The Snow Witch

The Snow Witch

A GRANDFATHER CLOCK. A GLASS LOCKET. A POWERFUL CURSE UNLEASHED ON CHRISTMAS EVE.Twelve-year-old Kitty Wigeon can't wait for Christmas at St Flurries, a grand old manor house in the countryside, until one chilly night she vanishes without a trace.One hundred years later… Still grieving over the death of their mother, Kes Bunting and his younger sister Star, are sent to liv...

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Title:The Snow Witch
Author:Rosie Boyes
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The Snow Witch Reviews

  • Sam (samyinbookworld)

    The Snow Witch is children’s book written by Rosie Boyes who also wrote Clemmie’s War. Like the first book, I also enjoyed reading this one as well, though I have to admit that I love this one more than the previous book.

    It’s a story about a brother and sister called Kes and Star who lose their both parents and were put in foster care. About six months after their mother’s death they are found by their grandmother who lives in an old family home. Soon after Kes and Star move in, Star becomes ill

    The Snow Witch is children’s book written by Rosie Boyes who also wrote Clemmie’s War. Like the first book, I also enjoyed reading this one as well, though I have to admit that I love this one more than the previous book.

    It’s a story about a brother and sister called Kes and Star who lose their both parents and were put in foster care. About six months after their mother’s death they are found by their grandmother who lives in an old family home. Soon after Kes and Star move in, Star becomes ill and Kes encounters a Snow Witch whose a 100 years old curse, he has to break.

    The characters are interesting and lovable. Ofcourse my favourite character are Kes and Star because they teach children about the bond that is amidst a brother and sister. Even though they don’t really know their grandmother, they soon grow fond of her and she of them. I love how Rosie presents value of family, love and friendship in such a sweet way.

    As the first book, this one also has a unique style of writing which is sweet and bubbly. At the same time it’s not to simple, but it gives a child a chance to broaden his/hers vocabulary. Rosie does know how to write a wonderful book for children.

    If I had children, I would definitely give them this book to read!

    The review was originally posted on my blog:

  • Daydreamer

    The Snow Witch by Rosie Boyes

     

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

     

    Rating: 5/5 stars

     

    Synopsis:

    Star and Kes are sent to their grandmother to start a new life. But soon, things go missing and little messages are left throughout the house. It’s all about the Snow Witch and Kes has to help her, especially since his sister’s life depends on it.

     

    My thoughts:

    Some parts of the story were predictable, but there also were some surprises. Not to mention, that this is set in two

    The Snow Witch by Rosie Boyes

     

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

     

    Rating: 5/5 stars

     

    Synopsis:

    Star and Kes are sent to their grandmother to start a new life. But soon, things go missing and little messages are left throughout the house. It’s all about the Snow Witch and Kes has to help her, especially since his sister’s life depends on it.

     

    My thoughts:

    Some parts of the story were predictable, but there also were some surprises. Not to mention, that this is set in two different times, which makes everything more awesome than it already is! I really liked the story, how it was built up and how it ended. Especially the ending! It was so sweet and perfect for this book! I’m sure I’ll reread it when it’s close to Christmas.

    I couldn’t put the book out of my hand, because I just had to know how all this ends!

     

    Kes is an adorable protagonist, Star is just as sweet. The Snow Witch also is really interesting. I also liked the Grandma and Genevieve. Okay, I basically liked everyone, but how couldn’t I? They’re all adorable and get to develop at a nice pace.

     

    Again, his book takes parts of our history and turns it into a fairytale like setting. This one was again inspired by a World War; the name was just changed into “Great Winter War”. The focus was on the house and its direct surroundings and I really enjoyed the description of the Witch’s life!

     

    I could imagine everything really well; the language was picturesque and adorable. I liked the sections, which played at different times and gave a lot of background. I was never bored and really cheered for the kids in the end!

    It’s an adorable read with lovely descriptions and brave characters! It’s one of my favourites now!

