Title: What the Spell
Author: Brittany Geragotelis
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: Life’s a Witch (Book 1)
Publication Date: January 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover, 288 Pages
ISBN-10: 1442468157 (Simon Pulse)
ISBN-13: 978-1442468153 (Simon Pulse)
Reviewed by: Bridget
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!
Quick & Dirty: This was a very predictable coming of age book. It had some cute funny moments, but slightly disappointing characters.
Opening Sentence: It totally sucked being invisible.
Brooklyn is a witch, well at least she was born a witch, but her over protective parents have had her powers bound since she was a baby. They promised that on her 16 birthday they would release her powers, but she has to be very cautious about using them. Brooklyn has always felt invisible in life. She has never really had any friends and she is so average looking. She has longed to fit in all her life and she knows that now she will have her powers she can make that happen. There is one particular group that she wants to be a part of. They are called “The Elite” and there are five members of the group. They are popular, beautiful, and pretty much rule the school. Everyone wants to be friends with them and everyone wants to be them.
After Brooklyn gets her powers she decides to give herself a major makeover. She goes from no one to someone in a matter of days. She has always had a huge crush on Asher Astley and he has finally taken notice of her, The Elite are talking to her, and she is no longer invisible. This is what Brooklyn always wanted, but being popular and trying to fit in is not all it’s cracked up to be. Her new friends ask her to do some pretty questionable things, but if Brooklyn wants to be popular she has to pay the price.
Brooklyn is an interesting character and to be honest she drove me nuts for most of the book. She had a very weak personality and she was very easily swayed. She would do pretty much anything to be popular and even though she knew what she was doing was wrong she went ahead and did it anyway. She lied to the few people who really cared about her, and she makes horrible decisions throughout the book. I will have to admit that by the end she does redeem herself some and I hope that in the next book she will be a little more likeable.
Brooklyn has been pretty much in love with Asher forever. It turns out that he is also a witch so they have a lot in common. He is super sweet and really good for Brooklyn. He truly cares about her and really tries to help her make better decisions and become a better person. Unfortunately, Brooklyn keeps lying to Asher because she knows that he won’t approve of all the things she does. She is very insecure in their relationship and eventually everything comes back to bite her in the end. I really liked Asher and I hope that he and Brooklyn will be able to reconcile their relationship.
This was just an ok read for me. I had such a hard time connecting with Brooklyn, and the story was very predictable. I know that high school can be hard and being popular is important, but I just felt it was a little overdone. I enjoyed the flow of the book and it was well written. I will have to admit that there was a great premise set up for the next book and I honestly am looking forward to reading it. The ending really saved this book for me, it left me intrigued and wanting more so that’s the only reason I gave it a 3 star rating. Otherwise, it would have been a 2 star for me. I would recommend this book to maybe a little bit younger crowd that likes paranormal books.
“Do you two want to be left alone?”
I assumed the comment was meant for someone else and ignored it. When it was repeated, my curiosity got the better of me and I cracked one of my eyes open.
What I saw startled me. Just a few feet away, two gorgeous eyes stared back. They crinkled at the sides as if they were smiling at me. And as I looked at the rest of his dark caramel-colored face, I saw that his lips were smiling too.
Keeping my forehead on the locker, I turned my head slightly the other way to see whether he was talking to someone behind me, but to my surprise, there was no one there. I pushed myself slowly away from the locker and looked back at him, almost expecting him to have disappeared.
But he was still there, leaning lazily against the lockers, hands resting in the pockets of his jeans. His smile had changed to a slight smirk as he waited for me to respond.
“Um, yeah. No. I mean … what?” I said, totally caught off guard.
He didn’t move toward me or away from me, just stared at me curiously. “I had a locker like that once. We were hot and heavy for a while, but then she dumped me for the janitor’s closet. And, well, how could I compete with that?”
When I didn’t answer right away, he chuckled to himself and then ran his hand through his jet-black faux-hawk.
“Okay. So, nice talk,” he said and slowly began to move away. “Maybe next time we’ll get to the part where you say something back? We’ll make it a whole conversation thing.”
All I could do was nod as I watched Asher Astley, the boy I’d had a crush on since the beginning of school, walk away from me.
Life’s a Witch Series:
2. Life’s a Witch (July 9, 2013)
3. The Witch is Back (January 2014)
FTC Advisory: Simon & Schuster provided me with a copy of What the Spell. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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