Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch by Julie Abe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: August 4th, 2020
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Recommended Age: 8+
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Witches, Friendship, Family, Animals, Magical Worlds
Eva Evergreen, daughter of a highly respected magical witch mother and a human father with no trace of powers, is beginning her mission to earn her Notice Witch status. Her parents couldn’t be prouder of their daughter and want to support her every step of the way, but unfortunately this is something Eva needs to do on her own. Not only that but she needs to start believing in her magic, even though she only has a tiny bit of it, and in herself.
This mission is going to be challenging and Eva will face many obstacles along the way. Some she will see coming, others will creep upon her at the worst moments. When she arrives in the town where she is supposed to do good, she makes enemies. Luckily, she also makes friends who are willing to help her and stand up with her. Slowly but surely, Eva gains confidence in both her magical and non-magical abilities.
It’s a darling story. Eva is a darling girl. Even the little images inside at the beginning of each chapter are quite charming. The writing is soft and engaging. The author made Eva’s new town seem so realistic and enchanting that I really believed I was in another world at times. If there’s one negative comment for me to make is that there could have been less description to allow for a more effective delivery of the action scenes. Eva’s thoughts seemed very adult for her age. But I did so enjoy getting to know her and follow her adventures. I’m impatiently waiting for the second book!