Review Request: Oak and Mistloetoe




Title: Oak and Mistletoe (Rituals #1)

Author: J.Z.N. McCauley

Published: 2016/10/11

Genre: Romance, Fantasy

Started: 2018/01/02

Finished: 2018/01/06

Rating:  ★★★



A Druid Curse, A Prophesied Love, A Consuming Vengeance…
Catherine Green, along with her twin sister and older brother, travels to Ireland on a college graduation trip. Her vacation takes a permanent turn when she lands her dream job at an art and history museum on her beloved Emerald Isle. She meets a handsome stranger named Bowen, an expert of sorts on local ancient studies. Though their first meetings are turbulent at best, Catherine finds herself drawn to him.
Unaware that she is the key to breaking a hidden curse, Catherine unleashes the evil madman Conall and his druid followers, imprisoned since ancient times. Tragedy and loss ensue, sprouting within Catherine the deep seeds of rage that thrust her onto the damaging path of vengeance. Confused by the enigma that is Bowen, his mixed signals, and her own feelings, she is swept away with him on an unexpected journey surrounded by myth and long-forgotten knowledge. In order to stop the evil plans of Conall and his reunified army, Catherine must entwine her fate with peril. Her survival is trivial to her as long as Conall dies. She’ll do whatever it takes.

My Thoughts

Honestly, I am rather torn with this book. I like the premise, the lore, the setting, the sweet romance, and the druids (even if one does look like a viking, lol).

I loved the oak and mistletoe lore! One will heal just about anything and the other makes good things happen! I’m curious if the author created this myth or if it is something she heard about, I need to get my Irish folk and fairy tales back out XD. The setting (in Ireland) and the return of ancient druids also made for an exciting, unique read! I don’t come across many books that focus on either, which is strange with how much magic and urban fantasy I read… Oooh, and how do you open a lock created by a spurned priestess? True love of course! Which is awesome but such a mean thing to do considering the priestess never thought the protag’s stalker would ever fall in love. Ha suck it! No love for you!

I had a few issues with the book though. One, it is very wordy with needles details. I love a good, descriptive writer, but unless there is a purpose for telling the reader this detail, leave it out. We don’t need to know that someone swallowed a pill with water from a cup that they got from the kitchen when they had been sitting around watching a game on tv. People usually have a drink close at hand in this situation and why was it important for us to know?
Two, the characters didn’t seem real or true to themselves. One minute our heroine is a feminist set to throw down with this dude, several hours later he is so hot that she willingly does as he asks without question. The big brother is worried about his sister who saw her twin murdered in front of her but runs off to find a hostile member of the bad guys leaving sis alone with her stalker-stranger. Stalker is hot, cold, angry, in love, angry, in the blink of an eye. It felt like the author wasn’t really sure how she wanted her characters to be or forgot and just kept changing things.

An interesting read for sure but the issues I had with it were so constant that I won’t be continuing the series. However, if it sounds like it is your cup of tea I would recommend giving it a try! I would love to hear someone else’s take on the book!



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