Did you see that gorgeous cover art?
The cover definitely grabbed me. There’s an implied darkness behind the loving embrace of two hands. I felt like this was going to be another intricate fantasy world with a steamy romance. I didn’t exactly receive what I’d hoped for in The Witch and The Vampire.
More character development was needed at the early stages of the book.
We met Ava, a vampire, in her Rapunzel-esque tower that she’s been trapped in by her own mother. Her mother is using Ava for the magic she still has from before she was turned to a vampire. Also keeping her prisoner is a vile human male living with her mother. This had a very interesting start. We sympathize greatly with Ava, and we’re rooting for her. When she does inevitably get out of the tower I expected the “great adventure”, but it fell flat for me after her escape.
Ava has a few close calls with her life before she crosses paths with her old friend, Kaye. Kaye is still a witch and hates Ava. She’s waited two years to finally come face to face with Ava. There’s a strong hatred there, and it’s clear on Kaye’s face when they see each other. Yet, the almost immediately make a pact to travel together. How does that work? I felt like I blinked, and then Ava trusted Kaye with her safety. Witches in this world are trained to kill vampires on sight. Ava knew this, and Kaye never really hid her hatred of the new Ava.
The trust building between them was rushed and relied heavily on what they used to be together. Kaye and Ava go into their heads for a few paragraphs remembering braiding each other’s hair, or just spending time together. Those short memories weren’t enough to make me care about either character, nor their friendship. It was just a little too rushed and not engaging.
This book has a great plot overall, it just needed a little more deep diving into character relationships before their big encounter and ultimate adventure together.
Kristin lives in the PNW with her husband, and three kids. She loves to read YA fiction, fantasy, and romance. She’s recently entered the world of “Booktok” on Tiktok, and is having way too much fun following the trends of young folks. The only shows she watches are re-runs, and if she’s not reading a book she’s listening to one.