ARC Review: Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

June 4, 2015 Review 26 ★★★½

ARC Review: Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
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Publisher: Hatchette
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 368
Release Date: June 4th, 2015
Series: The Witch Hunter #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Grey doesn't look dangerous. A tiny, blonde, wisp of a girl shouldn't know how to poison a wizard and make it look like an accident. Or take out ten necromancers with a single sword and a bag of salt. Or kill a man using only her thumb. But things are not always as they appear. Elizabeth is one of the best witch hunters in Anglia and a member of the king's elite guard, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and bringing those who practice it to justice. And in Anglia, the price of justice is high: death by burning.

When Elizabeth is accused of being a witch herself, she's arrested and thrown in prison. The king declares her a traitor and her life is all but forfeit. With just hours before she's to die at the stake, Elizabeth gets a visitor - Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful wizard in Anglia. He offers her a deal: he will free her from prison and save her from execution if she will track down the wizard who laid a deadly curse on him.

As Elizabeth uncovers the horrifying facts about Nicholas's curse and the unwitting role she played in its creation, she is forced to redefine the differences between right and wrong, friends and enemies, love and hate... and life and death.

The first book in an incredible new series set in a fantastical medieval world.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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WITCH HUNTER was a highly entertaining read that kept my attention from the first few chapters. There was plenty of action, interesting plot, good characters, cute romance, and not much that I can complain about.

It took me two weeks to read WITCH HUNTER because of bloody study getting in my way. Unlike other books, this lack of time to read didn’t affect my reading experience. It was very easy to get back into the book every time I read in a study break. They were often meant to be ten minute study breaks but turned into twenty minute breaks because I “accidentally” tapped to the next chapter on my kindle.

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The writing and pacing of the book were the main reasons I found it so easy to read. WITH HUNTER is written in first person present tense, which has always kept my eyes flowing. Plus the action and plot development rarely slows down. The characters are always going somewhere and doing something and there were even a few little twists I wasn’t expecting! The only thing that may have slowed me down a little was a formatting issue that’s not a fault of the book itself (for some reason, my Netgalley ARCs like to make some letters disappear so I have to guess what the word is. It’s happened with more than one book from there -__- )

World building wise, Boecker did a really good job I believe. I don’t normally consciously look for world building, but I take the fact that I’m not confused about anything as a sign it was done well. There was no obvious info dumping and things were always explained or shown just enough at the right points in the story.

Another aspect of WITCH HUNTER I really enjoyed was the characters themselves. Highly entertaining people they were, and all so interesting or more unique. They made me laugh a lot, especially George. I also enjoyed reading about every single one even the villain(s). Not one person got on my nerves and they all underwent some form of growth, which is something I always appreciate.

WITCH HUNTER does contain a bit of romance as a side plot. It’s slow burn and wasn’t a big part of the plot (though it was part of some character development). I’m sort of surprised by how much I actually ship the main couple. They’re so awkward with each other, it lead to a lot of second hand embarassment. Have to be honest though, it was a bit adorable.


WITCH HUNTER is a book I’d  recommend to people looking for a fast paced, action packed fantasy. The magic was cool, the characters fun, and the plot entertaining. The story made for a book that was very hard to put down. I’m very much looking forward to where things go in the sequel.

Rating Report
Overall: 3.7

26 Responses to “ARC Review: Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker”

    • Bec

      It’s funny how different people can interpret books. Some of the things I read I think I might not have liked if I wasn’t in the mood for it so I’m sort of lucky XD

      They are great books! Well for enjoyment and happiness. Not so good for the stress :P

  1. Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books

    This isn’t a book I’d normally be interested in, but for some reason, I keep thinking I’ll like it. I’m also trying to break out of my usual reading habits and try different things. I’m glad you liked it and found it exciting!! This is the first review of it that I’ve read and I’m glad it was a good one :)
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    • Bec

      Every now and then you need to step out from the comfort of your usual reads and try something new/different! You can end up being pleasantly surprised :)

  2. Kirsty-Marie

    You’re not alone, mind was doing that too, I luckily got a finished copy from them so finished it that way because the missing letters were doing my head in. Glad you enjoyed this one (I didn’t as much, but I think that was because of the mood I was in- and in the beginning, the formatting) enjoyed the second half better though, and haha, yeah, the romance was cute, I was expecting more after he found out about her, but still.
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    • Bec

      I’ve had a few ARCs from NG do it and it can get annoying because sometimes vital letters or entire words are missing :(

      Mood definitely has a big potential effect reading this! I was looking for something to distract me from study and this was perfect.

