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“This expertly crafted story thrums with magic, love, and tense action.” —Booklist (starred review) Perfect for fans of The Girl Who Drank the Moon, this fantastical and heartfelt first book in a new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson follows a girl who must defeat thirteen evil witches. Twelve-year-old Rosie Oaks’s mom is missing whatever it “This expertly crafted story thrums with magic, love, and tense action.” —Booklist (starred review) Perfect for fans of The Girl Who Drank the Moon, this fantastical and heartfelt first book in a new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson follows a girl who must defeat thirteen evil witches. Twelve-year-old Rosie Oaks’s mom is missing whatever it is that makes mothers love their daughters. All her life, Rosie has known this...and turned to stories for comfort. Then, on the night Rosie decides to throw her stories away forever, an invisible ally helps her discover the Witch Hunter’s Guide to the Universe, a book that claims that all of the evil in the world stems from thirteen witches who are unseen...but also unstoppable. One of these witches—the Memory Thief—holds an insidious power to steal our most precious treasures: our memories. And it is this witch who has cursed Rosie’s mother. In her quest to save her mom—and with her wild, loyal friend “Germ” by her side—Rosie will find the layers hidden under the reality she only thought she knew: where ghosts linger as shades of the past, where clouds witness the world, and a ladder dangles from the moon leading to something bigger and more. Here, words are weapons against the darkness, and witch hunters are those brave enough to wield their imaginations in the face of the unthinkable. At the core of this stunning novel—the first of the Thirteen Witches trilogy from critically acclaimed author Jodi Lynn Anderson—is a passionate argument that stories have the power to create meaningful change...and a reason to hope even when the world feels crushing.


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“This expertly crafted story thrums with magic, love, and tense action.” —Booklist (starred review) Perfect for fans of The Girl Who Drank the Moon, this fantastical and heartfelt first book in a new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson follows a girl who must defeat thirteen evil witches. Twelve-year-old Rosie Oaks’s mom is missing whatever it “This expertly crafted story thrums with magic, love, and tense action.” —Booklist (starred review) Perfect for fans of The Girl Who Drank the Moon, this fantastical and heartfelt first book in a new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson follows a girl who must defeat thirteen evil witches. Twelve-year-old Rosie Oaks’s mom is missing whatever it is that makes mothers love their daughters. All her life, Rosie has known this...and turned to stories for comfort. Then, on the night Rosie decides to throw her stories away forever, an invisible ally helps her discover the Witch Hunter’s Guide to the Universe, a book that claims that all of the evil in the world stems from thirteen witches who are unseen...but also unstoppable. One of these witches—the Memory Thief—holds an insidious power to steal our most precious treasures: our memories. And it is this witch who has cursed Rosie’s mother. In her quest to save her mom—and with her wild, loyal friend “Germ” by her side—Rosie will find the layers hidden under the reality she only thought she knew: where ghosts linger as shades of the past, where clouds witness the world, and a ladder dangles from the moon leading to something bigger and more. Here, words are weapons against the darkness, and witch hunters are those brave enough to wield their imaginations in the face of the unthinkable. At the core of this stunning novel—the first of the Thirteen Witches trilogy from critically acclaimed author Jodi Lynn Anderson—is a passionate argument that stories have the power to create meaningful change...and a reason to hope even when the world feels crushing.

