Giveaway & Review: Brew by David Estes – Post-apocalyptic Witches

October 1, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 5 stars, ARC Reviews, Books, Indie, Reviews

Giveaway & Review: Brew by David Estes – Post-apocalyptic WitchesBrew by David Estes
Series: Salem's Revenge #1
on October 1, 2014
Source: Author Review Copy
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, 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.

You know how Angelfall broke the barrier for every angel book ever, bringing the post-apocalyptic genre into the mix with the overused angel genre? Brew does exactly the same for witches, and turns them from warty frog turning hags into scary, spell wielding, terrifying creatures who are wiping out the world from their war – Salem’s Revenge.

Brew fulfils my thirst for a book that is completely and utterly the reason why I read – to find a book that resonates with my tastes. From the epic journey the characters are taking, to the outlandish characters they face, to the witches with different classes, to the post-apocalyptic world and thirst for revenge, and the witty banter between Rhett and Laney – I loved every minute of David Estes’s new debut featuring witches, warlocks and warls.

“Never underestimate the magic-born. That’d get you killed.” – Mr Jackson

I am always a fan of books that have different classes of paranormals, and the witches in Brew reminded me of Xmen. They have their own specialties and powers, from necros who raise the dead, to pyromancers with their fire, and even sirens who draw foes in. Reading Brew is like an epic adventure where you don’t know what quirky personality you are going to stumble into next, and whether they are friend or foe. Not only will the characters meet each witch class, they will also stumble into some outlandish personalities such as The End, a mercenary group of witch hunters, a life saving beggar, a quirky magical weapons dealer and more.

The characters in Brew were an absolutely delight and written really well – from Rhett Carter, the vengeful orphan and witch hunter who only wants his friends back, to his companion, Laney who is the guns blazing all out girl who looks out for her little mute sister, Trish. Not to mention the best pet ever – Hex, a magical dog who has been the subject of witches’ experiments for years. With this crew, you never know what is going to happen, and there are some shocks and developments along the way that will endear you to them.

When intelligence meets curiosity, curiosity usually wins. I wonder what I’m really doing out here with a magic dog, a trigger-happy girl and her mute sister, and a trail of dead witches in my wake.

I enjoyed the witty banter between Rhett and Laney, as they find a friend and like-minded soul in each other, and I’m glad it didn’t resort to romance. The two have an antagonistic relationship, and Rhett still has his girlfriend Beth on his mind throughout their journey.

Dystopian stories are notorious for their info dumps, but the world building and development of the Salem’s Revenge and the world overrun by evil witches was woven intricately into the rest of the fast paced plot. Every word in Brew is written with purpose, whether it’s Rhett reminiscing about his lost friends, to telling us about the witches, to the character development and friendship between the characters, or all out action.


I loved every single element of Brew, from the scary witches, to the quirky and outlandish characters, to the focus on friendship between the two main characters. Brew balances the dark and foreboding apocalyptic elements and scorned characters with lighter, fun-filled banter and utterly quirky characters, and you’ll love every minute of it. Discovering books that really resonate with me – this is why I read books.

Brew had everything I look for in a book: action, suspense, awesome characters, chilling twists. 5 EPIC STARS!

Rating: 5 out of 5

I received a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Brew_coverBoil (Salem’s Revenge #2) by David Estes




Revenge. That’s all  that’s left for witch hunter Rhett Carter. The magic-born have stripped  everything from him – killed his friends, cursed his warlock father,  shattered his future – leaving him bare and broken, but not dead. Their  mistake.

When Rhett and Laney are suddenly thrust in different  directions, Rhett must decide who to trust and who to kill. Backed by  his trusty canine sidekick Hex, Rhett will embark on his deadliest  mission yet, one that will lead him directly toward those who want him  dead, pushing his unique resistance to magic to the edge and back again  as he tries to remove his father’s curse.

Separated from Rhett,  Laney seeks to understand the strange changes to her sister, Trish,  who’s believed to be the last living Clairvoyant, and what role she’s  destined to play in the future of humankind.

