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The thrilling sequel to Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch in which Eva must put a stop to the violent Culling or risk the fate of Rivelle Realm forever -- perfect for fans of Kiki's Delivery Service. From this day forward, we will believe in the impossible. Eva Evergreen has fulfilled her dream of earning the rank of Novice Witch, and discovered the chilling truth behind the The thrilling sequel to Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch in which Eva must put a stop to the violent Culling or risk the fate of Rivelle Realm forever -- perfect for fans of Kiki's Delivery Service. From this day forward, we will believe in the impossible. Eva Evergreen has fulfilled her dream of earning the rank of Novice Witch, and discovered the chilling truth behind the mysterious Culling -- the violent magical storm wreaking havoc across Rivelle Realm. Revealing the truth, however, proves to be a difficult task and soon the culprit is at large. To make matters worse Eva learns what might be the horrible truth behind her pinch of magic and her mother's own mysterious connection to the Culling and rogue magic. With her spirits at an all-time low, Eva must muster up the courage to prove her mother's innocence and learn to believe in her own magic, if she wishes to put a stop to the Culling once and for all.


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The thrilling sequel to Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch in which Eva must put a stop to the violent Culling or risk the fate of Rivelle Realm forever -- perfect for fans of Kiki's Delivery Service. From this day forward, we will believe in the impossible. Eva Evergreen has fulfilled her dream of earning the rank of Novice Witch, and discovered the chilling truth behind the The thrilling sequel to Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch in which Eva must put a stop to the violent Culling or risk the fate of Rivelle Realm forever -- perfect for fans of Kiki's Delivery Service. From this day forward, we will believe in the impossible. Eva Evergreen has fulfilled her dream of earning the rank of Novice Witch, and discovered the chilling truth behind the mysterious Culling -- the violent magical storm wreaking havoc across Rivelle Realm. Revealing the truth, however, proves to be a difficult task and soon the culprit is at large. To make matters worse Eva learns what might be the horrible truth behind her pinch of magic and her mother's own mysterious connection to the Culling and rogue magic. With her spirits at an all-time low, Eva must muster up the courage to prove her mother's innocence and learn to believe in her own magic, if she wishes to put a stop to the Culling once and for all.

30 review for Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch

  1. 4 out of 5

    CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨

    My favourite witch, Eva Evergreen, is back with a sequel that lives up to the heart and love of the first book! I loved this and thought this was such a creative sequel that expands and develops Eva's story and world in a meaningful way. - Following the events of Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch, Eva finds herself pulled in all directions as she joins the efforts to battle the magical storm wrecking havoc across the realm. When tragedy falls, Eva must find the courage and dive straight into the My favourite witch, Eva Evergreen, is back with a sequel that lives up to the heart and love of the first book! I loved this and thought this was such a creative sequel that expands and develops Eva's story and world in a meaningful way. - Following the events of Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch, Eva finds herself pulled in all directions as she joins the efforts to battle the magical storm wrecking havoc across the realm. When tragedy falls, Eva must find the courage and dive straight into the heart of the Cullings - and stop them once and for all. - This book expands on Eva's world, and I loved that this delves into the magic, taking the story and depth into a darker and more dangerous place (that isn't too dark and too creepy for young readers, but will definitely set their imagination alight)! - Eva, again, is such a wonderful protagonist. I felt she was so empowering, and her courage is a wonderful force in the storytelling. - At the heart of this book, it's a story about love and how far you will go to save someone you love - and I thought the twist in this book was bittersweet but a fitting conclusion to Eva's story. - A wonderful sequel and I can't wait to see what Julie writes next. Trigger/content warning: mentions of death of a loved one, unwell parent, depictions of devastating natural disasters, supernatural beings (ghosts) I received a digital advanced reader's copy in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Enne

    one of my favorite middle grades of 2020 is getting a sequel and im aaAAH

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

    EVA EVERGREEN AND THE CURSED WITCH is a wonderful follow-up novel that invites readers to join Eva (and a few familiar faces) in a race to figure out the cause of the Culling, among a few mysteries that have popped up here and there. It’s just as wholesome, if a little darker, than the first book, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!