30 review for The Memory Thief

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tiuri of the White Shield

    Let’s face it. My Diary From the Edge of the World is one of my favorite books. In. The. World. So...when I saw this at the store...I bought it on impulse. Which I never do bc I always wait for the library. I just thought there was a chance it would be just as magical, and I couldn’t wait. As an author myself, I hate to say anything negative about another artist’s work. Nothing was WRONG with this book. It was magical and moody and full of creepiness at an appropriate level for its target aud Let’s face it. My Diary From the Edge of the World is one of my favorite books. In. The. World. So...when I saw this at the store...I bought it on impulse. Which I never do bc I always wait for the library. I just thought there was a chance it would be just as magical, and I couldn’t wait. As an author myself, I hate to say anything negative about another artist’s work. Nothing was WRONG with this book. It was magical and moody and full of creepiness at an appropriate level for its target audience. And I think children of that age will like it. I guess I just didn’t feel it. And when you can predict out the story arc and you finally come to the emotional moment and feel...nothing...well, then you just know it’s not for you. I liked Rosie. I liked the concept. But it didn’t feel ALIVE as My Diary from the Edge of the World, which is one of only two novels that have ever reduced me to sobbing. I think Jodi Lynn Anderson has a vivid imagination, capable of creating magic. And this book had several very good quotes: “A story can have more sway over the world than an evil man,” she says simply, as if I should already know it. “It can touch more lives, change more hearts, build more courage than a dark force. The witches tell a story of emptiness and malice and mistrust and hate. You could tell the opposite story.” ‘Maybe stories make powerful things out of broken ones.’ ‘It feels like something I always longed for, to know there was more than just what I see around me. As scared as I am, I wouldn’t go back to not knowing.’ ‘Maybe I’d be brave enough to give it all up—all my hope for a regular life, to have a chance to make the world better.’ So, those little gems sprinkled in, warmed my heart as I went, even if I didn’t connect to the story as I hoped. All in all, I’d give it 3.5 stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edleweiss Plus Rosie has always taken care of herself and her mother in their house overlooking the coast of Maine. Her mother is very detached and doesn't always recognize her daughter, although she is able to keep up with her data entry job and bring in enough money that Rosie can order groceries and supplies for them online. Rosie has coped with the stress of this by writing stories, and also by hanging out with her supportive friend, Germ. Germ, however, is starting to devel E ARC provided by Edleweiss Plus Rosie has always taken care of herself and her mother in their house overlooking the coast of Maine. Her mother is very detached and doesn't always recognize her daughter, although she is able to keep up with her data entry job and bring in enough money that Rosie can order groceries and supplies for them online. Rosie has coped with the stress of this by writing stories, and also by hanging out with her supportive friend, Germ. Germ, however, is starting to develop older interests, and tells Rosie that her stories are childish. Rosie burns her stories, which leads to her, as well as Germ, developing the ability to see the ghosts that live in her house. One of these spirits seems especially threatening, but some are supportive. Ebb, the ghost of a young boy, has always watched out for Rosie. He takes her to meet Homer, who tells Rosie some information about her and her family that might account for the new threats. Rosie's mother was the last witch hunter, and the Memory Thief, a witch, has stolen her memory to try to stop her from hunting any more witches. Rosie now has these powers, but must find out on her own what she needs to do. The ghosts help, as does a book her mother had hidden. Rosie must create a magical item she can use as a weapon, delve into the mysterious past of her family, and find a way to save her mother as well as many of the ghosts who surround her. Even after all that, Rosie has angered another witch, the Time Witch, and will have to face off against her, with Germ by her side. Strengths: This reminded me a bit of Harrison's 13 Treasures, in that it had magic that turned out to be a bit darker than I was expecting. This is also a great friend story, and Rosie's desire to get back a mother she never really knew added another layer of interest. I did appreciate that Rosie soldiered on so bravely and never really complained. There are lots of fantasy books out there, but a lot of those have something indefinable about them that causes them to gather dust on my shelves. A lot of that is due to bad covers, and this cover is very appealing. There aren't as many books about witches as you would suspect, and the world is introduced in a way that make sense, and also makes sense of the bad situation in which Rosie has been living. I'll be very curious to read the next two books in the series. Weaknesses: Germ was a great, outspoken character and a fantastic friend, so I felt especially bad that she was saddled with the nickname "Germ". This was also a bit on the long side, and had a very intricately drawn magical world that will be perfect for fantasy fans but made my head spin a bit. What I really think: Normally, I would pop this happily on my order list and not think twice about it. Faced with trying to replace books lost in the pandemic (some 400 titles, most likely), and knowing that fantasy is a harder and harder sell in my library, I may wait a bit to buy this title. It's more of an investment purchase (13 Treasures is ten years old but still fits a need), so worth buying. Would definitely buy for a public library or one where fantasy is super popular.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Yapha

