Review: Ink and Bone

Ink and BoneInk and Bone by Rachel Caine

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

Beware spoilers ahead!

Do not be deceived by the synopsis. This book is very dark and there are characters that died. I was surprised by this as the synopsis did not hint at a dark world or the deaths that occurred. In fact to me the synopsis sounded like a 3 star. But I was deceived by that synopsis and was pleasantly surprised.

Every chapter in this book begins with an Ephemera which shows us how the world came to be and letters that show us the characters motives. This is book is in third person and because of that it was hard to connect with Jess. When I found out something about him I sit there and think “Really I didn’t think you felt that.”

Now on to the plot. The book begins with the prologue Jess at 10 years old. On his was to make a run for his father. His is told to be careful because his older brother was killed that year. The run does not go smoothly but he does manage to deliver the book to his contact. We are then taken to the first chapter. It takes place 6 years after the prologue. Jess is 16 years old. His twin brother Brendan tells him that their father wants to see him. Together they make their way home.

Jess goes to his fathers office and waits for his father to tell him what he wants. His father explains that because Jess has no interest in the family business he has enrolled Jess to take a test so that he may become a librarian. Jess is appalled by this as he has feared the library his whole life. His father tells him that he either takes the test or he will cut off all of Jess’s funds and eventually kick him out. Seeing no other option Jess agrees.

He passes the test with a pretty good score (the highest in London). He is then told to take a train so that he may begin his training. Aboard the train Jess meets Thomas who is from Berlin, Glain who is Welsh, and Khalila is from Riyadh. When they reach their destination they discover that there will only be six students who will be appointed positions within the library.

Their teacher Christopher Wolfe is everyone’s worst nightmare. He has no mercy and is extremely harsh. Throughout the book you do realize that he isn’t all that bad. Jess’s roommate is Dario whose from Spain. Their first meeting does not go well and sets the tone for the rest of the book. In the sense of what they think of each other and how they treat each other. Later on in the book we get a different student whose name is Morgan from Oxford.

All the characters in this book have a secret motive. Or so it seems. Either way they are all mysterious and you do not fully know of their motives and reasons for taking the test.

There is romance in this book. But it does not take away from the plot nor is there a love triangle. For me personally it’s a little hard to ship said couples because all the characters are mysterious. But I can totally see why they work well together.

I loved how the Caine was able to create such a dark yet beautiful world! The diversity was awesome to read about! As were the relationships the characters had with no another. And don’t get me started on just how much the characters grew in this book! I have a very good feeling that the second book will be even better than this one.

Overall this was a great read! I will for sure read the sequel. I recommend this to fantasy fans and people who love books.

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Review: Wendy Darling: Stars

Wendy Darling: StarsWendy Darling: Stars by Colleen Oakes

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

From the Best-Selling Author of Queen of Hearts comes a dark and mesmerizing twist on the beloved Children’s Classic, Peter Pan.

Wendy Darling has a perfectly agreeable life with her parents and brothers in wealthy London, as well as a budding romance with Booth, the neighborhood bookseller’s son. But while their parents are at a ball, the charmingly beautiful Peter Pan comes to the Darling children’s nursery and—dazzled by this flying boy with god-like powers—they follow him out of the window and straight on to morning, to Neverland, a intoxicating island of feral freedom.

As time passes in Neverland, Wendy realizes that this Lost Boy’s paradise of turquoise seas, mermaids, and pirates holds terrible secrets rooted in blood and greed. As Peter’s grasp on her heart tightens, she struggles to remember where she came from—and begins to suspect that this island of dreams, and the boy who desires her—have the potential to transform into an everlasting nightmare.

Beware spoilers ahead!

I received this E-ARC via Netgalley and SparkPress in exchange for an honest review.

I’m going to be honest here. I am not actually a fan of Peter Pan. I never liked the idea of Neverland. As a child it didn’t make any sense as to why there would be an island in which no one aged. Even at this point in my life I like aging. I probably would’ve enjoyed the movie more had I not thought about Neverland too much. So yes I requested this book on a whim. And partly to read a book in which the darker side of Neverland is shown.

