I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Brew by David Estes
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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Salem’s Revenge strikes without warning or mercy, ravaging the powerless human race under the forces of united gangs of witches, wizards, and warlocks. During the slaughter, Rhett Carter's foster parents and sister are killed, and his best friend and girlfriend are abducted by a gang of witches calling themselves the Necromancers, who deal in the dark magic of raising the dead. Rhett’s sword-wielding neighbor with a mysterious past saves Rhett from becoming another casualty of the massacre and teaches him the skills he needs to survive in this new world.
Rhett is broken, his normal high school life of book blogging and football playing shoved in a witch-apocalyptic blender. The only thing he has left is his burning desire for revenge. Armed with his new witch hunting skills and a loyal, magic powered dog named Hex, he sets out into the unknown with one mission: hunt and destroy those who took away everyone he ever loved.
But Rhett isn’t just a witch hunter; he has secrets of his own that he has yet to discover, secrets that his enemies will stop at nothing to keep him from.
And discovering the truth about himself is the human race’s only hope.
Brew is an exciting, non-stop adventure in which Rhett must battle witches in a watch apocalypse. Witches existed before mankind ever did, but after mankind begins persecuting them, the witches stage an all-out massacre and kill most everyone around. Rhett happens to survive this and decides to become a witch hunter and exact revenge on the witches that killed his family and friends.
The interesting thing about the novel is the creativity. The witches are all split into a wide number of factions, all with their own unique powers and ambitions. There are things like pyros, necros (raise the dead), volts (control electricity), sirens (control humans), warlocks, wizards, and more. Meanwhile, the witch hunters are in a number of different groups, and even the remaining U.S. government has its own spot to fill.
The book was a bit gory and cringe-worthy at times, but overall the action was compelling and interesting as we follow Rhett through his revenge mission and meet mysterious characters along the way. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the sequel.