bought land to give them a future. When he sent a ticket of passage for Albertine to join him, she was excited – still a teenager, she vowed to her eleven year old sister that they would send for her as soon as they were able.October 2001 and Honoria and her brother Geoffrey had moved with their aunt and uncle to Arnn to escape the memories of the terrible terrorist attack in New York; both their parents had been at work in the Twin Towers on that terrible day. Honoria continued to be overcome by grief and when the opportunity arose to move to the small farming community and her aunt and uncle purchase the old, rundown dwelling they didn’t hesitate. The legend of Witchwood Hollow had been handed down over the generations – beware the witch who would trap you forever in the trees, never to be freed. But of course Honoria didn’t believe in ghosts so when two of her new friends from school dared her to venture into the woods, she only hesitated a little…no such things as ghosts or witches; right? Spanning three timelines, Escape From Witchwood Hollow by author Jordan Elizabeth is a fabulous fantasy tale with mystery and intrigue as the main ingredients. Fabulous characters, they were easy to keep track of and delightful to know. Beautifully written, I could visualise the denseness of the woods, the eeriness of the bird and animal sounds plus the innate confusion of the inhabitants. I have no hesitation in recommending Escape From Witchwood Hollow extremely highly.With thanks to the author for my copy to read and review.
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  • Emma Adams
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked the author's use of three overlapping stories in different time periods, linked by the creepy Witchwood Hollow. A twisty supernatural mystery with a fast pace and an imaginative storyline!
  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Post 911 and the Twin Tower attack, a family relocates to the remote town, Arnn, for a fresh start. Orphaned and in the care of her aunt and uncle, Honoria is struggling with her new circumstances.When the town’s witch story reaches Honoria, she wonders if this witch can reunite Honoria with her lost parents. You see, citizens of Arnn have been disappearing for years. Honoria is determined to uncover the secrets behind the woods that have claimed so many, in the hopes to reunite with her parents Post 911 and the Twin Tower attack, a family relocates to the remote town, Arnn, for a fresh start. Orphaned and in the care of her aunt and uncle, Honoria is struggling with her new circumstances.When the town’s witch story reaches Honoria, she wonders if this witch can reunite Honoria with her lost parents. You see, citizens of Arnn have been disappearing for years. Honoria is determined to uncover the secrets behind the woods that have claimed so many, in the hopes to reunite with her parents.The time line jumps back and forth between past and present. Escape from Witchwood Hollow was interesting and suspense filled but keeps children fiction readers in mind with its complexities.The ending was quite shocking and definitely not what I anticipated. I received this copy of Escape from Witchwood Hollow From Jordan Elizabeth Mierek in exchange for a honest review.My Rating: 4 StarsWritten by: Jordan Elizabeth MierekPaperback: 180 pagesPublisher: Curiosity Quills Press Publication Date: October 29, 2014ISBN-10: 1620076713ISBN-13: 978-1620076712Genre: Children's Fiction | Scifi | FolkloreAmazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews and More Check out: http://tometender.blogspot.com
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  • Jeremy Mortis
    January 1, 1970
    Jordan was nice enough to let me have an advanced copy. I was very impressed with the story. She paints a wonderful picture with words and really puts you in the scene with the characters. When this books is released in print I am so buying a copy so I can have her sign it, it will easily become a collector's item.
