Book Review: The Tormented Witch by J.C. Beckham

Title: The Tormented Witch
Series: Crowded Souls
Author: J.C. Beckham
Genre: YA Fantasy/Contemporary
Publisher: The Solopreneur
Published: June 16th 2016
Page count: 212 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: From publisher in exchange of an honest opinion

Book Summary:
Apart from the fact that Leila Albergo was born in England, she was just like any other seventeen-year-old U.S. high schooler. That was until, by a dark twist of fate, she develops supernatural powers. 

Leila is convinced that her feelings for school heartthrob Luca Jareau will remain unnoticed until he turns out to be her greatest ally. With his help, she must learn to control her magic and conceal the truth from everyone else, in order to protect the people she loves. 

Leila also realises that some friends are not always who they seem to be and that staying alive at any cost, can sometimes be too high a price to pay.’
*The Chef's Review*
    Actual rating: 5/5 stars
This book was absolutely incredible! I enjoyed reading it more than I thought I would, which it is saying something. I just loved reading about magic and how it could still exist in our contemporary times!

What I liked:

I love the fact that this book revolved around magic. Being a Harry Potter fan myself since an early age, I always like to find books that talk about magical worlds. Even though I found few similarities in this book to the world of HP, I really enjoyed discovering its own spins. The Tormented Witch took me back to my traditional beliefs as to how witches and wizards managed to coexist with normal human beings. Sort of like Sabrina The Teenage Witch but without the amazing Salem, the drama and without the lightness to the story.

The plot of this book is so engaging. Just imagine that without having lived a life without superpowers of any kind, you suddenly get to be a witch. Yikes! That's exactly what happens to Leila, the main character of this story. Sadly, those powers come with a prize and she must be very careful with them if she doesn't want them to turn up against her. Luckily, she gains new friends along the way who are interested to help and guide her through her new life and she slowly learns the magical ropes in such a fun way.

I also liked that The Tormented Witch had a nice pace--it wasn't too slow or too fast--and It allowed me to appreciate Leila's growth throughout the story. The transition of her character from the beginning of the book to the cliffhanger at the end of the story was interesting to read about and now I seriously want to know what happens next!

What didn't do it for me:

I guess I will just skip this part of my review ;) 

Final Verdict:

Amazing read. I want to keep following this series until it reaches its end. I think that the characters inside this story have a lot of potential, particularly the wicked witch (yes...there is a wicked witch! ) who I suspect has a lot of background history. Honestly, writing this review has made me wish to have the second book to continue Leila's story. Sadly, I must wait until I can get my hands on it. Hopefully soon! :)

Happy reading, darlings :) -- The Chef


  1. Oooo I love Sabrina and the Teenage Witch and Harry Potter! This book sounds awesome :D So glad you enjoyed it so much! Fantastic review :)

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

    1. They are the best! I pretty much grew up with HP and Sabrina was one of my favorite shows <3