My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Publication Date: November 1st, 2016
Publisher: Tor Teen
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 10+
Genres & Themes: Urban Fantasy, Witches
Teenage witch Cam isn’t crazy about the idea of learning magic. She’d rather be no witch than a bad one. But when a trio of her mother’s wicked witch friends decide to wreak havoc in her high school, Cam has no choice but to try to stop them.
Esmerelda is the mean girl of the witches. Valda likes to drop anvils on people’s heads. And Malkin—well, Malkin is just plain terrifying. Their idea of fun is a little game—they each pick a student from Cam’s high school and compete to see who can make their teen the most miserable. But Cam suspects one of the witches may have an ulterior motive…which means someone at school could be in worse danger yet.
Now Cam’s learning invisibility spells, dodging exploding cars, and pondering the ethics of love potions. All while trying to keep her grades up and go on a first date with her crush. If the witches don’t get him first, that is.
This series is fantastic for kids. Admittedly, the main character is a teen, but it feels more like a middle grade novel than a young adult one. I dare say that also because the content is definitely not explicit or shocking.
That’s actually why I haven’t rated it higher. There is apparent dept to this story—I find great the idea of a good witch living with a wicked one—but the way it’s written gives the impression that kids are the best audience.
SERIOUSLY SHIFTED is the sequel to SERIOUSLY WICKED. In this particular volume, Cam’s mother’s friends and her mother herself are participating in a wicked competition that Cam is trying to stop from happening, because she doesn’t want her friends to be the target of witches.
I liked the mention of witchy things. Witches are my favourite creatures in literature and a reason why I find this series fun is because we really do feel that Cam and her mother are witches, from the way they’re behaving, talking and thinking.
I can’t recommend this book to older readers specifically, because it really, honestly does have a middle grade vibe, but I can certainly recommend it to people looking for something entertaining and short.
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