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  • Joseph
    January 1, 1970
    Escape from Witchwood Hollow is a Young Adult fantasy book centering around Honoria, a fifteen-year-old girl who lost her parents in the 9/11 attacks. She finds herself in Arnn, NY, in a new school, living with her aunt and uncle. Honoria experiences all the problems that the new kid, who is a bit different, would experience. She is also introduced to Witchwood Hollow where local legends tell of a witch who traps people in the woods. Honoria shares the story with Lady Elizabeth Clifford from the Escape from Witchwood Hollow is a Young Adult fantasy book centering around Honoria, a fifteen-year-old girl who lost her parents in the 9/11 attacks. She finds herself in Arnn, NY, in a new school, living with her aunt and uncle. Honoria experiences all the problems that the new kid, who is a bit different, would experience. She is also introduced to Witchwood Hollow where local legends tell of a witch who traps people in the woods. Honoria shares the story with Lady Elizabeth Clifford from the seventeenth century and Albertine from the mid-nineteenth century. I never had a "young adult" reading period in my life, so I generally veer away from the genre. In fourth grade, I read Solzhenitsyn and was introduced to Philip Larkin. A year later I was reading Stephen King, Gary Brandner, J.G. Ballard, The Omen, and The Exorcist. So as a middle-aged adult when I was offered Witchwood Hollow from the author, I thought it over for a while and hesitantly accepted. Any hesitation I felt quickly passed after the first few pages. The descriptions seemed a little much when I started, and I played it off as the younger folk needing more descriptions to keep their attention. This feeling quickly passed after a few pages, and I found myself involved in a really interesting story. The hollow itself is very well thought out place, and although it is written as fantasy, it does not seem too far of a stretch from quantum theory. Yes, it is a stretch but easily within the reader's willing suspension of disbelief. It is the hollow that ties everything together for the three main characters and their time periods. Very well done and original thinking. The characters are well done, and the reader will care about their well-being throughout the book. Their stories intertwine nicely bringing everything together. The time periods are well described without any noticeable anachronisms. The main characters are interesting and contribute useful information to the reader. Their stories are detailed enough to stand on their own but are not overbearing. The three women share the limelight equally. The supporting characters are well developed and act as expected in their roles. The dialog is excellent and lacks the forced conversations and over explanations seen in many newer books from smaller publishers. I was pleasantly surprised by the entire book and read it in a single sitting. Mierek writes a class act book. Watch for her in the near future. With her displayed style, insight, and skill, she will be making her mark in the fantasy genre. Five stars for Young Adult Fantasy writing.
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  • BookLoversLife
    January 1, 1970
    A quick and intriguing read! It took me a little while to get fully immersed into the story but once I did I really enjoyed it. Its told from 3 different girls lives in 3 different time periods, which I thought was awesome. We learn how the woods became known as Witchwood Holllow and why, when people enter, they do not leave. It was interesting to see each girls story play out and then come together centuries later. I loved learning about Witchwood Hollow and found it fascinating. Woods are alwa A quick and intriguing read! It took me a little while to get fully immersed into the story but once I did I really enjoyed it. Its told from 3 different girls lives in 3 different time periods, which I thought was awesome. We learn how the woods became known as Witchwood Holllow and why, when people enter, they do not leave. It was interesting to see each girls story play out and then come together centuries later. I loved learning about Witchwood Hollow and found it fascinating. Woods are always creepy, but add in the legend of a Witch in there and it truly becomes scary. Also the Witch in this one is quite crazy!!I also loved the Historical element. Three different centuries meld together seamlessly. What does a girl in the 1600s, a girl in the 1800s and a girl in the 2000s have in common?, well you will have to read the book to find out. There is quite a few characters in Escape From Witchwood Hollow and I have to say that my favourite was the motley crew from the woods. It was such an thrilling twist when they find themselves all together and we hear their stories. Anyway, this was an interesting and intriguing read. I loved the world building and legend behind the Witch and thoroughly enjoyed reading each girls stories. The only thing that spoilt the book for me was the ending, it's not what I hoped!! That's a personal opinion though, and I know a lot of people will love it. It's a solid 4 stars for me and I have no problem recommending it to everyone.
