web site hit counter The Witches of West Shore - Ebooks PDF Online
Hot Best Seller

The Witches of West Shore

Availability: Ready to download

Opal gets a dirty old suitcase for her birthday. She’s not impressed. Her grandfather tells her she’ll need it, because she’s going to live with her great aunt on Broken Shell Island. Opal wonders if her grandfather hasn’t gone senile, because Broken Shell Island is a made-up magical place that their family friend Flora Fritz writes picture books about. Oh, but the island i Opal gets a dirty old suitcase for her birthday. She’s not impressed. Her grandfather tells her she’ll need it, because she’s going to live with her great aunt on Broken Shell Island. Opal wonders if her grandfather hasn’t gone senile, because Broken Shell Island is a made-up magical place that their family friend Flora Fritz writes picture books about. Oh, but the island is real. And magic. Opal encounters magical plants, animals, and danger, too. The evening she arrives, a body is discovered in the woods, not far from where she passed through. Worse, a terrifying creature has emerged from the ground, and it hungers for the innocent, whether the people of the island believe in it or not. While young Opal is eager to fit into her new life, perhaps becoming a witch herself, she’s mainly concerned about surviving her first week. Riding a unicorn is not quite the experience she expected, nor is her first encounter with hair-styling pixies. Life is beautiful, magical, and perilous, on Broken Shell Island.


Compare

Opal gets a dirty old suitcase for her birthday. She’s not impressed. Her grandfather tells her she’ll need it, because she’s going to live with her great aunt on Broken Shell Island. Opal wonders if her grandfather hasn’t gone senile, because Broken Shell Island is a made-up magical place that their family friend Flora Fritz writes picture books about. Oh, but the island i Opal gets a dirty old suitcase for her birthday. She’s not impressed. Her grandfather tells her she’ll need it, because she’s going to live with her great aunt on Broken Shell Island. Opal wonders if her grandfather hasn’t gone senile, because Broken Shell Island is a made-up magical place that their family friend Flora Fritz writes picture books about. Oh, but the island is real. And magic. Opal encounters magical plants, animals, and danger, too. The evening she arrives, a body is discovered in the woods, not far from where she passed through. Worse, a terrifying creature has emerged from the ground, and it hungers for the innocent, whether the people of the island believe in it or not. While young Opal is eager to fit into her new life, perhaps becoming a witch herself, she’s mainly concerned about surviving her first week. Riding a unicorn is not quite the experience she expected, nor is her first encounter with hair-styling pixies. Life is beautiful, magical, and perilous, on Broken Shell Island.

30 review for The Witches of West Shore

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Well, I think this book and its author have potential, but I also think some guidance might be useful. The story kind of meanders a bit along some different lines, it seems, and one plot thread is the one that got picked to be "resolved" in the end in tying up the book. I just think it could have used a little bit more focus. I wasn't a big fan of the style. It's kind of Alice in Wonderland quirky-lite, but not always. Again, it just didn't seem really beautifully consistent. I feel bad giving i Well, I think this book and its author have potential, but I also think some guidance might be useful. The story kind of meanders a bit along some different lines, it seems, and one plot thread is the one that got picked to be "resolved" in the end in tying up the book. I just think it could have used a little bit more focus. I wasn't a big fan of the style. It's kind of Alice in Wonderland quirky-lite, but not always. Again, it just didn't seem really beautifully consistent. I feel bad giving it two stars, but giving three would mean I actually enjoyed it, even though I didn't really enjoy it, which would make me give four or five stars. But it says two stars means "it was OK," which I suppose it pretty much true. It took me a while to finish because I just kept interrupting to read and finish other books I enjoyed more, at least just a little more, in some cases. It is billed as being appropriate for young readers, and it mostly is, but there are a few comments made by characters that don't seem entirely consistent with that (a couple of toss-off comments about getting to enjoy sex after a wedding, basically, and so on); they were pretty innocuous, but they still didn't seem to be quite in line with what I'd put in a book aimed at readers age 10 and up.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lise

