The Vine Witch (Vine Witch, #1) by Luanne G. Smith

The Vine Witch (Vine Witch, #1)

A young witch emerges from a curse to find her world upended in this gripping fantasy of betrayal, vengeance, and self-discovery set in turn-of-the-century France.For centuries, the vineyards at Château Renard have depended on the talent of their vine witches, whose spells help create the world-renowned wine of the Chanceaux Valley. Then the skill of divining harvests fell into ruin when sorcière Elena Boureanu was blindsided by a curse. Now, a...

Details The Vine Witch (Vine Witch, #1)

TitleThe Vine Witch (Vine Witch, #1)
Release DateOct 1st, 2019
PublisherBrilliance Audio
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Witches, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews The Vine Witch (Vine Witch, #1)

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    HA HA HA HA! You’re wrong! That’s not my reaction after I finished this book. This is the meaningless, cruel, insidious laughter of my neighbors who spy on me when I perform my happy dance ( this time is great mash up of Moonwalk-ing and young Britney moves –millions rehabs before-) after I find the idea of witches and vinery heavenly! Next time I will not forget to close my windows.My reaction was sweet combination of cursing and frustrati...
  • sarah xoxo
    S U M M A R Y The Vine Witch is a perfect October read that emanates a spooky, autumnal atmosphere. We follow our main character, Elena after she emerges from a curse that has left her as a toad for the past 7 years. Elena is a vine witch who lives in France tending to the vineyards of Château Renard. When she returns, she finds out the vineyard has been taken over by Jean-Paul, a city man who dismisses the country folk's belief in witchcraft as...
  • Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
    4 wining StarsA light, historical, murder mystery, romance, fantasy read that will have you anticipating each turn of the page. This book is a mix of so many different genres neatly wrapped together in a superb read.
  • HBalikov
    Not my cup of wineMy apologies for being on the move and writing this with my phone app. It is a desperate attempt to get my thoughts down on a book that I thought would be less romantic perils and more wine in a fantasy world. Elena is a wine witch, a special person whose gifts include being at one with her vineyard. Even without the hexes and curses from other "witches," her days would be full communicating with her vines and the bugs, birds an...
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    What is better than a witchy read this time of year? Not much. I really enjoyed this story, so much more than I expected and I'm so glad I took a chance on it. Filled with magic, mystery, danger, adventure, spells, demons, love, friendship, lessons, and so much more, this truly was a delight to read and absolutely perfect for this time of year.
  • N.W. Moors
    When a book starts from the viewpoint of a toad, you know you're reading an original and unusual story. Elena is a vine witch, one who uses her spells to enhance the vineyards of the Château Renard, a common occupation in the Chanceaux Valley. When she finally reverses the curse that changed her to a toad, she returns to find that the Chateau has been sold. Jean-Paul is a man of science who scoffs at the country folk and their witchcraft, but hi...
  • DEMI
    Well this book was definitely a disappointment. I had seen pretty good reviews from this book, and was even recommended it but it really didn’t live up to my expectations.Now going into this books I will admit that I was very excited. I mean a story with witches, a murder mystery, and a love story? Count me in! However, in my opinion there were many things wrong with this book. While I can definitely see the appeal that brings people to like Th...
  • Alaina
    WINE AND WITCHES? Sign me tf up.The Vine Witch seemed interesting. Heck the title and synopsis alone made me want to dive into it. Yet, once I did it was kind of meh and disappointing. It started off great but then slowly drained me of my soul. I just couldn't get into it anymore which is why it basically took me a while month to finish it.In it, you will meet Elena and Jean-Paul. AT first, they were interesting. I mean the whole who cursed Elena...
  • Keri
    There’s nothing like spending the last 7 years as a toad, is there? Right off the bat, this book had me intrigued, eager to see where this story would take us. How could she wish for anything else but to be part of the vineyard? Its terroir was her blood, its mist her breath, its soil her bones, its harvest her unborn child. I adored this historical fantasy world and all the magic that it contained. I love the idea of all these different types ...
  • Jackie
    Hooray for a complete storyNicely written, this book grabbed me from the beginning. The World Building was great, and the characters were appealing. I read it straight through to the satisfying ending. And it did end, without forcing you to read a next book. I've almost forgotten what that was like.The whole idea of various witches, including Vine Witches, was intriguing. Yes, there were other Supernaturals included, but the Vine (Wine) witches w...
  • ☕️Kimberly
    Elena Boureanu is a vine witch who casts spells to enhance the vineyards of the Château Renard, situated in the Chanceaux Valley. Or at least she did before someone cast a spell on her.She had been missing seven years. Most suspected she was dead. Upon her return she discovers the woman she thinks of as a grandmother has sold the vineyards to Jean-Paul Martel. Jean-Paul is a former lawyer and man of science who doesn’t believe in the areas pra...
  • Marta Cox
    Three and a halfI saw this beautiful cover and having read the synopsis was really keen to read this book. Its essentially an historical look at the possibilities of Witches in France and has a fabulous beginning with of all things a sentient toad or does it ? Actually no because for seven years Elena, a Vine Witch has been under a curse and when she finally breaks it her return home isn't exactly a pleasure because the Vineyard has been sold . S...
  • Lukasz
    I’m not sure why I’ve picked The Vine Witch. I have no interest in wine and even less in books with a significant romance arc. I won’t say no to a glass of good wine or to a good romance book, but I don’t actively seek them out. Maybe it was the cover? No idea. To my surprise, I adored every second of Smith’s debut. A sign that I’m growing old and sentimental for sure. The Vine Witch, set in a fantasy version of rural France, blends r...