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  • Lady
    January 1, 1970
    A Hollow Out Of TimeThis book was very different. I was intrigued and a bit mystified by the non linear format of time in this book... But as long as you truly pay attention you can keep up with the storyline pretty well. I was incredibly shocked by the ending of this book and would not recommend it for a regular young adult audiences because of its disturbing nature.Honoria is adrift. She misses her parents and her friends. She misses her regular private school and her city. Her aunt and uncle A Hollow Out Of TimeThis book was very different. I was intrigued and a bit mystified by the non linear format of time in this book... But as long as you truly pay attention you can keep up with the storyline pretty well. I was incredibly shocked by the ending of this book and would not recommend it for a regular young adult audiences because of its disturbing nature.Honoria is adrift. She misses her parents and her friends. She misses her regular private school and her city. Her aunt and uncle decided they had had enough of the city after the towers fell... It was just too much. Memories still haunt Honoria even if she is not living where she made them. No one can understand her or make her feel truly alive again. Not even her older brother understands her even the least little bit. She is trapped in an existence that is both cruel and stifling ... Choking the life out of her every second of every day. For Honoria the real world ended the day the Towers fell.Witchwood Hollow is a patch of land with a sinister legend. Supposedly a witch took refuge there while being chased out of Arnn in the 1600s and made it time pocket where people could enter but never leave... Thus securing her freedom and amusement at the same time. What will become of anyone trapped there with the "witch" ? Is there any escape? Or are they destined to live forever trapped at the age they entered? Never changing ... Never aging.... In a bubble separated from the rest of the world.Convoluted and full of mysterious riddles this is an awesome foray into paranormal/fantasy! I loved the ever changing narrative and the diverse and unique characters... I will definitely read more by this author :)***This book is suitable for very mature young adult through adult readers due to the disturbing nature of the subject matter
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  • May Fungi From Yuggoth
    January 1, 1970
    REVIEW: ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW by Jordan Elizabeth MierekA cunningly conceived, engrossing fable which examines the nature of eccentricity in the face of social conformity. From an herbal healer in the 16th century, to a mid 19th century lonely young who uses tapping to soothe her roiled emotions (what contemporary use calls EFT), to an orphan who loses both parents at the World Trade Center, individualism shines like a beacon, especially when contrasted with the pervasive darkness of the REVIEW: ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW by Jordan Elizabeth MierekA cunningly conceived, engrossing fable which examines the nature of eccentricity in the face of social conformity. From an herbal healer in the 16th century, to a mid 19th century lonely young who uses tapping to soothe her roiled emotions (what contemporary use calls EFT), to an orphan who loses both parents at the World Trade Center, individualism shines like a beacon, especially when contrasted with the pervasive darkness of the allegedly haunted Witchwood Hollow.
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  • Jules
    January 1, 1970
    Someone: Would you like this book? I could give it to you in exchange for a honest review.Me: No, thanks. I have so many other in queue right now. I’ll get it myself and read it in the near future.In the near future, 2 years laterHey, it’s almost the near future, I should read this book.4th page of the bookIn order to keep it kids friendly and YAish the writer invented on the spot a new cuss for the more intense moments of the story, which is “damsel in distress”. Flamed banana, that’s so foul! Someone: Would you like this book? I could give it to you in exchange for a honest review.Me: No, thanks. I have so many other in queue right now. I’ll get it myself and read it in the near future.In the near future, 2 years laterHey, it’s almost the near future, I should read this book.4th page of the bookIn order to keep it kids friendly and YAish the writer invented on the spot a new cuss for the more intense moments of the story, which is “damsel in distress”. Flamed banana, that’s so foul! 30ish pages into the bookI feel like I’m following the classic script of a YA novel: introduce the forced introspective life lesson, now sprinkle the drama, teenagers, more teenagers! bad dissing jokes, rhetoric at the end of the chapters, we need more teenagers!Don’t remember the pageThe book has an interesting timeline and I understand why the writer had to introduce some kind of motifs/ time stamps to keep the readers oriented in space and time, but the ones she choose (tap tap-tap tapping, lip smacking, stomach clenching, bile rising) were beyond ridiculous.Half of the bookHm, this novel is rather nice, the kind of story that will make a great night around a fire pit in the camp. *reading the next paragraph* he pulls out half of a horseshoe out of the backpack and she thinks he must be some of the most interesting people she ever met. Damn! I mean, flamed banana! I should have expected the YA bomb to explode, it had been fizzing for a while. I guess she couldn’t have been allowed to keep the YA label on the cover if she hadn’t introduced the teenager love triangle.Someone else: Why do you keep reading it if you don’t like the YA parts?Me: I have to, I don’t know if I’ll make it to the next near future. Flamed bananas, so many damsels in distress! end of the book Well, this have been actually a good book. The story was catchy, the timeline technique interesting, the characters not that bad and the end was the cherry on the top, had almost redeemed the YA kitschy stickers. I do understand that the author had a target audience and used those elements for those readers to identify with the characters and the issues in the book, but slapping these YA stickers over the story was like squirting a full bottle of ketchup over a gourmet cordon bleu. I do recommend the book to select readers moving from hardcore YA to Stephen King books that want a filling between those two.