The book starts off with a prologue that seemed to take place in Neverland. I actually did not fully understand it. Moving on. Readers are then taken to the first chapter in which we see Wendy and her father looking for the star that eventually takes the Darlings to Neverland. Her mother sees this and yells at her husband because she fears for Wendy’s safety. She could’ve fallen from the window had her father not held on to her. Her father manages to defuse his wife and they look for the star once more. John and Micheal enter the nursery room. While they are preparing for bed Wendy picks up a letter from Booth. Her best friend who works at the book store she frequently visits. When Micheal asks about the letter she is about to come up with an excuse when John interrupts and says that it is from Booth who is probably admitting to being in love with Wendy. Wendy try’s to defend herself and say that Booth is her best friend. When that does not work she eventually retorts saying that unlike John she at least has friends. John then advises her to hide the letter before anyone finds it.

The next day she visits Booth and yes he does admit to being in love with her. And the two try to come up with a plan. He then has to go back to work and tells Wendy that they will continue their conversation. She makes her way downstairs and runs into a friend of her mothers. Said friend insults the bookstore and the owner who is Booth’s father. Booth’s father then tells Wendy that if she truly cares for Booth she will leave his life. He thinks that if Wendy’s parents find out about their plans they will buy off the store cutting off any money he is making. She does as he says and leaves.

When she reaches home she takes Liza’s (the nanny) advice and rests for a few hours. She wakes up to some noise on the window and finds Booth outside. She convinces him that after her parents leave she will meet him outside. Once her parents have left and she is sure that both John and Micheal are sleeping she gets ready to go and see Booth. John wakes up and the two have a fight to which Wendy says that he can go ahead and call Liza if he wants but regardless she will see Booth. Just as she is about to reach the window the lanterns shut off and the window breaks. Startled the Darling children huddle together and are surprised to see a floating boy in the nursery. Said boy is Peter Pan and convinces them to come to Neverland promising to return them home before their parents get back.

Lets move on to the differences between this version and the original one. Wendy is sixteen years old, John is 14 (I think) and Micheal is possibly 4 years old. The ages are different than that of the original story. Wendy is a good older sister and an overall good girl. Despite this her father’s favorite is John. Now John in this version is quite different. He is an extremely bitter person and jealous of Wendy. He also seems to think all women are crazy. Micheal is exactly the same.

Peter Pan actually has around 200 lost boys. He also has a ranking system. When you first arrive in Neverland you start off as a lost boy then eventually you can make your way up to General that way you can participate in stealing from Captain Hook. Tinker Bell like the original version hates Wendy and whenever possible tries to get rid of her. While the Darlings were in Neverland they started to slowly lose their memories of their past life.

Unlike the original version Peter Pan did not allow Wendy to go back to London. Instead he tried to kill her. He saved her saying that he was trying to make a point. Peter and Wendy’s relationship did not make any sense. In the original one you could easily ship them but in this book that was not the case. Peter was obsessed with Wendy to the point where he believes that she belongs to him. Like he owns her. I found Peter to be insane rather than childish. You are given back stories of the characters including Peter Pan and Tinker Bell. Also this story is much darker than the original one.

What really lead to my dislike of this book was John. And yes Peter. I guess part of it comes down to the fact that I have never liked Peter Pan. But honestly I’ll take the original version. The original version was more focused on Wendy mothering the boys. And whenever Wendy pointed something out to Peter he did attempt to listen to her. But he does not do so in this version. Also this is going to be a series. Hopefully when the series ends they will make it back home.

The only things I liked while reading this was Wendy, Booth,  and Micheal’s character. Booth and Wendy’s relationship, the writing, the world building, and towards the end when Wendy and Tinker Bell have an interaction. This is the only reason why I have given it a 2 star.

If you like Peter Pan and would like to read a book in which the darker side to Neverland is shown then I would highly recommend this. If you do not like Peter Pan or simply prefer the original version then I wouldn’t recommend this.

