Sarah seems like such a fun and nice person, she has written many YA books, ones I have never heard of till now, but I already ordered some more because I just like how simple and fun they are.
As I write this review I am watching Sabrina the Teenage Witch, because I just need to satisfy my younger inner self at the moment, and my weird interest in witchcraft. I loved this show, and this book really reminded me of it, mostly just because of the witch thing. Still, I liked it.
The story follows Rachel (she is about 15-16 years old), who finds out that her mom is a witch as well as her younger sister Miri, but she is NOT. So of course she wants to use her sister to do magic for her. Get her a boyfriend, make her popular, give her some dance moves, all the stuff teenage girls want. Also to get rid of the woman their dad is about to marry, STB as they call her (Soon-To-Be Stepmother), that they don't like very much. In the process of all this magic, she looses her friend, gains some fake friends, but does she learn a lesson? Not really, she is a teenager after all.
I didn't know if I was gonna like this book, it's kind of for 13 year olds, but I dived right in a loved it. You have to think back to when you were young, don't think with your adult brain when reading this. It really reminded me of hight school, and the stress of fitting in and all the drama that comes with those four years of doom. The school dances, boyfriends, cool kids, getting your first kiss, all that fun stuff and more. And this book has it all. Sure Rachel is a little self centered, whiny, and a stereotypical teenager. And how many teenagers do you know that aren't like that at one point. Well unless you were the popular one, then no, you won't know what it's like to be in Rachel's shoes.
You have to keep in mind, she is young, this book is for tweens, so if you don't like YA, don't read this, because you won't like it, and you will rate it one star, which is kind of unfair for the younger generation for whom it was intend for in the first place.
But besides that, this book was good, I liked how fast paced it was, clear to the point and fun. It's a light short read, you won't regret it, and it's a good way to remember all those snobby, popular high school kids. Mlynowski does a terrific job with the characters, for how short the book was, I was really connected with the characters, and felt like they were decently developed. We don't really need to know much about the rest of the characters, Rachel is the main one, and she carries the story well by herself. Sure this idea has been done before, there are a ton of books on witches, and even more of high school teenage girls. So just let this one be a part of that category. There is nothing wrong about having one more book about teenage witches.
And I already ordered the nest 3 books in the series. Because I just liked it that much. And I'm sure I would have liked it even more if I read it freshman year. Because I wasn't far from Rachel myself.
I give it 4 stars not 5 because it's just a fun read, no one actually learns anything deeply meaningful from it, it's not a must read. It's just for fun. I could have been expanded a little bit more, but that's why it has a sequal.
Happy reading :)