So, on the 15th, a new chapter in the Night Human world began with The Witchling Apprentice.
The Witchling Apprentice
by B. Kristin McMichael
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: March 15th 2016
Lexia Press, LLC
Summary from Goodreads:
Witches, potions, and magical spells—that all made sense, but men turning into animal-like monsters in the middle of the night? That had to be fiction, right? Wrong. Cassandra Booth thought her world of witches would be complete when she joined her coven. Fate didn’t plan to let that be the case for her. Joining the coven brings new knowledge, like mates and men as animals, all things Cassie would rather not know. As her plans unravel she must find a way to join the coven without committing her life to a guy she once was friends with and now hates.
Tick … Tick … Tick …
Cassandra Booth tried to ignore the clock as it clicked away from above the desk beside her. It was nerve-wracking enough knowing that if you wanted to take the test to be an apprentice witch you had to do it in front of at least fifty people. However, the clock reminding her it was just about to start was driving her nuts.
Tick … Tick … Tick …
Cassie tried to go over each step of the potion she was making in her head. She needed to concentrate and ignore the noises around her as the room began to fill up with high schoolers.
Tick … Tick …
The sound was lost in the now-growing sound of students talking. Unfortunately, that wasn’t any better. She glanced up at the room in front of her. Mistake. It was almost half-full of people. No one was looking directly at her, but that didn’t make it any easier. Cassie was anxious enough sitting in the lecture area alone, on display, but now there were students who would be watching and talking about her.
Cassie kept her eyes locked on the table and all her supplies. Taking inventory was easy. Doing the actual potion and saying the spell correctly was supposed to be the hard part. No one in her high school, let alone grade, was even attempting to make the protection spell that had been assigned to her and which would move her from witchling up to the level of junior apprentice. Most people were shocked when she’d asked. It had been many years since a high school student had apprenticed, but that wasn’t going to stop Cassie. She was ready to get out of her boring classes. She was ready to join everyone in obtaining the great knowledge that came with being a full-time member of the coven. Cassie was ready to belong.
About the Author
Originally from Wisconsin, B. Kristin currently resides in Ohio with her husband, three small children, and three cats. When not doing the mom thing of chasing kids, baking cookies, and playing outside, she is using her PhD in biology as a scientist. In her free time she is currently hard at work on multiple novels. Every day is a new writing adventure. She is a fan of all YA/NA fantasy and science fiction.
Cassie Booth is a Witchling in training, one who’s ready to take on an apprenticeship, to become a full member of the Coven she’s been on the outside of her whole life. Only, she gets more than she bargained for. There’s so many secrets that she never realized she neither wanted nor needed to know.
Her best friend Whitney, her other best friend Owen, her Uncle, Than-the boy she’s liked for as long as she can remember…they all have secrets. Ones she needs to know in order to understand the mess she’s gotten herself into. Her family, the Coven, the Clan. they all have a plan, one where Cassie is key. All of which she upset by jumpstarting the regular order of things.
In a race against time-thanks to a time limit she’s just been made aware of-Cassie has to find out what’s going on and choose the path she plans to follow. But if the truth and the path are different than anyone anticipated, what then?
It all starts with a test. A proving of power.
The Witchling Apprentice is a real page turner. An up-all-night kind of read. Quite literally, in my case. A fabulous addition to the Night Human world, and a great read for those who haven’t read (or in my case, haven’t finished) the rest of the books set in this world. It introduces some new mythos, both in general, and to the Night Human world. Cassie is smart, and real, and spunky to boot. Than is a little cocky, but he grows on you. Whitney is a riot, and I adore her just as much as Cassie and Than.
Fans of the Night Human world, of McMichael, definitely worth the read. Fans of paranormal/urban fantasy, a great introduction to the world and the author. I imagine that fans of Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series, Cate Tiernan’s Birthright, Zoe Winters’ Preturnaturals, Cassandra Clare, and Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress universe would especially appreciate The Witchling Apprentice. I know, as a fan of all of the above and B. Kristin McMichael, that I loved it and am looking forward to the next installment. (I may like Cassie more than I do Arianna, and I loved her).