Goodreads Book Description: There's more than one way to be powerful . . .
is during a routine school project that Abby Silva--sixteen and nearly
friendless--makes a startling discovery: She is descended from women who
were accused of witchcraft back in 1600s Salem. And when Abby visits
nearby Salem, strange, inexplicable events start to unfold. Objects move
when she wills them to. Candles burst into sudden flame. And an ancient
spellbook somehow winds up in her possession.
Trying to harness
her newfound power, Abby concocts a love potion to win over her longtime
crush--and exact revenge upon his cruel, bullying girlfriend. But old
magic is not to be trifled with. Soon, Abby is thrust headlong into a
world of hexes, secrets, and danger. And then there's Rem Anders, the
beautiful, mysterious Salem boy who seems to know more about Abby than
he first lets on.
A reckoning is coming, and Abby will have to make sense of her history--and her heart--before she can face the powerful truth.
My Rating 2 out of 5 stars
I was given this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
by Maya Gold stars Abby, who is a nerdy brainiac who is in love with
the school's most popular boy. She is tormented by the trio of mean
girls who rule the school. When she is given a school project to look at
her geneology, she realizes that she is descended from a "witch" from
Salem. Then things start getting really weird and she realizes that she
may have other talents than she realized.
At first, I was shocked
by the low ratings. The first few pages are well written, clear, and
enticing. But then after about the 5th page, I started to realize why.
The thing is-- everything is so stereotypical. There is a nerdy girl who
gets some powers. There are a bunch of mean girls who probably will get
their comeuppance at some point. There is a cute boy who nerdy girl
lusts after. There are some love potions. There are some really
unimaginative witch references. The twists are completely predictable.
herself is kind of a problem. I found myself not liking her very much,
and not learning very much as the book went on. She ends up being proud
of herself for reasons I don't really agree with. The boys and romance
are lackluster, and there isn't really anything new that this book
brings to the witch motif. Everything in it is a revamp of old
teenybopper movies. We do get a lot of history lessons about the witches
from Salem-- so I guess this may entice a young girl who has never
learned anything about Salem at school and has never read or watched
anything about witches.
Overall, a very disappointing read. Generic and uninspiring.
I would overlook this one.