Release Date: October 31, 2016
Genres: Family, Girls & Women, Historical Fiction, loveozya, Young Adult
In 1628, Veronica and her brother flee for their lives into the German woods after their father is burned at the stake.
At the dawn of the eighteenth century, Scottish maid Katherine is lured into political dissent after her parents are butchered for their beliefs.
In present-day Australia, Paisley navigates her way through the burning torches of small-town gossip after her mother’s new-age shop comes under scrutiny.
Three different stories, three different times
HEXENHAUS features three different witch hunts in three different time periods, told in alternating chapters. These alternating chapters can be a bit worrying as sometimes you like one character more than the others and so some chapters become boring. In HEXENHAUS this was not the case, as I really enjoyed all the stories and the distinct voices. Victoria’s POV was very historical fiction-esque, Katharine’s was conversational (it reminded me a bit of CODE NAME VERITY in style), and Paisley’s was a more modern contemporary tone.
Strong, determined, loyal women
All three main characters are incredibly loyal to their family. Their dedication to their loved ones and their determination to protect them no matter what horrors they go through is truly admirable.
Not all endings were happy
I liked all the stories in HEXENHAUS, but there was one in particular that had a lasting impact on me. I won’t say which because spoilers. Basically for the entire time I expected it to go in a different direction, to end happily for the characters as most stories do. But it didn’t. Not at all. I’m still in shock and feel so bad for the character who was lovely. The people she loved really let her down, the poor girl.
All the endings felt abrupt
Right from the beginning the pacing is decent and develops the stories well and this continues until the end. However, after the main climax events occur everything suddenly concludes rather quickly. I think I would have preferred a bit more time wrapping things up because it really felt like I blinked and everything was done. The fact I really wanted more of the character may also explain this feeling haha.
Veronica’s story was my favourite
I did enjoy all the different storylines but if I had to choose, Veronica’s is my most preferred. It’s the oldest period of history and I just really liked the way it unravelled. Hers was also the most slow burn romance, and we all know how much I like those.
HEXENHAUS was a novel I quite enjoyed overall. I really admired the characters and as always, loved the historical aspects of the stories. It was well paced and the only complaint I had was the endings of that the stories felt rather sudden.