Escape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek (Review by Katie – #NerdGirlKtLBLy)


Title: Escape from Witchwood Hollow 

Author:  Jordan Elizabeth Mierek 

Published Date: October 29th 2014

Genre: YA Fantasy


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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?

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***Katie  – #NerdGirlKtLBLy’s  Review***
This story was unique because it’s told in three different time frames, one during the 1600’s, one during the 1850’s, and one in 2001. Even though it’s set in different times, it all intertwines into this big story which comes full circle in the end. During the 1600’s, a woman named Elizabeth Clifford is accused of being a witch because she does something very bad to another woman. She runs away from her town of Arnn to live in the woods and find a place where no one will find her. In the 1850’s, a woman named Albertine Slack is moving from England to America to help her father out on his farm in Arnn, and to marry her father’s neighbor since she is 17 and of age to do so. In 2001, a girl named Honoria moves with her brother Geoffrey move from New York to Arnn with her aunt and uncle because her parents have died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Over the years Elizabeth gets lonely by herself in the woods and just wants to be loved, so she uses simple magic to make sure that anyone who wanders into the woods, can never be able to leave and will be lost forever. Once Albertine gets to America, her father is on a business trip, but she thinks she can make the journey from town to the farm because it’s only a couple miles away through the woods. She is told of the legends but doesn’t believe in witches so she believes she has nothing to fear. On her journey she crosses paths with a few people who make it known that some of them have been trapped for hundreds of years there. Honoria is dared by some new friends at her new school to visit the nicknamed Witchwood Hollow woods and she has a very unique experience when she is in there.
Each time frame was very fun and interesting to read. It’s less than 200 pages so I got it done in one day, and the ending has a huge surprise twist to it that was very shocking. I loved this story though and would love to read more from this author.


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