    • Bec

      Witches and magic are cool but now that I think of it I haven’t read that many, which is sort of a surprise. Glad I could introduce you to Witch Hunter :)

    • Bec

      I haven’t seen many reviews for this around. Saying that, I haven’t really had time to look. I think if you’re in the right mood this book could be a heap of fun! Not having annoying characters is super helpful.

  3. Adriana @ BooksOnHerMind

    I’m curious why you rated it only a 3.7? It read like you enjoyed everything. What was missing?
    I’m kind of shipping that romance already too just because an awkward couple sounds adorable to me too.
    I’m liking the high action and twists that come with Witch Hunter. I’ll be adding this to my tbr list for sure!
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    • Bec

      It’s been so long since I read it now I can’t quite remember. It was good, but it didn’t make a massive impression. Still super enjoyable though! And nothing so bad/annoying that I felt the need to directly mention it here :)


  4. Kelly

    Ooh, this book sounds exactly what I’ve been looking for Bec. I’m really getting into the fantasies this year and like the milder type ones with fast pacing to really immerse myself in. The world building sounds just as awesome as the characters themselves, even the romance which always seems to be a point of difference in fantasy it seems. Wonderful review Bec, so glad you enjoyed this one and good luck with the studying. I can’t imagine how hard it is to put down a fiction only to pick up a text book <3
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    • Bec

      If you ever need fantasy recs never hesitate to ask me! Fantasy is my thing. Seriously, I estimate at least 80% of the books I own are YA fantasy.

      Thanks! It was so hard to go back to writing notes omg. Semester is almost over now though and I can’t wait for uninterrupted reading time!

    • Bec

      They were such a cute couple! Hopefully this will get off your wishlist and into your hands soon ;)

  5. Faye M.

    You have NO idea how much this review pleases me! I’ve been itching to read this book for days as my eARC has been sitting on my computer, but the negative feedback it got at first reaaaally made me wary. But now I’m more motivated to give this a try, considering it’s fast-paced AND the romance does not overwhelm the plot! That sounds like a win to me!
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    • Bec

      Hearing negative things is always such a dampener. I hope you’re reading experience with it is (or maybe was by now haha) as good as mine :)

    • Bec

      It was a very interesting POV with lots of character development! Hope you get to read it one day :)

  6. Stephanie@ThesePaperHearts

    Seems like you enjoyed The Witch Hunter for the most part and I’ve seen a lot of 4 starred reviews for this book. I think I’ll read this book eventually. I have so many other books to read first >_< The description for this book is just SO INTERESTING though! Magic + Fantasy with some romance are my favorite kind of book nowadays :D
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    • Bec

      The struggles! Fantasy + anything is always my type of books, but especially magic and or assassins/hunters/knights/badass characters.

  7. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity

    Huh. I haven’t heard about this book before, but now it sounds like it is pretty awesome!

    I love fantasy (who doesn’t, though?), and I like the fact that the world building is on point, and that the characters are likeable. Those are both huge ticks for me.

    BUT. It’s a first in a series. EEP. I am so flooded with series, that I am really hesitant to ever add a new one to the TBR. I forget things, and am pained by the waiting between sequels, and I just end up annoyed and sad in equal measure.

    Although this one is really tempting! WITCHES.

    Greta review, Bec :D
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    • Bec

      Fantasy is THE BEST. Glad I could introduce you to another awesome one that has the bonus factor of witches. You know, I haven’t even looked into how many books are going to be in this series. I like to jump in head first and then try and float as I struggle with the wait which I always somehow survive.

      Thanks :)

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