Welcome to another exciting spotlight event with Novel Publicity. This time, with Author Fayr Willow The Witches of Panay! As usual, we’ve got a great slate of bloggers sharing their thoughts on this book, and some unique and super fun prizes in our rafflecopter contest!
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(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
While the plot of this book did sound a bit intriguing, I found it to be quite disappointing by the time I got to the end of this.
I felt that Larissa didn’t really have much depth to her. She didn’t have to work for anything… and I had no idea what the world was supposed to be like. I’d assumed that they were on modern-day Earth, but there seemed to be a lot of people who knew about the witches, to the point that the witch taxi service seemed to be Googable.
There was too much in the way of information dumping in this book. I found it very hard to believe in the friendship between Larissa, Chantelle and Jake… and it seemed completely strange that Jake would change his name, considering that there was nothing about them needing to keep so much secret… and, in fact, there was nothing about ‘normal’ humans and how they fit in with everything.
While the details about the Northern Lights having holes in them were intriguing, I was too busy trying to figure out why, if Larissa was known to be the Chosen One, no one bothered to give her any training until it was almost too late. What magic could she do? What were her strengths? Weaknesses? How did her friendship with Chantelle come into being?
While reading, I felt I was missing a huge part of this story. The different creatures were interesting, but there was nothing about the history. And I really didn’t understand the whole witches thing. There seemed to be different kinds of witches that weren’t really explored… not to mention the implications that the evil witches weren’t anything but caricatures. What were their pasts? What made a witch evil? By the end of the book, I had very little in the way of information or background.
The writing itself kept switching between past and present tense, as well as slipping out of first person. I found this book really quite disappointing and I don’t intend to read the next book/s in this series.
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About the Book
Magickal romance sizzled when teens Larissa and Jake, met again on Earth. Friends as children, they once lived on Panay, a planet of witches, good and bad. After the Dark Queen and her Empire Witches attacked Larissa’s village, she and her mother had no choice but to flee Panay and seek refuge on Earth. Then, at sixteen, Larissa found Jake in her region of Yorkshire, England. What began as a crush on this dashing boy led to something deeper. Their understanding of one another deepened and their thoughts, thought alike as they travelled through dangerous paths of Magickal Realms and through Earth’s Scandinavian section that is Norway.
Malika Gandhi is known as Fayr Willow, for The Witches of Panay series. She was born in India and brought up in the UK. She lives with her husband and her two boys in the East Midlands. Malika Gandhi is a part-time writer and has written three books that are based in India and the UK. The Witches of Panay is her first book for Young Adults and above.