Friday, March 18, 2016

Invisible Worlds

Title: Invisible World
Author: Suzanne Weyn
Series: Standalone
Number of Pages: 228
Date Read: 3/18/16 
Genre: Paranormal, Historical Fiction

Synopsis (Found on

Suzanne Weyn brings her trademark mix of history, romance, and the supernatural to the Salem Witch Trials.

Elsabeth James has powers she doesn't fully understand. She is descended from midwives, mind readers, and a fortune-teller who was put to death because she foresaw the death of Mary, Queen of Scots. She can hear people's thoughts and sometimes see what they see. She has supernatural gifts, but not evil ones.

When Elsabeth sails with her sister, father, and governess to America, however, she does not foresee that their ship will be wrecked in a storm. Alone for the first time in her life, she washes up on a South Carolina plantation, where she falls in love with a boy she meets there and learns magic and healing from an unexpected source.

As her powers grow, her stay is cut short, and she is sent as a servant to Salem, Massachusetts. There she accidentally allows an evil spirit to enter the village. When a group of girls start to say they're bewitched and accuse villagers of witchcraft, Elsabeth must find some way to save herself and the boy she loves.

My Review: 

I liked this book well enough. Again I was looking for a short book to read since I was feeling slumpish. It wasn't wonderful but it was an interesting story. 

Elisabeth James and her family have supernatural powers. Obviously living in the 1680's her family has to keep this secret or they will be called a witch and be punished. Elisabeth's power is to read people's minds and sometimes see their memories or what they are seeing. Her father is a scientist who is studying her and who is trying to make psychic abilities become part of science. Elisabeth has a sister who lost her power. Her governess Bronwyn is scottish and also believes in magic. 

So Elisabeth's father decided to work with another scientist and the family must move to America. They board a boat but during the voyage the boat sinks, with only Elisabeth surviving as far as the reader knows. She washes ashore on an South Virginian Island plantation and then later on is sent to Salem, Massachusetts, when the witch trails start. However no one knows that she is the one who brought, unknowingly, evil to Salem that starts the trials. 

I liked the setting and atmosphere of the book. Her description of seas sickness made me feel like I was getting it. I loved how the culture of the african slaves was integrated into the story. There were many strong and powerful women in this story which I really liked. It wasn't only the main character. The women who she befriends are all powerful with special abilities of their own. I loved how all the different cultures, religions and beliefs were integrated into the story in the end. There was Christianity, African tribal magic, Scottish Magic and Native American shamans. It was awesome and I loved it. 

I also really did like Elisabeth. She was a very forward thinking woman of her time. She wanted to live independently and make her own money as an adult. She is very responsible especially in knowing that she was the one who brought evil to Salem. She helped people, was kind and was determined to do everything and anything in her power to get rid of the evil, even at the sacrifice of herself. She detested slavery and the slave traders. Her love story and romance was very cute and it was one the back burner for the book. It was there but not the forefront. 

The actual trials and thing relating to them were glossed over which was a shame because that could of made for a more interesting story. I think that was done because the trials were not the focus of the book. Getting rid of the evil was. Even so I still enjoyed the book a lot. 

Rating: B

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