    2.5-3 stars I loved the premise of this book a lot... a so-called fictional island from kids books is actually real and Opal has to go there to live because her Grandfather is ill. It’s an odd and magical place with ever changing topography. There’s witches and trolls and goats that seem to speak to Opal. There’s a LOT more too which was a bit distracting and that’s what made me like this a little less. I felt like there was too much crammed into this book, far too many details that seemed to be 2.5-3 stars I loved the premise of this book a lot... a so-called fictional island from kids books is actually real and Opal has to go there to live because her Grandfather is ill. It’s an odd and magical place with ever changing topography. There’s witches and trolls and goats that seem to speak to Opal. There’s a LOT more too which was a bit distracting and that’s what made me like this a little less. I felt like there was too much crammed into this book, far too many details that seemed to be repeated. Again the idea is fantastic and this has tons of potential if this was tidied up a bit. Also a positive was that this was well edited as in no typos or grammatical errors which is always good. I would read the next book if this series was continued.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dannan Tavona

    Lost Review Fantasy YA Broken Shell Island is full of mysteries, and the young lady protagonist is under pressure to solve more than one to save the island and its people. Intriguing and plenty of unsolved issues at the end, too, and definitely the start of a new series. Plucky and enough to keep the younger set invested. This is a replacement review and the original written many years ago has disappeared.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    Actual rating - 2.5 The main character in this annoyed me, so I can't say I liked her. This just couldn't keep my interest unfortunately, and as I didn't like the main character, there wasn't anything enjoyable about it for me. Actual rating - 2.5 The main character in this annoyed me, so I can't say I liked her. This just couldn't keep my interest unfortunately, and as I didn't like the main character, there wasn't anything enjoyable about it for me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Enjoyable but not spectacular short read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

    4 STARS Broken Shell Island draws you right into the story and made me care about Opal right away. Some parts of the story I could see get a 5 stars and other part 3. Opal is at a birthday party with her grandfather and his senior friends. She has been hopeful that she will get a bike. She even printed off a picture of the one she wants and a map to the store. Instead she gets a box with a old suitcase in it. Her grandfather says she is going to Broken Shell Island that his friend wrote books about 4 STARS Broken Shell Island draws you right into the story and made me care about Opal right away. Some parts of the story I could see get a 5 stars and other part 3. Opal is at a birthday party with her grandfather and his senior friends. She has been hopeful that she will get a bike. She even printed off a picture of the one she wants and a map to the store. Instead she gets a box with a old suitcase in it. Her grandfather says she is going to Broken Shell Island that his friend wrote books about the place. Everyone is excited that she is going she does not want to leave her grandfather. Who has raised her. He tells her that she needs to pack because she is going right away and she will be living with his sister. That he is dying. After fighting and arguing that she does not want to leave him. He drives her three hours away and puts her in a boat with a big stranger. Opal is getting close the captain throws her suitcase in the ocean and then throws her in. He yells to her to old onto the suitcase and she will make it. Opal can not believe that she got thrown into the ocean. When she found the suitcase it was warm and moved her. She let go of it and she got cold and the suitcase stayed in place. After Opal lands on a beach with broken shells and she is all alone. She tries to remember the stories she had read so long ago about a magical island. Opal is a real likeable character and she does not give up easily. She cares about her new friends. The plot has a lot of action that is happening on the island around Opal as she is thrown into different situations that are going on. The island does not have cell phones,internet,cars but does have different animals,weird plants , witches and magic. Most of the plot makes sense some of it was pretty far out thier. It kept my attention on what was happening and I wanted to know more about the island. This is a stand alone book but he does plan on going back to the island in more stories. I would like to come back and read more about Broken Shell Island in the future. This would be a good book for any age. No sex scenes or foul language. It does have witches, mini goats that might talk, trolls, Giant Owls, and lots of adventure as Opal learns about the island and find out who was murdered and why she is a suspect. I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Librarything. 08/06/2012 PUB. 252 pages

