4 out of 4 stars
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A Witch in Time Saves Nine follows Emeline Chase, who is a witch and has the power to go back in time to 1962 Salem. The problem is, she can't seem to control when or where she travels, and to make matters worse, everything little thing she does to try and stop the witch trials changes the future. Then Emeline meets Samoset, a Wampanoag Indian, and as she tries to control her powers, she starts to question just exactly where she belongs.
I rated this book a 4 out of 4 stars, because the plot was very engaging, the characters were three-dimensional, and the writing was very visual, which allowed me to immerse myself in the different worlds the author created.
Now, I'm normally not a fan of historical fiction, but I feel like the story does seem to also lean a little towards the fantasy genre, with a touch of romance. With that being said, I definitely would not firmly place this book into a specific category - which is a good thing, since I think it would appeal to a wide range of readers.
One very strong aspect of this book is definitely the different settings that the author created; because A Witch in Time Saves Nine is about time travel and includes alternate realities, it was always very important for each scene to be described clearly. Broadwell does an excellent job of this, and I was pleasantly surprised at the different scenes she was able to come up with, as well as how vividly she described them to the reader.
The characters of this are definitely very diverse, both in personality and in cultural background. Firstly, I commend the author for including a Native American element to the story, which made the book more realistic and added a lot of depth and background. Emeline was very relatable, and Broadwell's portrayal of her inner conflicts really amplified her emotional and intellectual growth as the story proceeded. Throughout the story, a number of side characters popped up, and I felt like each one had their own individual voice, no matter how small their parts may have been.
The plot of this book was a wild journey; there's no doubt that being a witch during the Salem witch trials would have made a good story, but Emeline's modern life was no walk in the park either. What this means in different terms, basically, is that you've got double the adventure in two timelines, both equally exciting and fun to read. The storyline definitely did not go the way I expected it to, and every twist and turn was unpredictable and engaging.
Overall, I would say that this book was definitely a very interesting read, and I would definitely recommend it to readers who like fantasy, time travel, history, and romance. The book wasn't very long, but it was a roller coaster ride from beginning to end.
A Witch in Time Saves Nine
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