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(3.5 / 5) I really liked a lot of aspects of this book, but I hated a lot too. The main character is not bright, very, very naive and just helpless a lot. She did get a bit better later in the book but it took way too long. I wanted to shake her! There were a few elements that I was confused about, the main one was her magic. That took too long. That’s another reason for her naivete also. I’m sure it will come out with a bang in the next book but I kept waiting and expecting.
Overall, the story was exciting and kept me entertained. I liked the other characters way more than I liked the main character and I loved the messages it was sending about race, differences and acceptance. That was a great powerful message.
The content was higher than most for intimacy. A shapeshifter is naked often and revels in it. There is also talk of mating quite a bit. While there aren’t a ton of details, I can see it being uncomfortable for some. Violence is fairly low with a few more aggressive situations. Bullying is common and there are details of abuse in some examples.
Black Witch (The Black Witch Chronicles #1)
A new Black Witch will rise…her powers vast beyond imagining.
Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last prophesied Black Witch, Carnissa Gardner, who drove back the enemy forces and saved the Gardnerian people during the Realm War. But while she is the absolute spitting image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else.
When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University to embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother’s legacy. But she soon realizes that the university, which admits all manner of people—including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of all Gardnerians—is a treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.
As evil looms on the horizon and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, everything Elloren thought she knew will be challenged and torn away. Her best hope of survival may be among the most unlikely band of misfits…if only she can find the courage to trust those she’s been taught to hate and fear.
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Detailed Content Review
Derogatory terms and curses unique to the book etc-
Holy ancient ones
Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking
A young woman takes berries that act like a sedative. She has an addiction toward them.
Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty
Young women tease and speak of male shapeshifters grabbing women to mate with them. Sometimes in their wolf form. And that they mate in front of their entire clan.
Young girls are engaged as young as 13.
A young woman stands in her underwear to get measured for a dress.
A young man gently kisses a young woman.
A man kisses a young woman.
A man kisses a young woman’s neck. They passionately kiss, him kissing her neck more. He pushes his body on her, his hands roaming.
A young woman sleeps naked. She turns, legs opening and a young woman looking turns red.
A shapeshifter young woman comes out of the forest naked and refuses to get dressed. She does stretches while naked. Many young men are watching. She puts clothes on and a young man tries to tell her society rules about not being naked. She wants to know about being naked while bathing or mating. A young woman asks if they can mate in wolf form or one in human form and one in wolf form. Talk of mating is fairly common but not detailed.
A young man admits another young man is attractive. He admits to feelings for him. He admits to trying to kiss another young man.
A man vaguely threatens rape.
A young man grabs at his fiancée chest.
A young woman admits to kissing a young man for an hour.
A young woman strips off her clothes and eats by the fire.
A man and young woman kiss gently then passionately.
A young woman was stripped naked and examined to be sold to a man. He bought her and “abused” her multiple times.
A young man kisses a young woman passionately as she grabs at his hair.
A young woman admires her naked body in the mirror and another naked young woman walks in.
Violence, Weapons, Crime, Blood
A young woman has welts on her hands as a punishment.
A young woman is in a cage with people poking her with sticks.
A demon creature attacks a young woman. A knife is forced through the demon, blood pouring out.
A young woman is bullied many times. One time she is kicked and lands in manure. Another, she is threatened while she cowers in a closet. Her belongings are burned.
A young woman charges at a young woman and she pushes her down.
A young woman attacks a young woman, punching and scratching her. A pet is killed and staked to a door, blood draining down.
A story tells of a man killing many people for murdering his mother. Then he kept on killing, trying to kill all who weren’t of his ethnicity.
A man hits a woman making her fall. He pulls her up by her hair then chains her outside. Later, a young woman sees her body covered in bruises from being abused.
A group of people are captured and abused. One small child is grabbed and spun around injuring her until she is thrown into a wall.
Someone throws a knife into a young woman chest. More knives are thrown. A dragon rips a man’s throat, a man stabs the dragon. Back and forth fighting, ice spears attacking men and dragons.
Dragons attack a group of people, a young woman kills many, twisting ones neck. Many dragons are stabbed, one young woman is attacked, bleeding and passing out.
Potentially Intense Themes
A young woman’s parents died when she was young during a bloody war. Her uncle raised her and her brothers.
A young woman has knife marks on her arms from cutting herself. It is mentioned two times.
A mother commits her child to an asylum. At 2 she is kept in a cage.
A young girl falls from a tree, breaking her leg, bone sticking out.
Parents have to give up their kids and give them to others to save them. The parents were never heard of again.
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