Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly (Original Pub Date on Old Site: 04/10/15)

“When you’re enslaved to a wicked witch, you end up thinking fast to keep all the weird witchy things a secret. Not always good fast, but fast.”

Title: Seriously Wicked

Author: Tina Connolly

Series: Standalone

Publication: May 5, 2015 by Tor Teen

Pages: 208

Source: Netgalley

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?

My Thoughts:

This is going to be a very short review considering this book was a DNF before I even hit the half way point.

Okay, from the first page I had a problem with this. Not only was the writing practically elementary level, the “villain” lays out their entire plot within the first ten pages. Now, it wouldn’t have bothered me as much if it had been done well, but it was awful to read. The writing was horribly stiff and the main character had no internal monologue beyond saying that she hated “The Witch.”

I loved the idea for this novel, the synopsis captured my attention – as did the beautiful cover. What first caught my eye was the deep green book the girl on the cover is holding, it really stood out against the pale background. As for the synopsis, it described a girl named Cam whose mother is “seriously wicked”.

Tina Connolly had a brilliant idea, like I said – it completely captured my attention. It was just very poorly executed. As for recommending it to others, I would be skeptical. I can’t think of anyone that would enjoy it, I even tried having it read aloud to see if it would help the flow. I couldn’t ignore the writing, and I don’t think others could either. I see multiple four and five star reviews, so I could be completely wrong in my view on this book – everyone is entitled to their own opinions. I would possibly try the book if you are a big fan of witchcraft, since it is the most important component of this novel.

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