Gravebriar: Review

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Sometimes witches hunt their own…

Someone knows my secret and they’re wielding it as the weapon of my execution. I stand accused of poisoning my Gravebriar coven mate. To my fatal regret, I can’t prove my innocence without revealing the truth I’ve long kept hidden: while every other Gravebriar witch are green witches and healers, my magic lies in poisons.

There is one witch who believes me – the same boy who was sent to kill me with instructions to pluck the briars that sprouted from my grave – the only cure for a Gravebriar witch. Forge Silverthorn will be my undoing… or my salvation.

He claims there is a malicious plot vining through the witch town of Cauldron that threatens to tighten around my throat in a deadly noose. Promising I can escape by seeking the help of a banished witch who hides our kind in plain sight, he leads me to a dark circus full of witches.

The ringmaster will only help us if we agree to join his circus of uncanny tricks and diabolical feats for two nights only, using our magic to thrill his patrons. In exchange for our participation under the big top, he’ll divulge the information I need to save my coven mate and clear my name.

But when dark secrets emerge from the shadows of this promised sanctuary, I’m forced to decide if I can truly trust anyone, especially Forge… my would-be executioner, my coven’s sworn enemy, and my could-be love.


This was one of the most unique and creative books I've read in a long time.

I adored the concept of the book. I don't see many books with witches that aren't your cookie cutter witches blah blah blah. Castor's world is bursting with magic and despite being afraid of her own, Castor's viewpoint of the world doesn't ever dim. But this is not just a critique of the genius of Bond's world-building, but a love note to the way she seems to draw me into her writing so much that I lose sleep.

So worth it.

I loved when the plot twisted and turned. Castor and smoldering Forge team up and their connection is almost immediate. I could see the steam rising off the book as I read. SO MUCH TENSION! But guys, this isn't a Maas book so the steam level is 2/5 (sad face)

What strikes me most about Bond's writing is that she weaves tales like someone who's been in the industry forever. I cannot stress enough how GRAVEBRIAR will leave you dazzled. I read it in two sittings and found myself revising how I wanted to structure this review because all I wanted to write was, fantasticfantasticfantasticfantasticfantastic!

Casey weaved such an alluring tale of witches, love, and betrayal and it will catch you in it's web Or maybe catch you in Bog's webbed feet? Vines? I suppose my thoughts are still incoherent. I hope you all enjoy this book as much as I did. Happy reading!

Casey Bond lives in West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. She likes goats and yoga, but hasn't tried goat yoga because the family goat is so big he might break her back. Seriously, he's the size of a pony. Her favorite books are the ones that contain magical worlds and flawed characters she would want to hang out with. Most days of the week, she writes young adult fantasy books, letting her imaginary friends spill onto the blank page.

Casey is the award-winning author of When Wishes Bleed, the Frenzy series, and fairy tale retellings such as Riches to Rags, Savage Beauty, Unlocked and Brutal Curse. Learn more about her work at

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With Shield and Ink and Bone

When Wishes Bleed

The Omen of Stones

Riches to Rags

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Glamour of Midnight

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High Stakes

High Seas

High Society

High Noon

High Treason

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