Indie review #2 this month goes to Oak & Mistletoe by JZN McCauley, which is scheduled for release tomorrow. The first in a series, it follows the Green siblings to Ireland, where they get into all kinds of trouble. See below for my mini-review, and the pre-order link, and make sure you stop back by on Wednesday for my Q&A with the author!
Oak & Mistletoe, by JZN McCauley
A Druid Curse, A Prophesied Love, A Consuming Vengeance…
Catherine Green, along with her twin sister and older brother, travels to Ireland on a college graduation trip. Her vacation takes a permanent turn when she lands her dream job at an art and history museum on her beloved Emerald Isle. She meets a handsome stranger named Bowen, an expert of sorts on local ancient studies. Though their first meetings are turbulent at best, Catherine finds herself drawn to him.
Unaware that she is the key to breaking a hidden curse, Catherine unleashes the evil madman Conall and his druid followers, imprisoned since ancient times. Tragedy and loss ensue, sprouting within Catherine the deep seeds of rage that thrust her onto the damaging path of vengeance. Confused by the enigma that is Bowen, his mixed signals, and her own feelings, she is swept away with him on an unexpected journey surrounded by myth and long-forgotten knowledge. In order to stop the evil plans of Conall and his reunified army, Catherine must entwine her fate with peril. Her survival is trivial to her as long as Conall dies. She’ll do whatever it takes.
I was excited to read this book – a new adult fantasy with a beautiful cover and an original premise! Yes please! And I was not disappointed. Once things get going, it turns into a fast-paced read. Let me tell you, McCauley is not afraid to kill her darlings and take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride. As with any book that incorporates magic, it requires a certain suspension of disbelief, but Catherine was a very well-developed character, and believing in her helped me to believe the events that occurred around her. I also, of course, adored Bowen, the mysterious stranger, and would love to have more about him in the coming books.
If you’re looking for a fast-paced, action-driven fantasy, this is the book for you.
Have you read Oak & Mistletoe? What did you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments, and make sure you drop in on Wednesday for more from JZN McCauley!