The Witch and the Vampire

Wednesday Bks. Mar. 2023. 368p. Tr $20. ISBN 9781250220516.
Gr 7 Up–Readers who are fans of fairy-tale adaptations will enjoy this dark, queer retelling of “Rapunzel.” Ava is a young woman who was turned into a vampire during an attack two years ago. Her mother and stepfather keep her locked in a tower so they can feed off her power. Kaye is a Flame Witch who was best friends with Ava before the attack and vows to kill any vampires she comes across. When Ava escapes, Kaye convinces her to travel together through the cursed forest with the plan of eventually turning her in to be killed. However, old feelings are rekindled, and both girls begin to question everything. This is perfect for fans of vampire novels. While there are darker themes (such as parental death and abuse), the writing is suitable for mature middle schoolers. The romance between Kaye and Ava is fun to read, and the book has some interesting worldbuilding that will engage lovers of paranormal fantasies.
VERDICT Readers of paranormal romance or fairy-tale retellings will likely enjoy this quick read.

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