ARC: The Lost Witch by Melvin Burgess | Review

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I would like to thank Andersen and Melvin Burgess for sending me this ARC via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.


The Lost Witch
Published August 2nd 2018 by Andersen


Bea has started to hear and see things that no one else can – creatures, voices, visions. Then strangers visit Bea and tell her she is different: she has the rare powers of a witch. They warn her she is being hunted. Her parents think she is hallucinating and needs help. All Bea wants to do is get on with her life, and to get closer to Lars, the mysterious young man she has met at the skate park. But her life is in danger, and she must break free. The question is – who can she trust?

Carnegie Medal-winner Melvin Burgess returns with a powerful, thrilling fantasy for young adults about magic, myth and following your instincts.


This book sucked. It sucked so much that I did something that I have only ever done once with a book.

I DNF’d. I couldn’t do it. I managed about 53% before I had to throw the towel in and accept that this book was not going to get any better.

So, let me dive into some of the reasons why I had to put this book down.

  • The writing was childish, making unbearable to read.
  • The main character, whose name I have forgotten as she wasn’t memorable, was the worst. Dull, boring, pretty much a piece of wood.
  • THE WORLDBUILDING SUCKED. There was no development. You are thrust into it from the moment you start reading. HATE THIS SO MUCH.
  • Main character pretty much finds out from the very beginning she’s a witch and she’s just like, “Ah no, okay cool I’ll deal with it” !?!?!?!? WHAT.
  • A 17-year-old boy is coming onto her and I swear she’s only 13!? Sorry, no thanks.
  • The plot felt rushed and all over the place.


I probably could think of tons more but I think you get the picture. The book felt rushed and the thought process behind it felt as if it lacked any real planning.

I NEVER WANT TO SEE THIS BOOK AGAIN. Unfortunately I had to give this book a 1/5* on Goodreads but in my opinion it’s a -10000000000.


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