Review & Giveaway: The Thirteenth Daughter by Samantha Wright

Title: The Thirteenth Daughter

Author: Samantha Wright

Published: Champagne Books May 2011

Synopsis: The death of her father is a shock for Stella Bishop. Still reeling, she is cut loose from her moorings and sent to live with her grandmother, a woman with strange habits and even stranger friends. Stella must also choose between the affections of two very different men: Charlie, kind and generous; and Damian, dark and dangerous. When her mother, presumed dead, reappears, Stella must come to terms with her family’s terrible and twisted past—one intertwined with the Salem witches and some of the darkest days in American history.

Status: Read from November 08 to 09, 2011 — I own a copy {Courtesy the author}

My Thoughts:

When her father dies, seventeen year old Stella is sent to live with her maternal grandmother, a woman she barely knows. After the Californian sunshine, the small town of Witchhaven, Massachusetts, seems cold and unwelcoming. When Stella meets Charlie, she is glad of finding a friend but then her grandmother introduces her to the darkly handsome Damien and Stella finds herself torn between the two boys. When Stella’s long lost mother re-appears and reveals the secret of her  heritage, Stella has to decide who she can trust.
Stella has an authentic teen voice, a little awkward and unsure of herself, particularly as she grieves for her father while getting used to a new life in Witchhaven and I think Wright does a good job of maturing Stella over the course of the novel. The pieces of the story are revealed at a solid pace and the plot unfolds nicely. I did think however that there were some instances when Stella is deliberately incurious or obtuse, necessary for the plot perhaps but given that the story is told from the first person point of view, where we see and hear what she does, those moments tend to stand out.
The love triangle between Stella, Damien and Charlie is de rigeur for the young adult market and Wright handles it fairly well. Both boys will likely appeal to teen readers, Damien has the bad boy vibe but the author manages to keep the reader wondering about his intentions right to the end.
In fact there is quite a lot of ambiguity in the story, until the conclusion I was never exactly sure who was on what side. I think this was a deliberate plan by Wright to explore the theme of good versus evil.
What I particularly liked was how Wright connected the Salem Witch Trials to her story. Wright casts the women’s most vociferous accuser, Samuel Parris, as a warlock who began the trials out of greed, spite and jealousy.
While I do think there is some room for improvement in execution, the general storyline of The Thirteenth Daughter held my interest. It’s a contemporary paranormal novel that I found to be a quick read and I think it would be enjoyed by a mature young adult reader who enjoys tales of witch craft and magic.

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About the Author

Samantha Wright lives in Washington State with her husband and daughter. This is her second novel. Her first novel, Superstition, is also available from Champagne Books. She is currently working on her third book. www.samanthawright.net

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Available to Purchase

@ Champagne Books ; @ Smashwords ; @Amazon ; @ AmazonUK

@ All Romance Books @ Bookstrand

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ceri
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 03:36:11

    Hello, I would like to enter your giveaway. My name is Ceri Kay, my email is cerievans1[at]gmail[dot]com and I am based in the UK. I have shared your competition on twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/CeriKay/status/137207221640634368. Thanks Ceri

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  2. mari (Bookworm with a View)
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 04:44:28

    This is my kind of story, I enjoy reading ‘reality fiction with drama’. 🙂

    Glad you enjoyed it!

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  3. Aths
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 05:24:24

    This book sounds fabulous! I love how there’s a lot of ambiguity and makes you wonder what’s true and what’s not.

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  4. Margaret
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 07:17:12

    Sounds like a very interesting story! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Nov 18, 2011 @ 09:46:04

    Sounds like a good one – thanks for hosting. I am an old gfc follower.
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  6. attackthestacks
    Nov 19, 2011 @ 09:40:34

    This sounds really interesting, thanks for the review!

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  7. StuckInBooks
    Nov 19, 2011 @ 13:13:58

    Something about this book draws me. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Nov 20, 2011 @ 02:07:21

    I would love to read this book!
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