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Unknown to the humans who hung innocent people at the Salem Witch Trials real witches of the hidden race were killed for fear of exposure or at least that's what all the vampires, werewolves, and other races thought.There was not one witch whom survived the genocide of the Salem Witch Trials. But one day a girl named Aradia moves to Salem, MA and all that changes...

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  • Elsie Love
    2018-12-04 09:49

    I don't often revisit a book once I've reviewed it. Come to think of it, I never revisit a book once I've read and reviewed it. Like the old saying goes, 'there's a first time for everything'. This is my first.A long time ago, when this blog was in its infancy, I read and reviewed, Tales of Aradia, The Last Witch, Vol. OneI really liked the premise of the book. It had really great potential. But, I just could not get past some of the basic story telling issues. I ended up giving it a rather poor review, with side bar notes explaining why I felt I had to do so.I felt bad doing so; really I did. As a writer, I'm acutely aware how much bad reviews sting. The author, Ms. L.A. Jones read the review and sent me a personal email asking what I thought she could/should do to improve the book. Of course, her kind insistence that I share only added to my massive guilt. One I finished blundering through my apologies about being so hard on her, I tried (with my limited, not nearly an expert experience level) to point her in the right direction.She met with an editor, worked through some rewrites and sent it back, asking ever so kindly if I would take another peek? I agreed. Although most of her story was grammatically correct (and I'm no grammarian, so please take that with a grain of salt) it still lacked some of the vital elements the book required to flesh out the best story. Now I had the daunting task of having to break the news to Ms. Jones that I still did not think this was work worth putting out there. I think I said something like: right work, wrong editor.At this point, if I were L.A. Jones, I would have told that snobby, nobody of a writer, Elsie Love to *suck it*. But, because she was determined to see her project through to its true potential, she went out and found another editor! (I love determination. Nothing makes me happier than a good underdog story).Guess what? She gave me another crack at her book. I admit, I was hesitant. After all, what were the odds she actually found an editor who 'got it'? In spite of my reluctance, I agreed. I'm very glad I did. This last round took the Tales of Aradia and moved it from the category of a bunch of good ideas lacking continuity, proper scene set up, good conversation and flow and turned it into a winner!So now, without further tongue wagging I would like to say to LA Jones: Congratulations! You, my dear, put in the time and effort, never giving up and it shows! Your editor, Mr. Harrison Bradlow was the perfect partner for your writing tango.I would *highly* recommend this book, especially for lovers of YA series. You will not be disappointed!

  • Jennifer Moody
    2018-12-12 12:04

    This book was given to me by the author L.A Jones so I want to say thank you to for giving this to me and I want to apologize for it taking me so long to read it. Now I am kicking myself for not starting it sooner. This book was amazing! Once I started it I didn't want to put it down, it started off with action and finished with action and leaving you wanting more. I love books like that! L.A Jones is such a gifted writer,doesn't give you any boring parts, keeps you entertained with fight scenes and with a little romance going on but not to much.Anyways, the book starts off with genocide of all the witches of Salem. All but one, a baby and that baby's name was Aradia. Who would have thought that a baby would cause so much trouble? The mother of this baby sent the baby out of time and space to be protected from Sovereign (the person behind the killings all of the witches in Salem. Aradia was found by Ross and Liza who adopted Aradia and accepted her as their own daughter but knew that she was something special. They moved away from Salem but only to come back some years later.As Aradia grew up she started developing her powers but couldn't figure out what she is. After moving she gets settle into her high school life she soon realizes that not everything is as it seems. This high school is full of hot guys, which isnt bad at all or is it? She then meets Roy a boy in her class then she meets Dex another boy in her class. One night walking in the woods she comes across a big wolf but soon she realizes that is not a wolf its a werewolf! And not just any werewolf but her best friend Roy!! Not knowing what to do she hits him on top of the head with a branch and locks him in a jail cell until he turns back into himself. After he wakes up him self again he starts explaining that mostly everyone in Salem is a hidden. A hidden is a vampire, fairie, werewolf, you name there was one in Salem. Knowing all of this she starts to question what she is and Roy has no idea either. Then murders start to happen not just any murders but ones that look like vampires had done it. They called the murderer "the vampire murderer", Ross (Aradia's father) just so happens to be a ada in Salem who is investigating these murders. Aradia knew it was connected to the hiddens in Salem. When Aradia starts to investigate the murders she becomes a target. Not to mention she is torn on who she wants to be with Roy or Dex, they both would lay down their lives to save and protect her. Which just happens to be the case when Aradia gets into a fight with the murderer. This book was full of action like I said. There was so much that I loved about this book like how the plot was similar to twilght series which I didnt mind. There is such a big difference between this book and the Twilight series. Anyways, back to the book the challenges that Aradia faces in this book is alot more then any other teenager should face, but you have to remember that she isnt like all the other girl teenagers she is a witch! At the end of this book left me hanging on to the edge of my seat it was so good. It also left me wondering who Aradia would pick Roy or Dex. I am not saying which I am leaving that for you to discover. Trust me when I say this is one book you dont want to miss out on.

