Saturday, January 26, 2013

Review: What the Spell by Brittany Geragotelis

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
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A teenage witch juggles popularity and romance while keeping her powers a secret in this spellbinding debut.Almost-sixteen-year-old Brooklyn feels invisible, but she desperately wants to be pretty, to be popular, to be adored by a cute guy. Luckily for her, she’s a witch about to come of age—so she’s only a few spells away from making it all happen.

On her milestone birthday, Brooklyn’s conservative parents finally unbind her powers, which include the ability to magically match couples with a love spell. Brooklyn uses her special skills to get a makeover, new friends, and the attention of her crush, Asher. But the popular clique Brooklyn wants to infiltrate puts her in the same precarious position as her Salem ancestors: If she’s found out, she could be vilified—and lose Asher in the process. Can she make the most of her magic, or will she be luckless and loveless? Be careful what you witch for!

My Thoughts

I really like witch books, so I was excited to read this one. It sounded so fun and cute. And it was. The story was fun to read and I enjoyed seeing what would happen next. I liked how the characters interacted with each other, even if I didn't particularly care for a lot of them. This book gave me a kind of Mean Girls vibe, and I really enjoyed it.

Brooklyn is from a family of witches who don't really use their powers, so hers have been locked. It's not until her 16th birthday that her powers are unlocked. She has always been invisible, and so what is the first thing she does? Gives herself a makeover to be supermodel perfect so she can try to get a coveted spot with The Elite. She gets so obsessed with being popular that she does awful things and seems to lose who she really is. I get that she just wanted to be popular, but I felt like she really took it too far. She knew that the things she was doing was wrong, but she kept convincing herself that she was almost in with the popular crowd. I'm sorry, but if someone kept giving me "tests" to see if I would really fit in, I would tell them to eff off. Underneath it all though, Brooklyn is a great girl, it just took a little too much for her to finally realize how stupid she was being.

Asher was probably my favorite character. He was so understanding and great to Brooklyn. He didn't care if she was popular or not. He liked her for the real her, not the fake Brooklyn trying to fit in. In fact, he doesn't like The Elite and doesn't see why Brooklyn wants so badly to be part of their group. He will pretty much do anything for Brooklyn. He was so sweet and charming. I really wanted him to get through to Brooklyn. I was hoping that how much he cared about her would me more important than popularity.

Overall I thought that this was a fun book, but I was so mad that Brooklyn kept lying and hiding things from Asher when he had been nothing but understanding even when discovering she had lied before. All he wants from her is honesty and she could have prevented so much drama if she just opened up to him and didn't lie. I also was annoyed that she kept letting The Elite walk all over her. It's one thing to prove loyalty, but they keep having her do all this illegal stuff and she's totally okay with it. She is pretty shallow and stupid a lot of the time and I couldn't quite get past that. Otherwise I thought that it was a great book.

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  1. This sounds like a cute book! I totally want to read it now. Not to me mention that I love the cover.

    1. The cover is super cute. It was a fun book to read, but OMG I wanted to scream at the MC and tell her she was being stupid sometimes lol!!

  2. This sounds like a fun book! I enjoyed your review- thanks for sharing. :)

  3. This does sound cute & fun! I know it's frustrating when the mc makes bad decisions, repeatedly. If a character were ever based on me as a teen, they would find me one of the most frustrating characters ever! lol

    I'm glad you liked What the Spell!

  4. I haven't heard of this one. Might be one I'd be interested in at some point.

  5. This definitely sounds like a really cute book!! I've never seen this before, but I like the sound of it. Plus, you mentioned about getting a Mean Girls vibe! I can't pass on that! ;)
    Great review, Amy! :)

  6. This does sound like a cute and fun read!! Its cool that Asher liked her for how SHE was, and not all that other stupid stuff! Great review Amy!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  7. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'm not really a witch book kinda girl. I rarely like them. Probably pass on this one.


  8. I'm a big witch fan too. I remember coming across this book a few months back and thinking it was cute yet almost been-there-done-that. I get a big Sabrina the Teenage Witch vibe from it. I like the Mean Girls connection though - AWESOME movie.

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