Book of Shadows (Sweep Series #1)

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Morgan and her best friend, Bree, are introduced to Wicca when a gorgeous senior named Cal invites them to join his new coven. Morgan falls for Cal immediately? and discovers that she has strong,inexplicable powers.

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Overview

Morgan and her best friend, Bree, are introduced to Wicca when a gorgeous senior named Cal invites them to join his new coven. Morgan falls for Cal immediately? and discovers that she has strong,inexplicable powers.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This delectably dark pair of novels, first in the Sweep series, brings a supernatural spin to classic teen issues--popularity, romance, alienation and the search for self. Narrator Morgan, a high school junior in upstate New York, feels plain and ordinary, especially next to her flirty, drop-dead-gorgeous friend Bree. When Cal, a remarkably poised and handsome senior, transfers to their school, Morgan likes him almost immediately, an attraction she hides when Bree announces that she plans to win him for herself. Cal makes no secret of his belief in Wicca, inviting most of the junior and senior classes to join him in a Wiccan celebration. The rituals powerfully affect Morgan--could it be that she, like Cal, is a "blood witch" (a descendant of one of the seven great witch clans)? But how could she be a blood witch when everyone else in her family is so clearly not "magickal"? While Tiernan's ingredients are familiar, she stirs the cauldron with engaging, even cinematic, prose and sharply individuates her characters. She introduces the Wiccan material with some depth as well as with a skillful degree of ambiguity; readers will not know immediately whether or not the series embraces Wicca. Both books end on cliffhangers (Shadows, for example, closes as Cal kisses Morgan, in full view of Bree and the rest of their newly formed coven), fanning what will surely be an already keen desire to learn the whole story. Ages 12-up. (Jan.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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The search for identity is an issue all young adults seem to find themselves tangled in, and sixteen-year old Morgan Rowlands is no different. Young Morgan has noticed that she is not the prettiest girl, like her friend Bree, and she is definitely not among the smartest, like some of her other friends. In fact, Morgan is downright confused about where she belongs in her life, until she meets the one guy who ever really treated her like she mattered, Cal Blaire. The only problem is that Cal is involved in an ancient religion: Wicca. This revelation comes as exciting news to Morgan, until she finds herself in a Wiccan circle for the holiday of Mabon. It all seems like innocent fun until Morgan is swept off her feet by some uncontrollable power during the circle. All of a sudden, Morgan wonders, "Was this phenomena the result of the power of Wicca streaming inside her?" "And has Morgan finally found where she belongs, or will her families' Catholic background drive her away from this strange religion?" This novel is an intriguing read about a young, vulnerable teenager who finds herself drawn to a "strange phenomena," that raises more questions than it gives answers. 2001, Puffin Books, 192 pp.,
— Michael Cush
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142409862
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/22/2007
  • Series: Sweep Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 195,365
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Cate Tiernan lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted January 25, 2010

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    Thankfully I had rented this book from the library instead of buying it, because this was an awful book. It took a lot of effort to make it to page 10. The author's writing was so childish; I hated how the main character had to stop and describe what EVERYONE looked like and what they were wearing... come on now, is that really necessary? After I gave up reading it, I flipped ahead to around the middle of the book when I read this line "His house was awesome, huge and made of stone." I laughed hysterically for a half an hour, I was still laughing about that line days after reading it. That was the worst description of a house I have ever read; my eleven year old sister can write better than that. I don't mean to offend any of you that enjoyed this book, but I just can't understand why this is so well liked. I can't even attack the plot or characters because I didn't read very far into the story, but I did read enough of it to say that the author needs some lessons, because she can't write.

    10 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2008

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    WOW

    Book of Shadows opened me up to Wicca. This book changed me! Morgan is such a normal girl with normal issues, its refreshing to see something amazing happen to her. The Wiccan details are pretty accurate in this book which is nice, it gives it a positive view.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    :)

    Love, love, love! Read this book at 12 and at 22 am still in love with the series!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2009

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    Cate Tiernan's SWEEP Series

    I initially started looking for a book that my daughter could ready during the summer... that was a series. It turned out, that I started reading the book... and could barely put it down! I was more than surprised and was only disappointed because the story would not continue until I purchased the next book in the series (which was the next day). I really enjoy reading this series and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is a Twilight fan.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2009

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    Sweep #1: Book of Shadows by Cate Tiernan

    Cal Blaire is a gorgous senior who is new to Morgan Rowlands's school. Cal introduces Wicca to Morgan and her best friend, Bree, and other students. He asks them to join his coven and when they go to their first circle, things happen to Morgan that doesn't happen to anyone else. She see things and hear things in a different way. She finds that she can do powerful things. Magickal things.

    Both Morgan and Bree are not only interested in Wicca but they both seem to be falling for Cal. Will they let Cal tear them apart? Will they continue to practice Wicca? Will best friends become enemies?