  • Michelle Cornwell-Jordan
    2018-12-01 06:45

    Tales of Aradia the Last Witch, tells the story of Rai. Rai is a teen with a good life. It is just her , her mom and dad. They have recently moved to Salem. Rai’s biggest concern is that she is different and will be judged different from others, in her very normal seeming life. Why Rai feels different is because she has powers to do unimaginable things;aid in healing, find things with her mind. So this causes her to feel like a freak, so she has attempted to downplay or hide it, just to fit in. Rai’s parents cannot enlighten her on why she has these abilities. They found Rai, basically in a cave, while on a trip, after desiring a miracle to have a child. The first experience that Rai’s parents had with Rai’s abilities was during the first meeting, when Rai aided in healing her dad’s slight injuries. This surprised and frighten them a little but they knew that the child needed their help. So they took her in and she became their daughter.The story, shows the family moving to Salem, where after settling in, Rai for once does not feel completely out of place…although she finds it strange that the schoo’sl population has a clear reflection of two groups; the normal kids and then there was a group that seemed extraordinarily beautiful. This second group, wherever Rai went seemed to take notice of her, be enthralled with her, meaning staring outright at her, but not in the “she was a freak way”…but that Rai fascinated them.Behind the scene of the story unknown to Rai, there is a force, led by a ruler who knows exactly why the otherworldly population is drawn to Rai. He is also out to have Rai for himself. The reason is that Rai is the last of her kind. A witch, which all those who were witches were supposed to be destroyed many years before. But Rai, had been sent into time as a means of saving her…but those that searched have found her, and so Rai’s time is limited. Rai also has another element to her heritage that also increases those Dark Ones desire for her, which leads back to the greatest witch of all…But Rai and her friend Rory and her new love Dax,(who she discovers are supernatural such as she) have to solve a mystery over who was killing supernaturals, while staying one step ahead of the danger that stalks Rai.This was a fast paced read, that gripped me from the start. I loved the strong, spirited main character, that who did feel out-of-place, but still showed a self-confidence deep within her. I loved seeing her blossom into fully accepting who she was, her heritage and what she could do. I enjoyed seeing the relationship between herself and the handsome vampire Dax.This story has everything from adventure, to suspense and I believe if you are into fantasy, and paranormal..or just enjoy a fun read…then this is the one for you!

  • Dellani Oakes
    2018-12-08 07:06

    300 years ago, vampires scourged the countryside, eradicating witches. Annihilation was the goal, total genocide of the entire race of witches – and they were almost successful. Only the Seer of the Witches was able to elude them long enough to save her daughter, casting her into time. There, she was safe, born again in the future, not even knowing exactly who she is.In the present, Ross and Liza Preston are driving home after being told by a fertility clinic that they will never have a child. Devastated by the news, they hardly expect to find a child abandoned in the wilderness. Seeing it as a sign, they take her home and adopt her, naming her Aradia.The story moves ahead about 14 years and Aradia is starting high school. Her dad's career change has necessitated a move from Arizona to Salem, Massachusetts. As an assistant district attorney, he's been given his first big case, the Vampire Murderer, as the press has dubbed the mysterious killer who drained his victim of blood.In a whole new school, Aradia faces her first day with trepidation. Fortunately, she makes friends with some other seeming outcast students, Rhonda, Felix, Everett and Calvin. She also meets a young man in PE named Roy and shows a little of what she can do by racing him on the track.During the day, Aradia notices some of the other teenagers are too good looking for words. Roy is almost in this category, but Tristan and Dax are the two best looking guys in school. Aradia dubs them 'too good to be true'.Little does Aradia know, but much is afoot. The so called Vampire Murder may have been committed by an actual vampire! There is far more to Salem than meets the eyes and Aradia is about to get in over her head. Against her parents' wishes, she investigates the murders, searching for the killer. What she finds is even more astounding than she anticipated.Tales of Aradia: The Last Witch, volume 1, is extremely well paced, building steadily to the climax. The characters are believable, even though they are, for the most part, not human. Having it set in Salem is fun. According to the story, it's a hot spot for paranormal creatures (or hiddens) to dwell. This is a wonderful book young adults and older adults as well. The language isn't objectionable and there are no sexual scenes. It would make a great read for anyone 12 and up.I highly recommend Tales of Aradia: The Last Witch, volume 1 and look forward to reading more about this plucky teenaged heroine.© 2012 Dellani Oakes

