Series: Weather Witch #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on June 25, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Steampunk, Young Adult
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In a vastly different and darker Philadelphia of 1844, steam power has been repressed, war threatens from deep, dark waters, and one young lady of high social standing is expecting a surprise at her seventeenth birthday party–but certainly not the one she gets!
Jordan Astraea, who has lived out all of her life in Philadelphia’s most exclusive neighborhood, is preparing to celebrate her birthday with friends, family and all the extravagance they might muster. The young man who is most often her dashing companion, Rowen Burchette, has told her a surprise awaits her and her best friend, Catrina Hollindale, wouldn’t miss this night for all the world!
But storm clouds are gathering and threatening to do far more than dampen her party plans because someone in the Astraea household has committed the greatest of social sins by Harboring a Weather Witch.
Normally I like to kind of sum up the book that I just read and give you my take on what the plot was. This time… Well, to be perfectly honest, I don’t think I know what the plot was here, or what was going on, oh, the entire book?
See, what I have is that Jordan is nobility and that she has a semi-boyfriend in Rowen (also nobility) but her best friend Catrina is jealous and frames Jordan for being a witch, and so Jordan is taken away to be tortured into confessing. So, uh, the Salem Witch Trials. Except with some people having real magic, and there is a paranormal aspect that really made no sense to me. They’re at war with this other species, the witches are lesser beings, and…
Yeah. As you can see, this book was all over the place. Drawing on the basic idea of the witch trials (no really, I was expecting thumb screws and iron maidens to make an appearance) while touching on the themes of racism and jealousy is a bit much. Especially with all the stereotypes at play here. Jordan is a noble woman who can’t do much for herself and she spends a good portion of the novel concerned only with appearances, while Rowen is a bit of a party boy with an appetite for alcohol and food. He and Jordan both deny that they love each other until the very end, while Catrina makes her intentions towards Rowen known pretty quickly and obviously. Catrina’s jealousy and vindictive nature was yet another stereotype, too.
The concept of the witches in this novel is interesting, with the ability to control the weather and all, and the reluctance of the nobility and government to consider anything other than tames witches to fuel everything made a lot of sense for this world. I loved the concept of souls entering a stone to provide power (as morbid as it was!), but to be honest, these were pretty small things when you consider how lost I felt throughout this book.
I wanted to like this, I really did. But even taking a break while reading didn’t help it make sense to me, and so I’m going to have to give it a single star only.
I received copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I just wish I’d really liked this book instead of being disappointed.