  • warhawke
    Genre: Historical FantasyType: Standalone Book 1 of 2 from Vine Witch duetPOV: Third Person Rating: After years of being cast away, Elena Boureanu returned to Château Renard. However, the vineyard once renown for producing award-winning vintage was no longer the place she knew and loved. The new owner Jean-Paul Martel chose to turn his head away from tradition not knowing the danger that lurked in between the vines. It is up to her to use her k...
  • Jackie Cain
    I finished this book only because it was an Amazon First Reads and I felt under an obligation to finish it after having downloaded it. I thought it was an interesting concept but the story bored me so much so that I took a break in the middle and read something else!A lot of the story is told from the point of view of the main character, Elena, and I just didn't believe in her. It possibly didn't help that there is a lot of telling and quite a lo...
  • Somia
    Having spent years trapped in an intricate curse, Vine Witch (sorcière) Elena Boureanu, finally is able to free herself, once free her mind and heart are consumed with gaining bloody vengeance on the mysterious figure who had her so cruelly trapped. I really, really liked the start of this book, it had me intrigued and engaged. The first half of this book I would give 3.5 solid stars but sadly the second half of the book lost something, pacing g...
  • Stacy Fetters
    "You’ll burn in Hell for this. The witch scoffed. What makes you think I haven’t already?"The Vine Witch is a spellbinding must read for the Halloween season. It combines a lot of things I love. It has Witches, Wine, Murder, and a little bit of love to throw you off and I really enjoyed it. Elena was cursed after she turned down a proposal. The joining of two people is supposed to be the highlight of a persons life but she didn’t feel that ...
  • Isabelle | BookwyrmBites
    Buddy read with Kat, Aurelia & Spira! 3.5 stars Wine, after all, was a living, breathing thing. Each wine its own entity, each vintage as unique as the heart and mind of the witch who crafted it. I love the premise, and altogether I'm not disappointed in the worldbuilding as far as vine witches and vineyards and winemaking. (Though at the same time, we're introduced to so many different magic systems, (view spoiler)[from bierhexen to jinni to a m...
  • Colleen
    3 Stars*An stylistic debut about magic, betrayal, and self-discovery*ARC provided by 47North via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.The Vine Witch is a readable debut about a cursed Vine Witch seeking revenge. The story starts out with a Magical Realism vibe as a young woman makes her way home after being cursed. She is intent on saving her home as well as getting revenge on the person who cursed her. The story is set in the Chanceaux Val...
  • Obsidian
    So this wasn't a bad book, I just had a hard time sticking with it. The writing at times pushed me out of the story and the book starts to feel really predictable after a while. I loved the cover, and loved the idea of vine witches though. I just don't know if I would read the next book in this series or not."The Vine Witch" starts off with a woman named Elena Boureanu finally breaks a curse that has kept her hibernated (or whatever you want to c...
  • Keryn
    Magic in the air!Considering this is the authors debut novel it is absolute M A G I C!!!! WE start in the swamp of all places. Slightly confusing at first until we realize it's the inner monologue of a toad of all things. Confusing, until we learn she's actually a woman that's been trapped in toad form for seven years by someone unknown. We're introduced to a magical landscape in more ways than one. The French countryside full of vineyards and da...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith was a charming book—sure, not one that would likely linger too long in your mind or make an in indelible impression, but it was by no means a bad read. While the publisher blurb doesn’t reveal much about the story, I was intrigued by the setting of a vineyard nestled in the historical French countryside, as well as the idea of vine witc...
  • Alex
    Vine Witch is well written for a romance novel and not super tropey. The story is set in the early 20th century. Often this is done so that the heroine can do something ahead of her time, and thus be respected by modern audiences, and yet totally unremarkable by modern standards, so that the audience can also view her as especially feminine. In this book, it's also supposed to set the stage for the clash of superstition and science, but it doesn'...
  • Toya
    You know when you first hear about a book and based off of the premise, it is everything you need in life as soon as humanely possible?! This was that book for me. I mean witches and wine…that right there is my life essence, and unsurprisingly, this book did not disappoint.Elena Boureanu is a vine witch. Well, let’s back up. Our first introduction to Elena is through the lens of a toad. She’s desperately trying to shake a transfiguration cu...
  • Jackie
    The wine was corked; I could not finish the bookThis was a free book through Amazon First Reads program. I loved the idea of witches who take care of vineyards using their knowledge of plants and the earth along with some magic. I enjoy reading about witches and I love me some wine! In this case, these two things did not pair well together. The novel had a clever start with young witch Elena emerging from the swamp. She is the victim of a curse a...
  • gwendalyn _books_
    .* :゚. ・ 。゚:. *. .* :゚. 。゚:. *This book was received as an early ARC from the publisher and Author, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own . http://gwendalynbooks.wordpress.comSorcière Elena Boureanu, is Château Renard’s Vine Witch. She was brought to live as as an apprentice to Monsieur and Madame GardinElena, disciple of the All Knowing and daughter of the Chanc...
  • Amelia Fenton
    Thick on world building. Thin on plot.This was a decent book and an ok read. The character development is lacking and it reflects that in the plot. The writer is good at action and building the lore for her world. Unfortunately, the romance between Elena and Jean-Paul is forced. We are supposed to believe they have fallen in love because there are sparks when their hands touch? They only interact a few times and even then there is no depth in it....