Witchcraft Couture (Review)

Witchcraft Couture (Review)
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Title: Witchcraft Couture

Author:  Katarina
West
Publisher:  Self-published
Published Date: 19th November 2014
Rating: 3 stars
 
*Thank you to the author for the review copy*

Synopsis: Oscar Pellegrini is a talented
fashion designer with a deadly enemy: his own critical mind. He destroys much
of what he designs and has been drifting for years, gradually retreating from
the fashion business he loves but holding on to his dreams of success.

A chance meeting with a former girlfriend triggers a creative crisis so deep
that Oscar escapes to Russia, where he drinks and despairs like never before.
Just when he thinks he has lost everything he discovers a magical machine that
turns ordinary outfits into irresistible sartorial triumphs. Oscar takes the
machine back to Italy – and before he knows it, he has become famous for his
designs, and celebrities and socialites are fighting to be first to wear his
gorgeous garments.

But the happily-ever-after ending for the fashion messiah turns into a nightmare
when his dresses acquire a life of their own, gaining energy and evil as time
goes on. Haunted by his creations, a dark secret he is no longer able to hide,
Oscar finds himself fighting for his life and sanity, and searching for the
answer to a question he never knew existed.

Is there such a thing as stolen genius, and if there is, can it turn against
the very person who stole it?

Review: I was
a bit curious about this book. It seemed like an interesting mix of things to
put together – fashion designing and a sort of magic. I was captivated and
couldn’t wait to dive into this one!
Before we get down to the nitty-gritty of the review, can
we please admire that lovely cover? Because I love it 😀
It did not disappoint, but it wasn’t all I had hoped it
would be either. At the beginning I really liked the writing style because it
was so descriptive and immersive. But after a while I realised that the writing
was a bit overdone. We have paragraphs where he is just explaining some colours
and we get a bit too much detail. Because of this trying too hard, the pace of
the beginning of the book is rather slow and I didn’t enjoy that bit too much.
But if you keep reading until the middle the plot starts to pick up the pace
and thicken, so there is no more overdone writing and the writing style is back
to one I could really enjoy.
Oscar was a very unique main character. He suffers from
self-doubt which I am sure any of us with a talent or a dream to be able to do
their work well, can suffer from sometimes. His is particularly bad and it
basically has crippled his designing skills and makes him unable to hold down a
job. I never knew self-doubt could be so crippling. He is really disturbed so
it is pretty hard for me to pin down his character sometimes, but we could
definitely see his rises and falls in his mood and successes. I think his
character especially because interesting towards the end when he became aware
of the witchcraft included in his designs. It was driving him crazy and it was
so I interesting to be in the mind of someone who was being driven crazy from
their own work.
I also really liked the settings in this novel. Oscar
ends up going to Finland, Italy and Russia in the course of this one book! I am
someone who is all for diverse settings so it was great that we were able to
experience those countries. I did want them to be described in a bit more
detail, but I was mostly happy there.
One thing I did wish for but never got was a full
explanation of how the Sampo worked. Oscar seemed content to know that the
Sampo did its magic and simply worked. But I am a curious person so of course I
would want to know why it works and how it works the way it did. I was curious
but our main character wasn’t, so there was a bit of a lost opportunity.
Generally a nice book. A bit slow paced at the beginning
but the ending and middle is where the book really shines!
Links: Goodreads and Amazon!
Olivia’s Question: If you had magic powers suddenly,
would you like to know where they came from or simply accept them?
Olivia-Savannah x


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