ARC Review, Book Review, Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

The Wise One (The Scottish Scrolls, 1) by K.T. Anglehart

Mckenna’s never thought much of her nightmares, but on her seventeenth birthday, a vivid dream of burning at the stake awakens her dormant abilities, thrusting her into a world where faeries are real, spirits hold a grudge, and a High Priestess obsessed with a 16th-century prophecy is tracking her every move.

This was a fun read. The pace of this story was nice, and I believe perfect for this story. I know there are some underline messages in this story. One message was okay, not to pushy, and it gave Nissa and another character something to be passionate about. It intertwined with the story well, but it got heavy towards the end. 

The main character Mckenna for myself was a little hard to get into at first. She is supposed to be a 17-year-old, and I kept mistaken her as a 14-year-old. The maturity level did not feel right in some parts. I know everyone is different, but I felt a miss here. I know I have been told I was more mature for my age and maybe this could be the reason. She seemed annoying and whinny at some points. Overall, I enjoyed how she followed her instincts and took signs given to her. For me, this showed the more mature side. She took chances knowing a new friend, Nissa, was there to balance her, Mckenna being the introvert and Nissa being the extrovert.  

Nissa was my favorite. I love how optimistic and naïve she is. Like Mckenna, I kept mistaken her for a 14-year-old instead of a 17-year-old. At some points, though, I often felt Nissa being the oldest between the two. Nissa is not like Mckenna. Nissa is a passionate and curious person. She is not afraid to ask questions and learn. I feel as if she is more of a rounded character then Mckenna. I am excited to find out how Nissa’s story will continue to intertwine with Mckenna’s in the next one.

What drew me into this story was how well the Celtic Mythology was researched and told mixed into other cute stories. Everything was blended nicely, like it was natural. This is the only book I have read so far with witch/wiccan/pagan beliefs in its natural spiritual form instead of the “energy or flame balls” forming in your hands like Charmed or Supernatural and other fantasy paranormal books. Though I am not against this, I find it fun to read, I very much enjoyed this difference. I am familiar with most of nature spiritual beliefs, and this connected me into the story. The Irish setting was pleasant. I felt I was there.  

 This was a fun read. I would recommend this to someone who wants a fun fantasy to read.

*I received an ARC from NetGalley and this is my honest opinion. 

I give this book a 3/5

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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