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Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication Date: October 29, 2014
Everyone in Arnn - a small farming town with more legends than residents - knows the story of Witchwood Hollow: if you venture into the whispering forest, the witch will trap your soul among the shadowed trees.
After losing her parents in a horrific terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria and her older brother escape New York City to Arnn. In the lure of that perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope, when she should be afraid.
Perhaps the witch can reunite her with her lost parents. Awakening the witch, however, brings more than salvation from mourning, for Honoria discovers a past of missing children and broken promises.
To save the citizens of Arnn from becoming the witch’s next victims, she must find the truth behind the woman’s madness.
How deep into Witchwood Hollow does Honoria dare venture?
Escape from Witchwood Hollow was a very well done young adult/ historical fantasy book about a young girl that moves to Arnn and discovers a legend of a witch in the woods. The story is told through this modern-day young girl but also as the witch, and some of her victims. I loved the way this book formed itself - the young girl learning about the woods and the witch, but then the witch explaining why she fled and lived in the woods, and also the various people she trapped and why she trapped them. It was all very well done. I thought that this sequence of characters would get overwhelming and bothersome but you learned a lot from each character.
The main character is Honoria, who has lost her parents and is still grieving when is moves to Arnn. She is drawn to the woods and the tale of the witch because she believes that she can bring her parents back, so we follow her as she learns about her new town and the witch and tries to see her parents again.
The witch's story was one of loss, she is chased out of town and lives in the wood trapping people to be her family and Albertine is one of those victims - forced to stay until the witch releases her but on the bright sdie they don't age in the hollow.
This book was very interesting and I really enjoyed reading the tales of the people trapped and of the witch herself, however I was not very taken by Honoria so the modern aspect was not as enthralling for me. Overall I think that the book was very well put together and I liked the history of the town that was woven through the stories of all the characters.