    I first received this book from a past teacher and she gave it to me as a Christmas present. When I finished this book, I begged her to give me the rest of the series. Book of Shadows will leave you wanting more.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    Reviewed by Michaela Pallante aka "Mickey" for TeensReadToo.com

    Morgan Rowlands is a normal teenage girl. She gets good grades, hangs out with her friends, and goes to church with her family on Sundays. Nothing out of the ordinary ever happens to her... until she meets Cal Blaire. <BR/><BR/>Cal is the new cute senior who has just transferred to Widow's Vale High. His looks aren't the only thing that sets him apart from other boys. He's Wiccan, a different religion than Morgan and one that she has never come into contact with before. <BR/><BR/>Something about Cal and his religion interests Morgan and her best friends, Bree and Robbie. The more they hang out with Cal, the more they like him. While with Cal, Morgan learns something about herself that completely blows her mind -- and may change her life forever. <BR/><BR/>This book was fun to read. The story was great and you learn a thing or two about Wicca as you read it (it's not scary!). BOOK OF SHADOWS is the first of 14 books, plus a super edition novel, so this is only the start of Morgan and Cal's adventures.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

    My all time favorite!!!!!!!!!!

    After reading this book i went out and bought all of the other books! I have read and reread them over and over and they just never get old. You will not be dissapointed reading this i promise.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    One of the Best

    Ive read the whole series. My eyes were glued to it. This is a series worth reading and you should definetly try it. It is unique and i have never read anything like it. Enjoy!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Anonymous

    The whole Sweep series is amazing but this book is the best

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2011

    Really Good!

    I am a Christian and do not believe in Wicca or any kind of magic, but I do like to learn about it! I've read a lot of these books for fun, I actually found the books by accident! I was looking for a new series. When I first got it, I read the whole thing in one day and had to BEG my mom to take me to B & N to buy more! I highly recommend it, even if you don't believe in Wicca(like me) it gives you a lot of history on it and just because you read a book about Wicca doesn't make you Wiccan!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2011

    Listen

    For people who think the series is just ok (wich i get) just start reading a few mor there so many hdden secrets and thing that woul make you jaw drop. Spoiler.... you think cal is the shiz well just you wait there is somone your going to soon HATE!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2011

    Addictive

    I highly recommend this book it'll keep you up all night just so you can finish it. It's a great ballance of wicca, romance, and reality.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

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    I LOVED it!!!

    This book was amazing! The characters, the storyline, everything! I immediately fell in love with the main character, Morgan! I really want to read this whole series, and the author's writing had a nice flow to it, which made me want to read more. I highly recommend this book for any readers who love to read fantasy books, and books about witchcraft!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2010

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    Awesome Book!!!

    I thought this book was one of the best I have read regarding Wicca. It is short at just over 130 pages but well worth the read if you are interested at all in knowing more about Wicca with out study! I am Pagan and I love this series so far.... Happy Reading!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2010

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    Fantastic Series!

    I have been reading this series like no tomorrow. From the start of the first book I have been sucked in. The characters are all well developed and the books never drag.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2010

    Great Beginning to a Thrilling Series

    I loved this book. I am 14 and I think this book would be great for kids my age, older, and younger. Cate Tiernan is a magnificent writer who knows how to communicate thoughts, feelings, expressions, descriptions, etc. effectively to all ages. This book changed my whole perspective on the religion, Wicca. If you don't know what Wicca is, Tiernan explains it pretty well and helps you understand. Wiccans, or witches, are very close to nature and yes, they do cast spells and circles. They practice modern witchcraft. I never believed in witches or witchcraft but after reading these books, it became a lot more real to me because the time frame was set closer to our time and I could relate to the characters and the situations a lot easier. Tiernan mixes the main character, Morgan's, life with love, hate, jealousy, excitement, curiosity, discovery, pain, confusion, a new beginning, and a feel of belonging. Tiernan takes you on a ride and lets you feel the challenges and accomplishments that are ever-so-present in Morgan's life. I think the message in this book is to be open to change. Don't let change destroy you because you are narrow-minded and too comfortable where you are. Let change take its course and just ride the winds. Make the best out of bad situations and live life with a good attitude. I highly recommend this book to everyone! Especially if you want to learn a little more about the religion, Wicca. Or, even if you don't, it's still a great book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2010

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    A GREAT SERIES!!

    I just purchased the first book in this series a little over a week ago, and i immediately bought the rest after only the first few chapters. It is fast paced & draws you in so you can't wait to find out what will happen next. I read all 15 books in a week! The are pretty short (around 200pgs each) so they go fast. I recommend buying the whole series at once so you don't have to wait between books. I Loved it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

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    OMG I LOVE SWEEP!!!!!!!!!!!

    Me and all of my friend love the whole sweep series!! Twilight fans, darkest powers fans, if you read and supernatural books at all you must read sweep! After i was done with all 15 books i was sad that there wasn't anymore!! I highly recommend this book to everyone. I feel like i personally know Alyce, Morgan, Cal, Hunter, Bree, Sky, and Robbie! READ THIS BOOK NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2010

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    Definite Must Read and Re-read

    This book is a start to one of the best series ever published. Constant page turner. Dont let the number of books discourage you in any way. Yes there are 15 books to this series but it never feels that way. Actually these books keep you wanting more. All characters mentioned have an important part to megans story aswell as thier own. This series is defintely a must read for all ages. I have a few of my bosses and fellow employees reading this series and they cant seem to put any of the books down till they are done. Also i did tear up during a few of the books, I just wont tell you which ones. You'll have to read them to find out.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

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    speachless

    WOW after i just read the 1st chapter i couldnt stop.
    i am so speachless. this book is so great words can't explain,it is an awsome book to read and tell friend about it and much more.
    this book is a great book that also tells you about wicca too.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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