    This is a great start to a new fantasy trilogy! Rosie doesn't know that she comes from a long line of witch hunters because a witch cursed her mother the night Rosie was born, and she wasn't able to tell her. There are 13 witches intent on destroying the world. The Memory Thief is the one who stole all of Rosie's mother's memories, leaving her a shell of her former self. When Rosie learns all of this, she sets out to avenge her mother and get her memories back. As her world becomes clearer, so d This is a great start to a new fantasy trilogy! Rosie doesn't know that she comes from a long line of witch hunters because a witch cursed her mother the night Rosie was born, and she wasn't able to tell her. There are 13 witches intent on destroying the world. The Memory Thief is the one who stole all of Rosie's mother's memories, leaving her a shell of her former self. When Rosie learns all of this, she sets out to avenge her mother and get her memories back. As her world becomes clearer, so does Rosie's determination. Recommended for grades 4 & up. eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss

  4. 5 out of 5

    jana [ bookishwiccan ]

    This book was everything I wanted when I was younger and I'm so glad that it's here. I adored everything to do with this book. This world has many new magical creatures, interesting lore and magical elements that make it such a refreshing new read. I absolutely loved the writing style and character narrative. She felt so much like a kid growing up as it felt like a mature adult - mostly because she has had to grow up fast in certain areas while desperately trying to keep her childhood in others. This book was everything I wanted when I was younger and I'm so glad that it's here. I adored everything to do with this book. This world has many new magical creatures, interesting lore and magical elements that make it such a refreshing new read. I absolutely loved the writing style and character narrative. She felt so much like a kid growing up as it felt like a mature adult - mostly because she has had to grow up fast in certain areas while desperately trying to keep her childhood in others. An easy read for those stepping into a more world-building book without getting overwhelmed. I highly recommend.

  5. 5 out of 5

    hallie bertling

    equal parts THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by neil gaiman, CITY OF BONES by victoria schwab (and maybe some THE GIRL WHO WHO DRANK THE MOON by kelly barnhill), this book is the reluctant hero. a girl who is LONELY, whose mother's memories were stolen the night she was born on the same night she herself escaped her fate only by being the quietest baby in the room. without spoilers, i'll tell you there's ghosts and a quest and a book under the floorboards, and full of her mother's family secrets. adventure and equal parts THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by neil gaiman, CITY OF BONES by victoria schwab (and maybe some THE GIRL WHO WHO DRANK THE MOON by kelly barnhill), this book is the reluctant hero. a girl who is LONELY, whose mother's memories were stolen the night she was born on the same night she herself escaped her fate only by being the quietest baby in the room. without spoilers, i'll tell you there's ghosts and a quest and a book under the floorboards, and full of her mother's family secrets. adventure and danger and finding your own power. i shall definitely read the next book in the series when it appears! :D

  6. 4 out of 5

    Em Jay

    I still get shivers when I think about this book. THE MEMORY THIEF is a heart-wrenching tale of a girl whose mother has forgotten how to love her. Rosie is doing an admirable job of taking care of herself, along with some help from her best friend, Germ; but all that changes when she learns the truth from a moody ghost-boy. Her mother was a witch-hunter, and her memories have been stolen by one of thirteen witches responsible for all the world's pains. What follows is a beautiful, lyrical advent I still get shivers when I think about this book. THE MEMORY THIEF is a heart-wrenching tale of a girl whose mother has forgotten how to love her. Rosie is doing an admirable job of taking care of herself, along with some help from her best friend, Germ; but all that changes when she learns the truth from a moody ghost-boy. Her mother was a witch-hunter, and her memories have been stolen by one of thirteen witches responsible for all the world's pains. What follows is a beautiful, lyrical adventure into a world where ladders hang from the moon, ghosts hold aching secrets, and moths gobble memories overnight. Jodi Lynn Anderson has written my favorite kind of contemporary fantasy, where everything is familiar yet .... not. The beauty is shadowed by genuine creepiness, balancing hope and hopelessness in a way that feels unquestionably *true.* I don't have the words to do MEMORY THIEF justice; all I can say is yes, yes, yes! It's a wholehearted recommend from me, for MG fans and readers of all ages. I can't wait to see where this series goes next. 5/5.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Tournas