  4. 5 out of 5

    USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I've been looking forward to this sequel ever since the ending of Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch! And I loved every moment of it! Eva is passionate, loyal, and loving. Immediately beginning with action, Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch is a story about doing the right thing. About making difficult decisions and sacrifices for the community and the people we love. Continuing t (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I've been looking forward to this sequel ever since the ending of Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch! And I loved every moment of it! Eva is passionate, loyal, and loving. Immediately beginning with action, Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch is a story about doing the right thing. About making difficult decisions and sacrifices for the community and the people we love. Continuing threads from the first, Abe has only introduced more intrigue and magical creatures! full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kathie

    Thank you to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for an eARC of this book. I loved the author’s debut story, EVA EVERGREEN, SEMI-MAGICAL WITCH, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting this sequel. Eva is now a Novice Witch, but her days of fighting the Culling have just begun. Eva has time for little else than racing from one Culling to the next, but she discovers information that points the finger at the person behind the destruction. When confronted at an Inner Council meeting, the suspect aims a curse at Ev Thank you to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for an eARC of this book. I loved the author’s debut story, EVA EVERGREEN, SEMI-MAGICAL WITCH, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting this sequel. Eva is now a Novice Witch, but her days of fighting the Culling have just begun. Eva has time for little else than racing from one Culling to the next, but she discovers information that points the finger at the person behind the destruction. When confronted at an Inner Council meeting, the suspect aims a curse at Eva, but it hits her mom with dire consequences. Eva is determined to find the source of the rogue magic causing the Cullings, save her mother, and hold the guilty party accountable for their action. But Eva is up against powerful magic, and will her pinch be enough to set things right? I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel and loved watching Eva continue to grow as a witch. It’s a darker story than the previous one, but there is a strong focus on family, friendship, community, and protecting the Realm. Some unexpected allies join Eva and her friends in The Twisted Forest, attempting to overcome defences that protect the secret source of the evil magic. I enjoy the author’s writing because she vividly describes the setting and brings the reader’s world to life. These are characters I would also like to meet and find endearing. I would love to continue reading about Eva’s adventures. I would recommend this story to fans Kiki’s Delivery Service (the inspiration for the first book) and fantasy readers who enjoy a story where the underdog strives to save those about whom she cares. Although it is a long story at 368 pages, I’d hand it to readers in Gr. 5-7.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shawne

    I wanted to love and be charmed by this book as much as I was by the first novel in the duology - clearly, as I leapt upon the ebook the moment it was available at my library. Unfortunately, this second book never managed to capture my heart or attention in quite the same way. There are far more dire twists and turns, to be sure - magic is lost, witches and wizards disappear in the woods, Eva starts hearing voices in the forest - but I never quite found myself fully engaged in the narrative. That' I wanted to love and be charmed by this book as much as I was by the first novel in the duology - clearly, as I leapt upon the ebook the moment it was available at my library. Unfortunately, this second book never managed to capture my heart or attention in quite the same way. There are far more dire twists and turns, to be sure - magic is lost, witches and wizards disappear in the woods, Eva starts hearing voices in the forest - but I never quite found myself fully engaged in the narrative. That's partly down to the writing, which I suppose has been pared down for easier reading given the book's demographics. But it's still more functional and repetitive than I'd like, and I put the book down for many days in between reading spurts - even though it is, technically, an easy read. But it's also because I couldn't connect with Eva in the same way. In the first book, she was a brave underdog, struggling to prove herself as a witch when she had barely any magic to her name. This second novel just becomes something else entirely, somehow deepening the mythology while failing to really make it count or matter. The climactic showdown was... of epic proportions, and yet felt unearned, with revelations about backstories and new characters that didn't feel particularly well signposted or developed throughout the two books. That said, Ember the flamefox remains the most adorable of all characters - him and his little ashy coughs! - and I loved what little we saw of Eva's best friends, the irrepressible Davy and the feisty Charlotte. 2.5 stars

