The Burning of Isobel Key - Book Review

Contemporary New Adult
Title: The Burning of Isobel Key
Author - Jen McConnel
Date to be Published: October 1, 2012

When Lou travels to Scotland, she’s a mess.  She’s twenty-six, unemployed, and unsure of herself.  It doesn’t help that she’s traveling with Tammy, her best friend, who is everything Lou is not. 

At first, the trip pushes Lou towards the brink of depression, but then she meets Brian, a handsome local tour guide.  When Brian tells the tourists about the countless witches burned in Scotland, Lou starts to listen. 

And when she discovers information about Isobel Key, one of the victims of the seventeenth century, Lou finds renewed purpose.

Lou has begun exploring the Neo Pagan faith, a dramatic shift from her wealthy Catholic upbringing.  Despite her fears of being too “hocus pocusy”, Lou turns to her new faith as she struggles to unravel the mystery surrounding the death of Isobel Key.  But faith or not, Lou must face her demons if she has any hope of righting the wrongs of the past.  

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My thoughts: The author sets up this book so the reader is following the life of Isobel Key and also Lou while she is on vacation in Scotland by flipping back and forth in time by chapters. It was really easy to follow along with this and the author was able to have us get to know Isobel well but not include tons of extra stuff that we don't need to know about her. This is a great clean novel with a little bit of romance and a whole lot of witch research to find out more about Isobel and right a wrong that was done centuries ago. 

I fell in love with 3 of the main characters but really didn't enjoy Tammy who is Lou's best friend. She seems a little to into herself and what she thinks is always right/best. I really enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down when I had to. I don't want to give away the ending but I am a little upset on how it ended. Does that mean there may be another book to come? 

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~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn on behalf of Reading Addiction Blog Tours. I received the above book for review purpose. All opinions are honest and my own.*~


  1. Thanks for hosting me today! I'm glad you enjoyed Isobel! And sorry about the ending...but the sequel, The Key Inheritance, will be out in January! :)

  2. Anonymous6:09 PM

    Thanks Jen for stopping by and having me as part of the tour. I loved the book and was sad it ended but very happy to hear there is another one coming soon!


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