     

  • Brenda

    The Snow Witch is the second book that I've read by Rosie Boyes, Clemmie's War being the first. I've always enjoyed old houses filled with nooks and crannies, expansive libraries brimming with books, a ballroom, and parlor. While I'm not quite ready for winter yet, I do love stories that give you that magical wintery feeling of swirling snowflakes, ice skating on a frozen lake, and breath visible in the crisp air. I was also really drawn to the premise of The Snow Witch, wanting to learn more ab

    The Snow Witch is the second book that I've read by Rosie Boyes, Clemmie's War being the first. I've always enjoyed old houses filled with nooks and crannies, expansive libraries brimming with books, a ballroom, and parlor. While I'm not quite ready for winter yet, I do love stories that give you that magical wintery feeling of swirling snowflakes, ice skating on a frozen lake, and breath visible in the crisp air. I was also really drawn to the premise of The Snow Witch, wanting to learn more about how the different components, grandfather clock, locket, and the curse were going to be linked together. I mean mystery and an old manor, sounds right up my alley.

    I think the story touched on everything that I was looking for and then some. I enjoyed getting to know the various characters that inhabited St. Flurries, everyone from Goldie the 7-foot tall handyman to Chat the Cat. St. Flurries sounds absolutely adorable, despite it being rumored to be haunted, or maybe because of. Even Lady Bunting sounds wonderfully generous and kind, having spent most of her money trying to find the siblings. There's the mysterious disappearance of Kitty, the hundred-year-old curse, gypsies, and a riddle for Kes to solve. Oh, this was such a delightful read. I enjoyed how both sides of the story were reflected by splitting it into different parts, beginning in 2018 with Kes and Star, reflecting back to 1918 to tell Kitty's story and then coming back to the present. And Kitty, she's such a sweet girl and I was so saddened by the events that led to her to be bound to the grounds of St. Flurries. Overall, The Snow Witch was a delightful story of family, the bonds between brother and sister, and that "family always sticks together."

    **An E ARC was received from the author in exchange for an honest review**

  • Nancy (The Avid Reader)

    When Kes and Star Bunting’s mother dies they are sent to live in foster care. They have no relatives that they know of except for their father who left them a long time ago before their mother died. Kes and Star have no idea if he is even still alive and don’t actually care. Their father loved to drink and gamble and became very abusive.

    Kes and Star are later sent to live with their grandmother at St Flurries, an old house in the country with grand staircases, libraries and lots of rooms filled

    When Kes and Star Bunting’s mother dies they are sent to live in foster care. They have no relatives that they know of except for their father who left them a long time ago before their mother died. Kes and Star have no idea if he is even still alive and don’t actually care. Their father loved to drink and gamble and became very abusive.

    Kes and Star are later sent to live with their grandmother at St Flurries, an old house in the country with grand staircases, libraries and lots of rooms filled with mystery with an eccentric staff. Kes and Star had no idea that they had a grandmother. Kes and Star thought they were alone in the world with no one to love or care for them until they meet Granny Bird as they call her and found out that she spent most of her money looking for them over the years and is now left with no money and no way to keep the manor at St Flurries so she has made plans to sell it.

    100 years ago twelve year old Kitty goes missing and is presumed dead but what no one knows is that a curse was placed on Kitty by an old witch. Kitty must find someone who can break the curse or she will die. The only person who can break the curse or is even strong enough has to be blood kin to Kitty but she has no idea who that is. Can Kitty find a way to break the curse before it is too late? How will she break the curse? Who is the blood relative who may be able to break it? Does Kitty even have any relatives left alive after all these years?

    The Snow Witch is a very fast paced read that shows the love between brother and sister. It also shows that you don’t have to be blood kin to be family. It takes more than blood to make a family. It takes love and caring and thinking about someone other than yourself. I loved all the characters in The Snow Witch like Kes, Star, Kitty, Granny Bird, Goldie and Genevieve. Each character deserves a standing ovation as well as the writing. The Snow Witch flows along smoothly and keeps you coming back for more.

    I would highly recommend The Snow Witch to all ages who loves a good fantasy with a little magic thrown in.