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Oh my word, I just don't even really know where to begin. Broken Shell Island is positively filled with fun and amusement. I found myself constantly laughing, shaking my head unable to believe what I was reading. It was almost like a guilty pleasure. The utter absurdity of everything made it extremely easy to constantly suspend disbelief. I mean, come on - Pixies pee on hair. Chalk makes doors. Suitcases navigate. Seriously. It ran the full gamut from glorious to gross. Characters - Here is what I Oh my word, I just don't even really know where to begin. Broken Shell Island is positively filled with fun and amusement. I found myself constantly laughing, shaking my head unable to believe what I was reading. It was almost like a guilty pleasure. The utter absurdity of everything made it extremely easy to constantly suspend disbelief. I mean, come on - Pixies pee on hair. Chalk makes doors. Suitcases navigate. Seriously. It ran the full gamut from glorious to gross. Characters - Here is what I liked most. Even though the world itself was very believably unbelievable and filled with absurd and hilarious magic, the characters were consistently easy to relate to, unique and well developed. I liked Opal and connected with her almost immediately. I did at times think she acted younger than her age, but after a while I forgot she was supposed to be 15 and just took her as she was. World building - This book's world building is what will make it a classic. It is so well developed and well thought out. Plot - Almost all the plot threads wind up being tied up nicely. You may be thinking you have it all figured out while reading but don't be too sure of yourself. This book is anything but predictable. Quality of writing and editing - This is a self published title that can easily stand with any traditionally publish novel. Top notch. Now, generally speaking, I am not a fan of humor. Because of this I had to be in the right mind to read this, as it really isn't serious at all. Also, as a parent I feel the need to add that while early on it seems like this would be a great title for children because of the mere fantastical elements and seemingly lighthearted story, it isn't appropriate for the young ones. I would say probably 12 or 13 and up it should be fine. There are a few mature themes and references. I have an 8 year old and while I think she could handle the writing itself and it would probably hold her attention, I don't want her coming to me and asking "Mommy, what's a virgin?" Also, a reference to "doing it." (worded as such to come from the POV of a child.) Really these were the only things that would give me pause on the younger children reading it. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because I don't consider it something that I would have to read again and again and again. It's just my personal review style that only books that will become my new classics that I have to reread simply for the experience receive 5 stars.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alex Albrinck

    Every so often, it's nice to read a book where the first summary adjective you think of is "whimsical." If you're looking for a book like that, I encourage a read of Broken Shell Island. Opal Button is sent to live on the island of Ystad (don't call it Broken Shell Island, the natives hate the name!), a magical island that moves around. She moves in with her great aunt, Waleah, who had never had any children and never wanted any, and Opal isn't sure she's welcome. Somehow, on her first day there, Every so often, it's nice to read a book where the first summary adjective you think of is "whimsical." If you're looking for a book like that, I encourage a read of Broken Shell Island. Opal Button is sent to live on the island of Ystad (don't call it Broken Shell Island, the natives hate the name!), a magical island that moves around. She moves in with her great aunt, Waleah, who had never had any children and never wanted any, and Opal isn't sure she's welcome. Somehow, on her first day there, Opal finds herself in a wedding dress meant for a girl named Svetlana, who arrived the same day to marry Edwin, but who was found dead and drowned in the middle of the island with seawater in her lungs. Weird. Oh, and Opal got her hair done for her wedding by pixies that use...er...liquid waste as a magical hair styling tool. Yes, those peeing pixies are artists with human hair. Opal manages to meet three teenage girls who are witches, and who become her friends. She also meets a boy named Peter, with whom she shares an adventure trying to collect blue bees to use to wax floors and spread on pancakes. Mmmm...pancakes. In any event, aside from the enjoyable silliness there's a murder to be solved, a demon on the loose, giant defecating owls randomly dive-bombing people, and a visit to the local witch castle which suggests that some people aren't quite what they seem. But you'll have to read the book to find out about that. Me? I'm going to try to find those pixies and see if they can de-gray my hair.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Bronder

