Wednesday, July 15, 2015

My review of Escape From Witchwood Hollow

                Welcome back for another review.  I was contacted by the author about reviewing Escape FromWitchwood Hollow.  I had never heard of this book before but the concept was intriguing and that was all I needed. 

                Escape From Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth takes place in a small town of Amn, a small farming town that has a legend.  Witchwood Hollow is that legend, a haunted place in the forest where if you wander in you will never leave because the witch will trap you in the shadows.  Creepy right?  I love small towns and their legends and mysteries with the way the kids in town will play on them.  Anyways this story spans several lives that all center around Witchwood Hollow and the mysteries that lay within from the 1600's, 1800's to current 2001 where Honoria and her brother move to Amn with their Aunt and Uncle after losing their parents in 9/11.  Honoria finds the legend compelling and the idea of this haunted place not so scary but more hopeful.   She sets off to find the secrets of the Hollow and if the witch is real, if she could help her.  But at what cost.

                I liked the time aspect of the book.  We see inside the heads of three main characters who span the times.  We see from Lady Clifford in the 1600's who starts this off.  Our witch.  What drives her to this Hollow and things that transpire.  In the 1800's we have Albertine who wonders into the woods on her way to her fathers' after arriving in America ready to see him again and marry the son on the neighboring farm.  Her plans are derailed when she is lost/trapped in the woods.  Then we have the modern aspect of Honoria (the name is a bit out there for me), who is suffering the loss of her parents and trying to start a new life.  City girl to country girl, there is a bit of a learning curve to the way things are done in small towns.  Each has their own story and journey and the way the weave together enlightening parts of the others was well done.  While all three ended up in the small town of Amn for different reasons and in vastly different time periods each one was unique and had their own characteristics and way of speaking that seemed authentic to someone like me who doesn't read a lot of historical fiction. 

                I can't discuss the plot too much because the book is a super short and quick read and the best part of the book is the mystery as you read.  Uncovering the past and figuring out how it plays into the future of Witchwood Hollow.  I say go into this book not knowing anything else and enjoy the mystery.  Also not a spoiler but random thing I can totally say it sums up chickens, aka demon spawn, perfectly when Honoria, a city girl, has her first encounter with them.  I just had to add that.  I give this book a solid 4 Stars. 

Rating: 4 Stars

                Let me know what you think down below in the comments please.  Comments are happiness J  Share with me any local legends you’ve lived near or visited.  I never heard any in my small area which was somewhat disappointing. 


  1. This book sounds amazing! I will have to check it out for sure. My hometown is in Transylvania, so there was shortage of legends and myths when I was growing up. Additionally, just a couple of hours away from my hometown, there's an annual festival "Dracula's festival" that I went to a few times. Great times!
    Romania also has Bran Castle (also known as Dracula's Castle) which I visited a couple of times, including last year when I went back to Romania with 2 friends from here. Maybe one day you'll be able to come along too :)

    1. That would be so much fun to tour all of that. I bet tons of stories for sure! The story was really enjoyable I'm glad I found it and could share it with others.