Review: The Vine Witch | Tale of Wine or Something… Else?

Review: The Vine Witch | Tale of Wine or Something… Else?The Vine Witch (Vine Witch, #1) by Luanne G. Smith
Published by 47North on October 1, 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Format: Paperback
Pages: 268
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three-half-stars

A young witch emerges from a curse to find her world upended in this gripping fantasy of betrayal, vengeance, and self-discovery set in turn-of-the-century France.

For centuries, the vineyards at Château Renard have depended on the talent of their vine witches, whose spells help create the world-renowned wine of the Chanceaux Valley. Then the skill of divining harvests fell into ruin when sorcière Elena Boureanu was blindsided by a curse. Now, after breaking the spell that confined her to the shallows of a marshland and weakened her magic, Elena is struggling to return to her former life. And the vineyard she was destined to inherit is now in the possession of a handsome stranger.

Vigneron Jean-Paul Martel naively favors science over superstition, and he certainly doesn’t endorse the locals’ belief in witches. But Elena knows a hex when she sees one, and the vineyard is covered in them. To stay on and help the vines recover, she’ll have to hide her true identity, along with her plans for revenge against whoever stole seven winters of her life. And she won’t rest until she can defy the evil powers that are still a threat to herself, Jean-Paul, and the ancient vine-witch legacy in the rolling hills of the Chanceaux Valley.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was given, offered, or taken to alter the opinion forth with.

What an opening. Honestly, this book had me hooked from the start, but I didn’t really get into it until I was about 100 pages in. This starts out as a seemingly innocuous tale of witches making wine, but grows into something much deadlier. That ending had me SPOOKED. There is no denying it.

The characters are each distinct and colorful, which made following everything in the book very easy. I love it when you read a book and you can picture each character so clearly because in some books they can start to blend together. I loved Jean-Paul’s change of heart towards magic. It felt very believable and was well done. I can honestly say the same for Elena as well. When we first meet her, she is nearly consumed with revenge but she slowly overcomes this and her more violent tendencies as the book goes on. Very well done.

Something that does kind of bother me though is that Elena has a hard time doing magic for much of the book. We know that Jean-Paul helps give this magic life, but I didn’t really feel like we were ever given a convincing explanation as to why she had no problem doing magic in the last 100 pages or so, during which she was hardly ever with Jean-Paul.

All in all, I enjoyed The Vine Witch. It’s not the greatest book I’ve ever read but if you’re looking for a shorter book to read that isn’t too spooky, go ahead and pick this one up.

Thank you so much to 47North and WunderKind PR for providing a copy of this book for me to review!

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