Review Digest: The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker + Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

June 20, 2015

Title: The Witch Hunter (The Witch Hunter #1)
Author: Virginia Boecker
Publication date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: 
Source: Publisher (NetGalley)
Amazon | Goodreads TBD
Your greatest enemy isn't what you fight, but what you fear.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that's been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth's witch hunting past--if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she's thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.

Virginia Boecker weaves a riveting tale of magic, betrayal, and sacrifice in this unforgettable fantasy debut.
In theory, The Witch Hunter sounds pretty good. A former witch hunter with the super-self-healing powers and a worthy cause? Whats not to like?

Why The Darkness Rising Trilogy Didn't Work For Me

June 14, 2015

Title: Darkness Rising Trilogy
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publication date: April 12, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Rating: 
Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn't know much about her background - the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip - but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island.

Until now.

Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town - from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend's hidden talent for "feeling" out people and situations, to the sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel...different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya's biological parents and it's easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet.

In The Gathering, New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong brings all the supernatural thrills from her wildly successful Darkest Powers series to Darkness Rising, her scorching hot new trilogy.
The Darkness Rising series came highly recommended with several accolades and honours to its name. I've seen raves for this series on almost very book blog I frequent, and the books' Goodreads pages are likewise flooded with balloons and flailing. You would think that a series in which every book has a rating above 4.00 out of 5 would be absolutely brilliant, right?

Not.

A New Chapter: Hitch Theory

June 9, 2015

hitch theory new design new blog name
As you can see, things have changed around here. We've got a new name, a new look, and hopefully, a rekindled enthusiasm for blogging, minus the side of slothfulness.

Origin Story

I fell out of love with the name 'I Read, Ergo I Write' a long time back. It felt to me like it sounded narcissistic and very focused on the 'me' rather than the books, which is what its supposed to be about. Also, what was I thinking to have such a long name? It's takes stupidly long to type the damn thing everywhere, and its difficult to remember too.

Obviously, I knew nothing about branding or promoting *shakes head*.

But even though I decided that things needed to change, I didn't know what to change it to. Which is how the search for the perfect blog name began. I came up with some awesome names, and actually made up a really long list of the contenders on Evernote. But in the end, after thinking about what fit me better, and going through Ashley's tips for choosing a good blog name and coming up the perfect one, I ended up settling on 'Hitch Theory'.