Original Title: Seriously Wicked
Year Published: 2015
Published by: Tor Teen (received an arc through NetGalley).
Number of Pages: 208
First Sentence: “I was mucking out the dragon’s garage when the witch’s text popped up on my phone.“
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
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 zombified. 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?
I really liked this book. It provides a really interesting and fun take on witches, that felt really new and fresh to me. I loved the description of witches in the book, that they are paranoid and, therefore, make their spells overly complicated. The idea of a witch “encoding” her spell was just hilarious to me. Also, that the witches had a better grasp of the internet before mortals and made their own version was a great detail. Pet dragons and werewolves? Yes, I would like one of each, please.
The plot itself was fast paced and easy to follow. Cam, the main character, was fun and easy to like. All she want is to be a normal girl, but she is constantly thwarted by the witch, also known as her aunt, in this endeavour. She now has to try and save the town from her aunts latest scheme and at the same time try and get rid of the demon inhabiting the new boy’s body. It actually sounds easier than it turns out to be, especially since Cam is determined not to have to resort to using magic, as she does not want to turn out like her aunt.
One negative thing about this book was that the plot sometimes felt rushed. This made it feel like some of the relationships suffered, i.e. the author could have had a more in-depth exploration of a few of the relationships in the book. Also, the love story could have easily been turned into just a friendship or simply a pre-relationship. The plot would not have suffered. In fact, it might even have been slightly better had the romantic element been removed. Apart from this the book is a great read.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do. It was a fun and easy read, that was really entertaining from start to finish.