  • Fab Fun & Tantalizing Reads
    2018-12-01 08:47

    Tales of Aradia (The last Witch #1)L.A. JonesReviewed by S. Bree High YATRAradia���s world is awesome. I would love to visit and sit down and have a talk with her. We could sit and talk about all the things she has seen and learned. WOW! This book has everything. We have witches, vampires, faeries and wolves. I do not think anyone was left out. I love witch stories, and I knew about 10% into this book that I would enjoy it. Each character was described in vivid detail and had their story too. I loved the descriptions in the book and I felt that I was able to visualize the places with perfect clarity. I really enjoyed the writing style. I think that the book might have been aimed for a younger age group than me, but I still found I enjoyed the story. Witches were to be destroyed years ago by the Vampires. The witch Seer was able to save her daughter and cast her into time. She was safe and would be reborn. Sadly she would be reborn and not know who she is, but she was safe. Jump to the future and we meet Aradia in high school. She is moving from Arizona to Massachusetts. Salem to be exact! Once she starts school she makes some friends, who I have deemed the band of misfits. LOL! They are great. (Rhonda, Felix, Everette and Calvin) We have a Vampire murderer, which just so happens could be an actual Vampire. We have boys that are so good looking it is a sin. (Dax and Tristan) ���Too good to be true��� I loved that!! LOL! Just a side note, have you noticed all the good looking guys are named Tristan! LOL! Aradia is about to find out what all the town of Salem really has hidden behind the shadows. I really enjoyed the book; I found it to be a fun read. The characters are great, and I really enjoyed the paranormal aspects of the story. I say check it out, come visit Salem thru Aradia���s world.

  • Sara Bree High
    2018-11-27 07:50

    Tales of Aradia (The last Witch #1)L.A. JonesReviewed by S. Bree High YATRAradia’s world is awesome. I would love to visit and sit down and have a talk with her. We could sit and talk about all the things she has seen and learned. WOW! This book has everything. We have witches, vampires, faeries and wolves. I do not think anyone was left out. I love witch stories, and I knew about 10% into this book that I would enjoy it. Each character was described in vivid detail and had their story too. I loved the descriptions in the book and I felt that I was able to visualize the places with perfect clarity. I really enjoyed the writing style. I think that the book might have been aimed for a younger age group than me, but I still found I enjoyed the story. Witches were to be destroyed years ago by the Vampires. The witch Seer was able to save her daughter and cast her into time. She was safe and would be reborn. Sadly she would be reborn and not know who she is, but she was safe. Jump to the future and we meet Aradia in high school. She is moving from Arizona to Massachusetts. Salem to be exact! Once she starts school she makes some friends, who I have deemed the band of misfits. LOL! They are great. (Rhonda, Felix, Everette and Calvin) We have a Vampire murderer, which just so happens could be an actual Vampire. We have boys that are so good looking it is a sin. (Dax and Tristan) “Too good to be true” I loved that!! LOL! Just a side note, have you noticed all the good looking guys are named Tristan! LOL! Aradia is about to find out what all the town of Salem really has hidden behind the shadows. I really enjoyed the book; I found it to be a fun read. The characters are great, and I really enjoyed the paranormal aspects of the story. I say check it out, come visit Salem thru Aradia’s world.

  • Sheila
    2018-12-05 09:03

    Cross Superman with Twilight and you might get something like this book. With the same unpolished feel of the older comics, and the beautifully sensuous bodies of Twilight, it introduces a mix of “hidden races” to a modern-day high school in Salem, and adds that special something in the form of Aradia, a girl in search of identity.Unfortunately others are searching for Aradia’s identity too, and the author cleverly leaves readers wondering just who the bad guys are as the story progresses. Aradia’s powers are sometimes overly explained, sometimes oddly inconsistent—but then, what teen ever knows the true limits of her abilities? Amusing backstories lead to Aradia’s presence at her new school, and now the “loser” is being stared at by winners and choosing her battles. Her parents are supportive, intelligent and wise, and have instilled good morals in their daughter. The result is a pleasing, if sometimes uneven tale, with nice plot, interesting characters, intriguing history, and some fascinating questions. There’s more to come, but these Tales of Aradia start with a novel that feels satisfyingly complete, one battle finished convincingly, and more of them waiting in the eaves. A fun teen novel with a gruesome start but a nice sense of humor and nice low-key touch.Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lilac Wolf
    2018-12-10 14:00

    From Lilac Wolf and StuffCan I just say that it's a good thing I'm not responsible for labeling books. What is this? Lots of things, Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal Mystery, and a little humor thrown into the mix.Aradia has a wicked, off-beat sense of humor. In the book, she would occasionally deliver a zinger and everyone around her would just stand there. More than once she had to explain the joke, and more than once the joke fell flat. It was great! :)The werewolves are strong and responsible. The vampires are an old and patient people. Lots of the Hidden race in the high-school. I don't get the vampires going to school. Seriously? Why not just say you are homeschooling? Of course the vampires are all beautiful people, and high school is far easier if you are a pretty person. God someone needs to write a book about a dorky, vampire reject. lolFast paced story, and is so well written that there are few who will be disappointed. Ok, you want to know how good this book was? My husband got home after being gone and I was disappointed he showed up because I was so close to being finished. lolIt's also very affordable, only 99¢ for the Kindle. Give it to your teen, read it for yourself.

