Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Book Review: Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft by Jody Gehrman

Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft by Jody Gehrman
Series: Audrey’s Guides Book #1
Published: June 30th, 2012
Publisher: Magic Genie Books
281 pages pages (ebook)
Genre: Young adult paranormal
Acquired this book: From the author in exchange for an honest review
Warning: May contain spoilers
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Falling in Love, baking a magical cake, fighting an evil necromancer—it’s all in a day’s work for Audrey Oliver, seventeen-year-old witch-in-training.

When her mother goes missing and her twenty-one-year-old witchy cousin shows up out of the blue, Audrey knows something’s gone horribly, dangerously wrong. Now it’s up to her to get her own magical powers up to speed before everyone she loves is destroyed by the sorcerer intricately connected to her mother’s secret past.

I love books about witches, and there aren’t nearly enough of them, so I was really excited to read Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft. I liked this particular spin on witchcraft, with some familiar elements, and some that were new, along with its uses and misuses, and the secrecy surrounding the Clan and other witches; it was a nice mix. The development of Audrey’s powers was interesting to watch. She went from out of control to slowly learning how to focus her energy and power.

I have to admit I found Audrey a bit annoying at first, but she grew on me. She was extremely insecure, and it was a bit much at times - I realize people are insecure, but it got to the point where I kept thinking ‘just get over it’ and wishing she would move on and not dwell on it so much. Meg, her younger sister, just plain drove me nuts. Sadie, the girls’ ‘cousin’ added interest - her strange and sudden appearance, her magical abilities, and her quirkiness added humour and depth to the story. The villain of the story was great - mysterious, evil, and sadistic - it’s been a long time since I’ve read a book with a villain this detestable and heinous.

The pacing of the book felt a bit slow, but I have to give Ms Gehrman major props for her writing ability. She has a real talent, and I found myself thinking on several occasions how well written the book was. I know that might seem a bit random, but these days it isn’t always easy to find books that are genuinely well written.

Overall, Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft was an entertaining, enjoyable read with something for everyone. I’m looking forward to finding out what happens to Audrey and her family next. 

Have you read Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft? What did you think? Do you enjoy books about witches and witchcraft?

1 comment:

  1. I'm totally with you. I feel like half the stuff I write is so horribly written. Drives me nuts. I'm glad this one was written well and that you've put it on my radar.


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