Monday, October 21, 2013

Life's a Witch

Life's a Witch by Brittany Geragotelis
Publication Date: July 9, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 320
Keywords: magic, war, salem witch trials
Previous Books Read by author: What the Spell
Format Read: Hardcover from publisher in exchange for honest review (thank you!)

Hadley Bishop, Astor High clique queen, has recurring nightmares about ancestor Bridget Bishop, hung at Salem 1692, who spoke telepathically to her daughter. The same evil Reverend Samuel Parris who led the betrayal of Bridget kidnaps Hadley's mother. With other teen witches comes a war that will change their magical world forever.

I really enjoyed What the Spell, the first book in the series. If you haven't read that one, read no further, because there will be a few (non-serious, but still there) spoilers.

Hadley's character was difficult to deal with. She was a cheerleader, obsessed with the latest clothes, and pretentiously powerful. She did not like to go to her coven's meetings because she found them non-useful and she was better than the rest of the others anyway. But when the parents disappear and the teens have to bond together, she makes sure she's wearing stilettos and the latest fashion to head out and save everything. Um, okay?

She also didn't have faith in a lot of people in her coven. Which, I mean, at first, she should have. She'd grown up with them, and she made a lot of annoying assumptions about people in the group before she had even spoken to them at all, and she was sure they were evil. Please.

Okay, so let's talk about the GLARING error here. This is the sequel (this is where you folks who haven't read the first one should stop), and in the first one, Brooklyn comes into her powers and has a super great relationship with Asher and his sister. At the end of the book, they are still going strong. SO.... WHAT IS HAPPENING? Asher shows up in this one, no mention of Brooklyn, and is suddenly in love with Hadley? Drama queen, cheerleading Hadley? Brooklyn was so cool, and he liked her before she made herself all pretty, and she was so interesting and had a great relationship with his sister. So this part made me super angry and confused. I just could not endorse this relationship. ERGH.

It was also way too fast. I mean, I get that YA books like to go super quickly with this romance. But it was like, "oooh, I see you staring at me from your porch." Next day, "Yes, come into my abandoned house because my mom's disappeared." Next day, "OMG let's make out I LOVE YOU." .... Very strange and dumb.

I really enjoyed the first one, so this one kind of blew me away at how much I had problems with. It wasn't totally horrible, I was still interested in how it would resolve, and I pretty much guessed what was happening through the whole thing, but I was just really upset that I didn't enjoy this like I thought I would.

Read when: You've read the first one and are dying for some more. If you only thought the first was only okay, you can skip this one. It's not for you.

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