First let me tell you that Witchcraft Couture was generously given by the author in exchange of an honest review. So here it is !
I gave 3.5/5 stars because though I loved the story and the writing, it wasn't really love at first words. I think it comes from the fact that I'm not into fashion and so it was a lot to discover at once. But regarding the other topics of the book, I wasn't completly lost. Because the story of Oscar and the Sampo is also about inspiration, trust and simply believing in ourself.
Witchcraft Couture is about a lost and sad artist who find a machin capable of changing clothes into master pieces. Soon after he began to understand how the Sampo works, Oscar became successful... and more and more crazy and obsessed about the Sampo. Quickly, he realized that he has no control over his life anymore.
What I loved :
I enjoyed all the twists and the original story telling, how we can witness Oscar' story through his eyes. Witchcraft Couture is a fast reading but most of all it's fascinating. It reminded me a bit of Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Doriand Gray. But here, instead of a devilish painting, we have a machin playing the role. I can't say much about the ending but I can tell you that I truly loved it ! It was the final of a great development.
I think, especially as a budding writer, that this book is thought provoking. It will give you insights regarding the fears and the excitements of being the slave of inspiration. Creativity can drive you crazy but also make you the happiest person on Earth.
To conclude, I recommand this book to every book lover who falls for authentic and powerful main characters, such as Oscar Pellegrini. There is also a deep and beautiful writing. And of course, if you're into fashion and arts, you will LOVE Witchcraft Couture !
Happy reading !
About the Author
Katarina West was born in Helsinki, Finland, into a bilingual family that in addition to humans consisted of dogs, cats, horses, guinea pigs, canaries, rabbits and – thanks to her biology teacher mother – stuffed owls and squirrels.
She spent time travelling in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and went on to study at Queen Mary and Westfield College in London and the European University Institute in Florence, where she completed a PhD in political science and published a book based on it, Agents of Altruism. During those student years she started work as a journalist, and continued writing for various Finnish magazines and newspapers for over ten years, writing on various topics from current events and humanitarian issues to celebrity interviews and short stories. She also briefly worked as a university lecturer on humanitarian issues in Northern Italy.
Katarina lives in an old farmhouse in Chianti with her husband and son and when not writing, she is fully immersed in Tuscan country life, from jam-making and olive-picking to tractor maintenance.
Witchcraft Couture is her first novel and, unlike the unearthly clothes in its pages, her outfits are not shining.
You can visit her website at http://www.katarinawest.com, read her blog at http://www.katarinawest.com/things_I_know_about_life and follow her on Goodreads, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter @WestKatarina