    The prologue of the story tells of a witch stealing a child at birth, setting the scene for a dark story of grief and longing. Eleven year old Rosie is then introduced. She lives with her mother, whom the reader assumes is the mother of the stolen newborn. Rosie takes care of herself because her mother is in a perpetual semi-lucid state and barely acknowledges Rosie’s existence. But Rosie has her best friend Germ and the stories where her imagination creates the world she wants. When Rosie burns The prologue of the story tells of a witch stealing a child at birth, setting the scene for a dark story of grief and longing. Eleven year old Rosie is then introduced. She lives with her mother, whom the reader assumes is the mother of the stolen newborn. Rosie takes care of herself because her mother is in a perpetual semi-lucid state and barely acknowledges Rosie’s existence. But Rosie has her best friend Germ and the stories where her imagination creates the world she wants. When Rosie burns all of her stories after an argument with Germ, her world changes. Suddenly, she can see all of the ghosts of people and animals that float around her house, and she learns the reason why her mother is the way she is: her mother was a witch hunter who was cursed by a terrible witch called the Memory Witch. All of her mother’s memories were taken in order to prevent her from hunting witches. She learns this from some of the ghosts who are kind to her, in particular a boy named Ebb. And she learns that in order to regain her mother, she must use the “Witch Hunter’s Guide to the Universe,” written by her mother before the curse, and hunt down the fearsome Memory Witch herself. The author has created a world that is entirely believable, and her beautiful descriptions of the way the ghostly creatures haunt the world, unseen, make reading of Rosie’s adventures more than just a ghost story. Although she feels the burden of freeing her mother’s spirit is hers alone, Rosie finds that the talents of her imagination give meaning and purpose to her quest. She is shy but brave, and readers will see in her echoes of Harry Potter. In fact, Rosie names her trusty flashlight “Lumos” and it has an important part in the story. Germ is a good and loyal friend with wisdom beyond her years, and is well fleshed out, as are several of the ghosts who support her quest. This is a wonderful story, albeit with serious issues of grief and parental neglect, and with a girl protagonist many will root for. It is the first in a planned trilogy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    The first thing I need to say is… The ARC layout on my kindle was pretty horrible. This isn’t my first ARC, but this was the worse. Sentences cut in half and continuing on the next paragraph, really?! Okay, moving on to the actual story now. Great prologue! A bit confusing, but it makes the reader wonder what is happening and more importantly, what will happen next! If Rosie’s mom has been more or less mentally absent since she gave birth, how has Rosie survived? Now Rosie takes care of everything The first thing I need to say is… The ARC layout on my kindle was pretty horrible. This isn’t my first ARC, but this was the worse. Sentences cut in half and continuing on the next paragraph, really?! Okay, moving on to the actual story now. Great prologue! A bit confusing, but it makes the reader wonder what is happening and more importantly, what will happen next! If Rosie’s mom has been more or less mentally absent since she gave birth, how has Rosie survived? Now Rosie takes care of everything, including dinner and laundry. But who took care of Rosie and mom during the early years? Other than wondering about the early years and a few missed typos, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters were believable as 12-year-olds. Their friendship is real, with its ups and downs, and how it changes as time goes by. Even the friendship Rosie has with Ebb grows in a real way. I loved how stories and the written word is so important to Rosie, her imagination (Little One) basically saves the day! Never underestimate the power of words! The world that Rosie and Germ can now see was well described, in ways easy to imagine. The emotional situations of the book weren’t overflowing, just enough to give life to this story. Now, did I cry when Rosie comes back home? ABSOLUTELY. I hate emotions and this book forced them on me… It was done beautifully! I can’t wait to find out what else is in store for these 2 friends. I hope they find Wolf. Thirteen Witches book 1,The Memory Thief is published by Simon & Shuster Canada and will be available March 2nd, 2021.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jill Jemmett