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  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    I had received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to the generous author and Sarah :)4.5 stars!Escape from Witchwood Hollow was an amazing read with intriguing writing,a great pace and a wonderful story! Admittedly,it didn't intrigue me that much at first but as I read on,I realized the book was hard to put down. Trying to get settled in a small town and hoping to fit in, I could relate to Honoria. She was a great character and despite her situation,she could be I had received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to the generous author and Sarah :)4.5 stars!Escape from Witchwood Hollow was an amazing read with intriguing writing,a great pace and a wonderful story! Admittedly,it didn't intrigue me that much at first but as I read on,I realized the book was hard to put down. Trying to get settled in a small town and hoping to fit in, I could relate to Honoria. She was a great character and despite her situation,she could be funny about Arnn's peculiar environment too. She makes Arnn seem like an interesting place. I felt sorry for her for how her 'friends' treated her though.The characters were well-developed. Leon seemed nice enough. His hobbies were actually interesting. Albertine's tapping habit was often distracting but I loved how she cared for her sister and her family and she prove herself generally kind and caring,too. I understood why the witch did what she did. She went through a lot and she didn't understand things from a different perspective. I understood her and I wanted her to understand some things,too. The book was creepy in the best way. I don't usually read horror,not because they creep me out but because they seem so dull and un-creepy. I really enjoyed this one though. A really clever plot. 'Even legends were often based on facts' It had a brilliant ending. I was so busy worrying about it being a happy one,hoping the characters would mange to escape the hollow somehow ,I never realized it could be even better than I wanted it to be. Well,mostly. However,I had one issue with it. It was that it didn't seem quite fair how the characters got second chances. Second chances after life . It didn't seem at all fair to me. Overall,a well-crafted story with beautiful,writing and relatable characters.
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  • Rosita Aprilyanti
    January 1, 1970
    "What lay amongst the trees?” I received a free copy from the author in exchange with an honest review.Okay. So, Escape from Witchwood Hollow is not a book I usually read. It's a paranormal book with a touch of historical. The book is set in three different time periods and also with three main charactersThe first story is about Honoria whose parents were passed in the Twin Tower's incident. To overcome her sadness, she, her brother, aunt and uncle moved to Arnn, New York. The first day in scho "What lay amongst the trees?” I received a free copy from the author in exchange with an honest review.Okay. So, Escape from Witchwood Hollow is not a book I usually read. It's a paranormal book with a touch of historical. The book is set in three different time periods and also with three main charactersThe first story is about Honoria whose parents were passed in the Twin Tower's incident. To overcome her sadness, she, her brother, aunt and uncle moved to Arnn, New York. The first day in school she's intrigued by the wood which surrounds the area. It's called Witchwood Hollow. So that night, she decide to explore the creepy wood with her friends.The second story is set in 1670. Lady Clifford is accused to be a witch after poisoning a woman. She run and end up in the wood. She has magic who helps her survive and becomes the wood's witch.The third story is set in 1850. Albertine disappears while trying to walk from town to her father’s farm. She's curious about the wood but end up can't find her way out.At first I think this book is creepy. I don't really like horror and I thought this book had some horror touch. But the main plot is how the wood links the three characters. Honestly, this kind of book is not really my cup of tea. The plot is intriguing enough but the three different time periods can be confusing at times. Maybe paranormal and mystery lovers will find this book interesting.
