Release Date: June 10, 2014
Keywords: magic, witches, high school
Format Read: eARC via NetGalley (thank you!)
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The beginning of this book had me mostly worried: The MC is a cheerleader, and her BFF rose to popularity with her, but now they're having a falling out since Indie is dating Devon, the super hot, super popular football star, whom they both had a crush on a while back. It was pretty superficial, and Indie was openly embarrassed and mean to her mother, who runs the town's magic shop called "The Black Cat." I mean, I get it. High school can be rough, and you want people to like you. But to say out loud that your mom is crazy when she loves you more than anything else? That's cruel.
Fortunately, the magic part takes off pretty quickly. Indie's mom's sacred book goes missing, and in about 10 pages, Indie is introduced to the crazy world of flying and spellcasting - actual magic. Now, she's not afraid to enlist her neighbor Paige's help, even though she was previously mortified to be seen with her. And here's the thing; main characters do not have to be likeable. They DO have to learn and develop and hopefully improve something about themselves. There were so many instances Indie could have stepped up and done the right thing, and girl made some serious mistakes. All over the place. She made Paige (super un-cool girl, she reminds you all the time) leave her friend's house where she was spending the night to go on an investigative mission, and then insults her because Indie doesn't want to be seen by anyone from school going to a party with her.
All that aside, the magic stuff was okay. I enjoyed the back story of why things were happening the way they were, and I really got a kick out of the bad guys duo (I can't remember their names, but one of them was bald, and one was called Fred-something I think?). Baldie and Fred were pretty funny, even though they had zero reason for doing the things that they did - stealing Indie's mom's book and blaming Indie for putting a spell on it, when they could clearly tell she had no powers. And even if she did, she wasn't old enough yet. Which they should know. Because leather-jacket kid (yes, there's a romance, duh) knew and told her all about it.
It was a pretty quick read, but I was very indifferent to all the characters except Indie's mom and Paige, who seemed to be the only actual thinking characters in the entire book. It was filled with so many plot holes, though, that I just can't possibly feel interested in reading any more in this series.