  • Naurarwen
    2018-12-10 13:02

    Without repeating the information in the synopsis of this book. I really would have liked to give this book 5 stars but due to a fair few misspellings and grammatical errors within the story I could only give it 4 stars. The story itself I would give a whole 5/5. I loved the character development from the start including the main character Aradia (I would love to know if I'm actually pronouncing her name right too). I liked the fact that this story started with a prologue, it filled you in on what the story was about before it started. I liked this as it set the scene and welcomed you to Aradia's world. There's everything in this book from vampires, to faeries, to werewolves. Each character is described with enough detail so you feel like you know them and each has their own back story. Even the settings are given great detail so you can easily imagine the world. I would say this story is aimed more at young adult, though I myself am 23 and I throughly enjoyed it from start to finish. I would recommend this book to anyone and can't wait to read the second part to Aradia's amazing story.

  • Sara Nelson
    2018-12-09 14:41

    I got this book on Amazon.I was asked to read/review this awesome book, and I am so glad I took the time to do so!!I loved this story! It was different which I really liked about it. I really love the names of all the characters. Aradia? It's such a cool name, I have never heard of it before. This book was fast past, and had lots of action. At first I thought it would be another love story. But it is not. Aradia is an out spoken, out going person. She says whats on her mind. I usually go for vampires :) but in this book I fell hard for Roy which is a werewolf.. He also has a great personality. I hope the 2 become more in the next book. I will recommend this book to everyone. This book is free guys!! Don't miss out. :)

  • E.B. Loan
    2018-11-22 12:02

    03/19/2012 AMENDED REVIEW:I don't often revisit a book once I've reviewed it. Come to think of it, I never revisit a book once I've read and reviewed it. Like the old saying goes, 'there's a first time for everything'. This is my first.A long time ago, when this blog was in its infancy, I read and reviewed, Tales of Aradia, The Last Witch, Vol. OneI really liked the premise of the book. It had really great potential. But, I just could not get past some of the basic story telling issues. I ended up giving it a rather poor review, with side bar notes explaining why I felt I had to do so.I felt bad doing so; really I did. As a writer, I'm acutely aware how much bad reviews sting. The author, Ms. L.A. Jones read the review and sent me a personal email asking what I thought she could/should do to improve the book. Of course, her kind insistence that I share only added to my massive guilt. One I finished blundering through my apologies about being so hard on her, I tried (with my limited, not nearly an expert experience level) to point her in the right direction.She met with an editor, worked through some rewrites and sent it back, asking ever so kindly if I would take another peek? I agreed. Although most of her story was grammatically correct (and I'm no grammarian, so please take that with a grain of salt) it still lacked some of the vital elements the book required to flesh out the best story. Now I had the daunting task of having to break the news to Ms. Jones that I still did not think this was work worth putting out there. I think I said something like: right work, wrong editor.At this point, if I were L.A. Jones, I would have told that snobby, nobody of a writer, Elsie Love to *suck it*. But, because she was determined to see her project through to its true potential, she went out and found another editor! (I love determination. Nothing makes me happier than a good underdog story).Guess what? She gave me another crack at her book. I admit, I was hesitant. After all, what were the odds she actually found an editor who 'got it'? In spite of my reluctance, I agreed. I'm very glad I did. This last round took the Tales of Aradia and moved it from the category of a bunch of good ideas lacking continuity, proper scene set up, good conversation and flow and turned it into a winner!So now, without further tongue wagging I would like to say to LA Jones: Congratulations! You, my dear, put in the time and effort, never giving up and it shows! Your editor, Mr. Harrison Bradlow was the perfect partner for your writing tango.I would *highly* recommend this book, especially for lovers of YA series. You will not be disappointed! This complete review can be found on my blog:Elsie Loves FictionCheck it out!Tales of Aradia, The Last Witch. Book OneThis gem came to my attention via another site. The author, L.A. Jones, posted a request for reviews, with a link to download the book for FREE on Smashwords. I jumped on it. We all know that when it comes to Elsie's (Egads, I'm relating to myself in third person?) favorite things Kindle & FREE reads get my heart pumping with excitement. Plus, the cover art was simply divine.We aren't supposed to judge books by their covers, but we all do, and in this case the cover made the download. It was good enough that I might have even paid for the book. Might. Let's not get crazy here.The story is a YA tale. The bulk of it happens in Salem ( a little cliche for a book about a modern day witch, but in a clean Disney way). The main character, Aradia, is the last true witch. She has supernatural powers & no idea that she is a witch. She knows she's different, but has no idea how or why.Her friends in Salem High are the usual characters: Vampires, Werewolves (therewolf! Sorry, couldn't resist), Fae, and other assorted 'hidden' elements that live happily alongside humans without any suspicion being cast. Sound a little Twilightesque? Yeah, it kinda is. But that is the least of it's problems.The real issue with this book, is that it lacked editing. I mean, really lacked any & all editing.The way the book was written, I felt like I was reading a book written by a someone the same age as Aradia. So much so, that I researched L.A. Jones to try and uncover her age (listed as 23).I think young teen girls might really enjoy this book, but most adults won't be able to get through it due to the haphazard writing style. Perhaps the first book is free and the second & third volume (at roughly $5.00 a pop) had a serious make over? I'm not willing to fork over cash to find out.I give the book two stars...for the STORY. One star for the lack of editing (no, it doesn't add up to three. it comes in at one and a half). I split it (which I NEVER do) because I think there is potential for a much better book if Ms. Jones gets a publisher & an editor. Again, if you have a twelve to fourteen year old girl moping around that likes Vampires, witches, magic & wolves, give it a shot. It's clean & Free...why not? Everybody else, skip it.