  7. 5 out of 5

    rachel ☾

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  8. 5 out of 5

    Sachi Argabright

    EVA EVERGREEN AND THE CURSED WITCH is the sequel to the heartwarming middle grade fantasy novel: EVA EVERGREEN, SEMI-MAGICAL WITCH. In this book we rejoin Eva, her best friends Charlotte & Davy, and loyal Flamefox Ember on an even greater quest to save the realm of Rivelle. After Eva earns her status as Novice witch, she learns the true source of the devastating magical natural disasters called Cullings. But in a quick turn of events, the rogue magic causing the phenomena are pinned on her mothe EVA EVERGREEN AND THE CURSED WITCH is the sequel to the heartwarming middle grade fantasy novel: EVA EVERGREEN, SEMI-MAGICAL WITCH. In this book we rejoin Eva, her best friends Charlotte & Davy, and loyal Flamefox Ember on an even greater quest to save the realm of Rivelle. After Eva earns her status as Novice witch, she learns the true source of the devastating magical natural disasters called Cullings. But in a quick turn of events, the rogue magic causing the phenomena are pinned on her mother instead. Can Eva find a way to stop the person at large, while also clearing her mother’s name? I loved this book, and enjoyed diving back into a story with these wonderful characters! Reading this after the first book was very rewarding because we can really see Eva come into her own. Since she has gained her confidence as a witch, this book is more about the big adventure rather than Eva’s internal struggle as a semi magical witch. As a result this story feels bigger and more like a real mission or quest than the Novice quest did. And while there still is a secondary cast of characters in this book, I feel like the main focus is truly on Eva this time. This story has a lot of twists and turns, and I raced through it in one sitting. I also appreciated the Japanese spin to the names of characters and the delicious food descriptions (which prompted me to have Japanese food for dinner yesterday!). Julie Abe’s writing is warm and whimsical, while also giving you unexpected plot twists and clever spell incantations. Ultimately, this story (like the first) still focuses on love, friendship, and believing in yourself - and it warmed my heart reading it. I want to give this series to every young reader, as I feel like it has so many positive and hopeful lessons baked into it. Great for readers of any age, especially for those looking for fantasy books from BIPOC authors! Thank you to the author and publisher for a free review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra Bland

    Abe's writing style is descriptive and easy for readers to imagine the setting where this story takes place. There is a good balance of suspense and adventures. Readers will find the characters relatable as most people would find in their own communities. The positive and upbeat attitudes among most of the characters makes this a story worth diving into for any upper elementary and middle grade reader. Abe's writing style is descriptive and easy for readers to imagine the setting where this story takes place. There is a good balance of suspense and adventures. Readers will find the characters relatable as most people would find in their own communities. The positive and upbeat attitudes among most of the characters makes this a story worth diving into for any upper elementary and middle grade reader.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Krysta

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The plot twist is a bit hard to believe when the book has been treating rogue magic as an ancient evil long ago eradicated, with no one knowing anything about it. But, in fact, the last instance occurred less than ten years ago and all the rulers and Council members should know all about it and the people linked to the incident. Except--they don't. Also, I can't understand why the queen is so revered when she lets Council members treat her contemptuously, publicly defy her and overrule her decisi The plot twist is a bit hard to believe when the book has been treating rogue magic as an ancient evil long ago eradicated, with no one knowing anything about it. But, in fact, the last instance occurred less than ten years ago and all the rulers and Council members should know all about it and the people linked to the incident. Except--they don't. Also, I can't understand why the queen is so revered when she lets Council members treat her contemptuously, publicly defy her and overrule her decisions, and hold show trials without objections from her. I think very little of a queen who allows innocent people to be found guilty on trumped-up evidence with only a half-hearted and belated intervention from her after a child has to be the one to point out what is happening. Logically, the plot makes very little sense, but I suppose readers are meant to get swept up in the sense of urgency and overlook the plot holes.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bridgette

