*This title will be released on January 29, 2013*
What the Spell?
Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.
+ Sexual Content
A teenage witch juggles popularity and romance while keeping her powers a secret in this spellbinding debut.
Almost-sixteen-year-old Brooklyn feels invisible, but she desperately wants to be pretty, to be popular, to be adored by a cute guy. Luckily for her, she’s a witch about to come of age—so she’s only a few spells away from making it all happen.
On her milestone birthday, Brooklyn’s conservative parents finally unbind her powers, which include the ability to magically match couples with a love spell. Brooklyn uses her special skills to get a makeover, new friends, and the attention of her crush, Asher. But the popular clique Brooklyn wants to infiltrate puts her in the same precarious position as her Salem ancestors: If she’s found out, she could be vilified—and lose Asher in the process. Can she make the most of her magic, or will she be luckless and loveless? Be careful what you witch for!
Back in 1989, there was a silly/fun movie released called Teen Witch about an unpopular girl who, on her sixteenth birthday, inherits a magical abilities and casts a spell to become ‘the most popular girl’ in school. There were awesome music montages, dancing, singing, and wicked cool 80’s hair. I watched it 50 bazillion times when I was a kid ((I even read the book series–somebody leave me a link if they can find them) and still can’t bring myself to switch channels whenever it’s on TV. Brittany Geragotelis’s WHAT THE SPELL? totally brought me back to my nostalgic Teen Witch days.
Like Teen Witch, Brooklyn casts her spell in order to finally become popular at school (sadly without the 80’s soundtrack). She gets her wish when the uber popular group known as The Elite invite her to join them, provided she can accomplish certain tasks first to prove her worth. What follows isn’t really surprising as Brooklyn is forced to compromise her values and hurt others in her quest for popularity, including her guidance counselor (who totally reminded me of the BF mixed with Madame Serena from the movie) and the guy she always crushed on who was the only one to notice her before the spell.
There is a side plot involving a potential villain who may or may not be related to an evil witch during the Salem Witch Trials, but that will have to wait for the sequel. The ending does resolve the main conflict of Brooklyn deciding what popularity is really worth to her, but a lot is left for future books in the Life’s a Witch Series. WHAT THE SPELL? isn’t a ground breaking book and there are issues with it, but it is silly/fun just like the movie Teen Witch. If you’re looking for a little harmless magic, pick it up. I’ll probably be returning for more of Brooklyn’s story when THE WITCH IS BACK releases in January 2014
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