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Dark Spell based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This book is categorized as young adult, but it is better suited for middle grade and lower YA readers. It has nice pacing and a lot of exciting magic happening. It involves ghosts and ancient legends, but it is not overly frightening. The content is clean and free of innuendo, language, and violence. There is some action and suspense, but it's appropriate for children ages 10 and up. Callie is a sweet yet headstrong character that is trying to figure out who she is and why she doesn't fit in with other kids her age. Her long distance friend, Josh, comes to visit for a couple of weeks during the summer and quickly gets wrapped up in Callie's witchy problems. I really like their friendship and I am glad it didn't turn romantic. It is refreshing to read about a boy and a girl that are good friends without any sort of tension. I have a few complaints with the book. The first is that some of the situations and the characters' reactions didn't feel realistic. The second is that much of the story was very formulaic and predictable. Lastly, I didn't see the point of including the characters of Evie and her posse at the beginning. They were irrelevant to the plot and felt out of place once I got further into the book. On a different but not unrelated note, I absolutely love this cover! It's gorgeous. I love the colors and the texture. The cover is what made me pick up the book. Love it.
Feeling strange and not fitting in always seemed to be an issue for Callie Hall but suddenly even stranger abilities start manifesting. It seems with extreme emotions Callie thinks she is making things happen. When her grandmother and another older woman, in her small Scotland home town, tell her she's a witch its the last thing she wants to hear. Callie and her friend Josh take a trip to an ancient castle and somehow awaken a dark spirit, a spirit bent on evil. Now Callie not only has to learn to control her power but she must do it in time to send the dark spirit back where it belongs. This was a clean, young tween friendly story. The characters relationship is purely platonic and supportive of each other. Plot wise, I found the story intriguing and slightly suspenseful but not in a horror sort of way. Ultimately, Dark Spell is a story about a young girl coming to terms with her new abilities, abilities that make her unique and different from those around her...Making Dark Spell a coming of age story with a paranormal/witchy twist. This ARC copy of Dark Spell was given to me by Floris Books - Myrick Marketing & Media, LLC in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication on August 1, 2013. Written by: Gill Arbuthnot Paperback: 224 pages Publisher: Floris Books Publication Date: July 1, 2013 ISBN-10: 0863159567 ISBN-13: 978-0863159565 Rating: 3 Genre: Paranormal Age Recommendation: 10+