Monday, 25 February 2013

The Witches of the Glass Castle by Gabriella Lepore

The Witches of the Glass Castle
Blurb (From Goodreads):
Mia’s life is thrown through a loop when she discovers her family secret — that she and her brother Dino are witches. After they are sent away to study their craft, they begin down a path that will change their lives forever.

Suddenly thrust into a world where handsome warriors command the power of nature and people’s thoughts and actions can be manipulated at will, Mia and Dino struggle to navigate their own allegiances and do what they know to be right when everything around them seems beyond their control.

The Witches of the Glass Castle by Gabriella Lepore

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The Witches of the Glass Castle(Source: Purchased from Amazon – used.)
16-year-old Mia and 17-year-old Dino are siblings, and they’ve just survived a fire in their basement. A fire that was started when Mia read some strange words that were written on the wall down there.
Their mother and aunt don’t seem in the least concerned about the fire though, and instead tell them that they are witches!

Mia and Dino are then taken to a strange glass castle owned by a woman called Wendolyn, and left there to learn about witchcraft.
Dino seems to instantly know his power, while Mia finds things a little more difficult.

Hunters (a type of witch) have been spotted just outside the property’s limits though, and Wendolyn is concerned about what they are doing and what they want.
Will Mia ever discover her powers? What do the hunters want? And why is Dino behaving so strangely?

In short – this book had some major flaws, and just didn’t do it for me.

I quite liked this book at the beginning, although I found it really difficult to get into. By halfway I was having to force myself to get through this to the end.

Mia was an okay character, but she was a bit whiney, and a bit stupid too at times. She was warned that the two types of witches – the arcane, and hunters, did not mix, and that she was to stay away from the resident hunters at the glass castle, and even more importantly, to not leave the castles grounds. Almost immediately, Mia then goes wandering off into the forest (strike one), then starts obsessing over one of the hunters that she bumps into (strike two), starts making excuses to go searching for said hunter (strike three), gets in a sticky situation with one of the other hunters (strike four), drinks the first hunters blood (strike five), gets said hunter shot and then allows him to drink her blood (strike six), and on, and on, and on, and on (strike one million).

I really wished that Mia would just get some sense, start looking out for herself, and stop obsessing over this boy who really didn’t even seem to have proper emotions. Colt was a really strange character. His emotions were seriously stunted, he warned Mia that he wanted to kill her(!), and he was just really wooden. It was almost like he was a different species (ah, I guess he was!), and even when he seemed to be searching Mia out, and she thought that he had feelings for her, it was more like he wanted to study her, or wanted her as a pet or something. He really didn’t seem to have the sort of feelings Mia wanted him to have.

Mia really annoyed me in this way, because she just had so little sense, I really felt like smacking her at times, just to see if it knocked some sense into her.

Dino was another odd character. First he’s so mean to Mia that he makes her cry, and then he’s defending her. He was really against the hunters outside the boundaries initially, but then seemed to do a total u-turn. He also made friends with another boy at the castle, and then totally turned his back on him. Dino was just odd, and I really didn’t care for him at all.

Parts of the storyline also annoyed me. A certain person gets hit in the chest with an arrow, almost dies from the poison on the tip, and then once the poison is neutralised is perfectly okay. What about the hole in their chest from where the arrow went in? This is never even mentioned! Sorry, but that just irritates me. Surely if you get hit in the chest by an arrow, it’s going to do some damage.

While said person is dying from the poison, he ways that his friends will come looking for him because he’s dying. Once he’s healed, he says that they won’t be looking for him now ‘cause he’s okay. Er, Hello! Won’t they come looking to ask what the hell is going on? Just ‘cause he’s no longer dying they’ll just go back to whatever they were doing? Sorry, but that just doesn’t cut it with me.

I was having to force myself to keep reading this book by the 70% mark, and then the good old ‘Luke, I your father!’ storyline gets brought out. Give me a break. I’m so sick of getting to the end of a book and finding out that the main characters absentee father is the bad guy. Believe me when I say that it really didn’t add anything to this book, and it wasn’t even well done.

Eventually I got to the end of this book. I can’t say that I wasn’t really pleased to be finished! The ending was okay, if a little predictable, and then there was a bit of a romantic revelation that was quite positively puke-worthy.
Overall; someone else may like this book, but it just didn’t do it for me. Too many flaws and wooden characters and predictable storylines.
5 out of 10.


  1. Ugh, whinny and stupid characters drive me crazy. It's never good when you have to force yourself to finish a book. Sorry it didn't work out.

  2. Ick!!! sorry this one didn't work for you. Doesn't sound so exciting. :( Thanks for sharing!

  3. Oh noes. Mia sounds like someone I'd want to punch >.< Too bad this wasn't what you were expecting especially after it starts out good it's even more annoying when it goes downhill. Boo-urns!

  4. I don't think I would get along with Mia either.
    Hope your next read is better.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  5. This review made me laugh. It sounds like one of those stories where you wonder if it had an editor at all.

  6. Uh Oh! A foolish character is a no no for me. Love the title and the cover though!