Audiobook Reivew: What the Spell? by Brittany Geragotelis
PJV Quickie: There are great works of fiction and then there are entertaining fun reads that make your day a little brighter. WHAT THE SPELL isn’t going to enlighten anyone, or win any literary prose awards, what it will do, is make you smile, give you a few hours of entertaining teenage angst and an uncanny urge to be sixteen again.[frame align=”left”]
Series: Life’s a Witch #1
Author: Brittany Geragotelis
Type: Young Adult Paranormal
Published: January 29th 2013 by Simon and Schuster
Source: Audiobook provided by publisher
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Brooklyn has waited her whole life for the day she turns sixteen. On her sixteenth birthday her parents have promised to unbind her powers. Tired of being ignored, tired of being unpopular, her only friend a guidance counselor – the moment her powers are in full force she changes things. She clears her skin up, lightens her hair and eyes, gives her posterior a bit of a boost. Brooklyn becomes a hottie and instantly registers on the popular group’s radar. They have dubbed themselves The Elite and Brooklyn thinks becoming one of them is the end-all of awesome achievements. Getting her hot crush, Asher, to notice her is also on a must-accomplish to-do list as new, hot, Brooklyn.
After her magic-makeover it all starts to fall in place. Brooklyn is popular, Asher is talking to her, in fact she is finding out that she might not be the only witch at her High School. But, popularity comes with a price, and stories about The Elite and their dirty deeds might be more true then Brooklyn thought. Is Brooklyn willing to compromise herself to become popular and noticed?
Ah, another teen story about popularity and the evil kids behind these hallowed cliques. Sprinkle in a bit of witchcraft and this one smells like a Disney Made-For-TV movie, or something that I might have watched in the early 90s. It was fun and even came with an added, “Be Careful What You Wish For” teen message. There was also a sort of dark under-plot that had the tantalizing aroma of a much deeper plot to be explored in later books, which I’m looking forward to reading.
As far as the characters, I did like Brooklyn, even though most of the time I didn’t like her actions. She went through a very MEAN GIRLS type of transition, awkward to semi-popular, which triggers the change in moral perspective and thus the reaction from me — “WTF is this girl doing?” Especially as Brooklyn continued to be The Elite’s lapdog, while she mocked the other lapdogs of their group. It was disconcerting, but I knew that in the end it would hopefully work out. I’ll give it to Brittany Geragotelis for not writing the “everything is perfect” type of ending, though. She did it really well. There was no big Teen Movie ending where it all comes together with kisses and and fireworks. I really liked that. Geragotelis crafted this story well and true. You screw up, you pay for what you do. Changing your perspective doesn’t mean the bad girl is going to be hit by a bus, you get the guy and the butterflies flit around your head until the credits roll. In fact she left things on a sort of cliffhanger, which was there of course to draw us into book two… but it was nothing to over-the-top that left me feeling unsatisfied, just enough plot strings to make me want to read on in the series. I was highly pleased with this book, especially the ending and can’t wait to read on in the series.
Narration: I have no complaints about Joy Osmanski’s narration. Her voice fit the character perfectly and the “boy parts” became unnoticeable once I got deep in the story. She did a good job and I look forward to more of her narration in the future. This is a book I highly recommend on Audiobook.
This is a fun teen read, with light topics and nothing heavy to worry the parental units. Recommended for young adult fans that like more chick lit type reads. Fans of MEAN GIRL type of reads that want to sprinkle things up with a bit of paranormal should really enjoy.
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