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Review: Mirrored

MirroredMirrored by Alex Flinn

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

A modern, multi-generational tale of Kendra, the witch from “Snow White,” who trains Violet, an ugly, lonely, and heartbroken girl in the 1980s who transforms herself into “the fairest one of all” but still cannot win Greg’s heart, and Celine, Greg’s daughter with Violet’s high school rival, Jennifer

Beware spoilers ahead!

DNF

About a month back I decided to add this book to my shelf. For the following reasons: a) it was a fairy tale retelling and b) it sounded fairly promising. I took this off from my shelf upon hearing bad things about this book. Specifically about Violet. Today I decided to download the sample from iBooks and see what exactly was so bad about Violet. I finally understand why there are a lot of complaints about her.

The sample was 34 pages long. Not enough to give you a real idea of the plot but enough to determine whether the writing style agrees with you, whether you like the characters, and what the overall plot for the book is.

The book starts off with Violets chapters. We discover that she has a hard time fitting in and this is because she is unattractive. Her teachers hate her, the students hate her, but both teachers and students prefer Jennifer who is far prettier than Violet. The popular people in her school make it a point to make Violet miserable.

During recess in her school she comes across a crow who has died. She picks up the crow and blows on it. The crow is magically better and she assumes this is because the crow wasn’t dead just in shock. Her classmate and crush Greg witnesses this and the two become friends.

Before Violet and Greg enter grade 8, Greg goes off to summer for camp. The two promise each other to write notes. At some point Greg stops replying to her notes, and when he returns to school he ignores her. She eventually gets the courage and asks him why he is treating her this way. He explains that his friends, the popular people do not like her and he just wants to fit in.

Throughout the course of the sample Violet attracts the attention of all sorts of animals. And she has no idea why this is. Sometime in the sample she rats out her group partners to the teacher saying that she did all the work while they did nothing. In revenge of getting ratted out they stalk her home and try to throw stones at her. Somehow crows come to defend her and she meets a woman whose name is Kendra. Kendra explains that the sudden attraction of animals is and saving the crow is because she is a witch. And that’s where the sample ended.

Violet was annoying! I was surprised that she honestly thought that beauty mattered more than anything in the world. She was intelligent but she thought that her smarts were useless. It’s like she didn’t realize that physical beauty fades with age. I was also surprised that she was still interested in Greg. He ditched her for the popular people and she was still obsessed with him. Had the sample been better I might have actually read the book but as you can tell that wasn’t the case.

I personally would not recommend this book. But if you have been looking forward to reading this then go for it. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it better than I did.

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Review: Girl On The Run

Girl On The RunGirl On The Run by B.R. Myers

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

When seventeen-year-old track and field star Jesse Collins’ dreams of a full scholarship are shattered after the sudden death of her dad, she leaves home to work as a summer camp counselor to escape the small town nosy stares…and her own secret guilt.

After a mix-up at registration, she’s put in charge of a boys’ cabin, and the head counselor, Kirk, predicts she won’t last the first two weeks. In the midst of fending off four twelve-year-old boys who are hell-bent on mortifying her and a growing attraction to Kirk, Jesse finds the inspiration to run again from an unlikely source. But getting her old life back isn’t that easy and soon Jesse will realize that a good pair of legs can take a girl far, but she’ll never outrun the truth.

Beware spoilers ahead!

DNF

A few years back I read Myers first book Butterflies Don’t Lie (originally named Busgirl Blues) from Wattpad. I fell in love with it! I was excited to hear that Myers would write another book in the same universe. In other words a companion book to Butterflies Don’t Lie. From reading the synopsis I thought I was going to love this book. Unfortunately I was wrong.

The book starts off with Jesse explaining that it has been a few months since her father passed away and that she was having a hard time moving on. Her best friend Chloe has been trying to set her up on blind dates so that she can make Jesse happy. It has not been working.

To get away from her town she decides to work at a camp for the summer. Upon reaching there she discovers that there was a mix up in her registration. The camp assumed that Jesse was a boy so they put her in charge of the boys cabin. Despite this she decides to continue working there. She quickly discovers that the boys she is in charge of are out to get her. Specifically Spencer whose father owns the camp.

