29 December 2013

Season of the Witch; Mariah Fredericks

Season of the WitchSeason of the Witch by Mariah Fredericks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I can just see this inciting some protests: you can, in fact, hex and curse people and here are a few incantations and tricks. Well... ok. But it's also possible to read this as a series of coincidences and the power of mental suggestion.

Having one main character named Cassandra, particularly one who has an interest in withcraft and can mentally link with people, is a bit over the top. Did she kill her autistic younger brother, or was it a seizure that she wasn't there to help with? That's one question that Ella, her cousin (if you want, add "Cinder" before that, because she's a little neglected by her family when they're not picking on her eating) is asking. But Ella is, at heart, a very good person, unlike BFF Toni, branded school slut by the Queen Mean Girl. There's a little of "Heathers" here in the way they go after Toni and Toni's desire for revenge.

One of the blurbs talks about how true-to-NYC-prep-school-life this is. I'm not so sure about that. There's a lot in that world that's not depicted here, witchcraft aside.

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