Tales of Aradia The Last Witch Volume 1

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Rated 4.31/5 based on 17 reviews
Unknown to the humans who hanged innocent people at the Salem Witch Trials, real witches of the hidden race were slaughtered on the belief that they had betrayed the hiddens to the humans. Not one witch survived the genocide, or so it was believed for more than three hundred years. Until one day a girl named Aradia moves to Salem, Massachusetts, and all that changes.
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About L.A. Jones

I am budding writer who appreciates feedback both positive and negative just basically people reading my work. I am a twenty-five year old college student with Aspergers Syndrome. I have a wonderful mother, and father, and a sister who is also in college. My greatest passion is my writing, and I hope it will give as much joy to my readers as it does for me. Tales of Aradia the Last Witch is my first book series. if you wish to contact me more directly go on Tales of Aradia's Facebook page and leave me a note.

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Review by: Sara Wyers on April 27, 2013 :
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. :)
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Review by: Michelle Kleiber on April 24, 2013 :
This is such a wonderful book for anyone curious about spiritual beings like vampires, fairies, witches, or werewolves. Won't go into any more detail, but a must read. Clever imagination and wit, Aradia is just like the author.
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Review by: Mitzi Schwien on Nov. 19, 2012 :
Absolutely loved this series I highly recommend others to read this story :-)
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Review by: James Macy on Nov. 01, 2012 :
L.A. Jones has woven together a very enjoyable tale. The reader sympathizes with her characters as they struggle with both their superhuman abilities and their all-too-human foibles; her real success is giving them a depth not normally found in the genre. As her protagonists (and, impressively, antagonists) experience the ups and downs of familiar growing pains, we can see more than a bit of ourselves.

The plot itself is unpredictable, and even a seasoned reader, assuming they haven't read the spoilers in the other reviews, will be caught off-guard by several of the twists. A solid adventure that consume your weekend; we look forward to Part 2!
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Review by: Sarah Baethge on Aug. 27, 2012 :
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.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.
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Review by: Alisha Robinson on April 10, 2012 :
Although leery of the free download I finished this novel quickly. I enjoyed it, the story line was good the characters were well thought out and full of emotion.

To set the scene we head to Salem, a great place for any witch to be, and in Salem exists many groups of what the author calls 'Hiddens'. This includes vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, and fairies, possibly more but that's all I can recall at this point. Aradia is a teenager, and has extraordinary powers, she is also the last of her kind - a witch.

Since the witches were killed hundreds of years before Aradia's time (she is transported in time with a spell by another witch as a baby) none of the other hiddens know what she is. Trouble seems to follow Aradia wherever she goes, and she is soon caught up in her own Nancy Drew affair, solving werewolf crimes and dealing with vampire would-be lovers, and all the while managing to hand in her home work on time. She has to deal with everything a normal teenage girl deals with: cute boys, fitting in, social acceptance (not only of humans but hiddens as well) and fights to keep true to herself throughout.

This is a whodunit with a paranormal twist and although I found the whodunit part to be fairly obvious, and I thought it could have held a few more twists or turns I was generally pleased with how the story progressed and ended. There is a definite 'evil mastermind' behind the scenes and several more novels in the series to see just when he will make his move. Although a YA novel, I did enjoy it and have purchased the next available novels in the series, and would recommend that those interested in witches and paranormal download as well, why not it's free!

I look forward to reading more from Miss. Jones.
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Review by: Rachel Patterson on Feb. 16, 2012 :
Set in Salem it tells the story of Aradia the last of her kind - a witch. She doesn't realise at first but she is living amongst the 'hidden' races - those of vampires, werewolves, shape shifters and the Fae.

The story is easy to read and although fantasy from the point of view that Aradia has 'super powers' it does work on the basics of real witchcraft.