The other part of the plot was of course the romance. Which is the reason why I didn’t enjoy it. Her grandmother predicted that her summer would be filled with lots of kissing. I did not care for the many boys she ended up kissing. I was far more interested in her relationships with the boys, and her working her way to moving on with her life. But the kissing was also a primary part of the book. That’s when I realized that I was no longer interested in the book and I dropped it.

I skimmed the whole book and I did discover that she does move on from her fathers death, she accomplishes a lot during her summer job and she manages to have good relationships with the boys. I simply couldn’t get over how stupid it was that she kisses all of these guys to continue reading.

I’m giving this a two star because of those good aspects even if I wasn’t able to pull through. I personally would not recommend this book. But you if have been really looking forward to reading this then go for it. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it more than I did.

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Review: This Song Will Save Your Life

This Song Will Save Your LifeThis Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.

Told in a refreshingly genuine and laugh-out-loud funny voice, This Song Will Save Your Life is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.

Beware spoilers ahead!

I first heard of this book from Emily May. I was just going through Goodreads and I found this book. The only review that I read at the time was Emily May’s review. It was late and at that time I wasn’t sold for reading this book let alone investing in it. After I believe two months I went back to her review again and fell in love with it. I was so moved by her review that I thought I would also love it to bits and pieces. While I do not love it was a really great book.

The books starts off with our main character Elise as she explains that she has never been gifted at making friends. She is hated by everyone in her school and desperately wants to fit in. So she spends her whole summer before she goes to grade 10 researching how to fit in. She watches all these movie’s, reads a bunch of magazine articles, and buy’s new clothes.

Upon her first day of school she is surprised that nobody takes interest in her. Assuming that this is because it is early in the morning she brushes it off at first. When lunch time comes she has no idea where she should sit. She makes her way over to Amelia’s (a nice girl in her class) table and asks if she could sit with them. Amelia agrees so she sits. Amelia and her friends start making conversation. Realization hits Elise that while she did all that research she never thought about what would happen if she has no idea what her new friends are talking about. She does not interject but continues to sit there and eat her lunch. When the first bell goes off signaling that lunch period is nearly over all the girls put their fingers on their noses. Then one of Amelia’s friends tells Elise that she has to clean their trash as she did not put her finger on her nose. They leave her to clean up their trash.

Elise feels her all her research was done for nothing, that she wasted her time, why would she think that she would manage to fit in? After cleaning up their trash she goes home to commit suicide. Obviously she doesn’t end up doing it but she does get three scars from it.

Seven months after it is revealed that Elise called Amelia and told her that she tried to commit suicide. Logically Amelia called 911. Her parents found out and kept her home from school for two weeks. When she returns to school she makes friends with Sally and Chava. Well more like she sits with them during lunch. She didn’t really consider them friends in the beginning of the book.

Her parents are divorced so she switches back and forth with staying at her mothers house and her fathers. Her parents divorced when she was six years old. Her mother got remarried and now Elise has a step-father (Steve) and two half siblings (Neil and Alex) as well as two dogs.

While she is at her mothers house she waits for them to all go to bed. Once they are asleep she starts talking a walk. Apparently walks in the middle of the night calm her and help her fall asleep faster.

During her walk she runs into two girls who start talking about some Start. She has no idea what they are talking about but follows them anyways. They take her to a club that’s called Start. The girls names are Pippa and Vicky. While inside she sees the Dj who goes by Char. Vicky and Pippa give their drinks to Elise while they continue dancing. Thinking they are using her as their drink holder she leaves. Only to decide to go back there two weeks later.

The reason this is not a five star is because I didn’t really like Elise. After reading Emily May’s review I thought I would see myself in her. I to was actually bullied but not to the degree that Elise was. Elise and I are very different people. While she spent her summer trying to change herself to fit in I simply went with the flow. I wanted people to like me for who I was. I wasn’t going to go out of my way to change just to please someone. This aspect about her really annoyed me. I am aware that it is realistic and a commend Sales for writing Elise as such, I have never agreed with people who change themselves to fit in. Though I do understand why they do it. Elise trying to be a good sister try’s to save Alex from becoming like her. This was really hurtful. While she did apologize I just couldn’t get over it. I am the oldest as well I will do anything for my family. I am not going to lie yes I to have hurt my siblings but I have never hurt any of my siblings the way Elise did.

