Monday, April 18, 2016

Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan

In a world where witches are publicly drowned, Julia knows she needs to hide her ability to be unseen.  At the same time, she uses her skill on jobs that support herself and the crew with whom she works.  Her current job has her working as a scullery maid in a home with many secrets including a woman who aids witches and a werewolf.  Julia doesn't know exactly what she's supposed to find here but the longer she lives in the house the more she begins to feel an attachment to the people living there, a baby boy in particular.  So when she finally learns what is expected of her, she doesn't want to complete her mission.  But her employer makes it clear that any other choice will have unimaginable consequences.  

It took me quite awhile to get drawn into this book.  I found myself finding other things to do rather than read this book until I was at least halfway into it.  It might've been at the point where Julia met Pia for the first time and we got more of a glimpse of this hidden world.  Or maybe it was when Julia makes her fateful choice.  From whatever point that was on, I was hooked.  I'm not sure, however, that my interest in the last half of the book makes up for the fairly long lead-in getting there and I wonder if my students will stick with it long enough to get to the pay off.

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