Review: Curse of a Witch’s Blood by Hayley L. Morgan

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*We received this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Strange things have been happening to Eve Jones, things that she can’t explain. All Eve wants is for the bullying to stop, so she is no longer a social outcast. But every time she sets foot in her horrible high school, lockers go crazy and inanimate objects crash. 

One night after her worst day of school yet, she wakes up to find people attacking her father. Even more surprising, one of the people helping her dad is her mother, who Eve has only seen in pictures. These strangers succeeded in kidnapping her father and Eve is whisked away by her mother to a different town.

Finally, Eve learns the truth about her background: the people who took her dad are demigods, and her dad is really a powerful sorcerer, making Eve a witch. She always thought her mother, Marianna, never cared about her, but she really was keeping Eve safe from a distance. Marianna serves as the High Priestess of the witches coven and she invites Eve to join. Eve is apprehensive at first, until she starts attending classes, makes a group of friends and finds a familiar.

Things aren’t easy though. Eve has a lot of trouble with her magic and she quickly learns that is because her birth was a prophecy. She is the first one to be born from both a witch and sorcerer, making her magic unique and her life valuable. After learning this, all Eve wants to do is rescue her father. Except, this turns out to be more dangerous and difficult than anyone expected. 

This book originally gave us serious Chilling Adventures of Sabrina vibes. Though we learned that there turned out to be a lot of differences from the show, especially since the coven isn’t evil.

We had a bit of trouble getting into Curse of a Witch’s Blood. The plot moved quite slowly. The writing was fine, but it was almost difficult to read about Eve. We felt like we didn’t get much of a sense of Eve’s personality. She has a love interest named Parker, yet there wasn’t much chemistry or any romantic scenes. To be completely honest: Claire had to make this one as a Did Not Finish (DNF) for all of these reasons. She had an incredibly hard time getting into the storyline, and found no connection to Eve’s character. 

The pace started to pick up in the second half of the book. The best part of the book were the action scenes toward the end. We don’t want to spoil it, but you can look forward to a few surprises that definitely added to Eve’s story. The second book in the series, Curse of a Witch’s Body, has a lot of potential. Hopefully Morgan writes more action scenes and concentrates on the budding romance between Eve and Parker. We hope there are more surprises in store! 

Rating: ⭐⭐.5/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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