The Book of Spells (Private Series)

The Book of Spells (Private Series)

by Kate Brian
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The Book of Spells (Private Series) by Kate Brian

The year is 1915 when sixteen-year-old Eliza Williams arrives at the Billings School for Girls in Easton, Connecticut. Her parents expect her to learn the qualites of a graceful, dutiful wife. But Eliza and her housemates have a dangerous secret: They're witches. After finding a dusty, leather bound spell book, the Billings Girls form a secret coven. Bonded in sisterhood, they cast spells—cursing their headmistress with laryngitis, brewing potions to bolster their courage before dances, and conjuring beautiful dresses out of old rags. The girls taste freedom and power for the first time, but what starts out as innocent fun turns sinister when one of the spells has an unexpected-and deadly-consequence. Magic could bring Eliza everything she's ever wanted...but it could also destroy everything she holds dear.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442412361
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 12/21/2010
Series: Kate Brian's Private Series
Pages: 303
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Kate Brian is the author of the NY Times and USA Today best-selling Private series and it's spin-off series, Privilege. She has also written many other books for teens including Sweet 16 and Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys.

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The Book of Spells (Private Series) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 112 reviews.
Mattie604 More than 1 year ago
I am not the kind of girl who reads historical fiction novels, nor am I particularly interested in fantasy. However, despite its language, explicit behavior, and other things parents might not find suitable for lower teenagers like me, the Private- and Privilege- series have caught my eye and sealed it shut. I didn't think I'd like the Book of Spells---isn't that always the case---- but I have to admit a little pinch of history here and there added a hint of charm to the novel. As stated a million times, it's about a few girls who start a coven after discovering a spellbook in the chapel basement of their elite boarding school. Yada, yada. Add a bratty and spoiled girl who turns out to be hurt deep inside and a typical love triangle; you've got the plotline of an average book. But Kate Brian takes it to whole new level---- readers will have no clue what attracts them, but sure they'll be buzzing around the bookshelf like flies! I wish there were other books out there like this one. you must read it!!!
AAnn More than 1 year ago
This book was SO GOOD! I would read it again! I have been reading the Private series since 6th grade that was 3 years ago and I still LOVE them! The characters reminded me of Noelle and Reed because Theresa was like Noelle. Controlled everything and always had to have her way. Catherine was like Reed because there outgoing and doesn't really listen to anything. Some events were sad like... Someone died and i really liked that character. Another thing is that I wish Harrison and Catherine got together. They seemed sooooo CUTE! But oh well. There's plenty of that in the next book. I hope! All together this was My 2nd favorite in the Private Series. If you haven't read them yet... YOU HAVE TOO! There so good!
catloverAS More than 1 year ago
An amazing book!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading it and its amazing
Unwasted_Words More than 1 year ago
Set in the early 20th century Book of Spells introduces Eliza Williams a modern thinking teen ahead of her time. She has more of a romantic view on education and what unladylike books she can read then the silly notion of finding a husband. As she enters the Billings School Eliza is excited for the freedom to learn whatever she wants without thought to decorum only to learn Billings is more of a finishing school for proper ladies than the cultivating institute of academic knowledge she craves. Still Eliza is determined not to have her spirit crushed like her sister, but nothings going according plan, plus there's a boy who she can't stop thinking about. Unfortunately he's taken. Soon Eliza and her new friends stumble upon a magical treasure. Everything seems fine and balanced for a while, but tragedy strikes and Eliza and her coven will cross a line that will have repercussions for generations. I haven't read any of Brian's novels and thought this would be a great start, but Book of Spells is filled with typical characters and story lines. Eliza is the bright eyed forward thinking rebel, whose refreshing outspoken views on politics and literature charms the male lead. Theresa is the rich spoiled bad girl starving for attention competing for alpha status over Eliza, but who really just wants to be loved. And Catherine is the mediator and constant, she's the pure and good one who acts as a bridge not just for the characters but for the story. All these players are cookie cutter characters, we see repeated over and over again. Eliza has that Jo quality, but falls for a guy and goes back and forth on whether or not to be with him. She feels like she's becoming exactly what she was avoiding, the proper starter wife, instead of seeing that her beau likes who she is. She can have love and keep herself. Win Win. Not that it matters. All the characters become annoying and unlikable after a while, either for their personalities, predictability, or horrid choices. The storyline and love triangle aren't much better. You know when she meets the boy there's going to be a hitch and exactly who that person is. Or that no matter what they do with magic that it's going to have a price. I thought it would be OK, but then the ending was also unsatisfying. Unfortunately all these scenes reminded me of better books and similar characters and after all the predictability there's no real resolve at the end. No feel good conclusion. No payoff. And no indication of a sequel to answer any lingering questions.
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
Leave it to Kate Brian to take the world of Billings and rewind it back to the early 1900's, and still leave you with a racing heartbeat! This prequel looks back to when Billings School for Girls was known for turning out refined ladies who were the catch to have in the 1900's. Eliza Williams is going there in the footsteps of her older sister May, who is already engaged and supposedly the model student. Eliza wants adventure and intrigue, but all she will get at school is lessons on how to serve tea and sit properly. But all that changes when the girls run across the hidden room at the chapel on campus and The Book Of Spells hidden in a trunk. Suddenly Eliza, her best friend Catherine, Theresa and the other girls who form the coven, are in way over their heads. Unfortunately Catherine perishes during this book, but I see so many character parallels that you can almost think of what might happen if it was the up to date characters of the Private series. Theresa is the leader of the group, very much like Noelle, and Eliza and Reed are very similar too. This is good reading for anyone who is into the Private series, but other than good background material, there is not anything new, but I bet there will be alot of flashbacks in the new book out next month. Still, its good for a fast read. Unlike the modern day Private, the language is more Victorian and genteel. Its a different style, but I liked it for a short change.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maybe but you need therapy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok
Zeets More than 1 year ago
Awful, This series had nothing to do with anything paranormal which was great and actually refreshing. How can you take a normal series that was enjoyable and mysterious to this. Once this book hit the stores I got it and it changed my perspective on the whole series in general. I feel as though the author just decided to throw this in the mix, because she didn't know what else to write about. Or maybe felt that competition with all the paranormal books was overwhelming. Nonetheless, I was a sad girl when I read this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i first started reading this book i was like the book is okay. Then when i was reading more and more of the book i couldnt put the book down. Every little chance i got i was reading this book. Then when i finished the book, i was yelling out SEQUEL SEQUEL I NEED THE SEQUEL NOW. Thats how much i love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At lola result one
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In this book everything about a witch is true :the book, the spells, the girls themselves, and the rituals. I seriously couldn't put this book down when I started it. My sister was actually the one to pick it out and I really didn't think I'd like it but it turns out that I loves it. I have a whole buncha never forgotten books in the back of my mind and this is one of few. Everything about it is amazing! Take my word for it , it's a book for teens and young adults.
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Im about to cry right now because i love the private serious since i was eleven. This prequel was wonderful. It was soo beautiful how the legacys acted in 1915 the love , friendship , & tragedies. Theresa, Helen and Eliza were really bold towards the end. I LOVE This Boook Sooo Much And I Wish It Was A Sequel But Of Course Thats Not The Point But I Wish The Real Cathrine Hadnt Been Killed :( #Enjoy
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I need to know if this book is good. Ive read most of the private books. Should i read this???,
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Entertaing read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will keep u reading. You wouldn't want to put it down. It made me wish that i could travel into the book and be a witch with the other Billings girls, a great read 8 )
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i loved this book!!!! it was sooooo good!
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