Book Review: Switch (The Witches of Armour Hill #1) by: Alyssa Cooper

Publisher: Alyssa Cooper

Publication Date: July 20, 2015

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: Margaret May Reis knows how strange she is; people have been telling her for years. At sixteen years old, though, Maggie begins to realize that strangeness is only half the story. Maggie isn’t just strange – she’s a witch.

Sent to live with a cousin she’s never met, in a city she doesn't remember, Maggie is sure that life as she knows it is over. It doesn't take her long to learn that Peterborough is not at all what it seems. Her first week in the city, Maggie meets a stray cat named Elowen, who seems to appear out of thin air, and a strange girl named Rhosyn, who introduces her to a coven of witches, and assures her that life will never be the same.

The newest member of an ancient coven, Maggie discovers new friends, new powers, and a new lease on life. As she works with her young sisters to hone their magical skills, they stumble across the coven’s darkest secret, one that their governing council has kept hidden for over a century. Caught up in a conspiracy that began with the very first generations of witches, Maggie and her friends tumble down the rabbit hole, reaching blindly for the truth.

It will take three young witches to uncover the secrets that their Matriarch left behind over a century before.

Review: Since Maggie’s family died, she’s been bounced from relative to relative, never staying long in one place. She’s been told she’s strange and evil, but when she meets Rhosyn, she discovers she’s a witch. When Maggie is brought into the ancient coven Rhosyn belongs to, she’s told she’s a “lost strand”, a witch with no previous connection to the coven. Now she’s living at the covenstead and she’s found a dark secret which could tear the coven apart. Along with two friends, Maggie must discover the truth of what was hidden from the coven over a century ago…no matter the cost. SWITCH is the first book in The Witches of Armour Hill series. I enjoyed the story and the characters, but SWITCH could have benefited from a prequel which introduced readers to the intricate world and rich history of the coven. This way, SWITCH could focus more on Maggie’s story without having to give full or partial back-stories to the other characters. SWITCH is an intriguing story filled with action, magic, and secrets.

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