I’m a fan of free stuff, who isn’t? So I will randomly search Smash Words for some free e-books. I prefer those of a paranormal nature but if something catches my eye I will download it as well. Since I think it’s important to support all artists whether they are free or charge for their work I thought I would post a review of the novel Tales of Aradia: The Last Witch, by L.A. Jones.
“Unknown to the humans who hanged innocent people at the Salem Witch Trials, real witches of the hidden race were slaughtered on the belief that they had betrayed the hiddens to the humans. Not one witch survived the genocide, or so it was believed for more than three hundred years. Until one day a girl named Aradia moves to Salem, Massachusetts, and all that changes.”
About the Author
“I am a twenty-four old college student with Aspergers Syndrome from Bethesda, MD. I have a mother, father, and a sister who is graduating from Towson. My greatest passion is my writing, and I hope it will give my readers as much joy as it does for me. Tales of Aradia the Last Witch is my first book series. You can contact me on Tales of Aradia’s Facebook page.”
Although leery of the free download I finished this novel quickly. I enjoyed it, the story line was good the characters were well thought out and full of emotion.
To set the scene we head to Salem, a great place for any witch to be, and in Salem exists many groups of what the author calls ‘Hiddens’. This includes vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, and fairies, possibly more but that’s all I can recall at this point. Aradia is a teenager, and has extraordinary powers, she is also the last of her kind – a witch.
Since the witches were killed hundreds of years before Aradia’s time (she is transported in time with a spell by another witch as a baby) none of the other hiddens know what she is. Trouble seems to follow Aradia wherever she goes, and she is soon caught up in her own Nancy Drew affair, solving werewolf crimes and dealing with vampire would-be lovers, and all the while managing to hand in her home work on time. She has to deal with everything a normal teenage girl deals with: cute boys, fitting in, social acceptance (not only of humans but hiddens as well) and fights to keep true to herself throughout.
This is a whodunit with a paranormal twist and although I found the whodunit part to be fairly obvious, and I thought it could have held a few more twists or turns I was generally pleased with how the story progressed and ended. There is a definite ‘evil mastermind’ behind the scenes and several more novels in the series to see just when he will make his move. Although a YA novel, I did enjoy it and have purchased the next available novels in the series, and would recommend that those interested in witches and paranormal download as well, why not it’s free!
I look forward to reading more from Ms. Jones.