    A perfect sequel. Abe's writing draws the reader in and provides the perfect amount of details to be immersed in the world without over doing it. The world expanded so much here in so many ways I'd never imagined. This is definitely darker than the first one, but in a way that's perfect for MG. There were so many new and awesome things in this book that I cant' talk about because of spoilers, but it was all intense and heart wrenching and perfectly executed. Eva's character arc was wonderful, an A perfect sequel. Abe's writing draws the reader in and provides the perfect amount of details to be immersed in the world without over doing it. The world expanded so much here in so many ways I'd never imagined. This is definitely darker than the first one, but in a way that's perfect for MG. There were so many new and awesome things in this book that I cant' talk about because of spoilers, but it was all intense and heart wrenching and perfectly executed. Eva's character arc was wonderful, and I loved, loved, loved the theme of impossible possibilities, how resonate that is, especially for parents' wishes for their kids, and the importance of believing in our impossible possibilities. Fans of the first book will fly through this one. Though it's got a hefty page number, the pacing is perfect. I can't wait to read Alliana's upcoming story and any other stories set in Eva's world.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus This is a fun, magical adventure series, but I just don't have readers for it. I have very few students who like anime (the pictures in this are great), and only slightly fewer who have been asking for witch apprentice books (there are a lot of those, and they were popular for a while in my library!). I think I'll pass for now, and recommend Nichol's The Apprentice Witch instead. Or Vernon's Castle Hangnail, which is such fun. E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus This is a fun, magical adventure series, but I just don't have readers for it. I have very few students who like anime (the pictures in this are great), and only slightly fewer who have been asking for witch apprentice books (there are a lot of those, and they were popular for a while in my library!). I think I'll pass for now, and recommend Nichol's The Apprentice Witch instead. Or Vernon's Castle Hangnail, which is such fun.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Ramos

    This is a great continuation of Eva Evergreen. It focused on the adventure to defeating the Culling and enlightening the love a parent has for a child. This continuation is so worth the read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I will fully admit that I'm a little bit biased, but I absolutely loved this book! Cursed Witch picks up right where the first book left off, and I was pleased to see some familiar faces pop up throughout the story. There are more mystery elements than in Semi-Magical Witch, which kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I definitely gasped and screamed several times, and the closer I got to the end, the more nervous I got with all the action! I also really liked the element of a complex I will fully admit that I'm a little bit biased, but I absolutely loved this book! Cursed Witch picks up right where the first book left off, and I was pleased to see some familiar faces pop up throughout the story. There are more mystery elements than in Semi-Magical Witch, which kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I definitely gasped and screamed several times, and the closer I got to the end, the more nervous I got with all the action! I also really liked the element of a complex antagonist; people aren't always clearly good or clearly bad, and this book does a nice job of incorporating this for younger readers. I was left with mixed emotions regarding their fate and I still don't know what to think about it. That all being said, the heart of this book is love. I loved Eva's mother's love for her and her unending belief in her daughter. I loved the inclusion of found family (literally and metaphorically), and the complications that can arise when the ones we love make questionable choices. Lastly, I loved Eva's growth from the first book through this one. Insecurity is some thing that we all deal with, but despite her fears and anxieties Eva carries on, pushes past those doubts, and brings forth impossible possibilities.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Thank you to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and NetGalley for this eARC. All thoughts are my own. “It may seem impossible, but I’ll show them I am an impossible possibility.” I really think this series is so fun! I wish I had had these when I was growing up. Not that I don’t like them now, but I would have appreciated Eva Evergreen as a kid. Would definitely recommend to young readers. Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch starts off close to where the first finished. Eva and her friends have d Thank you to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and NetGalley for this eARC. All thoughts are my own. “It may seem impossible, but I’ll show them I am an impossible possibility.” I really think this series is so fun! I wish I had had these when I was growing up. Not that I don’t like them now, but I would have appreciated Eva Evergreen as a kid. Would definitely recommend to young readers. Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch starts off close to where the first finished. Eva and her friends have discovered the truth about the Culling, but that truth leads to devastating events. It is now up to Eva to prove herself and solve the mystery once and for all. Julie Abe has a way of bringing the reader into the story. The world and character building are really phenomenal. I think that Abe is able to connect to the reader and allow them to become a part of the story, without it being overwhelming. For a younger reader, I think they will appreciate the style and amount of detail that is given by the Abe. I said this in my Semi-Magical Witch review, but I really love Eva. She’s someone who girls can look up to and relate to in some way or another. Eva may not have the most magical ability, but she is brave, creative, and determined. She does not let her “pinch of magic” go to waste. Really enjoyed the sequel. It was a bit darker than the first, but I enjoyed that. This releases August 3rd, so if you haven’t read Eva Evergreen Semi-Magical Witch yet, would recommend doing so, to be ready for The Cursed Witch.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Enomis

