I picked up “Season of the Witch” by Mariah Fredericks totally at random. The title sounded interesting and I was looking for something to get me in the Halloween mood. This book turned out to be so much more than that.
Reading this book was like taking all the best “junk food” plots (revenge, mean girls, murder?, witchcraft?!), mixing them all together, and somehow ending up with a gourmet meal. It sounds like it should be cheesy, but it’s just wicked awesome. Teen girl, Toni, is coming back to school after a rough summer of breakups, makeouts and heartbreak. Things get real right away when Queen of Mean, Chloe vows revenge. Once the action starts you cannot look away. Every page I read made me want to read the next one even more. The only help Toni is going to get seems to come from a strange source–her best friend’s cousin, the suddenly goth Cassandra. But what kind of help is she offering , exactly?
I love that many things are left ambiguous at times without it feeling like a cop-out.
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Is witchcraft real? Why did *spoilers* die? Who really is to blame?
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It doesn’t feel to this reader that the author didn’t bother to come up with answers to these questions, but instead you feel the struggles as Toni tries to comes to terms with all these questions and more in her own way.
If you love real-life high school stories full of over-the-top reality TV drama I’m pretty sure you will like this book, but if you love well-written emotional books about realistic characters and the adversity they overcome (or fail to) then I *know* you will definitely love this book.
Pick up a copy of this worthy Halloween Read, right away!