A very captivating read with interesting characters, I loved this book and had to download the next part straight away!
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Review by: Jennifer Moody on Jan. 13, 2012 :
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.
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Review by: RJ Palmer on Jan. 10, 2012 :
Over the course of the last months, I’ve made friends with LA Jones via our various self-promotions and such with each of us being an Indie Author and I had originally agreed to read and review Tales of Aradia after she had gotten it edited and then republished. Considering that LA Jones has the same kind of social impairment as my son and I’ve seen examples of his writing, I had figured that Tales of Aradia was going to be a thoroughly confusing read with very literal language and no imagery whatsoever. I was wrong and Ms. Jones, I now offer my virtual hand for you to slap (please be gentle) and I figure I deserve a little chastisement. Just don’t be too hard on me, okay?

While I would place Tales of Aradia firmly among the Young Adult genre, at certain points I felt a little old reading it because I would say to myself, “Is that what kids say and do nowadays?” Then I would smile that little smile as adults are wont to do and remind myself that I’m not a teenager anymore because I could almost picture a group of kids looking at me like I’m some sort of fossil and saying, “Geez lady, what’s with you?” Enough said.

I can tell that Aradia is a teenager (well DUH!) and that she is thoroughly absorbed with everything that a teenaged girl’s world centers and revolves around; cute boys, fitting in, social life and learning self-acceptance all while doing her best not to be set apart from the crowd or rock the boat. There’s also the far afield aspect that she knows she’s different and can’t do anything to change it so she’s on her own kind of journey of self-discovery which is never easy for a teenager. She has exceptional healing abilities and can’t manage to hide certain aspects of herself no matter how hard she tries; a tendency toward clairvoyance and strength above and beyond what it is she should be capable of are just scratching the surface and these things bother her.

I can tell that the author, Ms. Jones was heavily influenced by the Twilight Saga but I’m honestly still trying to pin down whether she was on team Jacob or team Edward as she has carved like stone through the storyline the timeless question of divided love and interest. Ms. Jones does however, liberally interlace throughout the story several other mystical and mythical races that to my knowledge are not included in the classic vampire versus werewolf story and I can respect that.

In having to give a star rating because I know I will whether I want to or not (par for the course, ladies and gents), I have to give four stars because I felt that Ms. Jones could’ve developed Aradia better as a character. There are places in the novel that it’s a little difficult to relate to her though the plot does read to the point without any rambling. I also felt that Ms. Jones could’ve included a little more adversity because it’s in the most trying circumstances that Aradia finds her most compassionate and noble character aspects so in her journey of self-discovery she needs to have a little more trouble and be a little less cocky. Now Aradia will have to meet someone that’s more than her match because everyone eventually gets knocked down a rung or two when they’re climbing that cocksure ladder, as it were.

I’m going to have to get the rest of the series now because I have to find out what happens and I have to say honestly to LA Jones, well done, well said and well written!
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Review by: PJ Port on Dec. 03, 2011 :
I liked this whodunit mystery in fantasy/paranormal garb. Even with a few potentially gruesome scenes, it managed to retain a cozy-mystery feel for me ... while putting some creative spins and twists on the creature-worlds of myth. And though the ending left some unfinished business as a series set-up, all the "Volume 1" business managed to get resolved.
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Review by: Calvin Grenfell on Oct. 03, 2011 :
awesome read...
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Review by: Melissa at 1000 Plus on Sep. 22, 2011 :
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.

Melissa
Reviewer for 1000plusbookstoread.com
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Review by: Sheila Deeth on July 26, 2011 :
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.
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Review by: taeah spears on March 15, 2011 :
amazing loved it, i love aradia, i would go lesbian for her, but i probs would go straight for roy,
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Review by: Albert Robbins on Feb. 26, 2011 :
I love books that cover witches and mysticism and this one did not disappoint. From the first page to the last line I was intrigued and entertained. I do believe an editor would of helped but this did not detract from the storyline. If you are into fantasy and witches you really need to get this one. Just forget the ramance overtures. Besides for the really low price of free how can you pass this up!
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Review by: joan b on Feb. 12, 2011 : (no rating)
I really enjoyed this book. It kept me reading, and I loved it enough to buy the second book!!
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Review by: Two Monsters on Dec. 18, 2010 :
I liked this book. It kept me guessing and flowed well. Can't wait for the next book.
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