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I Belong


Review: Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly

Seriously WickedTitle: Seriously Wicked

Author: Tina Connolly

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: N/A

Publication Date: May 5, 2015

Format: Hardcover, 208 Pages

ISBN-10: 0765375168 (Tor Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0765375162 (Tor Teen)

Reviewed by:  Bridget

Synopsis:

The only thing worse than being a witch is living with one.

Camellia’s adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom’s a seriously wicked witch.

Cam’s used to stopping the witch’s crazy schemes for world domination. But when the witch summons a demon, he gets loose—and into Devon, the cute new boy at school.

Now Cam’s suddenly got bigger problems than passing Algebra. Her friends are getting zombiefied. Their dragon is tired of hiding in the RV garage. For being a shy boy-band boy, Devon is sure kissing a bunch of girls. And a phoenix hidden in the school is going to explode on the night of the Halloween Dance.

To stop the demon before he destroys Devon’s soul, Cam might have to try a spell of her own. But if she’s willing to work spells like the witch…will that mean she’s wicked too?

Quick & Dirty:  Really fun quick story that I would recommend to everyone both young and old!

Opening Sentence: I was mucking out the dragon’s garage when the witch’s text popped up on my phone.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Camellia or better known as Cam was adopted by a witch when she was a baby, or at least that is what she tells everyone. But the truth is that her parents made a deal before Cam was born with Sarmine, a very wicked witch and Cam was the required payment. The witch treats Cam like her own daughter and she wants her to grow up to be a witch as well, but Cam has no desire to ever learn magic, especially if it is the kind of magic the witch performs. Cam has a list of chores that have her taking care of the dragon living in their garage, and the cute werewolf pup that they have as a pet. She is also required to gather ingredients for all of the witch’s spells and at times this can be quite a difficult task. On top of all her chores she also attends high school.

For the most part the witch’s spells turn out to be pretty harmless, but she has come up with a new plan to take over the town. She has decided to summon a demon to do her bidding and when the demon gets loose it enters into the body of the cute new boy, Devon, that just moved in next store.  If Cam wants to save Devon before the demon posses his soul she will have to learn how to do magic herself. She never wanted to be a witch but maybe it’s more in her blood then she thought!

Cam is such a sweet girl. In many ways she reminded me a little bit of Cinderella. She has to do all these awful things for her wicked mother, but she does most of it without complaining. Sure there are things that she likes about living in a magical world like their pet dragon, but for the most part she is not a fan of anything else about her life. In many ways this is a coming of age story for her and watching her grow into her own really helped me to connect with her. She makes many mistakes along the way, but she owns up to them and doesn’t shy away from her responsibilities. For being raised by such a wicked person you would never think that she would turn out to be such a caring, nice person but she did. Even though her home life is pretty crazy, outside of that world she lives a pretty normal teenage life. She doesn’t have many close friends because she has to keep so many secrets, but the few she does have she is very loyal to. I really enjoyed reading her story and I thought she was a great character!

Devon is the new boy that just moved to town. He is a cute guy that has that whole boy band vibe about him. Cam meets him while riding the bus to school and she soon develops a small crush on him. But things change quickly as he is thrown into her crazy world when he gets possessed by the demon Cam’s mother summons. I though Devon was a sweet guy but I felt like you didn’t really get to know him all that well. I would have liked to have seen a little bit more of him and his life, but overall I liked him. His relationship with Cam is more friendly then romantic, but they have some good chemistry between them that makes me think there could be more.

Seriously Wicked is such a fun read and I was thoroughly entertained the entire time I was reading it. The plot was interesting and the pacing was pretty much spot on. The characters were relatable and easy to like. There isn’t a whole lot of romance, but the little there was, was really cute. I also enjoyed the message that was portrayed in the story. It was presented in a great way. Another thing I really loved about this book was the fact that I feel like I can recommend it to anyone young and old. I personally love reading YA, but there are many YA books out there that I wouldn’t actually recommend to most teenagers, especially younger ones. I don’t personally mind having more adult content in YA books, but I wouldn’t want my teenagers to read many of the books I do. I know that this is the mom in me speaking and this is totally a personal opinion. But this was a completely clean book that was just pure fun, so I can honestly say that I would recommend it any age group. This is the first book I have read by Connolly and her writing was fantastic. This was a standalone but I will be picking up more books from her in the future. If you are looking for a fun and quick read this is something I would highly recommend you pick up.

Notable Scene:

I turned around to find the boy-band boy making wild fanning gestures at my rear end. “Excuse me?” And then I realized that my butt was really quite warm. A thin trail of smoke was coming from my back pocket.

The feather.

Oh hells. I fanned me rear end desperately, but the smoke only thickened.

“Sorry about this,” the boy-band boy muttered. He uncapped his water bottle and doused the rear of my jeans. Water soaked me down to my ankles. I gasped.

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FTC Advisory:  Tor Teen/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Seriously Wicked.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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