Friday, October 30, 2015

Friday Reads: #TMGReadAlong - The Witches by Roald Dahl!

Hello there again!

As my second review for this week's Friday Reads I have this month's book for The Midnight Garden Classic YA & MG challenge and readalong!

This month's book it was a very apt & Halloweenie book that I think I would have enjoyed more as a child than I did as an adult.

The WitchesThe Witches by Roald Dahl

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I ended up really enjoying this book but I was so very put off by the beginning and the insistence on the evil of witches and them being ONLY women... It rubbed me the wrong way and it really took me a while to get into the story!

Once I managed to get past my irritation and dislike of the insistence on the evilness of women as witches (I think this is an issue of me reading this one for the first time as an adult and not as a kid) I found this one a really endearing and creepy book!

I loved the relationship between our main character and his Norwegian grandmamma and how they both found comfort in each other and how she tells him about the witches and how they become partners in crime in both adventures and fights against the witches!

The creepy factor in this book is quite high and I liked it, making it perfect as a Halloween read and as October's book for the #TMGReadAlong! The description of the witches, the presence and evil from the High Witch herself, little boys turned into mice!

I also enjoyed how the ending was hopeful and full of planning and plotting and fighting the evil witches for our boy and his grandmamma, even if it is a very open ending, since we don't know what will happen despite their plans.

All in all, I give it 3 stars because I ended up enjoying it, I loved the grandmamma but I really hated the characterization of witches and women-witches from the very beginning.

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  1. Another 3-star review! I'm no longer into MG but I do love Roald Dahl. Hopeful endings are a must! I'm sorry the characterization of witches didn't really work for you though. :/

    Fabulous review, Pili!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Yeah, I had some serious issues with the witches but... I think it is because of reading it as an adult!

  2. I have never read this. I loved the movie though. :)

    1. I haven't watched the movie! I guess I should!

  3. Awesome review Pili :D But aw, I'm sorry you didn't love this one. But glad you still liked it a lot :D I haven't read the book.. but enjoyed the movie so so so many years ago :) I shall rewatch it very soon, lol. I think this would be an awesome book to read :D One day, I shall read it too. Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3

    1. I guess I really ought to watch the movie too, because I have never seen it!


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