My Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Paranormal Romance/ Post apoclyptic
Age Category: New Adult
Type of romance: MF
Since the loss of her brother, Hayley has thrown herself into her work in the medical bay of Purple Oasis, using her skills as an empath witch to help those who have been hurt. But when her brother’s best friend shows up, her emotions are pulled to the surface, and it’s all she can do not to let them consume her.
Brandon has been looking for his best friend ever since the world ended, only to find his sister instead. With his magic threatening to unleash havoc, he turns to the only person who can understand what he’s going through, forging a connection between them that he didn’t expect.
Is grief the only thing that unites the two of them, or is there something deeper lying beneath it?
Witch’s Memory is book four of the Purple Oasis series. It is a standalone m/f paranormal romance set in a post-apocalyptic world that’s starting to rebuild.
Witch’s Memory is the fourth book in the Purple Oasis series and follows the point of view of two empathy witches. I liked how we got to know a bit about Hayley in book 3 already and was looking forward to her story.
I really enjoyed Witch’s Memory, it feels a bit sadder at times than previous books with more focus on what Hayley and Brandon lost, namely her brother and his best friend John. And despite that I liked how the focus is still on the romance and hopeful theme this series had. This book has them facing and dealing with their grief. And then they also spend more time together and develop feelings for the other. I liked seeing how their connection grew.
I liked reading about Hayley and Brandon. They’re both great characters. I like how kind and caring Hayley is and how’s she’s there for others, both in her work in the med bay as well as reaching out to Brandon and help him deal when his emotions become too much. I thought these two were so sweet together. It also was good to see how they dealt with their grief and found a way to keep the memory of John close while also moving forward with their lives.
The hopeful theme and vibe of this series is so well done, especially when contrasting with all the difficult things these characters have gone through like the end of the world and losing friends and family.
I also liked how we got to see more of Reese from the third book, who is good friends with Hayley. And how Brandon becomes friends with Aaron from book 2. I like how previous main characters continue to play a role in this series. There’s also a shifter side character who makes another appearance and whose story is next in book 5.
I enjoyed learning more about the empathy witches as this is the first time this series has the point of view of an empathy witch. It was interesting learning more about their powers and also kinda sad at times as it definitely sounds tough to be an empathy witch in the apocalypse. I liked reading about how their powers worked and seeing things like the cleansing ritual.
To summarize: This was another great read in this series. I like the hopeful and uplifting vibe of this series and how even with the sadder moments the series keeps the hopeful vibe. Brandon and Hayley are both empathy witches, they share their grief as Hayley’s brother and Brandon’s best friend John died in the apocalypse. I liked seeing them connect with each other and grow closer. They have to deal with their grief and also build something new while spending this time together. I found it interesting reading more about the empathy witches and how their powers worked. It also was nice to see more of some of the previous main characters. I look forward to the next book!