TWO Stars ⭐️⭐️
Have you ever bought a book and had it sit unread on your shelf for years? If you are a reader that probably happens quite often, and that was perhaps a dumb question. Let me try this again: Have you ever bought a book and waited too long to read it? So long, in fact, that after reading it you weren’t even sure why you bought it in the first place? That’s basically the standing of this book for me right now.
Sweep is a bind up of the first three books in Cate Tiernan’s YA Wicca series that includes Book of Shadows, The Coven, and Blood Witch. We follow our main character Morgan, a regular high school student with a loving family and close friends, through her introduction to the Wicca religion and the realization she is a witch. Girl meets boy through Wicca, they fall in love, and drama ensues.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of YA fantasy and have no problem reading books from the YA genre….UNLESS the book is written in a way that makes me wonder if I was “THAT unbearably terrible” as a teenager. This bind up is chalked full of high school drama, really over the top teenage dialogue, and a love story that didn’t exactly have anything to do with love outside of good looks and a popularity contest. What this book was truly lacking for me were characters with real personality, a plot that went a bit deeper than “I am a witch and am dating the most wanted guy in school”, and a main character I can somewhat connect with (or at least A relatable character somewhere.)
I picked this book up because I am always up for a good witchy read, especially ones with a spooky element. What disappointed me most about this book was the fact that instead of being story driven, the plot consists of things that just kind of happen, and then get kind of resolved, followed by a bit of dramatic current, and continuing over and over in that fashion. I can see where the author wanted to place a few shock factor events throughout to keep the reader interested, but those events and the feelings that were meant to ensue just weren’t there for me. Everything just felt rushed and I was left feeling even more disconnected from the story.
With this being only the first bind up of a series, who knows? Maybe the plot will take a interesting turn and the characters will begin to actually develop in the next bind up. This possibility may make me curious enough to pick up the next installment, but I am unsure as to whether or not I want to actually go through with this again. For right now, I think I will just leave the series where it is and say I tried. It just wasn’t for me. Maybe I did wait too long to read it, and now the entire tone of the book is lost in translation.
I don’t like giving a book less than three stars. I know how hard authors work to produce something for readers to enjoy and I try to keep that in mind when reading something that just doesn’t quite work for me. So I will end with this:
While the overall story is severely lacking for my reading preferences, I did enjoy the educational element the author offers to those reading. There is a multitude of information on the Wicca religion and a history of knowledge that dates back a thousand years or more. Everyday forms of the religion, what it means to those who practice it, and a brief history on their celebrated holidays are just a few examples of what is introduced within the pages of this bind up. I appreciate history, and whatever feelings on Wicca the reader may have (good or bad), it is always interesting to me to learn about something I’ve only ever heard brief definitions about.
Knowledge is power, as some say. That’s why we read, right?