Witchtown by Cory Putman Oakes


When sixteen-year-old Macie O’Sullivan and her masterfully manipulative mother Aubra arrive at the gates of Witchtown—the most famous and mysterious witch-only haven in the world—they have one goal in mind: to rob it for all it’s worth.But that plan derails when Macie and Aubra start to dig deeper into Witchtown’s history and uncover that there is more to the quirky haven than meets the eye.Exploring the haven by herself, Macie finds th...

Details Witchtown

Release DateJul 18th, 2017
PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Witches

Reviews Witchtown

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    I’ve been itching to get my hands on every witch book I can find lately, so when I saw that my library had this one on audio, I HAD to give it a listen. This one was fun! Predictable and tropey, but overall a fun read. Although I will say I was real annoyed by the overly villainous mother. She was mega overdone. Other than that though it was fun and scratched my witchy-itch!
  • Montzalee Wittmann
    Witchtown by Cory Putman Oakes is such a fun middle grade, young adult/teen read! I may not be a teen or even young anymore but I got so engrossed in the story that I couldn't stop reading. A teen witch and her overbearing mom witch rob havens but they came across Witchtown, which may have been one witch haven too many. This is where all the excitement and fun begins. Lots of secrets, intrigue, suspense, and just good fantasy happens. A big 5 sta...
  • Susana
    1.5 Stars Arc Provided through NetgalleyWhen you're expecting something along the lines of"Ocean's 11" but instead get stuck with the unwatchable "Ocean's 13".Oh, this is going to get a rant of epic proportions. -_-First of all, have you seen *that* title? Witchtown? Wow, you would think that this story was filled to the brim with an amazing number of gifted people, right?Wrong. You know what's the right title for this book?Boringtown, filled wit...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Rating 3.5I feel like the blurb did not do a good job describing this book, so I'll do a little intro.Following the Second Inquisition, witch havens were established as places where both natural and learned witches placed on the National Witch Registry lived openly as witches. Macie and her mother, Aubra, had spent the past decade inserting themselves into these havens only to rob them blind. In the last haven, Macie made the mistake of breaking ...
  • Atlas
    "Welcome home!" she said grandly. I managed only a weak smile in return. Because I knew that we hadn't come to make Witchtown our home.We had come to rob it. * * *3 / 5Perhaps suprisingly, I didn’t pick up Witchtown because of the witches but because it promised a heist: a mother and daughter rock up to Witchtown, a haven for witches, intending to rob it blind. There wasn’t actually much focus on said heist, instead you get witchyness, an abu...
  • Michelle
    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Witchtown is a standalone young adult supernatural by author Cory Putman Oakes. I think Witchtown would appeal to both young adult readers as well as middle grade readers. It is young adult, but it is on the younger end and the romance is very light and age appropriate, so all ages of witchy fans can enjoy Witchtown. This is the first book I have read from Mrs. Oakes ...
  • Alison
    I had no idea what this book was about going into it (only that I loved the cover) and I was pleasantly surprised. This is set in the modern world and is about people who have chosen to learn the practice of witchcraft. They have been threatened and attack by "normal" people and other religions so they have taken to live in closed off communities where they can practice in safety. We get to see Witchtown, which is the utopia of these communities....
  • Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
    You can find this review and others on my blog http://www.shades0fpaper.wordpress.com “Everybody I had ever met had always been fair game, To the extent that I had ever bothered to fin out their stories, their problems, their hopes, I had never let their needs eclipse mine. No one had ever been off-limits.Until now.” If you’re picking this book purely because of the witch-y things… you’ll probably be disappointed. Now I’m not saying ...
  • Rachel
    WITCHTOWN is a fun, engaging and lightning-fast read that offers a touch of romance, an ethical dilemma, a devious scheme, a cantankerous poltergeist, and a girl with secrets. While there are moments that are sad, dark, and bittersweet, it is predominantly a light, humor-filled, and satisfyingly sweet story that can easily be devoured in one sitting.After a lifetime of moving from place to place, and leaving behind the only boy she ever cared abo...
  • The Blonde Bookworm
    Witchtown caught my eye a while back and I placed it on a tentative read list. When the opportunity came about to read it along with the Rockstar Book Tours crew, I knew I needed to jump aboard and read it. It was a fun middle grade novel about a young girl and her mother who travel between witch havens in order to get rich quick. The leading lady Macie begins to uncover some secrets in Witchtown and the story flows from there. I thoroughly enjoy...
  • Alisha Marie
    I love witches. Have loved them ever since I started watching Charmed almost twenty (wow!) years ago. After reading the premise of Witchtown, I had assumed that I was going to love it. In fact, I started to get some serious Halloweentown vibes, just from the premise. Unfortunately, Witchtown was so not like Halloweentown. What it was was a HUGE disappointment.The main issue with Witchtown is that it never lives up to its awesome premise. Despite ...
  • carnovalesque