    Twelve-year-old Rosie Oakes has always made up stories to comfort herself. She lives with her mom, but her mom has never been like other moms. She can’t seem to hold on to any of her memories. One night, Rosie wakes up to find ghosts in her house. The ghosts show her a book that holds her mother’s secret history as a witch hunter. The witch called The Memory Thief cursed Rosie’s mother after Rosie was born. Rosie, along with her best friend Germ, have to hunt down the witch to get her mother’s m Twelve-year-old Rosie Oakes has always made up stories to comfort herself. She lives with her mom, but her mom has never been like other moms. She can’t seem to hold on to any of her memories. One night, Rosie wakes up to find ghosts in her house. The ghosts show her a book that holds her mother’s secret history as a witch hunter. The witch called The Memory Thief cursed Rosie’s mother after Rosie was born. Rosie, along with her best friend Germ, have to hunt down the witch to get her mother’s memories back. This was a fun paranormal story. My favourite books in middle school were about ghosts, so I loved this one. Rosie was a strong character who practically had to raise herself since her mother wasn’t present in her life. She was brave since she insisted in hunting down the witch who had cursed her mother. I love reading about brave, determined young girls like Rosie. There were some subtle plot lines that were woven throughout the story. The prologue shows the night that Rosie was born, which ended up being important to the end of the story. There were also lots of references and similarities to Harry Potter, which I also love in a book. Despite the problems with the Harry Potter world, I find the references comforting and they connect me to the story. This was a fun first book in the Thirteen Witches trilogy! Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Martin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thank you to the publishers for an advanced copy! I loved this middle grade fantasy and can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy! Rosie is 12 and has always had to take care of herself and her mother. Rosie doesn't understand why her mom isn't loving like other mothers and sometimes it's as if she doesn't even know that Rosie is there. After burning her stories (because she's too old for them), Rosie receives "sight" into a fantasy world of ghosts, witches and other fantastical mysteries. She l Thank you to the publishers for an advanced copy! I loved this middle grade fantasy and can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy! Rosie is 12 and has always had to take care of herself and her mother. Rosie doesn't understand why her mom isn't loving like other mothers and sometimes it's as if she doesn't even know that Rosie is there. After burning her stories (because she's too old for them), Rosie receives "sight" into a fantasy world of ghosts, witches and other fantastical mysteries. She learns that her mother was a witch hunter, but that a witch, called "The Memory Thief", has stolen all of her memories. With the help of her best friend, Germ, and a ghost named Ebb, she bravely sets off to defeat the Memory Thief in the hopes that her mother's memories can be saved. Things I loved: - Rosie's bravery and love for her mom - Rosie and Germ's friendship; their love and loyalty to each other - Ebb the ghost and his ghost spider - The mixture of reality and fantasy - The "weapons" that Rosie uses to defeat the Memory Thief - The ending provides closure, but also makes you excited for the next book!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Krissy Neddo

    Sat and read the first half in one sitting but there were parts I skimmed that felt far too wordy and I just wanted to get back to the action. I know giving some back story of Rosie’s mom,etc is necessary and while I enjoyed knowing,idk, it just needed trimming. I did like the friendship between Rosie and Germ and the bits of MS angst, the ghosts, and the too infrequent visits from the witch. But Germ, really? Not a good name choice. Bothered me. And Rosie-while I rooted for her, I wasn’t invest Sat and read the first half in one sitting but there were parts I skimmed that felt far too wordy and I just wanted to get back to the action. I know giving some back story of Rosie’s mom,etc is necessary and while I enjoyed knowing,idk, it just needed trimming. I did like the friendship between Rosie and Germ and the bits of MS angst, the ghosts, and the too infrequent visits from the witch. But Germ, really? Not a good name choice. Bothered me. And Rosie-while I rooted for her, I wasn’t invested in her as a character. It was just a bit too long and gets bogged down with too much description (“It causes that same prickling, heavy, sea-urchin-in-the-chest feeling...” “The painful, lopsided, unfamiliar feeling...” “ ...is a scary,risky, prickly kind of hope.” And those words were all in the same paragraph. And just when I am primed for the witch to arrive we take a break to explore and explain Rosie and Germ’s changing friendship. This one felt like it was on the cusp of being one I would buy 2-3 copies of but just needed some re-reads.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Siofra

