By Nicola Marsh
Expected Publication: August 2013
Length: 272 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia
Source: Gifted by Net galley and Harlequin Australia for Review
Genre: Paranormal Romance, witches
Read If you liked: Mysteries and Wicca
Synopsis from Goodreads
Alyssa has one week to destroy her enemy, save her spirit… and save her soul.
After her ex-boyfriend commits suicide and her mum’s alcoholism sparks yet another psychotic episode, seventeen-year-old Alyssa Wood flees her small hometown of Broadwater and heads to New York City to stay with her bohemian aunt — a Wicca High Priestess.
Alyssa revels in the anonymity of a big city and her new life. Her grades climb, she has a new best friend, and a new guy: the sexy geek Ronan — a saxophone player who prefers jazz to pop.
But her newfound peace is soon shattered when she sees a dead body in one of Ronan’s music clips — and she’s the only one who can see it. Worse still, Alyssa recognises the body that has been murdered a week forward!
Alyssa doesn’t believe in the supernatural…despite her family’s Wicca background. So how will she overcome evil when it’s closer than she thinks
I really, really wanted to enjoy this book, I love Harlequin books and I absolutely loved the cover, but unfortunately Witch stories just don’t do it for me. I use to follow the Wicca religion and a lot of the Wicca rituals that were written about in the book, I found tedious and drawn out, although Nicola did do good research on Wicca as a religion, and was not written as an evil practice which I am happy for.
I could not connect with the characters or the plot, There was hardly any Paranormal elements in this story , except for Alyssa’s crazy mother who talks to herself and her Aunt who is seen as crazy as well by Alyssa for being a practicing wiccan. The Paranormal aspect was just coming to fruition when the story ended which I suppose will be explored in the next book, I am not sure If I will continue the story.
I am not saying that the story was badly written that is not the case at all I think it was well researched and well written it is just me who couldn’t connect, I think someone who is younger, which the book is written for or someone who is interested and loves the witch story line would find this story enjoyable.
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