book reviews

Book Review: Mother Knows Best: A Tale of the Old Witch (Villains #5)

Book Details:

  • Published Date: August 7, 2018
  • Author: Serena Valentino
  • Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction
  • Format: Kindle
  • Length: 221 pages
overview
The tale of the legendary golden flower is widely known. The story has been told many times and in many ways. But always the flower is coveted by an old witch to keep herself young and beautiful. And always the flower is used to save a dying queen, who then gives birth to a princess with magical hair. Not willing to lose the flower, the old witch steals the princess and locks her away in a high tower, raising her as her own. But the princess always finds out who she truly is and manages to defeat the old witch.

And yet this is only half the story. So what of the old witch, Mother Gothel? Where does she come from? And how does she come across the magical golden flower? Here is one account that recounts a version of the story that has remained untold for centuries . . . until now. It is a tale of mothers and daughters, of youth and dark magic. It is a tale of the old witch.

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Wow…so this one really bored me. The series hasn’t been terrible so far, but I just really could not get into this one.

The Odd Sisters are interesting, and like I mentioned, I enjoy seeing them pop up. However, it feels like in the series so far, whenever they pop up in the story, it tends to be about them and no longer about the main character. I think that may also be a reason why I lost interest while reading.

Whenever the Odd Sisters come into the story, you can already predict that they will have something to do with the villain’s downfall in some way, shape or form. It seems to always happen. I can appreciate them having a short role in the book, but to really just take over the story, it gets kind of old.

Although I thought this story was drawn out and kind of boing, I can still appreciate learning about Gothel and how she became evil. Why she locked Repunzel up and kept her hidden in a tower. It does show what led up to that and I mean that’s why we read the book right? We wanted some answers from Valentino’s perspective! Lol

My Rating:

Have you read Book 5 in the Villains series? What were your thoughts?

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