    Where was this book when I was younger?! Rosie wants her mum to act like her mum instead of the lost soul she is. She doesn't know why until she discovers a witch cursed her mother to forget; forget her life, passion, work, and daughter, Rosie. Now working with a ghost, her mother's witch-hunting guide book and her best friend, they will take on the witch known as the Memory Thief, save Rosie's mum and start to save the world. The only problem is the Memory Thief Witch is one of thirteen witches, Where was this book when I was younger?! Rosie wants her mum to act like her mum instead of the lost soul she is. She doesn't know why until she discovers a witch cursed her mother to forget; forget her life, passion, work, and daughter, Rosie. Now working with a ghost, her mother's witch-hunting guide book and her best friend, they will take on the witch known as the Memory Thief, save Rosie's mum and start to save the world. The only problem is the Memory Thief Witch is one of thirteen witches, and they don't like losing. This world has many new magical creatures, lore and magical elements that make it such a refreshing read. I have never adored a writing style and character narrative more than I did with Rosie. She felt so much like a kid growing up as it felt like a mature adult -mostly because she has had to grow up fast in certain areas while desperately trying to keep her childhood in others. An easy read for those stepping into a more world-building book without getting overwhelmed.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Rosie is an independent young girl who loves writing stories and whose mother isn't quite there. One night, she decides to burn every story she has ever written. Little does she know that this simple act will give her the sight, the ability to see beyond the mortal world. From there, Rosie learns that every woman in her family has been a witch hunter and that they've all been cursed, including her mother. This sparks a quest to recover her mother's memories and to find a way to stay alive and saf Rosie is an independent young girl who loves writing stories and whose mother isn't quite there. One night, she decides to burn every story she has ever written. Little does she know that this simple act will give her the sight, the ability to see beyond the mortal world. From there, Rosie learns that every woman in her family has been a witch hunter and that they've all been cursed, including her mother. This sparks a quest to recover her mother's memories and to find a way to stay alive and safe from the witches. This book was an entertaining and heartfelt story. I loved Rosie's character growth throughout the book. She developed some new relationships and improved those she already had. The side characters were interesting and you couldn't help but care for them. I'm curious to see where the story goes and I definitely intend to pick the sequel as soon as it comes out! I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Jodi Lynn Anderson is a born storyteller. I've enjoyed her previous middle grade books (and especially adored The Midnight Electric), and I 'm so happy she's begun a new middle grade series. Rosie Oaks has been taking care of her Mom for a while now, not knowing why her mother can't be like other moms, why Rosie has to be the adult. That is, until one day when Rosie can suddenly see ghosts living in her house and they start telling her stories that help Rosie put everything together. And before Jodi Lynn Anderson is a born storyteller. I've enjoyed her previous middle grade books (and especially adored The Midnight Electric), and I 'm so happy she's begun a new middle grade series. Rosie Oaks has been taking care of her Mom for a while now, not knowing why her mother can't be like other moms, why Rosie has to be the adult. That is, until one day when Rosie can suddenly see ghosts living in her house and they start telling her stories that help Rosie put everything together. And before she knows it, quiet, writerly Rosie is hunting a witch to try to retrieve her mother's memories, and to save their lives too. Anderson has a talent for creating characters that come to life before a reader's eyes. She blends the realistic with the supernatural in her own uniquely creative way and I love that she's given Rosie a best friend to support her in her journey. I'm really looking forward to the next volume in the series. Review from e-galley.