    I was provided an ARC from my library, who received it from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Thank you to my library and Little, Brown! I was very pleasantly surprised to have my wish for a story very similar to Kiki's Delivery Service with Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch. There were wonderful wholesome themes of friendship and believing in one's self. And then at the very end, there was a cliff hanger! Thankfully I already had Eva Evergreen and the Curs I was provided an ARC from my library, who received it from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Thank you to my library and Little, Brown! I was very pleasantly surprised to have my wish for a story very similar to Kiki's Delivery Service with Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch. There were wonderful wholesome themes of friendship and believing in one's self. And then at the very end, there was a cliff hanger! Thankfully I already had Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch in my possession. I immediately started reading it, and I could not put it down! I finished Eva Evergreen and the Cursed with in a few hours. There was foreshadowing hidden in book 1 that was fully revealed in book 2, and the stakes went super high, super fast and kept climbing. A witch close to Eva is cursed, and Eva must do everything she can to help that witch get her curse removed all while trying to prevent more Cullings, which have ramped up in intensity and frequency. The pacing was expertly done, compelling me to read more and more even though I was exhausted and not feeling well. Without giving any spoilers away, let me just say that the book ended really well with a few unfinished threads that leave the book open for a sequel, which I will preorder the moment I am able to. I cannot highly recommend Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch enough. It is very worth going on the adventure with Eva Evergreen, Ember, and all of her friends! Please do yourself a favor and pick up this amazing tale. Eva Evergreen is the first middle grade fantasy I have picked up this year, and I am so glad that I read it. I plan on making my daughter read it because she will love it, and I will be sharing this tale with everyone I can. In summary, Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch is amazing and a must-read middle grade fantasy book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    The magical adventure continues in this sequel to Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch. In Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch, the story picks off immediately where the the first book ended when Eva and her mom discover a secret that could change the fate of the realm. (No spoilers for the first book here but I highly recommend reading this delightful middle grade series!) Just like the the first book, readers will love following Eva Evergreen as she continues to do her best to help her friends, her The magical adventure continues in this sequel to Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch. In Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch, the story picks off immediately where the the first book ended when Eva and her mom discover a secret that could change the fate of the realm. (No spoilers for the first book here but I highly recommend reading this delightful middle grade series!) Just like the the first book, readers will love following Eva Evergreen as she continues to do her best to help her friends, her family, and the realm. With her pinch of magic and the belief in the impossible possibilities, Eva is a sweet, loyal and courageous young heroine that readers cannot help but adore and root her. This sequel does take a slightly darker turn than the first book (for a middle grade book) as the Culling gets worse, more people are disappearing and Eva’s loved ones are at greater risk. I was truly reading at a frenzied pace as I wanted to find out the secrets and mystery behind the Culling. Fans of the first Eva Evergreen will not be disappointed by this sequel which is filled with just as much of magic, love, and the impossible possibilities.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    I LOVED Eva Evergreen: Semi-Magical Witch! It was one of my top books read in 2020. I was very excited for the sequel and, while I enjoyed it, I didn't like it quite as well. Eva Evergreen #1 was very structured since it is all about her fulfilling a multi-step quest. This one, on the other hand, is more a "plot is brewing" sort of book. I think the first book felt more innocent while this one is darker (which is okay!). Haha, I have to admit that as I stayed up late reading this one, I was gett I LOVED Eva Evergreen: Semi-Magical Witch! It was one of my top books read in 2020. I was very excited for the sequel and, while I enjoyed it, I didn't like it quite as well. Eva Evergreen #1 was very structured since it is all about her fulfilling a multi-step quest. This one, on the other hand, is more a "plot is brewing" sort of book. I think the first book felt more innocent while this one is darker (which is okay!). Haha, I have to admit that as I stayed up late reading this one, I was getting a little creeped out! I liked how we finally learn why Eva is despised by Conrad and his uncle. We get to see Eva grow and become more confident in her abilities while also navigating her friendships and family relationships. The magic we see is pretty creative and I liked the message that everyone has important work to do, magical and non-magical alike. I am looking forward to book 3 (I'm assuming there is a book 3) because I think we'll get to see Conrad and Eva embark on the next stage of their quests. I would hand this to fans of Kiki's Delivery Service, JA White's books like Nightbooks, and Chris Colfer's books.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Eva's story pick up shortly after the first book ended. The Cullings have become more frequent and more severe. As a Novice, Eva joins the rest of the Council in protecting the realm. Early in the book, she and her friends discover who is behind these events. Sadly, when they present the evidence before the Queen and Council, the Grand Master involved casts a curse to strip Eva of her magic. Her mom steps in front of her and takes the curse instead. Once she is sure her mom will heal, Eva return Eva's story pick up shortly after the first book ended. The Cullings have become more frequent and more severe. As a Novice, Eva joins the rest of the Council in protecting the realm. Early in the book, she and her friends discover who is behind these events. Sadly, when they present the evidence before the Queen and Council, the Grand Master involved casts a curse to strip Eva of her magic. Her mom steps in front of her and takes the curse instead. Once she is sure her mom will heal, Eva returns to her role of protector and also as a seeker to gain knowledge on how to stop the magic stealing. In the end, the Grand Master sacrifices himself to save his daughter and the realm begins to heal. Even Conrad and Eva have become allies as well as rivals. Abe could end the story here but should continue to show readers how Eva grows into her magic. The text will pull readers in and they will feel like they are flying, hiking, climbing, etc. along with Eva, Charlotte, Davy and the rest.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Luca Tanaka

