Life’s a Witch series, #1
Simon & Schuster
Books for Young Readers
January 29, 2013 / ISBN 978-1442468153
Young Adult Fiction
by Linda Morelli
Sparks feels invisible. Her guidance counselor, Ms. Zia, notices
her, but Asher Astley, the classmate Brooklyn has a crush
on, does not. Most of all, Brooklyn longs to be part of The
Elite, five students who are treated like teen royalty. But
everything changes on Brooklyn’s 16th birthday, when
her parents release the spell they've woven around her and
Brooklyn’s witching powers are released.
Brooklyn tests her newfound skills by enhancing her looks.
The magic works and Brooklyn is noticed by the Elite and asked
to join their clique, but first she must pass several tests
to prove her worthiness. She also gains Asher’s attention,
and soon learns that he and his younger sister, Abby, are
also witches. As she grows closer to Asher, he asks only that
she tell him no lies. But the path of love doesn't always
run smooth, and to become one of the Elite, Brooklyn is asked
to do things that could hurt others, including lying to Asher.
What the Spell is the most enchanting young adult novel I've
read in recent years and is one I would encourage my teens
to read. I found it easy to identify with Brooklyn, who, like
all teens, has insecurities. She mistakenly believes that
joining the Elite will allow her to help others. Like us all,
Brooklyn must make choices, and though she doesn't always
make the correct ones, I thoroughly enjoyed watching her character
grow. She changed from an insecure young woman to one of determination
Ms. Geragotelis is an exceptional author who has a wonderful
way with words and an outstanding plot that drew me in immediately.
I was hooked until the very last page and can't wait for the
next release in this outstanding series.