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    This immediately grabs you and doesn’t let go. Literally, heart-pounding adventure from the start. Each chapter solves one puzzle piece and gives a hint of the next one needed. Great for a read together story, though it may keep everyone up past their bedtime because you won’t be able to stop! Anderson does such a brilliant job breathing life into all her characters, whether witch or girl or ghost. Her background mythos is unique and beautiful with a moon goddess, cloud shepherds, phantom blue bi This immediately grabs you and doesn’t let go. Literally, heart-pounding adventure from the start. Each chapter solves one puzzle piece and gives a hint of the next one needed. Great for a read together story, though it may keep everyone up past their bedtime because you won’t be able to stop! Anderson does such a brilliant job breathing life into all her characters, whether witch or girl or ghost. Her background mythos is unique and beautiful with a moon goddess, cloud shepherds, phantom blue birds, ghost spiders, and more. I also love how there is no sympathy towards her witches. These are not misunderstood old ladies from cozy folktales, or cartoonish bad guys from Disney fairytales, these witches are scary. Looking forward to more in this series. Highly recommended. If you listen to the audio book, the narrators slightly European lilt adds the perfect youthful tone to rosies voice. It is delightful.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Anderson has created an interesting supernatural world that includes ghosts, fascinatingly wicked witches and natural beings such as cloud shepherds. Twelve-year-old Rosie and emotionally-distant mother are pivotal characters in this supernatural world but Rosie is unaware of it until the night she and her best friend Germ can suddenly see the ghosts. The start of a series, this first book did an excellent job of establishing the world while keeping up the pacing of a suspenseful story. The story Anderson has created an interesting supernatural world that includes ghosts, fascinatingly wicked witches and natural beings such as cloud shepherds. Twelve-year-old Rosie and emotionally-distant mother are pivotal characters in this supernatural world but Rosie is unaware of it until the night she and her best friend Germ can suddenly see the ghosts. The start of a series, this first book did an excellent job of establishing the world while keeping up the pacing of a suspenseful story. The story is resolved well but the a big door is opened for the next important quest. Rosie is a touching heroine, quiet and self-sufficient, whose love of reading and writing her own carries her through serious challenges. Anderson infuses her story with issues such as changing friendships that add heft and interest. Well done!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Thank you to the publishers for an advanced copy! TW: neglect Ghosts! Witches! Witch hunters! I had a lot of fun with this character- driven middle- grade fantasy that is dark and sophisticated enough to appeal to a wide range of ages. Definitely on the darker side of middle- grade, but I appreciated that it wasn't watered down. I especially liked that the book explored the complicated dynamics of middle- grade friendships, especially when one friend seems to change overnight and is suddenly inter Thank you to the publishers for an advanced copy! TW: neglect Ghosts! Witches! Witch hunters! I had a lot of fun with this character- driven middle- grade fantasy that is dark and sophisticated enough to appeal to a wide range of ages. Definitely on the darker side of middle- grade, but I appreciated that it wasn't watered down. I especially liked that the book explored the complicated dynamics of middle- grade friendships, especially when one friend seems to change overnight and is suddenly interested in new things and hanging out with new people. On the down side, I often had a hard time connecting with Rosie, the witches could have had more depth, and the ending felt a bit rushed. The book's finale nicely set up book 2, and I will look forward to reading it. Hoping for more of Ebb in book 2!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    I really wanted to like this one more, but it just fell short for me. I did start liking the characters more by the end, but I felt it was a little confusing at times. This author is a favorite of mine, but this book didn't see like her usual writing style. I could definitely see more books in this series being written, especially about the other witches. I'm not sure I would read another one. I really wanted to like this one more, but it just fell short for me. I did start liking the characters more by the end, but I felt it was a little confusing at times. This author is a favorite of mine, but this book didn't see like her usual writing style. I could definitely see more books in this series being written, especially about the other witches. I'm not sure I would read another one.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Caity

