A Witch's Aura
16 October 2013
About the Book:
Gamic reaches her sixteenth birthday a
family secret is revealed to her that both
explains and complicates her life. Things
that have seemed strange all her life begin
to make sense and she embraces this new
knowledge wholeheartedly. Her only regret
being that this knowledge may threaten her
burgeoning relationship with
seventeen-year-old Kruise Wright.
relationship develops, Shayde struggles to
decide how to reveal her true nature,
unaware that the effect of this revelation
will be more momentous and potentially
devastating than she ever imagined. Can she
uphold the destiny bestowed on her by her
ancestors, or will her love for Kruise
ultimately destroy her?
I am a 30 year old stay at home mom to a wonderful little boy named Gauge. After a very hard start into this world, he reminds me daily of what strength really is.
Writing is my passion and it has continued to be my
bliss and light when I sat in the darkest corners
imaginable and stared death in the face. This world I
created in my mind was the light in my dark and I hope
it brings light to many, many more.
Witch’s Aura has romance.
It has magic. And it has suspense. That’s a pretty
potent combination and it works. The book is gripping.
It’s been a long time since I was a teenager, and a long
time (though shorter) since I have read a book for
teenagers. I had forgotten the intensity that is the
teenage years – how every little commonplace thing is
vibrant and vital. Devon Volkel has captured this with
uncanny accuracy, and she manages to communicate it
really well. I know Devon Volkel is an adult, but I
could have sworn I was reading a book for teenagers by a
teenager. It wasn’t until she introduced adult dialogue
that I realised she could actually write something
else. The situations are authentic, the dialogue is
authentic, the activities are authentic, and the whole
teenage scene is so real. It is a shame that there are
quite a few editorial errors in the book, and moments
when the writing is a little forced, but even they
contributed to the teenage feel of the narrative.
The romance is gripping. With
names like Kruise and Shayde, it had to go well, but it
is handled incredibly well. I had forgotten the
massive suspense leading up to a first kiss!! And
while that sounds like it’s written for “chicks”, the
male attitude to romance is there as well. The romantic
aspects of the plot and the magical aspects create
suspense that builds and builds. The story contains
several plot climaxes, and “gripping” describes them
well. There were times when I was torn between putting
the book down because I couldn’t stand it any longer,
and turning the page because I had to find out what
happened. Devon is a consummate story teller.
There was “Romeo and Juliet”, then
“West Side Story” and now “A Witch’s Aura” – an old
theme re-worked with yet another modern twist.
In the end all of the threads of
the story are tied up nicely and I certainly felt the
promise of a sequel. And despite the fact that I don’t
normally read teenage/YA fiction, this sequel is one I will be
watching out for.
(PS definitely for young adults.
Check for yourself before giving the book to someone
under, say, 17)