  • Brandon
    2018-11-22 09:50

    L.A. Jones quickly establishes the conflict in this supernatural adventure in the prologue, and keeps the pages turning through the epilogue. Aradia, a descendent of a magical race known as witches that were believed to have been completely annihilated in the days of the Salem Witch Trials, becomes aware of her true ancestry in this first volume. Her and her adopted parents move to Salem looking for a fresh start following a series of unfortunate circumstances. Aradia begins to attend high school, only to discover that she is not the only supernatural character in her new community.While building relationships with local werewolves, vampires, fairies and other mystical species, Aradia finds herself pulled into the center of a serial murder investigation that has the local community bound in fear and uncertainty.L.A. Jones describes and establishes her characters from the perspective of her hormonal female lead. The adults are described in terms of how their actions are interpreted to reflect their true character, and the students are all described initially in terms of how physically attractive they are, only to later develop into strong, well-defined and diverse people. These prejudices successfully exemplify the limitations the teenage perspective adds to the main character’s conflict, and helps establish her as a coming-of-age heroine.This first volume has a fully contained plot, and can be enjoyed in its entirety without being dependent on any sequels. However, the author does such a great job at establishing her primary characters that this book leaves the reader begging for more.My Rating: 9.0/10.0Review Notes:This book can feel like a hybrid of Smallville and Twilight at times, with some scenes and actions throughout the story feeling like they are direct copies of these highly successful teen dramas. Apart from those similarities to previous works, however, this story stands on its own merits as a creative and well-written adventure. The characters and plot are believable and engrossing, delivered to the reader with consistent modern prose. References to pop culture throughout the story are tactful and tie the world we know outside this story with the world to which we are introduced through this story.I would like to congratulate both L.A. Jones and Harrison Bradlow in their editing of this work of fiction. Errors, whether in plot or language, were so rare that I cannot recall a single example. With nothing out of place to detract the reader, the reader is free to be fully engulfed in the story.

  • Bonnie Lamer
    2018-12-02 11:00

    Review:Having exposed the Hidden beings – witches, vampires, weres, etc., to the human race, the witches were systematically killed until only one was left. Hidden in the folds of time, Aradia had no knowledge of where she came from or why she could do the things she could do. Strange behavior and the struggle to control her powers during her childhood made her a lonely, shy girl. A move to Salem, MA helps change that. Strange behavior seems to be the norm in Salem and Aradia finds that she has more in common with many of its residents than she originally thought.In this first book of the series by LA Jones, Tales of Aradia was a story that held my attention throughout. Aradia goes from that shy, quiet girl to a self-assured young woman as the book progresses, and by the end, she is a force to be reckoned with. The supporting characters were unusual and interesting, if at times rather unlikable. As most of them were supposed to be Aradia’s enemies, that wasn’t surprising.I believe Tales of Aradia has the potential to be a great book. The idea for the story line was well thought out and clever, but the presentation of it in this book left some room for improvement. Shifts in writing from different characters’ perspectives were at times confusing and hard to follow. Some unrealistic events even within a paranormal book occurred, such as a young girl being able to bring someone to the police station and put him in a cell overnight without an explanation of how. There were also jumps in time passed that were unexpected and affected the flow of the book. A few inconsistencies in facts were also present – for instance, a character is supposed to be in jail and on the next page he is out with no explanations of how he managed to escape. If the author has the inclination, some short, concise sentences could fix many of these issues. As a side note – there may be grammatical errors but because self-published authors usually do not have the benefit of professional editing, and conversion of files can affect text when sending electronic review copies, I do not include comments about editing in my reviews.Overall, I give Tales of Aradia three stars because of its potential to become a great series.