  • Ashley Gillan

    I love a good fairy tale - especially ones with a little bit of a dark side. "The Snow Witch" by Rosie Boyes really scratched that itch for me - while it is technically a "young adult" book, it is a really well-crafted story with plenty to keep both young readers and adults entertained.

    The book follows brother and sister pair Kes and Star, foster children who gets news that a relative has stepped forward to care for them, and that relative lives in a grand old house called St. Flurries, which is

    I love a good fairy tale - especially ones with a little bit of a dark side. "The Snow Witch" by Rosie Boyes really scratched that itch for me - while it is technically a "young adult" book, it is a really well-crafted story with plenty to keep both young readers and adults entertained.

    The book follows brother and sister pair Kes and Star, foster children who gets news that a relative has stepped forward to care for them, and that relative lives in a grand old house called St. Flurries, which is full of crazy characters, including possibly, a ghost. Kes has to solve the mystery of the house, hidden deep in the past, to keep him and his sister safe.

    The story is told from two perspectives in two different time periods and both stories are interesting - I liked both storylines and thought both moved the action along really well.

    The characters are what really makes this book, however. The cast of characters that inhabit St. Flurries are amazing, from Granny Bird, to her staff and companions (both human and feline). Boyes did a fabulous job crafting a world that really sucks you in and grabs you.

    The author also does a great job at evoking a wide range of emotions throughout the book - from fear, to happiness, to sadness and then back to happy. This book really runs the gamut. I enjoyed it immensely and think that any reader who wants to cozy up with a quick read this winter that is just enough of a dark fairy tale to keep you interested until the very end.

    Highly recommended,

  • Connie Huddleston

    I received a pre-release copy for a review.

    The Snow Witch is a fairy tale, a mystery, and a fantasy all mixed up in one glorious little story. The author, Rosie Boyes, started with a couple of orphaned children, Kes and Star, and continued her story into the past, back to the future, and into a fantasy world of gypsy curses. Her characters include a Granny Bird and her household full of caretakers and friends; Kitty, a girl from many years in the past; and a couple of snow white animals, just fo

    I received a pre-release copy for a review.

    The Snow Witch is a fairy tale, a mystery, and a fantasy all mixed up in one glorious little story. The author, Rosie Boyes, started with a couple of orphaned children, Kes and Star, and continued her story into the past, back to the future, and into a fantasy world of gypsy curses. Her characters include a Granny Bird and her household full of caretakers and friends; Kitty, a girl from many years in the past; and a couple of snow white animals, just for pranks. They are all kept in line by a grandfather clock that runs backward. I dare say, most middle graders will find something to love in this delightful tale of suspense.

  • Darque  Dreamer

    The Snow Witch is full of magic and childhood nostalgia. It’s two parts fantasy and one part faerie tale. If you love stories like The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and the Nutcracker, you will fall in love with this one!

    I absolutely adored this one! It was such an easy read, but so full of life and wonder! It was spectacularly written and beautifully vivid. Definitely a one sitting kind of read!

    I loved the way the story was told. Part one was told from Kes’s perspective and followed he and

    The Snow Witch is full of magic and childhood nostalgia. It’s two parts fantasy and one part faerie tale. If you love stories like The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and the Nutcracker, you will fall in love with this one!

    I absolutely adored this one! It was such an easy read, but so full of life and wonder! It was spectacularly written and beautifully vivid. Definitely a one sitting kind of read!

    I loved the way the story was told. Part one was told from Kes’s perspective and followed he and his sister as they were sent to live with their grandmother. Part two was told from Kitty’s perspective almost 100 years prior, detailing the events leading up to her disappearance, and the appearance of the Snow Witch. Part three was then told from Kitty’s perspective in journal entries, which were both detailed and realistic feeling. Part four was told from Kes’s perspective again to round off the story, and part five was a special addition to part four to complete the puzzle.

