Oct 2, 2017

The Gifts of Our Mothers by Hazel Black || Blog Tour Review with Giveaway

Hello and welcome to my stop on the blog tour!

The Witches of Auburn 1
346, paperback
Paranormal, Young Adult
October 2nd 2017
Brunswick House


The Gifts of Our Mothers by Hazel Black || Blog Tour Review with Giveaway



In the dark woods I’m forbidden to go into, lying on top of the one person I swore I’d stay away from, and hiding from the men who chased him, I hold still as Ike Kennedy whispers in my ear, “Don’t leave me.”

The questions of why my mother packed up our lives and moved us to Auburn, New Jersey when she, herself, fled here twenty years ago, plague me every day. Her past and the people in this town loom over our family with a haunting understanding of the coven I was born into, but realize I know nothing about. The enemies I heard stories about as a child attack without warning or regard for human life, but I don’t know who they are.

I’m Ever Ayars. I can fly. I can disappear. I can move things with my mind, but my gifts are my only clarity. Lost within a new school, new friends, and a new life, there is only one thing I know for sure.

I’m not leaving Ike Kennedy.

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book review rating 3 out of 5

FAMILY DYNAMICS, FOR better or for worse, has always fascinated me, particularly the sacred bonds between sisters because I’m the only girl of four siblings. The Gifts of Our Mothers, by Hazel Black, offers a thought-provoking examination of the bonds of sisterhood, and explores the consequences of their actions across three generations of witches.

In the city of Auburn, New Jersey, the nearly-unbreakable bond of four witch friends, who are more like sisters, are torn apart after one committed such a heinous act that resulted in an unspeakable curse that will affect them and their future generations. After fleeing their home for 20 years, they have returned with their daughters to established the next generation of witches, but more importantly, to find a way to break the curse.

Told in alternating POVs between Helene and her daughter, Evers, I can really empathize with Helene’s need to protect her daughter, and I can also understand Ever’s brave and willful need for independence from her mother. The dynamic of their relation is quite relatable, especially when Evers meets Ike Kennedy–a boy she is forbidden to see yet can’t keep away. The insta-love between Evers and Ike was sweet, but surreal. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I’d like. I was more fascinated by a mysterious, invisible individual named Xavier, and the Virago–witches that have gone rogue. Ms. Black only hints of their intentions. Rather than unraveling these mysteries, Ms. Black focuses on romance, and the curse that seems to resolve itself with ease.

With all signs pointing to future installments, The Gifts of our Mothers, by Hazel Black, is a debut book with wonderfully realistic family interactions from a diverse cast of flawed, yet loving, characters. It explores a gripping moral dilemma, and the healing power of love and forgiveness.

{Thank you to the author and publisher for kindly giving me this book free of charge, which does not influence my review.}



Hazel Black

Hazel Black graduated from Rutgers University and returned to her hometown in rural South Jersey. Her mother encouraged her to take some time and find herself. After three months of searching, she began to bounce checks, her neighbors began to talk, and her mother told her to find a job.

She settled into corporate America, learning systems and practices and the bureaucracy that slows them. Hazel quickly discovered her creativity and gift for story telling as a corporate trainer and spent years perfecting her presentation skills and studying diversity. It was during this time she became an avid observer of the characters she met and the heartaches they endured. Her years of study taught her that laughter, even the completely inappropriate kind, was the key to survival.

She currently lives in New Jersey with her family and a misbehaving beagle named Odin. As an avid swimmer, if Hazel is not with her family and friends, she’d rather be underwater. While she enjoys many genres, she is, and always has been, a sucker for a love story…the more screwed up the better.

Hazel Black writes contemporary romance as Eliza Freed. To keep up with all new releases and giveaways, sign up for her newsletter.

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