    This is one of those books that appears to have a spectacular premise, only for the execution to be a huge letdown. It's also one of those books whose blurbs is misleading - from the description, I thought Macie and her mother would be a well-oiled machine, a team. Instead, the mother is a cartoonish villain with hilariously unbelievable motivations and actions, and her daughter pretty much hates her, though it's difficult to tell, since Macie is...
  • Ea Solinas
    Right out of the starting gate, "Witchtown" triggered two massive pet peeves of mine:1. Stories that conflate fantasy witches and real-life neopagans.2. The depiction of powerful supernatural/magical people being unjustly seen as dangerous by mean evil bigots... without acknowledging that they actually ARE dangerous.So I was already in a foul mood when the first chapter of "Witchtown rolled around, simply because I could tell that these were not ...
  • Rian *fire and books*
    I can’t believe I never wrote a review for this. Okay. Well. I’m still angry about it. So here goes. This is supposed to be their last con job. Swindling the big ole grand brouhaha that is Witchtown. Psst... if you can’t tell this is about witches. Or... is it? The history of Witchtown states it was created by So And So (very important) who made it so this city would be self sufficient and free from human persecution. Don’t worry though! ...
  • Amber
    I was hoping for more with the premise, but it ended up being pretty average by witch book standards. I received an ecopy of this book through Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own.
  • Pratyu
    Ugh, I feel like I’ve been writing so many downer reviews lately and I’m sorry about that. I don’t want to; if I had a choice, I wouldn’t write these at all, but I’m obligated to since I received the book for free from NetGalley, in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.So moving on. I’m going to try to be concise, and I’m going to make it a point to write about the things that I did like. This is Ms. Oakes’s first book, so t...
  • Karen Barber
    If I'm honest, this is more of a 3.5 but there were just a few discrepancies which prevents me rating it higher.When I saw this on NetGalley I, along with many others I would imagine, was expecting lots of details about witchcraft and perhaps some focus on exploring how it impacted on people's lives in this imagined future. I got it, but not quite in the way I expected.Macie and her mother, Aubra, move into his safe Haven called Witchtown. It is ...
  • Carolyn
    I don't know why I forced myself to continue reading this, when I didn't enjoy it. I never had the urge to know what happened next. It was one of those books sitting at the library near check out, and the title intrigued me. I don't even know if I had it on my wishlist before I saw it. It was boring. Macie even once refers to the ghost as hot. Like what. No. And the romance was forced and felt way too much like a dumb YA novel storyline about a g...
  • Ninoshka
    This is one of those books that I was completely taken by the cover and the synopsis completely. I liked the idea of this book and reading the first couple pages, I was taken away and I wanted to know more about it. I did enjoy reading this book and it was a really quick read. I read almost all of it in a day and it was fun. However, I think I wanted to know more about the witches themselves and these towns, but I got more of Macie and Kellen or ...
  • Maci Dierking
    Love! I'm bias because the lead characters name is my name.....ha! But this was such a fun book. I loved the little mystery, the friendships and magic!
  • Janet
    I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked Witchtown! This book is full of likeable characters, some unexpected twists, and a cheesy town that to my 90s Disney brain resembled Halloweentown. A quick read certainly worth 4 stars!
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    Well that was... disappointing. This felt more MG than YA. I'll work on my thoughts and start my review. Hope to have it up soon.-------------Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com...I’m still struggling to write my review on this one. I borrowed it from my library with the pretense this will be a fantasy mystery thriller type story. WRONG. It was a slightly boring read with very little to do with actual witches. T...
  • K
    I read an ARC, so this might be fixed in the final book.But a solidly average story was kind of dampened for me by the fact that (view spoiler)[Macie's ex-boyfriend, Rafe, is a black man who's described using some very coded, stereotypical language. Like, for example, when he comes to her door, he's described as a "dark, dangerous" figure and in her next flashback he's incredulously responding to the fact that she thought he was a "drug dealer" w...
  • Gayle Gordon
    Really enjoyed this fun little book. Loaded with intrigue and secrets that I (mostly) didn't figure out. I think it would make a great movie!
  • Nikki
    I loved this incredibly fun/creepy/fast-paced/mysterious story. If you love YA, witchy books, a little romance, and a lot of mystery, you'll love it, too!
  • Dark Faerie Tales
    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: Mysterious, dark story that is full of secrets and an awful mother.Opening Sentence: Witchtown looks more like a prison than a town.The Review:Fans of witches just may enjoy this modern-day story set in contemporary times. Witchtown is set a few years after the Second Inquisition where Witches have been forced to register and/or live in Havens. I found Witchtown to be an entertaining read set in ...
  • Chelsea Fryou
    ARC of Witchtown provided by author via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Original review can be found on my blog Freeing Fantasy. Also follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Bloglovin. I really enjoyed Witchtown,  but there were a few hits and misses for me. I won't give any spoilers but some characters secrets were surprising while others were really predictable. Granted this book really seems like it was written for a younger audi...