What the Spell
Life’s a Witch #1
Author: Brittany Geragotelis
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publish Date: January 29, 2013
Rating: 4 Birds
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!
Honestly, I was never under the impression to read this book because of the cover – although I admittedly now love it. What struck me to read this book was witches! My first love for books wasn’t witches, but my second was, and this one gives a pretty good take on things. Think, Sabrina the Teenage Witch meets Mean Girls! Be careful what you witch for is a pretty good tagline too.
The beginning of the book starts in sort of what I’ve come to see as a “normal” fashion – meet the main character, learn a little bit about her and who she hangs out with, boring typical high school life (a lot of books seem to start this way now). But, Brooklyn’s a little different. She was born into a witching family, but her powers were bound with a promise of being unbound when she turned sixteen. Understandably so that her parents would make that decision, especially based on the cold, hard facts presented in the book. What Brooklyn doesn’t realize is that there are others out there like her within her own community – and not just via the witching boards. Brooklyn changes everything about herself just to fit in with The Elite (that’s where the Mean Girls part comes in). In doing so, she also catches the attention of one Asher Astley. So now she has friends, and a guy interested, what else could she need?
What the Spell takes on a twist with not only having the other witching family, the Astleys, but also with all the elements that you’re not sure if you should expect or not. Secrets, lies, deception, underage drinking…whoa high school flashbacks. Anyhow, Brittany Geragotelis does a wonderful job depicting the entire story from Brooklyn’s point of view, and not giving in to too much being over the top with emotions. Each of the characters in their own right were standouts in some way. In reference to mean girls – look out because Gigi is truly the Regina George of this one.
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