Victoria Lamb
If she sink, she be no witch and shall be drowned.  If she float, she be a witch and must be hanged.  Meg Lytton has always known she is different--that she bears a dark and powerful gift. But in 1554 England, in service at Woodstock Palace to the banished Tudor princess Elizabeth, it has never been more dangerous to practise witchcraft. Meg knows she must guard her secret carefully from the many suspicious eyes watching over the princess and her companions. One wrong move could mean her life, and the life of Elizabeth, rightful heir to the English throne.  With witchfinder Marcus Dent determined to have Meg's hand in marriage, and Meg's own family conspiring against the English queen, there isn't a single person Meg can trust. Certainly not the enigmatic young Spanish priest Alejandro de Castillo, despite her undeniable feelings. But when all the world turns against her, Meg must open her heart to a dangerous choice.  The Secret Circle meets The Other Boleyn Girl in Witchstruck, the first book of the magical Tudor Witch trilogy.


Reviewed: 2016-10-22

This should have worked for me.  Paranormal set in Tudor times during Elizabeth I's banishment to Woodville.


Ugh.  Such petty, mean-spirited entitled characters.  


Cannot believe was published in U.K. first as a Random House Children's book (in U.S. by Harlequin).  It's pretty dark with the type of witchcraft that uses bloody entrails and suspected witches are tortured and put to death in probably more detail than should be in a children's book.


Cruel magicks deemed "harmless" ... nope.  I realize M.C. was a girl in a misogynistic world, servant class, etc.  But still often petty and unthinkingly self-involved; an unlikable and often hypocritical bunch of unsympathetic characters.


The time period is an interesting one, as are some of the rare glimpses of Elizabeth (who here condones and even participates in witchcraft).  But that's more because I find that setting interesting than because this book made it interesting.  


I should have DNF'ed.  What kept me going:  a quick enough read, reading during Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon, a library borrow meaning I read first, with unbelievably high reviews and recommendations from friends.  Seriously, what were they thinking to praise this? 

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