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  • Ionia
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this story from the beginning. The author is clear, imaginative and gives life to her characters early on so the reader is able to get a good image of them mentally and identify with them easily. The author did a good job of telling a multi-generational tale with a lot of unexpected twists. Some of this story reminded me a bit of Moll Dyer, especially early on in the book. I've read a lot of books that fall into this genre in the last year, and many of them have been disappointing, but t I liked this story from the beginning. The author is clear, imaginative and gives life to her characters early on so the reader is able to get a good image of them mentally and identify with them easily. The author did a good job of telling a multi-generational tale with a lot of unexpected twists. Some of this story reminded me a bit of Moll Dyer, especially early on in the book. I've read a lot of books that fall into this genre in the last year, and many of them have been disappointing, but this one, filled with mystery and a bit of terror was really worth the time to read. The ending chapters sealed the opinion that this is a stand out book. I liked the way the author made the reader think and do some solving of their own rather than just explaining everything to death. Overall, I thought this was a great book, and would be perfect for a Halloween night read. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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  • Lorraine Baker
    January 1, 1970
    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 p 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?I found this book well written and imaginative. It was easy to follow and I engaged with the characters quickly. Overall an enjoyable book
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  • Sara C
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn't sure if I would like this book, as I tend to find fantasy young adult books a little too predictable, but "Escape from Witchwood Hollow" was very far from that. You are cleverly given bits and pieces of information, and you think you know where the story is heading, but every new page has a surprise. This is not your standard "cursed wood" story, and that makes it for a very rewarding reading experience.You really feel for the characters and have no problem following the story (even tho I wasn't sure if I would like this book, as I tend to find fantasy young adult books a little too predictable, but "Escape from Witchwood Hollow" was very far from that. You are cleverly given bits and pieces of information, and you think you know where the story is heading, but every new page has a surprise. This is not your standard "cursed wood" story, and that makes it for a very rewarding reading experience.You really feel for the characters and have no problem following the story (even though it happens in different time spaces). The descriptions are delicious, and make it all very real in your head. I highly recommend it for teens and grown-ups alike, and am looking forward to read any forthcoming books by the author.
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  • G. Miki
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the book about a teen whose life is changed forever when her parents die in the World Trade Center on 911, and she moves to a small town with her aunt, uncle, and brother. The writing is very good and the story is complex, jumping from the 1600s to the mid-1800s as it goes. It's well produced, a good read for young adults with a yen for something both supernatural and a little different. How will things change for the contemporary protagonist because of the past? Read it and find out.
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  • Grant Eagar
    January 1, 1970
    Don’t piss off a witch! Escape from Witchwood Hollow has a nice pace; moving between centuries as we follow the characters. It has a witchy Halloween feel to it. The tale is more than simply a spooky story though; I came away with the Tuck Everlasting bittersweet taste in my mouth. Thoughtfully written and developed with compelling characters it kept me engaged. I had to know if Albertine would ever escape, so I ended staying up till 1:30 in the morning to see how it ended. I highly recommend it Don’t piss off a witch! Escape from Witchwood Hollow has a nice pace; moving between centuries as we follow the characters. It has a witchy Halloween feel to it. The tale is more than simply a spooky story though; I came away with the Tuck Everlasting bittersweet taste in my mouth. Thoughtfully written and developed with compelling characters it kept me engaged. I had to know if Albertine would ever escape, so I ended staying up till 1:30 in the morning to see how it ended. I highly recommend it.
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  • Animelover117
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fun little book. I enjoyed the unique approach to fantasy, and the mystery elements kept me turning pages. The style is unusual, and might not appeal to everyone, but I greatly enjoyed the characters and the way they brought the story to life. It wouldn't make the top of my recommendation list, but if you're looking for something outside the usual fantasy formula, I think this book would be a great choice.I received a free copy of this book in return for a review.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    Received a complimentary copy to read and review. Great book. I couldn't put it down. Love the characters and the world Jordan has created. It has some great twists and turns. Readers are drawn into the story from the first page. Add it to your TBR list you won't be disappointed. It's got just the right amount of horror to keep the reader turning the page. I look forward to reading more of Jordan's books.
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  • A.J. Raven
    January 1, 1970
    Other than the fact that I read 'Arnn' as Arm, this was quite an entertaining read. Jordan did a great job with the written word and you could actually feel the scenes come to life in your mind.
  • Kimberly Loth
    January 1, 1970
    Witchwood hollow was an interesting read. The characters were vivid and alive and the story moved along at a decent pace. Overall, I enjoyed the story but I wasn't crazy about the ending.
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