Friday, May 1, 2015

Book review - Seriously Wicked

Title: Seriously Wicked
Author: Tina Connolly
Genre: magical realism
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a surprisingly practical approach to magic
Summary: Cam is sick of her mother's machinations. She's sick of chores intended to help with plans to take over the world (or at least the town). She's sick of trying to learn spells. She doesn't want to be a wicked witch. When her mother summons a demon that enters the body of the cute new boy at school Cam has just five days to save the world and Devon's soul.

My opinion: This is a great pick for fans of fairy tales. The approach to magic is surprisingly pragmatic. It's nothing mystical or amazing, doesn't come out of nowhere, but is a regular part of Cam's world and a series of chores. Cam herself is a fairly typical teen, dismissive of her mother's lifestyle and filled with zeal to save the world. Really, this is a standard quest novel: there is a set goal, distinct steps that must be taken, and a time frame to avert disaster. The resolution is solid, well set-up without becoming completely obvious. A good choice for young teens.

More information: Seriously Wicked releases May 5.
Advanced Reader Copy provided by NetGalley.

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