    This is such a cool premise, I loved learning about the witches ans witch hunters in this book. The characters are well written and really drew me into the story. I particularly loved Rosie and Germ's friendship. This is a great start to the series. The book felt like a complete story of its own but also left me wanting more. The magical world is so creepy, enchanting, and vivid. This is such a cool premise, I loved learning about the witches ans witch hunters in this book. The characters are well written and really drew me into the story. I particularly loved Rosie and Germ's friendship. This is a great start to the series. The book felt like a complete story of its own but also left me wanting more. The magical world is so creepy, enchanting, and vivid.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah B

    This was one of the first books I've been able to actually sit through and read during the pandemic. It was fun and exciting and made me happy to start reading again. Anderson's world felt whimsical and fantastical, but still real and tangible, and I desperately wanted to be a part of it, witches and all! I look forward to seeing where the books will go in the future! This was one of the first books I've been able to actually sit through and read during the pandemic. It was fun and exciting and made me happy to start reading again. Anderson's world felt whimsical and fantastical, but still real and tangible, and I desperately wanted to be a part of it, witches and all! I look forward to seeing where the books will go in the future!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tammy (tales.of.tammy)

    4.5⭐️ Thank you to Netgalley, Aladdin, and Jodi Lynn Anderson for an advanced copy of this story in exchange for an honest review! What an incredibly fun middle grade read!!! I loved the adventure, the characters, the creatures, and the abilities in this story! I was captivated right from the get-go and anxiously following along to see what would happen! I loved following along on Rosie’s journey to help her mother, and herself in turn, with her friend, Germ, in tow!! It will pull on your heartst 4.5⭐️ Thank you to Netgalley, Aladdin, and Jodi Lynn Anderson for an advanced copy of this story in exchange for an honest review! What an incredibly fun middle grade read!!! I loved the adventure, the characters, the creatures, and the abilities in this story! I was captivated right from the get-go and anxiously following along to see what would happen! I loved following along on Rosie’s journey to help her mother, and herself in turn, with her friend, Germ, in tow!! It will pull on your heartstrings, tug at your imagination with all of the fantasy aspects, and you will find yourself cheering Rosie and Germ on! I absolutely cannot wait for the next book!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Isobel

    Was lucky enough to receive an ARC, and I love this novel! It's the novel I've always wanted to read, but didn't realize it yet because I hadn't read it. It has teenage girls, witches, magic, drama, creativity. It reminds you that stories can save you when you are lost, that the act of creating in spite of the negative forces in the world is worthwhile. Highly, highly recommend! Was lucky enough to receive an ARC, and I love this novel! It's the novel I've always wanted to read, but didn't realize it yet because I hadn't read it. It has teenage girls, witches, magic, drama, creativity. It reminds you that stories can save you when you are lost, that the act of creating in spite of the negative forces in the world is worthwhile. Highly, highly recommend!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Ashby

    I like all the parts - female witch hunters, ghosts with unresolved issues, legacies, absent parents - but the way it all came together didn't grab me that much. My favorite part of it all is the friendship between the two girls and their closeness. Maybe a couple more witchy encounters would help me feel the peril a bit more. I like all the parts - female witch hunters, ghosts with unresolved issues, legacies, absent parents - but the way it all came together didn't grab me that much. My favorite part of it all is the friendship between the two girls and their closeness. Maybe a couple more witchy encounters would help me feel the peril a bit more.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sasha Johnson

    I fell in love with the characters and never wanted this book to end. If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on Novel Star, just submit your story to [email protected] or [email protected]

  25. 4 out of 5

    CR

    This was such a cute story about finding yourself. I loved the connection of Rosie and her mom It was a great start to this story and I can not wait for more!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Korra

    Amazing book and storyline; If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on Novel Star, just submit your story to [email protected] or [email protected]

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Marie

    I loved this book! I devoured it in day.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cari

    This was do different than what I expected and I'm hoping my intuition about the next book is right. I'm so excited for it! This was do different than what I expected and I'm hoping my intuition about the next book is right. I'm so excited for it!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lira

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dagbjört Kjartansdóttir

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