    10 points for the art department Shan Jiang and Karina Granda because not only is this cover beautiful, the color scheme perfectly captures the darker tone of this novel compared to the first book while remaining appropriately dreamy and magical. So pretty! As for the story, we pick up where we left off in Semi-Magical Witch having discovered an apparent source of the Culling. Curses and dangerous storms ensue, and Eva must work with her friends to save the realm from a treacherous villain. I wa 10 points for the art department Shan Jiang and Karina Granda because not only is this cover beautiful, the color scheme perfectly captures the darker tone of this novel compared to the first book while remaining appropriately dreamy and magical. So pretty! As for the story, we pick up where we left off in Semi-Magical Witch having discovered an apparent source of the Culling. Curses and dangerous storms ensue, and Eva must work with her friends to save the realm from a treacherous villain. I was not totally convinced by the villain and their motives matching up with their prior behavior, but I feel like I can ignore that for the sake of reading middle-grade novels a bit less critically. I loved this heartfelt, magical adventure story nonetheless. Give me a wholesome novel about family, friendship, and growing your found family any day. But also maybe let's just cool it with how many times we repeat the phrase impossible possibilities in one book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    balqis

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. AAAAAAAAAAAAAA I truly... truly miss eva and this sequel is sooo good! i love it even more than the first book, it has more action and adventure than the first book which I was looking for when I first read eva's story. the thing that made me can't give this book a higher rating than the first one is that, some things made me disappointed/confused. the biggest problem for me is that: the elite triplets felt like an important characters that would help eva through this journey when I'm on their cha AAAAAAAAAAAAAA I truly... truly miss eva and this sequel is sooo good! i love it even more than the first book, it has more action and adventure than the first book which I was looking for when I first read eva's story. the thing that made me can't give this book a higher rating than the first one is that, some things made me disappointed/confused. the biggest problem for me is that: the elite triplets felt like an important characters that would help eva through this journey when I'm on their chapter, but I'm so disappointed to see that they just disappeared. I'm truly looking forward to see them in action but 😭 hope we could get another book to see the elite triplets again, to see conroy and eva working together as a friends slash rivals, and to see maika updates. overall this series is amazing. 10/10 will recommend it to my children lol