  • Lex Write
    2018-12-06 07:10

    In the prologue, there is a massacre of witches taking place simultaneously with the Salem Witch Trials (but the humans are not aware of it) by the other members of the hidden race (magical creatures) because they had been led to believe that the witches had exposed themselves to the humans and according to their laws that is punishable by death. However, we learn that the massacre was ordered by the master vampire because his demon seer saw that a witch would one day kill him and end his rule. All of the creatures of the hidden race believed that all the witches had been killed, but one had been saved, sent through time to the present when she could fulfill her destiny and take revenge for the death of her people.Aradia is found by a couple who are desperate for children and her new life begins. She is a fairly normal teenage girl except for the magical powers that she possesses. She is kind of a spitfire very funny and sarcastic. (She likens the school cafeteria to a Metallica concert because of how crowded and noisy it was, which totally made me laugh) She has a really great sense of right and wrong and is really sweet. When her family moves to Salem things get interesting. She realizes that there are kids at her school who are like her, different from the “normal” students. There are groups of unnaturally beautiful students and they all seemed to notice that she was different as well.Throughout the story Aradia and those around her are trying to figure out what she is and keep the tension between the different races of the hidden to a minimum. There is a lot of action and there is a murder mystery that Aradia solves. The story was very interesting and it caught my attention right away. I was definitely drawn in to the story but there were some technical issues such as grammatical errors, misspellings, and some of the sentences were worded oddly(only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars), but overall I really enjoyed it and I want to find out more about Aradia so I will totally continue with the series.I would recommend this book to anyone who likes paranormal and YA.

  • Nancy (The Avid Reader)
    2018-11-24 12:51

    Aradia is a witch but she does not know this, she was adopted by Ross and Liza when she was six months old. Aradia has special powers but she doesn’t have a clue of what she is or where she came. Aradia and her parents have moved several times during the time that she has been with her adopted parents because of her powers. Her parents has always warned her not to tell anybody about her powers.So when they move to Salem and she meets two guys, Roy and Dax in her class that she is attracted too she finds out about the hidden race which are werewolves, vampires, faes and shapeshifters. She learns that Roy is a werewolf and Dax is a vampire. She has no problem with knowing this knowledge of the hidden race because of her powers. Aradia uses plants to make healing creams. She likes to go out in the woods around midnight to find the plants she needs. While out on one of these expedition she notices that she is being followed. She decides to face who ever it is following her and turns around and low and behold what does she see a wolf, no wait wait not a wolf but a werewolf. The werewolf attacks her and bites her on the arm. As the werewolf is biting her she looks into his eyes and realizes that the werewolf is her friend Roy. She knocks him out and takes him to the police station with the help of an officer to lock him in a cell until he changes back. That is how she finds out about the hidden is from Roy when he wakes up.Aradia is one tough chick she fights her own battles and those of her boyfriends. On more than one occasion she laid some good old fashion whoop ass on some bad ass dudes and won. Aradia could take on more than one person at a time and still come out on top. She is not some whiny ass girl who never stands up for herself and lets her boyfriends do her fighting for her. That is one of the reasons that I liked Tales of Aradia the Last Witch so well is because the heroin of the story can kick ass. If you like a good story with a strong female lead then you should definitely read Tales of Aradia the Last Witch.

  • 1000 +
    2018-11-17 09:09

    My Blurb: Born 300 years ago, Aradia is the last witch of the hidden race. Only she doesn't know it. All she knows is she can do really cool things. Her adoptive parents move Aradia to Salem shortly before High school begins, giving her a chance to make new friends since the people in her old town were wary of her.Aradia might get more than she bargained for when she starts to investigate a murder. Suddenly the hunter becomes the hunted and Aradia must fight for her life. Lets Talk About It:I had high hopes for this book.. after all it is the tales of the last witch. Unfortunately the book wasn't up to the hopes I held for it.It had potential. The idea of a last witch who has hidden in between worlds for 300 years until she arrives and is adopted by a loving couple who realizes her potential and strange gifts could be a very good story. But like many YA books it stuck to a common Twilightish theme. Girl meets boys, boy is werewolf, boy is vampire: enter semi-love triangle. Sadly I ended up annoyed more so than entertained. Two words were completely overused: However and Therefore. There was also reference in one part how Aradia was 15 years old and looked like she hadn't aged at all, no wrinkles or gray hair. Since when do 15 year olds get wrinkles and gray hair? In another part Aradia dragged a werewolf she knocked out back to the local police department from the forest and put him in a jail cell. Ummm.. how? How did no one notice her and stop her? How was she able to just walk into a police department and lock him into a cell then stay there over night with him? And somehow the evil villain who wants her dead from since the time she was born suddenly finds her and.. decides to let her live. What?!There were just too many things in the book that didn't make sense for it to be a great story. I understand it's part of a series of books. I will not be reading on to find out what happens. For me the story ends with this book.MelissaReviewer for !000 + Books to Read

