Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Skinwalker's Apprentice tour

Today I'm proud to be a part of the 'The Skinwalker's Apprentice tour', hosted by YA Bound. You can view the rest of the tour spots by clicking on the banner above. 

The Skinwalker's Apprentice
by Claribel Ortega
Release Date: 02/24/14

Summary from Goodreads:
New York City 1984: It’s Emerald Kipp’s sixteenth birthday, and nothing has changed. She’s still the biggest loser in school, she’s still trying to find a place for herself and yeah, she’s still a witch. Her last year of high school is turning out to be the worst yet, and Emerald thinks it can’t possibly get any worse. Unfortunately for her, she’s dead wrong.

East Hampton, NY 1658: The Pennyfeathers are the black sheep of their small English settlement. As hard as they try to keep the family secrets just that, the magical bunch just can’t seem to fit in. But when a High Priestess witch chooses 16-year-old Margo Pennyfeather as an apprentice, Margo’s luck finally begins to change. What she doesn’t know, is there’s a lot more to her apprenticeship, and to being a witch, than she could ever imagine

Discover the mysterious beginnings of The Empire Witch Series in "The Skinwalker's Apprentice: An Emerald Kipp Novella."


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My Review

In the Skinwalker's Apprentice the reader follows the story of two characters, one a 1600s witch, Margo Pennyfeather, who comes from a poor family and is chosen to train as an apprentice to the head priestess to become a powerful witch. The other character is a 1980s witch, Emerald Kipp, who lives with her aunt and has to keep her powers hidden from everyone around her. 

Ortega has created a strong plot that interweaves two characters stories set three hundred years apart. Both characters have a hard time trying to fit in to a normal 'teenage' society within the time that their story takes place. The writing is strong and Ortega describes the struggles brilliantly without getting bogged down with too much detail, as well as making the characters relateable.

I liked how the story kept moving between Margo and Emerald's story, but I did find Margo's story to be a lot more thrilling and moved at a more frantic pace, which made me want to rush through Emerald's story just so I could get back to Margo's.

Overall, this was an interesting story and I would recommend the Skinwalker's Apprentice to anyone who loves books on witches or magic.

 About the Author
Claribel Ortega
Claribel Ortega is a graduate of the SUNY Purchase journalism program, and got her start writing for
the school’s Independent Newspaper. There, she quickly rose the ranks from editing the student’s often times hilarious ads and ramblings on the back page of the paper to staff and feature writer.
After graduation, Claribel worked as a reporter for The Rivertowns Enterprise, a local paper in lower Westchester County, New York. As a reporter, she enjoyed going to board of education meetings and texting the town mayors about the line at Starbucks.
Today, Claribel works for The Combined Book Exhibit, a book marketing company in Westchester NY.
She lives in New York with her really awesome boyfriend, her suspiciously intelligent yorkie Pancho Villa and is surrounded by an impenetrable fort of books she gets from her job.
“The Skinwalker’s Apprentice” is her first book, and cheese is her favorite food.

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A signed paperback copy of The Skinwalker's Apprentice
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Posh Stackable Rings
Cameo Bow Necklace
Shopper Tote (design may vary)


Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for being a part of my book tour and for the review!

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