The Witches of Cambridge by Menna Van Praag
**This review is based on an ARC from Netgalley, release date 2/9/16.
Summary from Goodreads:
“Be careful what you wish for. If you’re a witch, you might just get it.”
Amandine Bisset has always had the power to feel the emotions of those around her. It’s a secret she can share only with her friends all professors, all witches when they gather for the Cambridge University Society of Literature and Witchcraft. Amandine treasures these meetings but lately senses the ties among her colleagues beginning to unravel. If only she had her student Noa’s power to hear the innermost thoughts of others, she might know how to patch things up. Unfortunately, Noa regards her gift as a curse. So when a seductive artist claims he can cure her, Noa jumps at the chance, no matter the cost.
Noa’s not the only witch in over her head. Mathematics professor Kat has a serious case of unrequited love but refuses to cast spells to win anyone’s heart. Her sister, Cosima, is not above using magic to get what she wants, sprinkling pastries in her bakery with equal parts sugar and enchantment. But when Cosima sets her sights on Kat’s crush, she conjures up a dangerous love triangle.
I read a title previously by this author called The Dress Shop of Dreams and enjoyed it quite a bit, so I was glad to give this one a try. I ended up really enjoying it, but did feel that it had a bit of a slow start. The story is about multiple characters, but their storylines all tie together very nicely. I like that these titles have magic, but it is not so much that it seems unrealistic. I thought some of the characters were just okay, like Noa and Kat, but enjoyed most of them and found them likeable. My favorite storyline was probably Amandine, which could be because she kind of tied all the others together. This was not a fast-paced or high action book by any means, but still interesting enough to keep me reading. While I will probably not purchase it for my high school library, I will recommend to friends and family.
My rating: 4/5