I am so happy to be on the tour for THE WITCH HAVEN by Sasha Peyton Smith. This tour is hosted by Turn the Page Tours!
Sasha Peyton Smith grew up in the mountains of Utah surrounded by siblings, books, and one very old cat. She attended the University of Utah and George Washington University where she studied biology and public health. She is not a witch, though she does own a lot of crystals and always knows what phase the moon is in. She currently lives in Washington D.C. with her partner and collection of porcelain hands. She is the author of THE WITCH HAVEN, coming fall 2021 with Simon and Schuster.
“Spectacular, singular, and spellbinding.” —Casey McQuiston, New York Times bestselling author of Red, White & Royal Blue
The Last Magician meets The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy in this thrilling and atmospheric historical fantasy following a young woman who discovers she has magical powers and is thrust into a battle between witches and wizards.
In 1911 New York City, seventeen-year-old Frances Hallowell spends her days as a seamstress, mourning the mysterious death of her brother months prior. Everything changes when she’s attacked and a man ends up dead at her feet—her scissors in his neck, and she can’t explain how they got there.
Before she can be condemned as a murderess, two cape-wearing nurses arrive to inform her she is deathly ill and ordered to report to Haxahaven Sanitarium. But Frances finds Haxahaven isn’t a sanitarium at all: it’s a school for witches. Within Haxahaven’s glittering walls, Frances finds the sisterhood she craves, but the headmistress warns Frances that magic is dangerous. Frances has no interest in the small, safe magic of her school, and is instead enchanted by Finn, a boy with magic himself who appears in her dreams and tells her he can teach her all she’s been craving to learn, lessons that may bring her closer to discovering what truly happened to her brother.
Frances’s newfound power attracts the attention of the leader of an ancient order who yearns for magical control of Manhattan. And who will stop at nothing to have Frances by his side. Frances must ultimately choose what matters more, justice for her murdered brother and her growing feelings for Finn, or the safety of her city and fellow witches. What price would she pay for power, and what if the truth is more terrible than she ever imagined?
I am utterly floored by this book! To think this was a debut says a lot about what we are going to get from this author in the future (A Witch Haven 2 perhaps?)
New York City, 1911, seventeen-year-old Francis Hallowell is working as a seamstress, getting paid crumbs and living with a group of girls under the eye of a pervy shop owner. She's completely unaware of her magic until it manifests one night, killing the shop owner. But before the law can get her, she's whisked away to a secret magical school under the guise of having tuberculous. There, she begins her studies into magic. But someone is leaving messages about her dead brother, and Francis wants to know what they know. Her brother's killer has never been caught, and she'd do anything to catch him. Along with some newfound friends, and some old ones, Francis learns of her new powers, what the school has been holding back from her, and the truth about her brother's death.
This book caught me hook, line, and sinker from the very first chapter. I love a book where a girl's power awakens, and I will read them all! I loved the diversity, the humor, the love, the mystery....EVERYTHING. There is romance, but it doesn't overshadow the story. With themes, of history, witches, and mystery, this is the perfect fall read.
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