  • Mrs. Potter
    2018-12-04 11:41

    My thoughts: The very popular paranormal genre can get a little tired if you read about a book every other day as I do. But with "Tales of Aradia" I did get a fresh new take on paranormal characters. The book really keeps your attention throughout, which is not an easy task for an author to do; so I give much respect to L.A. Jones for being able to do so.The book has a lot of potential and I do recommend it, but I did have a couple of issues with some of the editing and plot flow. I would also like to see a little more descriptive writing; character descriptions and even scenery descriptions could have been used a little more to enhance the reading experience. But overall, I really did enjoy "Tales of Aradia" and I will be reading the next book in the series."Tales of Aradia" has a very interesting premise, the main character is adopted and aware of her powers, but unaware of who she is (the last witch standing). I enjoyed how the book starts out with the back story, and then dives right into the plot. I loved the main character, Aradia; she was by far the best part of the book. She goes from knowing nothing about who she really is, to a full-blown evil fighting heroine. I am looking forward to finding out more about her powers in the next book.The plot twists in this book are pretty great; you won't see them coming. I love a good book that leaves you wanting more; Tales of Aradia ends with a cliffhanger that does just that.L.A. Jones has a unique writing style that I see a lot of potential in, so I will for sure keep my eye out for this author. It's refreshing to read a book about paranormals that I feel like has a new approach to the different creatures. (3.5/5 Stars)I reviewed this book on a website for the author for my honest opinion.

  • Heather
    2018-11-30 11:52

    I enjoyed this book, overall. Aradia is entertaining to me...she is a teenager and has all the sass and fire that comes with it. She also stands by what she feels is right. She does make mistakes, but seriously what teenager doesn't make mistakes. Obviously she has special powers, but it is something she always knew about so it wasn't like it appeared out of nowhere. She also had learned a few lessons the hard way about her powers, however it had taught her to control them. She is a great character, and her relationship with the other characters are great as well.The story line is great, I love that Aradia doesn't really know what she is and slowly finds out about the vampires, werewolves, and fae slowly..after all it would be too much of a shock to find out about all of them at once. She does notice somethings but when it all comes together she isn't totally freaked out. Although considering she knows she isn't normal, her reactions are probably more appropriate than what a non-paranormal person should be.With that being said there is a point when it became a little too much like Twilight, romance wise. Jones makes a joke out of it, but that is when it became painfully obvious and it detracted from the story a bit for me. I think if she didn't joke about it I probably would have never noticed it. Don't get me wrong I don't hate Twilight, but I didn't want to see parallels to it. However the story does redeem itself and my disappointment didn't last as long as it could have.This is the first book in a series, and it does end on a cliffhanger to get the readers looking forward to the next one(s). Overall I give this my Pretty Good rating.

  • Paul
    2018-11-25 15:01

    This young adult novel is about your average high school student who really isn't so average.Aradia is the "new kid" at Salem (Massachusetts) High School. She can't help but notice that a larger-than-normal portion of the students are either incredibly handsome or incredibly beautiful. Those same people are openly staring at Aradia, and not just because of her flaming red hair.As time goes on, Aradia learns that the school is home to a large number of beings that go under the general name of "hidden." They include werewolves, vampires, shapeshifters, faeries, etc.; the hidden part comes from their greatest law, which is to never, ever reveal anything of their existence to humans. The interest in Aradia is because she has "abilities" of her own. The non-humans at school have never seen, or smelled, anyone like her. Aradia doesn't know what she is, only that she was found in a cave, as a newborn, and officially adopted by Ross and Liza Preston.The town of Salem is being menaced by the Vampire Murderer. A pair of bodies are found, with puncture marks on their necks, and totally drained of blood. Aradia is assured that the chances of a vampire being the culprit are tiny; someone is trying very hard to frame them. Aradia takes matters into her own hands, and attracts the attention of the real culprit. Does Aradia help bring the murderer to justice?This one is surprisingly good. The plot may be a little average, but the author does a fine job with it. Teens will enjoy this book; adults will also enjoy it.

  • Sarah Baethge
    2018-12-13 14:05

    Tales of Aradia, The Last Witch(Volume 1) by L.A. Jones is a fun book about supernatural folk who live among us. Not just werewolves and vampires here, but everything from leprechauns and fairies to witches. Actually, let’s make that just one witch. You see, back around the time of the Salem witch trials there was also a bit of anti-witch fever among the world of the hidden races and it was believed that every witch was killed from existence; in fact, for a fair amount of time in this story no one can even guess what Aradia is.And Aradia herself? All she knows about herself and her own past is that she was found alone in the wilderness as a baby by the couple who eventually adopt her. Her human ‘parents’ of course notice and realize the amazing magical feats she is capable of. They help her to keep her powers hidden so that she can have a chance at a normal life. It is through this need to appear normal that they unintentionally throw their daughter into a veritable hurricane of supernatural forces.To escape the questions that are asked when a silly schoolkid argument unintentionally brings forth a display of her powers, the family decides to move away from their home in Arizona to go to Salem, Massachusetts. This is a city that finds itself to serve as something of a mixing pool of the supernatural. A happily paranormal version of New York.