I loved the relationships in this book! The family was so much fun to read about. They were very support of each other and caring. I loved how the author addressed that when you buy new clothes and get a new haircut you do not instantly get new friends. I’m not sure why movies portray it as such. Despite the fact that I didn’t like Elise I am happy that Sales wrote her character that way. All the characters in this book were realistic and fleshed out beautifully. The romance that was hinted in the end was sweet and I totally ship them! The minute I started reading the first page I was instantly sucked in. I also liked the way Sales addressed cyber bullying. I liked how eventually Elise learned to trust that some people are nice that not every person has ulterior motives. She learned to love herself for who she was. And that I believe is an important lesson that we should all learn and practice.

Overall this was a great book! Anyone can read this. This is not just for people who feel like they don’t belong, this book is for everybody. Whether or not you have been in Elise’s situation you can easily empathize with her. I recommend this to everyone!

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Review: Finding Audrey

Finding AudreyFinding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

Beware spoilers ahead!

I’m going to be honest here. I don’t really know anything about Social Anxiety. There is one person that I do know who has Social Anxiety. She did say that yes she has breakdowns and episodes but aside from that we didn’t talk about it. We usually talked about other topics so it didn’t really occur to me to ask any questions I might have had at the time. Going into this book I didn’t know exactly what I was getting myself into. When I first saw it I thought that Audrey would be ‘cured’ once she started a relationship with Linus. I came across Emily May’s review and found that my assumption was wrong. Audrey does not get instantly ‘cured’ because of her relationship with Linus. After some thought I decided that this book was worth investing in (not to say that you should buy it). And I was really happy that I did buy it!

Back when Audrey was in her previous school there was an incident that involved three girls in which she finds out that she has Social Anxiety Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder, and Depressive Episodes. Since then her parents transferred her out of said school and transferred her into a different school. She has been spending her time catching up on the school work. The new school has told her parents that it is best to start the school year later on. As you can see on the cover that she wears these sunglasses. She wears them as a means of protection. It’s to difficult for her to star into people’s eyes. She can’t talk to any strangers. This is the beginning of the book. As the story progresses she does improve.

The book begins with her mother claiming that she will throw her sons laptop because he is addicted to video games. The readers are then taken to a month earlier so we can see what led up to her throwing her son’s laptop. Her mother is addicted to reading the daily mail. She reads it everyday and believes all of it. So when reads about video games addiction she is convinced that her son Frank is addicted.

When Linus comes over she makes Frank stop playing Land of Conquers. She proposes that the boys play another game. They settle on a game and disappear downstairs. Audrey is with her mother in the kitchen saying that the game they choice won’t be fun as a two player. Her mother then descends downstairs so that she can play with them. Meanwhile Audrey is calmly eating some Oreos’. Her mother finds that Frank and Linus are still playing on the computer (the new game they settled upon) and start yelling at Frank. In the midst of this Linus makes his way into the kitchen and says hi to Audrey. On the verge of a panic attack she leaves the kitchen. Her and Linus do make up later on.

The readers never figure out what exactly happened between Audrey and those three girls. In the beginning I did want to know but after finishing the book I realized that it doesn’t matter what happened. As Audrey explains in the book she does not have to tell the audience what happened. Instead you are shown how said incident has affected her and her family.

Throughout this book Audrey recovers with the help of Linus, her family and her motivation to get better. By the end of the book she has stopped wearing her sunglasses and she doesn’t have panic attacks when exiting the house nor when talking to strangers. Readers also read about Audrey’s visits to Dr. Sarah. Dr. Sarah assigns Audrey these projects that helped with her recovery. Linus started challenging Audrey to talk to strangers by asking them questions. Of course her family supported her and cared for her.