    Opal lives with her Grandfather and has grown up reading a friends stories about Broken Shell Island. On her 15th birthday she is expecting a bike when instead she is given a suitcase. Her Grandfather is ill and she is going to live with her Aunt Waleah, a woman she has never heard of, on Broken Shell Island. Things get more interesting when she is dumped off the ship and finds her way to the island with the help of the suitcase. When Opal gets to the island she is arrested for murder. After she Opal lives with her Grandfather and has grown up reading a friends stories about Broken Shell Island. On her 15th birthday she is expecting a bike when instead she is given a suitcase. Her Grandfather is ill and she is going to live with her Aunt Waleah, a woman she has never heard of, on Broken Shell Island. Things get more interesting when she is dumped off the ship and finds her way to the island with the help of the suitcase. When Opal gets to the island she is arrested for murder. After she is cleared her adventures start. She is then sent on odd errands, meets all kinds of creatures from the stories she grew up with, and finds herself on an adventure. This story reminds me of Alice in Wonderland, one of my favorites! Opal is uprooted and tossed into a magical mystery story. There are all of the various characters from witches to pixies and unicorns. There are many rambling adventures she finds herself on. What I liked the best is the modern necessities, ie cell phones and such. It helped to give the story a truer fantasy feel. This is a real good story that I think some adults and young adults but I don’t know about the younger kids. There are some topics that seem a bit mature for younger readers. But if you like stories like Alice in Wonderland I think you will like this one. I received this book for free from the Library Thing Early Reader program.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alex Owens

    First off, I really need to point out that this book was totally clean. As in, G-rated-not-so-much-as-an-innuendo clean. Those of you that know my work might have been confused, so I felt like I needed to clarify that from the get-go. Now, to the meat of things. Broken Shell Island was one heck of a ride. It's been a while since I've read something targeted to the often-more imaginative younger generation and reading this book reminded me of the magic of innocence and how inventive and creative First off, I really need to point out that this book was totally clean. As in, G-rated-not-so-much-as-an-innuendo clean. Those of you that know my work might have been confused, so I felt like I needed to clarify that from the get-go. Now, to the meat of things. Broken Shell Island was one heck of a ride. It's been a while since I've read something targeted to the often-more imaginative younger generation and reading this book reminded me of the magic of innocence and how inventive and creative writers can be when they shrug off the status-quo of adulthood. Moon writes with crisp clarity, even when the story calls for suspended disbelief. After reading this book, I'm almost convinced that there really is a Broken Shell Island out there, and this novel was just a clever book-inside-a-book-inside-a-book plot! While the writing style pulled it all together, the perfected details made this story. The Goats! I loved those little guys. And the tiny, bubbling bit of magic that saved the day-- just goes to show that no matter how inconsequential a talent, it could very well come in handy in the right moment. I'll certainly read more books by Dalya Moon, even though my tastes usually run more adult.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    In a fascinating YA book Broken Shell Island: The Witches of West Shore; Dayla Moon spins a tale of wonder. Opal has grown up reading all the “Broken Shell Island” books written by her grandfather’s friend Flora Fritz. At her birthday lunch, surrounded by all of her Grandfather’s friends and expecting a bike, Opal is a bit (!!) surprised with an old, empty suitcase. It used to be Grampa’s. He tells her that he is very ill and that she is to travel to meet her Great-Aunt Waleah and stay there. Gr In a fascinating YA book Broken Shell Island: The Witches of West Shore; Dayla Moon spins a tale of wonder. Opal has grown up reading all the “Broken Shell Island” books written by her grandfather’s friend Flora Fritz. At her birthday lunch, surrounded by all of her Grandfather’s friends and expecting a bike, Opal is a bit (!!) surprised with an old, empty suitcase. It used to be Grampa’s. He tells her that he is very ill and that she is to travel to meet her Great-Aunt Waleah and stay there. Gr-Aunt Waleah lives on the real Broken Shell Island. But it isn’t on a map because it moves around! Opal is pitched, with suitcase in tow, off a ship in the middle of the ocean and eventually, with the suitcase’ help finds herself ashore. And accused of murder! Innocence found, she is released to Gr-Aunt Waleah’s custody and is sent the next morning to get Bluebee wax to do the wooden floors in Waleah’s home. And thus the journey begins….. Who killed Edwin’s fiancée? Are her newly met friends really witches (surely not!). Does Opal find what she is looking for on the Island? Your 6th grader on up and you, yourself will love this story! I sure did.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    I'm not one to usually say this, but perhaps if I were a lot younger I would have enjoyed this more. The analogy I want to use is "inventing a whole new language just to cook spaghetti". There was so much going on in this story and I'm not sure why half of it happened. What was up with that island anyway? Why couldn't Opal's grandfather have explained? There were so many questions left unanswered. And the ending felt rushed. all of this horror and drama and then now they are better the end. What?? I'm not one to usually say this, but perhaps if I were a lot younger I would have enjoyed this more. The analogy I want to use is "inventing a whole new language just to cook spaghetti". There was so much going on in this story and I'm not sure why half of it happened. What was up with that island anyway? Why couldn't Opal's grandfather have explained? There were so many questions left unanswered. And the ending felt rushed. all of this horror and drama and then now they are better the end. What?? Why would Opal's aunt send her out for wax without any instructions? Especially if it was a long journey? What was up with Mitchell? Did Edwin and Opal end up together or Opal and Peter? So many unanswered things.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Darlene