  • L.
    2018-12-12 07:53

    LA Jones has written a plot that is both interesting and intriguing and knows how to tell a good tale. I found the setting and the idea for the book an imaginative modern-day twist on an old story. A young girl named Aradia is found in the woods and adopted by a couple named Ross and Liza. Although they’ve always realized their child is special, Ross and Liza don’t realize just how special she is until a job transfer causes the family to move to Salem. There the story really begins.Vampires and werewolves are commonplace schoolmates for the girl but it isn’t until she tries to help her father solve a murder that a whole new world is opened to her and she finds out she is a witch – the last witch. Thrown into the mix are her boyfriend Dax and friend Roy, who, along with Aradia are searching for the murderer.The end has a good cliffhanger and causes the reader to want more. While the author can use some maturation (and will as she continues writing) I found enough to keep me reading and wanting to find out what happens next. The book could use a good editor and some dialogue and description. I'm sure that comes with experience and the read was interesting enough for me to give the next book a try.

  • Justine
    2018-12-12 15:09

    I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.I really enjoyed this book. I found the storyline to be a fresh take on the oh so popular paranormals genre. I don't think that I have read another book where the main character is the last of a species and I liked it. I also liked how it wasn't just certain species that were included we meet a variety and others are talked about, so hopefully in future books we learn about other types as well. I found this book to be an easy read because it held my attention and I can't wait to read the other in the series.I liked all of the charcters. Arcadia was my favourite because she went from knowing nothing about what she is to knowing almost everything and using it to fight evil. I can't wait to see what all of her powers are. I like Roy and Dax about the same maybe in future books one will pull ahead but for now they are tied. Also I really want to find out more about Tristan. I find him to be very mysterious.Overall, I really liked this book and the characters. Also I found the storyline to be fresh. The book was and easy read that sucked you in. The characters make you like them because of their stories. I would recommend them to any paranormal lovers.

  • April
    2018-12-16 15:09

    TALES OF ARADIA: THE LAST WITCH by L.A. Jones is an interesting YA fantasy set in Salem,MA in present day. This is the story of Aradia,the last witch.This story is fast paced. It has vampires,werewolves,witchs,and other other world beings,and magic.While the "Master" of the vampires has all the witchs killed for so called treason,one survives,Aradia.Her mother hides her for decades until a couple finds her and adapts her. Aradia,learns as she is growing up that she is "special",but when she enters Salem High School,she will learn how special she really is. She learns her abilities,finds out who she is,what she is and who is trying to eliminate her. It has intrigue,some humor,fantasy,witchs,vampires,werewolves,survivial,and of course some action as Aradia tries to stay alive.This is a great YA book on fantasy written on YA level with high school age characters and of course a few "older" generation.This book was received for the purpose from the author and details can be found at Creatspace and My Book Addiction and More.

  • Cindy Smith
    2018-11-21 14:44

    Rai knows she is not a normal person, but neither she nor her parents know why. Her family moves to Salem, and she hopes to be able to hide her uniqueness in a new town. She does make some new friends, the first she has ever had. Unfortunately, she finds that Salem lives up to its reputation in that there are werewolves, vampires and various "hidden" creatures living alongside the humans. As she realizes the nature of some of the other students, she also feels the need to help her father solve a murder that appears to have been done by a vampire. She develops feelings for a werewolf and a vampire which causes animosity between the two. She still finds a way to get them to work with her in her pursuit of justice. She finds her powers increasing and hopes some way to discover what she truly is. I loved Rai's use of humor to diffuse some moments of anger (calling Roy a dog, etc). It is a very good story with a lot of well developed characters. It does need some good editing. I am sure the next book in the series will be a hit.

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-08 07:11

    Aradia is the last of her kind. A Witch, all the rest were exterminated. Aradia has no idea what she is and doesnt even know until much later that other paranormal creatures exist. I loved the mix of Vampires, Fae, Werewolves and Humans. I thought the story very complex but well worth the read. The complexity made the story fantastic. The rich detail, the complexity of emotions and questions is amazing. I can not wait to read the next volume.This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

  • Teena Reid
    2018-11-21 12:50

    One of the best books I've ever read. It has a touch of Harry Potter and a touch of Twilight. I say it's a MUST READ! I can't wait to get the next volume! This is definitely going on my Favorites Shelf!

  • Annette McLean
    2018-12-01 09:06

    I finished reading this one a couple of weeks ago and have since read the second book too.A very interesting concept of a teenager (Aradia) who discovers she is the last true witch ever.Very much a teenager's book, but I enjoyed the character development in this first book.

  • Deborah
    2018-12-02 07:10

    The premise is interesting, but the plot falters in a few areas. While it has vampires and werewolves - it does not copy the Twilight series, and in fact seems to stick to more common 'cannon' with regards to lore. Overall, it was pretty good - good enough I want to read the rest of the series.

  • Michelle Grayce
    2018-11-27 14:47

    I love the character of Aradia. It was great finding out where she came from at the beginning. I love that there was vampires and werewolves in it (made me think it was going to be a bit similar to Twilight). It actually turned out very different with who Aradia is and the other characters in it.

  • Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
    2018-12-01 11:01

    I loved this book! It is hysterically funny. I couldn't tell whether this was intentional or not but really, does it matter when one is hooting with laughter on every page! A very, very creditable effort for a child.