Review: Journey to New Salem

JOURNEY TO NEW SALEM (Witches of Vegas#2) by Mark Rosendorf

Fiction, YA Urban Fantasy


Blurb: A year has passed since The Witches of Vegas saved the city from the evil Wiccan vampire, Valeria. Since then, the show has hit an all-time high. So has the romance between teen witch Isis Rivera and teenage magician, Zack Galloway. Things couldn’t be any better for them until Isis develops seizures that cause her power to spiral out of control. Fires and earthquakes are just the beginning of the chaos caused by the misfired witchcraft. Unable to find a cure, Isis’ family journeys to New Salem, a fabled village of witches which may or may not even exist. Meanwhile, Zack ends up face to face with the only being who may have a cure…Valeria. But does he dare pay her price?

Thoughts: I actually enjoyed this one more than the first one, I believe because I knew the characters already and knew what was going on. Although it is a stand-alone, I strongly suggest you read “The Witches of Vegas” first so you understand what is happening better.

In this one, Isis is sick and nobody can figure out why. The family seeks out a fabled village of witches—New Salem—hidden in Europe somewhere. When they discover what is happening to Isis, they attempt to formulate a plan to save her before she dies. Unfortunately, their plans go awry when they come once again face-to-face with Valeria.

There is much anguish in this story, especially toward the end (I was crying – thanks a lot!), but that means the author grabbed me and pulled me. I cared about the characters. I cared what was happening. And the only way to do that is to write a good book. Which this is.

Recommendation: Read “The Witches of Vegas” first, then go on to this one. You won’t be sorry. But definitely read them both. They are worth the price and the time. Recommended.

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