{ARC Review+Giveaway} Seriously Wicked by @TinaConnolly

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{ARC Review+Giveaway} Seriously Wicked by @TinaConnolly

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Seriously Wicked by @TinaConnollySeriously Wicked by Tina Connolly
Pages: 208
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?

YA Review My Thoughts

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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About Tina Connolly

Tina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor Books, and the Seriously Wicked series, from Tor Teen. Ironskin, her first fantasy novel, was a Nebula finalist. Her stories have appeared in Women Destroy SF, Lightspeed, Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and many more. Her narrations have appeared in audiobooks and podcasts including Podcastle, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, John Joseph Adams’ The End is Nigh series, and more. She runs the Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake.

She is originally from Lawrence, Kansas, but she now lives with her family in Portland, Oregon, where it is nice and green and wet. Photo credit Caroline M. Yoachim.

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23 Responses to “{ARC Review+Giveaway} Seriously Wicked by @TinaConnolly”

  1. Heather Poindexter

    I can’t wait to read this! It’s on my (huge) TBR list.

    • Michelle @ Book Briefs

      I would say young tweens can read it no problem. It was bordering middle grade and YA. I think your 11 year old would enjoy it, but she is probably the youngest I would go. It was a pretty clean read. I hope she enjoyed it 🙂

  2. Tracee

    I like that you mentioned that the protagonist is not overly dramatic. I’m not fond of the overly dramatic either!

  3. Jaime Lester

    Sometimes, a quick and fun, quirky read is exactly what I need. When I saw the cover for it, I knew that I would have to read this one, and read it on a day when I just need to smile!

    • Michelle @ Book Briefs

      I totally agree Jaime. It is not my normal read but it was a great time for an afternoon. Its good to mix it up every now and again 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it as well.

  4. Jothee

    I think i’ll try this one. I feel like reading a funny light YA book. Witty and humorous YA novels are hard to come by these days! ;D

  5. vvb

    Sounds cute. I like how you mention there is a little bit of a twist in regards to the protagonist.

  6. Cindy

    I love the cover and that synopsis blew my mind away. In a good way, of course. 🙂

    Also, I really like how you mentioned that the main character was not bitter or dramatic even though she lives with a witch. I really dislike it when the main character constantly wallows through self-pity because he/she has to do something they do not enjoy doing.

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