Review: Evie and the Truth About Witches

Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Random House Canada for the digital ARC of John Martz’s EVIE AND THE TRUTH ABOUT WITCHES.

If you want a legitimate horror easy reader – look no further. This is not a book for everyone, but the kid (any age) who loves being creeped out is going to eat this up.

Take all my favorite Are You Afraid of The Dark horror tropes – mysterious bookstore with eerie eccentric proprietor; scary old enchanted book; too-good-to-be-true coven love-bombing – and you have this book.

Loved

This is a clever and deliciously spooky story with very cool tri-color illustrations.

On-point world building and brilliant twist ending.

Martz’s witch world is apparently very inclusive of all races and sexual orientations, presented without comment or question. More of this please!

Caveat

Content warnings for stranger danger and kidnapping. You don’t want to give this to a child who’s just buried a loved one.

In fairness, due to an Adverse Childhood Event, I would have been really bothered by this book as a child.

Verdict

As a parent of young children — Evie’s story is scary in the shocker way (think Ringing Bell type of dark). As in I’d have to think about it before reading it to a picture-book-aged child.

I could see this story scaring the fecal matter out of the top 25% of the most sensitive children. The rest will just crawl into your bed for a few nights following, sleeping in starfish position and doing sleep-kung-fu until you run screaming to the chiropractor.

As a nerdy bookworm adult — This would be a great gift for PB-loving adults or horror geeks. (There are more than you realize out there in the world).

EVIE AND THE TRUTH ABOUT WITCHES will be out in August.

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