    It was quite interesting. I loved how the story made me feel the childhood nostalgia I got from watching the new Nuctracker movie recently. It also reminded me of the story behind Narnia and the siblings that found it through the wardrobe. It held all the magic, emotion, and beauty I loved from those classic tales, but stood on its own with originality and passion.

    I fell in love with all the characters, especially Kes since he was so devoted to his sister. They really made the story soar. I also loved how Rosie created this little world and entwined both time periods so well. Everything was just perfect!

    I just felt so satisfied after reading this! It had lively characters, enchantment, beauty, a well developed world, and it gave me all the feels. It was like The Secret Garden met The Snow Queen. I’d definitely recommend it because it got all the stars from me!

    Thank you to the author for providing me with this free e-ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  • Mummy Reading

    I received a pre-release copy of this book from Rosie Boyes herself in return for an honest review. The Snow Witch is a beautiful middle-grade novel which blends mystery, fantasy and the fairytale genre in one luxurious winter story.The book begins by introducing us to our main protagonist, Kes and his sister, Star who have had a difficult time of late. We soon learn that their mother is dead and they have no idea where their useless and violent father is.The plot begins to unravel as the brothe

    I received a pre-release copy of this book from Rosie Boyes herself in return for an honest review. The Snow Witch is a beautiful middle-grade novel which blends mystery, fantasy and the fairytale genre in one luxurious winter story.
The book begins by introducing us to our main protagonist, Kes and his sister, Star who have had a difficult time of late. We soon learn that their mother is dead and they have no idea where their useless and violent father is.
The plot begins to unravel as the brother and sister are given to their 'Granny Bird' - who is a lost relative and has offered to care for them.
Once the children move into Granny Bird's home - St Flurries - we're introduced to a host of characters and, importantly we meet Kitty who is a small child that went missing 100 years ago!
The story was enjoyable, paced and well written. I think being close to Christmas this would be a lovely festive read for children and adults alike! There's something to love for everyone.
3.5 🌟

  • Amy

    I was provided with an advanced e-book of 'Snow Witch' in exchange for an honest review, and whilst I do not usually take on ebooks I found myself compelled by the synopsis and I just HAD to find out more.

    The book begins with an introduction to Kes and Star - brother and sister who have recently been Orphaned and are in foster care, their mother is dead and they have no idea where their waste of space father is. The story quickly unravels and reveals that they have a had a relative come forward

    I was provided with an advanced e-book of 'Snow Witch' in exchange for an honest review, and whilst I do not usually take on ebooks I found myself compelled by the synopsis and I just HAD to find out more.

    The book begins with an introduction to Kes and Star - brother and sister who have recently been Orphaned and are in foster care, their mother is dead and they have no idea where their waste of space father is. The story quickly unravels and reveals that they have a had a relative come forward to accept their care - their grandmother 'Granny Bird' that they knew nothing about, who happens to be mother of their waste of space father!

    Soon Kes and Star arrive at the new mansion in the countryside that they are to call home over the Christmas period - St Flurries. Due to their grandmother spending a fortune trying to find them over the years she can no longer afford the home and has plans to sell it.

    We are introduced to a number of different Characters throughout the book, from housekeeping staff to Genevieve - a 'crazy' old lady that has been living with Granny Bird for years - as well as Kitty, the small child that went missing 100 years ago! The character development is swift and basic, this was a refreshing change because I find a lot of books for younger audiences really focus around the characters which means the general story really loses its magic. This was not the case with Snow Witch, it continued to grip and compel you.

    I devoured this book. I really enjoyed that the flow of the story was interrupted with flashbacks 100 years ago to Kitty's childhood, as well as the journal entries of the Snow Witch. This delivered plenty of information all while keeping you intrigued at how the mystery of the curse was to be broken.

    The execution of this book was delivered perfectly. It was not drawn out over plenty of lifeless pages, it was direct - fast paced and magical. All loose ends were tied up and answered in one smooth motion and we were even treated to one further flashback, which I believed was vital to the story.

    Overall: 4* - An enchanting, magical fairytale - perfect for children and big kids alike!

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