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Collins

    I loved this story. Both my daughter (10) and I (42) did! I have to say, for me, it rates even above Harry Potter. Julie's world building is rich and her characters are flawed and tough and loveable. I love that its assumed you have read the first book, Eva Evergreen Semi- Magical Witch, and the author doesn't spend the first chapter rehashing the previous story line but jumps right in believing that we are already along for the ride. I really hope there will be more stories in this amazing and I loved this story. Both my daughter (10) and I (42) did! I have to say, for me, it rates even above Harry Potter. Julie's world building is rich and her characters are flawed and tough and loveable. I love that its assumed you have read the first book, Eva Evergreen Semi- Magical Witch, and the author doesn't spend the first chapter rehashing the previous story line but jumps right in believing that we are already along for the ride. I really hope there will be more stories in this amazing and exciting world Julie has created because to only have 2 will be a detriment to the fantasy literature world. I plan on asking FYI.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    I just didn't find the second book as magical as the first. The aspects of the first book weren't as prominent in this one. Eva didn't spend any time in her novice training town. She hardly saw her friends, until they were absolutely necessary. Ember was in it quite a bit, but there was no change in his character. I also had trouble with the pacing. It was full of action and jumped from one terrible incident to the next without any breathing room. I didn't feel as much hope with this one. If the I just didn't find the second book as magical as the first. The aspects of the first book weren't as prominent in this one. Eva didn't spend any time in her novice training town. She hardly saw her friends, until they were absolutely necessary. Ember was in it quite a bit, but there was no change in his character. I also had trouble with the pacing. It was full of action and jumped from one terrible incident to the next without any breathing room. I didn't feel as much hope with this one. If there is another installment of the series, I'd like to see some change with Ember. I'd love to be back in Auteri.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marcella

    I love the first book, and the second book is just as good! Eva went her way to save her realm again. The book kicked off with a tragedy (*screammm*) and continued in fast pace until the last pages. I love that we got to know more about Eva's rival, Conroy! And Soma! And Maika too. They are very interesting characters. And most of all, Julie Abe once again prove that "a pinch of magic" is more than enough, if you have courage and kindness to wield it. Once again Eva managed to prove she is the p I love the first book, and the second book is just as good! Eva went her way to save her realm again. The book kicked off with a tragedy (*screammm*) and continued in fast pace until the last pages. I love that we got to know more about Eva's rival, Conroy! And Soma! And Maika too. They are very interesting characters. And most of all, Julie Abe once again prove that "a pinch of magic" is more than enough, if you have courage and kindness to wield it. Once again Eva managed to prove she is the possible impossibility. I love this series a looooootttt! Looking forward the next book pleaseee

  25. 4 out of 5

    hallie bertling

    the author fooled me! i mean, i thought i had the ending figured out, but she totally surprised me. :) a delightful young readers sequel-- a bit "darker" than eva evergreen #1, but still no where near the darkness of even harry potter one... :) full of great quotes, inspirational sentiments, friendship, and working together to defeat the bad guy and uncover secrets even when no one believes you... or in your powers. recommended for miyazaki fans (who maybe like a dose of gilmore girls, too) and you the author fooled me! i mean, i thought i had the ending figured out, but she totally surprised me. :) a delightful young readers sequel-- a bit "darker" than eva evergreen #1, but still no where near the darkness of even harry potter one... :) full of great quotes, inspirational sentiments, friendship, and working together to defeat the bad guy and uncover secrets even when no one believes you... or in your powers. recommended for miyazaki fans (who maybe like a dose of gilmore girls, too) and young readers who might get too many nightmares from hogwarts (i would have!)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ruby

    Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch picks up right where the first book ended, with Eva discovering the truth behind the Culling and resolving to save her mother and the realm. Compared to the first book, the plot here goes to some fairly dark places, such as how even familial love can become destructive. However, even when things get dark, Eva remains as adorable as ever, and her determination to protect her friends and family is a delight to read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Delaney

    3.5. These are such fun, quick reads, though this one deals with a darker "main issue". We're introduced to a few new characters in this one, and I enjoy learning more about this world. Liked this one just slightly less than the first installment, but I can't wait to pick up whatever else this author puts out! 3.5. These are such fun, quick reads, though this one deals with a darker "main issue". We're introduced to a few new characters in this one, and I enjoy learning more about this world. Liked this one just slightly less than the first installment, but I can't wait to pick up whatever else this author puts out!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    Darker than book one, which was cool. I appreciated the way this expanded Eva’s world, with a new pace and setting and challenge. But this story lacked the same charm and whimsy that made the first one so special. Like, Eva no longer had the same “pinch of magic” that made her unique…now she was just mediocre at magic. There was altogether too much sneering also.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Iris

    I haven’t read this but my 11 year old, who adored the first book, said “YAY!” on repeat for like an hour after we picked the sequel up from our bookshop yesterday. She’s an avid reader with great taste so I call that a ringing endorsement!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Haley

    I enjoyed this book This book was sweet and all about family. It wasn’t what I expected but I enjoyed it. Eva is a wonderful character and I honestly wish there was more to this series.

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