Published by Macmillan, Tor Teen on May 5, 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Humorous Stories, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: Paperback ARC from Publisher
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?
Seriously Wicked is a young adult paranormal book that is full of spells and witchy fun. It is a on the younger end of young adult, but I think it will appeal to fans of all ages looking for a quick and light read that is all kinds of fun. Cam is not a witch, but she is raised by one. And not the nicest of witches either, she has Cam working as her personal assistant basically- always making her run crazy errands and and fulfill zany requests. I loved the tone of Seriously Wicked. It was funny and irreverent and Cam is great.
She is not overly dramatic like most teenagers her age, and she doesn’t fall in any traps that the mean girls lay for her. I just really liked her good attitude. And trust me, living with the witch, I would understand a little bitterness or drama coming from her but it was like a breath of fresh air to not have it. Seriously Wicked is a quick read- at just about 200 pages, you can knock it out in a couple of hours. But I also think the shorter length will attract some younger readers, which is great. This would be a good transition book for tweens looking to step up from middle grade.
I loved how Cam explained the way witches lay out their spells. I thought that was great. Like logic problems. And I liked that the witch actually surprised me. When I started the book I had it pretty ingrained in my head the way that she was going to be, but I think readers will enjoy where Tina Connelly takes us on this tale. There are lots of paranormal creature appearances to keep you flipping the pages with interest, and even a sprinkle of romance throughout. Overall this was a fun read. Somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars, but it was just so cute that I have to round up. For those looking for a lighthearted paranormal book, check out Seriously Wicked. It is seriously fun.
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- May Clean Sweep ARC 2015