fantasy · review

Oak And Mistletoe -J.Z.N McCauley

“I think you’re a special girl, of course, but I think you have that tinge of magic some seek. Aligned in your stars.”

 

Blurb: “Catherine Green, along with her twin sister and older brother, travel to Ireland on a college graduate trip. Her vacation takes a permanent turn when she lands her dream job at an art and history museum on her beloved Emerald Isle. She meets a handsome stranger named Bowen, an expert of sorts, on local ancient studies. Through their first meetings are turbulent at best, Catherine finds herself drawn to him. Unaware that she is the key to breaking a hidden curse, Catherine unleashes the evil madman Conall and his druid followers, imprisoned since ancient times. Tragedy and loss ensue, sprouting within Catherine the deep seeds of rage that thrust her onto the damaging path of vengeance.”

*This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Catherine, Kathleen and Danny go on a graduation trip to Ireland and end up staying there permanently, making a home for themselves. When Catherine receives a warning from a stranger, the everyday begins to take a dark turn.

What I loved about this book is the beautiful cover for a start, it echoes the theme of the book perfectly, and also the druid aspect. I didn’t really know much about the druids prior to reading this and it encouraged me to look into that part of history more.  I felt the protagonist – Catherine – was strong.

However, I had a lot of issues with this book. The point of view changed quite a lot without it really being clear when it had changed and for this type of story I felt discovering the secrets through Catherine’s eyes would have worked better. It seemed like I was reading the bones of a story where all the major plot points were planned and written out but then nothing was added to fill the gaps. Everything moved a bit too fast and the characters didn’t seem to react how real people would to certain situations so it was hard to believe anything they did. Everything just felt a bit forced.

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