    Dayla Moon has quite the imagination! I was blown away by this book. I have read other books by her but this one is more up my alley. I would guess that the audience for this book are for young teens. But this old lady had a lot of fun reading it. I think boys would have as much fun reading this as girl. The main character is a strong 15 year old girl who take on everyone, including a demon! But she isn't physical she is one smart cookie who takes the time to figure it out, even when the adults Dayla Moon has quite the imagination! I was blown away by this book. I have read other books by her but this one is more up my alley. I would guess that the audience for this book are for young teens. But this old lady had a lot of fun reading it. I think boys would have as much fun reading this as girl. The main character is a strong 15 year old girl who take on everyone, including a demon! But she isn't physical she is one smart cookie who takes the time to figure it out, even when the adults can't. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a light, fast, fantastical adventure.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This was an interesting story. Overall it was enjoyable, but I felt like it was underdeveloped. The story was complete, but there were several things said or mentioned in passing, as well as the background of the story hinted at in the beginning, that were not explained or developed further. Without those explanations, it left me wondering what I was missing. It seems to me that they either should have been explained or removed from the story. I don't know if there is a previous book that alread This was an interesting story. Overall it was enjoyable, but I felt like it was underdeveloped. The story was complete, but there were several things said or mentioned in passing, as well as the background of the story hinted at in the beginning, that were not explained or developed further. Without those explanations, it left me wondering what I was missing. It seems to me that they either should have been explained or removed from the story. I don't know if there is a previous book that already explained these things, or if the author simply figured that the teenage audience for whom this book was written just wouldn't care.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Barnes

