My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First of all I would like to thank Jody Gehrman for providing me with an eBook copy of her awesome book - Audrey's Guide TO Witchcraft. The literary style, the plot and the characters, all were simply stunning and I highly enjoyed reading the book. I liked the book cover a lot and especially the spooky font of the word 'Witchcraft'. Jody Gehrman sure knows how to create an enticing fantasy world with kick-ass moms and daughters, maniac villains and absolutely adorable and electric romantic scenes.
The story outright begins with a mystery as Audrey somehow just ‘senses’ that her mother is missing. And then some creepy stuff like the emergence of a face of a man in Audrey’s crème brulee starts happening which really doesn’t help ease down Audrey’s anxieties. Then when a mysterious cousin steps in to take care of Audrey and her sister Meg while their mother took care of some ‘family business’, Audrey’s suspicions are proved to be right that something was definitely wrong.
Somehow, in the middle of worrying about her mother, taking care of Meg and grilling their ‘cousin’- Sadie, for some answers, two things happen to Audrey that go on to change her life. First, Audrey starts to develop her witchy superpowers and had just might found a way to finally help her mother. And even with all this going on Audrey seems to be falling hard for Julian, a really cute guy who is also the manager of Meg’s band. That’s the second thing. But somewhere in the world of dark magic, something terrible is brewing. A lunatic man, associated with Audrey’s mother’s past, is thinking of building a world in which demons inhabit human bodies. And when all this hits too close to home, as Audrey’s best friend, Bridget’s sister almost dies and comes back as a totally different person, Audrey has no choice but to step into a world of hidden family secrets, evil necromancer and black magic rituals. Audrey will have to fight to save and protect her loved ones. Will she be able to win and survive all this madness before someone gets seriously hurt or worse, dies? And will she be able to defeat, and might just have to kill, the person who was related to her in ways she never could have imagined?
Audrey is one of the best characters that I have come across. She is funny, smart, though a little bit delusional and lacking self-importance. She is also strong and will do anything to protect her loved ones. And also the only word to describe even the normal as well as the romantic scenes between Audrey and Julian, which I could think of, is…electric. It felt as if the sparks were literally flying out of my laptop screen!
Some parts of the book were a little gory and creepy, like Gretchen – Bridget’s sister, sucking vigorously at her own blood with – eek! – slurping noises. God! That totally creeped me out! And having a very good visualizing power (that me!) does not help when the protagonist is blasting people’s brains off! Literally! Plus the writing was so good that images came clearly in my mind.
The last paragraph was not a complain though. Those scenes had some killer action in it that couldn’t have been written any better by anyone else. Audrey’s Guide To Witchcraft was a highly entertaining read, not having any boring points but having lots of exciting and mysterious points. I would recommend this book to all YA readers.
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