Thank you to Netgalley, Sara Pascoe and the Independent Book Publishers Association for allowing me to read and review this book about a teen witch. I enjoyed following Raya’s journey of self-discovery.
This is a wonderful story about a young girl, who has had a difficult life and is struggling to come to terms with her past. Raya finds it difficult to let anyone get close to her and vice-versa. She is in foster care but wants to run away and be free to make her own choices. In her quest to find herself and establish her independence, Raya quickly discovers that she is an integrator (witch). This turns out to be a huge relief to her as it explains some of the weird things happening to her.
She is quickly immersed in a new world of adventures, which relies on her mastering her new skills to save herself and her companions.
Oscar, her talking cat companion, is a fun yet wise character. Who wouldn’t want a talking cat?
Raya is a troubled teen, who is initially irresponsible and selfish, but later realises the value of her friends and lets them into her life.
Bryony is her tutor and attempts to help Raya practise her new time travel skills. She even tries to save her when things go awry.
I liked most of the secondary characters as well.
I enjoyed the contemporary setting of the story as well as the historical period featured during the time travel.
I thought that the time travel, which wholly depended on Raya’s wishing to be elsewhere, was believable and added significantly to the storyline.
Raya’s past and her perceptions of her life were explained in an authentic and easy to understand way. I think that it helps the reader understand her character better and allows them to relate more easily to her.
There was a well thought out moral underpinning the story.
I think that teens aged 13–15 would especially enjoy this story.
All in all, it was an enjoyable read giving a troubled teen a voice and letting her find and embrace acceptance and love.
This book deserves