Wrapped around  everything are four major groups: the Necromancers, the Changelings, the  witch hunters, and New America, the remnants of humanity. When the  major forces are brought together for an epic battle, the fate of the  world hangs in the balance.

Purchase Links 

Get both Brew and its sequel, Boil, the first two books in the Salem’s Revenge series, for a special price of $0.99 each for a limited time only (Amazon Kindle exclusive: Brew until October 17th; Boil until October 7th). Click the links below for the Amazon links!

Brew Amazon Link
Boil Amazon Link



To celebrate the launch of Brew and Boil, David Estes is also giving away FREE Kindle copies of his popular YA dystopian AND adventure book, Fire Country. Download it here! I reviewed it here.

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About David Estes:

David Estes was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was very young. David grew up in Pittsburgh and then went to Penn State for college. Eventually he moved to Sydney, Australia where he met his wife. They now live together in their dream location, Hawaii. A reader all his life, he began writing novels for the children’s and YA markets in 2010, and started writing full time in June 2012. Now he travels the world writing with his wife, Adele. David’s a writer with OCD, a love of dancing and singing (but only when no one is looking or listening), a mad-skilled ping-pong player, and prefers writing at the swimming pool to writing at a table.

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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

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24 responses to “Giveaway & Review: Brew by David Estes – Post-apocalyptic Witches

  1. Girl, you have no idea how long I've been searching for a well done witch book. Lol I just love witches and magic and I feel like there's so much to be explored there. Brew sounds like it taps into this magic in a totally unique way though with that apocalyptic angle. It sounds totally original and unlike anything I've read. I'm really intrigued by the sounds of the plot.

    It's also refreshing to read a story in a male POV. It sounds like it was done quite well, as was his character development and Laney's. AND A DOG NAMED HEX OMG, SOUNDS ADORABLE. What also sounds amazing is that there wasn't a romantic connection between Rhett and Laney. Platonic relationships between guys and girls seem almost non existent in YA these days.

    The world building sounds amazing. There really is a balance between giving descriptive information to the readers but not doing so much that it becomes one info dump after another. It's wonderful to hear that the world building was immersed among the action in the story.

    Great review Jeann <33 this one is certainly on my radar now

    • Yay, I am so glad you love the sound of this witch book, it was so unique and I loved the post apocalyptic angle with the witches. The dog is so adorable and his magical skills are awesome, I think you'd enjoy it Larissa! I totally agree, it was so refreshing not to explore the romance angle between the two 😀 I really did love the world building, it was done really well. Thank you!

  2. Ha, I checked out this one (as I promised) and it sounded really appealing to me. You're right about Angelfall doing it for angels, but I'm so happy that there is the same done with witches (who seem to be underestimated) so I really want to give it a try now. Not to mention quirky characters and focused on friendship! That sounds awesome. Great review, Jeann 🙂
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    • Yay, I'm glad you enjoyed it Tanja, I can't wait to see what you think of it 🙂 the characters, world building and everything was great – especially the twist with witches.

    • Thank you Braine, I wish more paranormals were as good as this one, but since the Twilight trend there were heaps that went that way. The witches here are really intriguing villains!

  3. I loved your review, simply LOVED IT! I gotta say, this is his best work yet. We loved the same aspects too, the world building, the information scattered throughout and not dumped in our laps, the characters and how purposeful the style of writing is, couldn't have said it better myself. Incredible review, can't wait to see what you think of Boil!
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    • Thank you Kelly, I totally agree with this one being my favourite of David's even though I LOVED Fire country. It seemed to all fit seamlessly together. Can't wait to read Boil – have you picked it up yet?

  4. This book looks fantastic! Ever since the cover reveal I've been interested in reading this, and as the stellar reviews keep pouring in, it definitely is making me excited to read this book. Great review! Though I didn't seem to love Angelfall as much as everyone else, I did enjoy how that novel was completely unique. 🙂
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