YA Shot 2018 Tour – Featuring Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

Hi Everyone! Today, I’m happy to invite a couple of guests to Arkham Reviews in order to tell you a bit about YA Shot.

For those of you who are new to this blog, YA Shot is a one-day even that brings together a whole host of young adult and middle grade authors from the UK. It’s basically a massive celebration of that showcases the best of writing for young readers, promoting the joy of reading and inspiring a passion of writing.

This year’s YA Shot takes place on 14th April 2018 and is venue is the Hillingdon Civic Centre, Uxbridge Library and Uxbridge Waterstones. It features a programme of workshops, panels and book signings. If you’re interested, you should totally check out their website – http://www.yashot.co.uk/ – which has details about the events, the authors involved and where you can buy a ticket.

Two of the writers who are taking part in YA Shot this year are Katharine and Elizabeth Corr, who are the authors of The Witch’s Kiss Trilogy. If you’ve been paying attention, you will have noticed that I’ve spoken about each of these books – The Witch’s Kiss, The Witch’s Tears and The Witch’s Blood – over the last couple of months, so feel free to head over to those posts if you want to read more. This post is also part of the official book tour for The Witch’s Blood which was released last week. Check out the bottom of this post for more information about the other stops.

Please read on to learn a little more about these authors, and have a chance to win a copy of the The Witch’s Kiss Trilogy for yourself!

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The Witch’s Tears

Please note that this review may contain spoilers for The Witch’s Kiss. You can read my review of this novel [here].

The Witch’s Tears was written by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr and first published in 2017. It focuses on the continuing adventures of a teenage witch, as she struggles to overcome the death of someone she cared about and learn how to control her powers. The novel follows on shortly after its prequel – The Witch’s Kiss (2016) – left off, and so you really do need to read the novels in sequence to fully appreciate them. The final instalment of the trilogy, The Witch’s Blood, is due for release next month.

Merry still has nightmares about the battle beneath the lake and the terrible sacrifice that she was forced to make. She had believed that everything would get better after Gwydion was destroyed, but that has not happened. She still struggles to perform even the simplest of spells and is growing increasingly isolated by the Coven, many of whom view her as a freak and a danger to them all. Worse still Leo has begun to isolate himself following Dan’s death, straining his friendship with Merry.

When Leo is savagely attacked by a former friend, he is fortunately saved by a mysterious wanderer named Ronan. When Ronan reveals himself to be a wizard, Merry is instantly suspicious of him. Her Gran has always told her the wizards are not to be trusted and her experiences with Gwydion seem to have proven that. However, Ronan makes Leo the happiest he has been in a long time and so Merry agrees not to tell their mother about him.

However, something sinister is targeting members of the magical community. Someone is viciously killing powerful witches, with no seeming motivation or pattern to their attacks. Soon after, Merry’s Gran vanishes from her home and Merry fears the worse. The Coven take this opportunity to block Merry out altogether, refusing to allow her to help in the search. As the Coven show up no leads with their traditional magic, Merry realises that she has no choice but to use forbidden spells to help search for her Gran’s location. However, in doing so she risks her life and those of everyone that she holds dear…

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