    A new home The editing was wonderful. Opal was raised by her grandfather but had to leave since he was ill. He told her she had to go to Broken Shell Island to live with her great aunt. Here her wonderful story begins. She gets thrown from a boat, drifts to the island, has to draw magic stairs and find her aunt. She meets young witches, old witches, the sheriff, Peter and Edwin. Edwin's betrothed is found dead in the forest. There are pixie that straighten your hair, trolls that make chocolate an A new home The editing was wonderful. Opal was raised by her grandfather but had to leave since he was ill. He told her she had to go to Broken Shell Island to live with her great aunt. Here her wonderful story begins. She gets thrown from a boat, drifts to the island, has to draw magic stairs and find her aunt. She meets young witches, old witches, the sheriff, Peter and Edwin. Edwin's betrothed is found dead in the forest. There are pixie that straighten your hair, trolls that make chocolate and a daemon to make mischief. This story is a great YA read and a fun read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Wren

    Very, very YA. There are some YA books that you lose yourself in regardless, but this one was trying so hard on the "moral" issues surrounding writing for YA readers it really got in the way - awkwardly. (I got **really** tired of reading "chowder" for "sh*t" - give me a break.) Still the author has some genuinely imaginative parts to the story (most of them in the beginning of the book) and plot twists. Very, very YA. There are some YA books that you lose yourself in regardless, but this one was trying so hard on the "moral" issues surrounding writing for YA readers it really got in the way - awkwardly. (I got **really** tired of reading "chowder" for "sh*t" - give me a break.) Still the author has some genuinely imaginative parts to the story (most of them in the beginning of the book) and plot twists.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Marti

    Overall, I liked this book fairly well even though it clearly was a YA book. The protagonist, Opal, was easy to like and root for. However, there were many creatures, etc. that were introduced rather than a few that could have been more fully developed. It was a quick, easy, and mostly enjoyable read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    This book reminded me a great deal of the adventure of Narnia with the humor of Magic of Xanth series. However, the last couple of chapters to wrap up everything and put the events of the story to rest seemed contrived and didn't fit well with the rest of the chapters.It was a strange way to end and wrap everything up in my opinion. This book reminded me a great deal of the adventure of Narnia with the humor of Magic of Xanth series. However, the last couple of chapters to wrap up everything and put the events of the story to rest seemed contrived and didn't fit well with the rest of the chapters.It was a strange way to end and wrap everything up in my opinion.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jen Taylor

    I spent most of the time I was reading it wondering when it would get better. Okay for a child's book, but not up to adult standards. The author seems very good, but I think I was not the intended audience. I spent most of the time I was reading it wondering when it would get better. Okay for a child's book, but not up to adult standards. The author seems very good, but I think I was not the intended audience.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jaime Rispoli-Roberts

    I really liked this book. The story swept me away to a magical place, with new friends and exciting adventures... My only regret was when I realized it was coming to an end. I will definitely be sharing this one with my kids.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Miriam

    2.5 stars. I really wanted to like this book more but I just couldn't. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't too bad. I just felt like there were a lot of lose ends and not enough background and explanations. The Island itself was very creative but the storyline felt thrown together. 2.5 stars. I really wanted to like this book more but I just couldn't. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't too bad. I just felt like there were a lot of lose ends and not enough background and explanations. The Island itself was very creative but the storyline felt thrown together.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I received an e-copy of this book through a LibraryThing member giveaway from the author, Dalya Moon. Thank you!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Louise BDGG

    LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Entertaining. Easy read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nissa Hurst

    Great storytelling. I look forward to future books set on the island.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ed

    What a wonderful book. The characters are so real and the feeling of the island makes me wish I could go there

  27. 5 out of 5

    April

    This is a wonderful YA for those who enjoy wonder, excitement, and a go-getter heroine. This is perfect for younger readers, no worries about language or content.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    A fun and whimsical young adult book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Pam Deppe

    This book was a fun book to read. Magical,pixies,goats that talk. Just a cute book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Landmark

    What a delightful, fun, whimsical story filled with humour, magic and great characters! Opal's adventures, which all started with an old suitcase, kept me intrigued and amused right to the end. What a delightful, fun, whimsical story filled with humour, magic and great characters! Opal's adventures, which all started with an old suitcase, kept me intrigued and amused right to the end.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.