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The Snow Witch

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  27 reviews

Twelve-year-old Kitty Wigeon can't wait for Christmas at St Flurries, a grand old manor house in the countryside, until one chilly night she vanishes without a trace.

One hundred years later… Still grieving over the death of their mother, Kes Bunting and his younger sister Star, are sent to liv
Kindle Edition, 259 pages
Published October 1st 2018 by KDP
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Darque  Dreamer
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Snow Witch is full of magic and childhood nostalgia. It’s two parts fantasy and one part faerie tale. If you love stories like The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and the Nutcracker, you will fall in love with this one!

I absolutely adored this one! It was such an easy read, but so full of life and wonder! It was spectacularly written and beautifully vivid. Definitely a one sitting kind of read!

I loved the way the story was told. Part one was told from Kes’s perspective and followed he and
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
A really fun, engaging middle grade read.

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If you're looking for the perfect holiday-vibe book with a bit of mystery, magic, and entertaining characters, then The Snow Witch is the book for you. This is a delightful middle grade story that follows a young brother and sister, Kes and Star, as they move into a new house in the countryside with their grandmother whom they've just met for the first time. This book was such a lovely blend of fairy tale, f
Bex mummyisreading
I received a pre-release copy of this book from Rosie Boyes herself in return for an honest review. The Snow Witch is a beautiful middle-grade novel which blends mystery, fantasy and the fairytale genre in one luxurious winter story.The book begins by introducing us to our main protagonist, Kes and his sister, Star who have had a difficult time of late. We soon learn that their mother is dead and they have no idea where their useless and violent father is.The plot begins to unravel as the brothe ...more
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2018-cybils
The Snow Witch is the second book that I've read by Rosie Boyes, Clemmie's War being the first. I've always enjoyed old houses filled with nooks and crannies, expansive libraries brimming with books, a ballroom, and parlor. While I'm not quite ready for winter yet, I do love stories that give you that magical wintery feeling of swirling snowflakes, ice skating on a frozen lake, and breath visible in the crisp air. I was also really drawn to the premise of The Snow Witch, wanting to learn more ab ...more
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
When Kes and Star Bunting’s mother dies they are sent to live in foster care. They have no relatives that they know of except for their father who left them a long time ago before their mother died. Kes and Star have no idea if he is even still alive and don’t actually care. Their father loved to drink and gamble and became very abusive.

Kes and Star are later sent to live with their grandmother at St Flurries, an old house in the country with grand staircases, libraries and lots of rooms filled
Connie Huddleston
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a pre-release copy for a review.

The Snow Witch is a fairy tale, a mystery, and a fantasy all mixed up in one glorious little story. The author, Rosie Boyes, started with a couple of orphaned children, Kes and Star, and continued her story into the past, back to the future, and into a fantasy world of gypsy curses. Her characters include a Granny Bird and her household full of caretakers and friends; Kitty, a girl from many years in the past; and a couple of snow white animals, just fo
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it

I was provided with an advanced e-book of 'Snow Witch' in exchange for an honest review, and whilst I do not usually take on ebooks I found myself compelled by the synopsis and I just HAD to find out more.

The book begins with an introduction to Kes and Star - brother and sister who have recently been Orphaned and are in foster care, their mother is dead and they have no idea where their waste of space father is. The story quickly unravels and reveals that they have a had a relative come forward
Ashley Gillan
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love a good fairy tale - especially ones with a little bit of a dark side. "The Snow Witch" by Rosie Boyes really scratched that itch for me - while it is technically a "young adult" book, it is a really well-crafted story with plenty to keep both young readers and adults entertained.

The book follows brother and sister pair Kes and Star, foster children who gets news that a relative has stepped forward to care for them, and that relative lives in a grand old house called St. Flurries, which is
Sam (samyinbookworld)
The Snow Witch is children’s book written by Rosie Boyes who also wrote Clemmie’s War. Like the first book, I also enjoyed reading this one as well, though I have to admit that I love this one more than the previous book.

It’s a story about a brother and sister called Kes and Star who lose their both parents and were put in foster care. About six months after their mother’s death they are found by their grandmother who lives in an old family home. Soon after Kes and Star move in, Star becomes ill
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Snow Witch by Rosie Boyes
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
Rating: 5/5 stars
Star and Kes are sent to their grandmother to start a new life. But soon, things go missing and little messages are left throughout the house. It’s all about the Snow Witch and Kes has to help her, especially since his sister’s life depends on it.
My thoughts:
Some parts of the story were predictable, but there also were some surprises. Not to mention, that this is set in two
Kasey Giard
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed a lot of things about this story: the brother/sister relationship, the family history and how it tied in with the current mystery, the fun English setting. Snow Witch has a lot of good things going for it. I want to call it a really cute story, but I’m worried that will backfire! Haha. I really just mean that it’s a sweet, fun winter tale with some mystery and magic.

I liked Kes a lot. He has such a big heart and has clearly been through so much already. His relationship with his sister
I received this book as a part of Member Giveaway on LibraryThing in exchange for my honest opinion.

This review is extremely abbreviated due to the character limitations here on GR. For the entire review, check out my review on LibraryThing.

