Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly

Book Summary
The only thing worse than being a witch is living with one.
Camellia’s adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom’s a seriously wicked witch.
Cam’s used to stopping the witch’s crazy schemes for world domination. But when the witch summons a demon, he gets loose—and into Devon, the cute new boy at school.
Now Cam’s suddenly got bigger problems than passing Algebra. Her friends are getting zombiefied. Their dragon is tired of hiding in the RV garage. For being a shy boy-band boy, Devon is sure kissing a bunch of girls. And a phoenix hidden in the school is going to explode on the night of the Halloween Dance.
To stop the demon before he destroys Devon’s soul, Cam might have to try a spell of her own. But if she’s willing to work spells like the witch...will that mean she’s wicked too?

Flo's Review

First things first: how great is this cover?? I love it so much, I went for my own attempt at a recreation:
I had a broom, but it wouldn't stay up. #WitchProblems
Now that I'm all lightheaded from being upside down for so long, let me tell you about this book! I went into Seriously Wicked knowing nothing about the book's plot. (I like to read books that way when I can.) But because of that, it took me a while to get into. Because, for one (1) thing, Cam's voice is quite ... maybe snarky is the word? I didn't really mesh well with her tone and style at first. But as I read on, I discovered that (2) the entire story felt almost like a ... maybe parody is the word?

In that context, Cam's voice started to fit better for how she was telling this story. This book felt like it was meant to just be fun! For example, the witch spells are seriously crazy, like insane math word problems. Also, Cam is trying to decide whether she is falling for a boy or for the demon who is possessing him? And does the demon like her back? Or the boy? It is definitely a tongue-in-cheek story, and should be read as such. I love that it takes a subject that historically has a patina of darkness around it, and just makes it silly.

But interspersed in the fun are some real struggles. Both Cam and Devon spend a large part of the book struggling to come to terms with their true selves and what they can do; though, for different reasons. And this book reminds us that things -- and people for that matter -- aren't always as they appear.

At just over 200 pages, this is a fast read and will be perfect for the lazy, hazy days of summer. It comes out in May, so grab yourself the witches brew of your choice and get reading. Though I don't recommend doing it upside down on the bed.

Thanks so much to the kind folks at Tor Teen for the Advance Reading Copy of this book.

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