Friday, July 31, 2015

Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly

The Basics:
Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly
Tor Teen
YA, Fantasy
Published May 5, 2015
Source: Received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Why I picked up this book:

Seriously cute cover, blurb that made the book sound fun and quirky. And I generally like the Tor imprints.


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?

My Thoughts:

I'm a big fan of quirky books. I love melding genres, I love snark, and Seriously Wicked seemed like it would fit the bill. This is a YA paranormal story that feels even more YA than most YA books I've read lately. With me on that?

Seriously Wicked embraces a sarcastic, teen perspective, which I really enjoyed reading. There's plenty of cute, witchy goodness in the story, exactly as promised by that kick-ass cover!

The story itself felt a bit light. There's lots of elements thrown in - you get a sense of that from the blurb alone, I think - but I felt at times that we were glossing over some of the ramifications or consequences or emotional impact of some events. I found myself asking the book to probe a little deeper or take a moment to linger over whatever bombshell had just been dropped.

And while I did like Cam quite a bit, and would like to read more of her adventures, I didn't get enough of a connection with Devon to really care about his fate. The connection between him and Cam was so quick and superficial, I just didn't care what ended up happening to him. I was more concerned that Cam grow and mature out of the events of the book.

I loved the end of this one, and I really want to know what happens next, which is a pretty big win for the book. 

Bottom line:

Overall, Seriously Wicked is a cute concept, in a very YA package.

If you like your books paced quickly, the pages flying, this is definitely a great choice. I wanted it to be a little deeper, take a little more time to delve into various plot points and such, but overall, it was fun, fast, and it captured the teen experience with that witch-twist really well!

4 stars
For fans of YA fantasy, teen witches

But don't just take my word for it! I grabbed a few links to other blog reviews of Seriously Wicked:

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