Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Guest Review: What the Spell by Brittany Geragotelis



Guest Review by Kari
copy sent for review, but all opinions are our own
Review: What the Spell? by Brittany Geragotelis is the author’s first published book. Her debut book is a fun story about a girl named Brooklyn who receives her powers as a teenager. Brooklyn is a witch who had her powers bound by her parents until she turned sixteen because they believed she needed to learn how to live life without magic. Before she turned sixteen, Brooklyn was not popular and she didn’t have any friends besides her school guidance counselor. On the day she receives her powers, she decides to change things up. She gives herself a magical makeover and is barely recognizable at school the next day.
Her new look gets her noticed by the Elite, a group of popular kids who rule the school, and by the handsome Asher. Brooklyn’s world starts changing immediately. She begins to do tasks for the Elite to prove she can be loyal, but the tasks start to compromise her morals. Things become even more complicated when she realizes she has a special talent for setting people up as a couple. She decides to match herself with Asher and this causes her to doubt their relationship.
Her popularity starts to overwhelm her and her secret life as a witch is becoming compromised. Brooklyn soon learns that she may be over her head and that there are more things to worry about than being a part of the Elite.

Geragotelis tells an enjoyable story about a girl who has to learn who she wants to be as a witch and as a person. There are times when Brooklyn does get annoying because the reader doesn’t agree with her decisions, but that doesn’t ruin the story. The great thing about the book is that it does leave the reader wanting more. There are events that aren’t explained and I hope this means there will be a sequel.

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And there will be... Life's a Witch comes out July 9, 2013!!


15 comments:

Pooja. S said...

Sounds like a cute tween read to me :) Great review!

Sam said...

I'm glad you found yourself left wanting more. :) I'm sure I've seen this book around before, though I haven't heard much about it. Great review as always!

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

I've seen this one around, and although I'm not the type of reader who is drawn to books that seem cute, sometimes I simply can't resist. Botht the title and the cover are just adorable.
Based on Kari's words, this is a lovely, feel-good read, and while Brooklyn was frustrating at times, she still seems like a decent enough character.
Lovely review.

bermudaonion said...

Sounds like a cute series!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

This sounds cute! It also sounds like no cliffie, but just loose threads. I can handle that! :) Also glad there is another book in the series. So checking it out!

Candace said...

I don't usually like seeing the characters face on covers, but other than that I really love these covers! The colors are very eye catching!
I also love books with witches so this sounds like a must read series to me!

Liviania said...

Sounds light and fun!

Erika said...

I am dying, dying, dying to read this book! :)

....Petty Witter said...

Sounds good to me and in many ways a story I'm sure many of us will relate to.

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

TOTALLY adding this to my Goodreads.

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I had this book in a Friday Forecast and I thought it looked cute. After reading your review, I don't think it is for me, not that the book sounds bad or anything but it seems familiar like I have read something like it before. Still I like that it has a good positive message!

Eileen said...

I've seen a few reviews of this around, and it sounds really fantastic! It sounds super cute, and one of those intense yet at the same time completely unserious kinds of reads, which I seriously need right now.

Thanks for sharing!

Giselle said...

Oh this sounds really good and kind of different too. I like that it sounds like a great feel-good series which is perfect for a change of pace from my usual reads!

Vegan YA Nerds said...

I haven't heard of these books or the author until now, but I like the covers and think they sound like fun reads!

L-Diggitty said...

1) It makes no sense to give your child magical powers when they're 16, since that's when the worst decision-making period of your life begins (16-22ish). Give them powers when they're 30!!!

2) I still really want to read this, lol!


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