Review + Giveaway: Roots


cbbtourhostTitle: Roots
Author: Kelbian Noel
Release Date: March 2013
Series?: The Witchbound Series #1
Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy
Source: CBB Book Promotions

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Seventeen-year-old Baltimore Land just wants to be normal, but magic has other plans. 

I don’t consider myself a witch, that’s my parents’ thing. I’ve never really believed in magic either. Sure, I tried it a few times. Fell for the whole “magic happens” thing. But it didn’t happen to me. No amount of rhyming stopped my parents from moving me halfway across the country. Not one spell stopped me from being labeled the town freak.

And worst of all, no matter how many times I begged the Universe to bring my twin back, I was ignored. Until now.

He’s back all right. And in a magical bind of his own. Not the magic-won’t-work-for-me kind either. In fact, it’s working a little too well. Too dark. Too deep.
It turns out our entire family’s magical roots run just as deep and my brother didn’t end up where he is by accident. So I’m going to help him. But magic isn’t really on my side. Nope. Once I finally get the craft under control, I’m expected to abandon the one person in the world who’s closest to me, just to save myself.


Earth is solid. Follow the wind. Warmed by the fire, the water will quench thee.

Baltimore Mary Land. That’s her name. Poor thing, right? It gets worse. Her parents are witches. In a small town. Can this girl get any bigger of a target on her back?

Not asking has earned me a choice. For the first time ever, I’m free to do what I want. I’m no longer the witches’ daughter. I’m just Baltimore.

Baltimore is stuck in a hard spot, made especially harder because her twin brother has run off. It’s been two years and he’s shown no signs of coming back. For me, this was hard to swallow because twins run in my family and choosing to separate from your family and the person you shared the womb with is beyond imaginable.

One day, Baltimore finds Brooklyn. (I know. Cute, right? If only he were a girl…). He wants her to come visit. She figures out how to make it out to him, tricking her parents, friends and school. She uses a class trip as her cover, and hightails it to Brooklyn. Only, he’s not there when she arrives. He’s not there for HOURS.

Not only did Baltimore start getting worried, but I started getting worried, especially after reading Roots right after reading this book. Who wouldn’t be paranoid? Brooklyn finally shows, but things get crazy weird. Supreme weirdest of all? Brooklyn’s girlfriend.

Nothing about this girl makes sense. Sweet and scary. Petite and monstrous. 

Things take a turn for the worse, and one of Brooklyn’s roommates comes to Baltimore’s rescue. Little does she remember that she’s met him before, as a child, and he knows exactly who and what she is. She doesn’t realize this until later, and it leaves an ache in Baltimore’s heart. Right before they fled the seance, they heard Nate’s mother’s voice.

What’s the best way to determine how far you’ll go? The company you keep and the shoes on your feet.

Baltimore ends up in a safe and familiar place: her grandparents; house. It looks like it hasn’t been lived in in years, judging by the amount of dust that’s settled on the couch, but her grandfather and his operatives are definitely using the house, if for no other reason than the one thing that Baltimore has been running from all her life: witchcraft.

“How do you, of all people, end up hanging out with my seventy year old grandfather? That’s not weird or anything.” 

He grins. 

“Magic has a way of bringing people together.”

Baltimore also gets in touch with another childhood friend, one she instantly remembers: Ramon. He is the kind of guy any girl would want as a friend by her side, and that’s exactly what he does in this book, even if it goes against his oath and his role and her grandfather’s wishes…and going back for Brooklyn.

Baltimore is tasked with writing her own spell, one only she knows. She’s not buying all this magic jazz, and through several conversations with Ramon, Nate and her grandfather, along with reading her grandfather’s own spell book, she learns the truth about herself: descended from one of the four Pure witch families, tasked with the element earth.

Here’s the thing that really set strongly with me: Noel tied in the storyline of these Elemental witches with the witch hunts and persecutions of Europe. A perfect tie-in.

Baltimore cannot let Brooklyn go without a fight…or two…or three. She will do anything to save her brother from the Tainted witch, but it comes with a cost, and the price is high.

“Hey, everyone makes mistakes. At least you’re doing something about it. It’s only bad if you act like it never happened.” 

*****About the Author*****

unnamed (6)Kelbian Noel was born on a warm June night in Moncton, New Brunswick. From a very young age, she loved to read. She found herself engulfed in novels by Janette Oke and L.M. Montgomery, but never seemed to find herself in the pages. At the age of 11 she declared she would simply have to rewrite them, and become the youngest author in history. But life was full of baseball, homework, BFFs and boys. Decades later, having studied writing in college and pursued it as a career, she rediscovered her hobby. She is excited to introduce The Witchbound Series to the world with hopes someone will love this story as much as she does. Kelbian lives in Toronto, Ontario with her two children (where, thanks to a thick layer of smog, Junes are much warmer than they used to be).

She is the founder of and blogs there often, in the company of some pretty cool people.

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