I wanted to like this more than I did. There were too many over-complications in the plot, too many unanswered questions, the curse itself was not executed or explained quite to my satisfaction, and, just overall, it was lacking a certain je ne sais quoi. Spo
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, blog-books
Also posted on my blog, Kitty Cat at the Library, with cat pictures and actual pictures of Natsu Dragneel! *not clickbait*

I received this book in exchange for an honest review

Ok, so, to start off, this book follows two people: the Snow Witch (who is the main character) and a ‘purehearted’ little teenager named Kes. The teenager has had a series of unfortunate events and finally finds a home in a (spooky) mansion. But then his sister gets sick. Why?? Find out…

This book has absolutely gripping
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
You can also see my review on my blog or on Amazon.

Actual Rating:
2.5/5 stars, rounded up to 3.

Trigger/Content warnings for the novel:
--- mentions of parental death
--- description of sibling death
--- mentions of domestic violence
--- mentions of alcoholism
--- mentions of gambling
--- sexism and misogyny
--- racial slur toward and stereotypes about Romani people

Representation in the novel:


I received this eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Listen, I really wanted to love this book. And if it wer
N.A. Granger
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Christmas, lots of snow, a grandfather clock in an old mansion, a powerful curse, and a witch in two time periods. What’s not to like? This book is intended for middle grade children, but it is so well-written and so darned compelling, at least from this adult’s point of view, I can recommend it to everyone.
The story: It’s December 2018. Twelve- year-old Kes Bunting and his younger sister Star, both orphans, are living in a cold, dilapidated foster home overseen by the devious Mrs. Auk. She rec
Steph Warren
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*I received a free copy of this book, with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

Loved this middle-grade fantasy adventure!

Here you will find some familiar tropes of adventurous orphans, Romany curses and strange men skulking about suspiciously. Rosie Boyes has, however, breathed her own life into the story with the exquisite pathos of the Snow Witch’s tale, and the travails and courage of Kittie, Kes and Star.

The story covers two time periods. First we have t
Jessica Bronder
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kes and Star Bunting have just lost their mother. They are looking at living in foster care since no one can find their drunken, gambling father. But they are rescued by their grandmother that has spent her fortune trying to find them. They go to live at Granny Bird’s house St. Flurries. But after spending all of her money she cannot afford to care for St. Flurries any more so has decided to sell it. But the house seems to be haunted.

One hundred years earlier, Kitty is a little girl at St. Flurr
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very good plot regardless what age you might be. A beautiful child full of happiness and curiosity. Kitty loves to be in the woods and this Christmas Eve she waits for the arrival of family and friends. She notices something vague in the distance and enters the woods she knows so well. She never came out. Now decades later a new family moves into her old house complete with an elderly woman "dotty" as most believe. Kes, the boy in the new family house, doesn't know if he likes it or not. One nig ...more
Jasmine Linso
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
“The Snow Witch” is actually told in two different timelines – the past and the present. It started with Kes and Star and their arrival to St. Flurries where they’re going to live with their grandmother after their parents died. A myriad of weird little things started to happen and it might have something to do with the incident which happened at St. Flurries a century ago – the unsolved mystery of Kitty Wigeon’s disappearance.

This book initially reminded me of “The Lion, the Witch, and the War
Mererid Evanna
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So many wonderful books for children begin with orphaned or otherwise displaced children going to a mysterious house in the country where they will meet eccentric characters and have magical - or as-good-as-magical - adventures. And it might be a bold statement, but this is one of them! It may not be "The Little White Horse" or "The Children of Green Knowe" or "The Growing Summer", but it's certainly a contender. Apart from the absorbing quest to end a curse, there are many charming moments, esp ...more
Alex Norton
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable read. If you didn't know this was a new story, you'd swear it was a classic fairy tale from the turn of the last century. The style put me firmly in mind of Frances Hodgson Burnett, with a bit more magic in it.
If I have any complaints they would be that the two primary children, Kes and Star, were a bit flimsy personality-wise for me (though many of the other characters were very strong) and the story was a little rushed in places. Other than that, beautiful and creative, well do
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
WHAT AN AMAZING BOOK! I felt sad at Kes and Star's experience with being forced to live with an uncaring woman and always being cold. Then the three were summoned to meet with a lawyer, only to confirm that they had a grandmother still alive who never stopped looking for them. As soon as they arrived at the mansion, they were amazed at the warmth of the mansion and of hot food for the first time since they could remember. Their good fortune released a century old curse that no one expected.
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another 100 year time loop, with Kes in the modern time working to free the curse before it is passed along to his little sister. I didn't buy the pacing; the long gap to see Kitty's life had me almost forget about Kes by the time we returned, and the author spelled out too much of the emotional journey. But the images were lovely and Kes's growth did happen; we are shown before we are told
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full review here:

I was offered a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Kelly Howell-Rouchka
A nice whimsical middle-grade fantasy / mystery. Got a bit dull in parts but otherwise a good book!
Amy Rush Da Silva
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't normally read a lot of middle grade fiction but when I heard about The Snow Witch I knew it was something that I had to get my teeth into. This read certainly didn't disappoint me - I ADORED it. It blends fantasy, mystery and magical realism all into one astonishing winter story and as it is so fast paced you just want to carry on reading.

The setting and the time the story took place had me pining for winter! As a big lover of all things wintery (and especially christmassy) I thoroughly
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Rosie Boyes is a children's author from the UK. She has been passionate about middle-grade books ever since she can remember. Her love of reading came at an early age when she escaped into classic stories, living out the lives of the characters she met. During her spare time, she dreams about dipping her toes in the sea, splashing through puddles, kicking up leaves in the autumn...
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