My favourite part about this book was the relationships between the characters and how much they all grew from their experiences. All the characters were realistic as well as their struggles. Despite how crazy Audrey’s mother comes off as in the beginning of the book she is very loving. Even if a bit on the eccentric side. Audrey’s struggles were real and how she reacted to situations were realistic as well. I liked how you get the impression that Audrey was talking to you. It was also really fun to read about her filming her family. The relationship between Audrey and Linus was sweet. I really loved how understanding Linus was. Felix (Audrey’s four year old brother) was a doll and so much fun to read about! Out of all the characters Frank’s growth surprised me the most. It was extremely enjoyable to read about Audrey’s  recovery.

Amongst all the books that I have read Finding Audrey had the best family dynamics! And it was so funny! It’s been awhile since I have laughed out loud when reading a book. This was a sweet and touching read. I will definitely look out for more books by this author. I recommend this to everybody!

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Review: Seriously Wicked

Seriously WickedSeriously Wicked by Tina Connolly

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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?

Beware spoilers ahead!

Let me start by saying that I really missed reading a hard copy versus and E-ARC. You can imagine my joy when I started reading this one (I bought it)! I’m going to be honest and say that I thought this would be a 3 star. Usually books that are light, fluffy and funny are 3 stars. But I was wrong. Considering the size of this book (it’s really small) I was surprised that the author managed to weave in an excellent plot! With that in mind and how much I enjoyed it I gave it a 5 star.

Cam hates living with her adopted mother Sarmine whom she calls ‘The Witch’. She wants nothing to do with the witches crazy spells nor does she want to help her getting her ingredients. But alas the witch has some severe punishments (turning her hands into noodles) and therefore she does not have a choice. The only thing she has managed to do which the witch does not approve off is going to human school.

While waiting for at the bus stop in the morning, Cam sees this boy mumbling to himself. When it’s time to get into the bus one of the witches burning feathers is still on fire and the boy pours his water bottle on her backside to stop the fire.

The witch wants to summon a demon for the sake of world domination. Cam tries to come up with ways to ruin the spell. It does not work. Every time she thought she wouldn’t get the witches ingredients she felt her body go numb due to a spell by the witch.

The boy from the bus incident saved her a seat on the bus in a way of apologizing pouring water on her backside. His name is Devon. The two quickly become friends. Devon agrees to give Cam a pig ear ‘for her dog to chew on’. They agree to meet in ten minutes.

When Cam gets in her house she finds that the witch has prepared to summon the demon. She is horrified then points out to the witch the she didn’t get the pig ears. To which the witch reveals the pig ear is actually for their dog. In the middle of all this Cam forgets that she promised to meet Devon.

Once the demon is summoned he does not take too nicely to being put in a mannequin. He tries taking Cam’s body but the witch stops him. Then Devon shows up pig ears and all. The demon lunges for him and takes over his body instead. Cam and the witch try getting the demon to come out but he runs away. Furious Cam blames the entire thing on the witch and asks what to do. The witch tells her to help the demon get what she has requested that way the demon will be sure to leave faster.

The only thing that I didn’t like was how Cam kept on blaming the witch for Devon getting taken over. Even though it was also her fault. I let this slide because I really enjoyed the book.

I could understand why Cam did not like the witch. The way she treated Cam was unacceptable. Although in the end the witch wasn’t that bad. She just took it overboard when it came to punishing Cam.

I liked all the characters in this book. Partly because of the size (it was only 208 pages) they all played an important role in the story. Even the mean girl Sparkle as well as Kelvin (he provides Cam goat blood). I especially liked how Cam calmly explained that she was different than the witch and that the witch would just have to live with that. Specifically what I liked was how the witch and Cam’s relationship improved. The revelation between the relation of the witch and Cam was actually shocking. I really did not see that coming. Cam’s relationship with Moonfire (the dragon) and Jenah (her best friend) were really sweet to read about. I also enjoyed the romance. While the demon was in Devon it was nice to see how he grew as a character. He was more confident and simply grew. I can’t really explain it. You’ll just have to read it to see for yourself’s.

Overall this was a fun read! I would recommend this book to fans of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

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