Parties and Potions (Magic in Manhattan Series #4)

Parties and Potions (Magic in Manhattan Series #4)


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Parties and Potions (Magic in Manhattan Series #4) by Sarah Mlynowski, Ariadne Meyers

The fourth and final book in the Magic in Manhattan series, following the bewitchingly funny novels Bras & Broomsticks, Frogs & French Kisses and Spells & Sleeping Bags!

Perfect hair, cute clothes, healthy tans—life’s a breeze when you’re a witch! Even special witchcraft classes Rachel agrees to attend with Miri turn out to be fun. The sisters meet other teen witches just like them—who knew? Everyone’s preparing for a magical party called a Samsorta—a debutante ball for witches. And it wouldn’ t be a ball without warlocks. Cute ones. Like Adam, who wants to slow dance with Rachel, and ski with her in the Rockies—on a school night! Of course, Rachel is madly in love with her boyfriend, Raf. So why can’t she bring herself to tell Adam—funny, charming Adam—that Raf exists?

Rachel knows Raf likes her. Maybe even, gulp, loves her. But Raf doesn’t know her secret. Unlike Adam, Raf doesn’t know who she really is. And she can never tell him. Or can she?

"Just as funny and appealing as the first three. . . . Clever."  —Booklist

"Satisfying . . . a fun, light read." —Kirkus Reviews 

"Especially memorable for the very real depiction of sisters who love and support each other." —VOYA 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739379493
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2008
Series: Magic in Manhattan Series , #4
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

SARAH MLYNOWSKI is the author of the Magic in Manhattan and Whatever After series, as well as Don't Even Think About It, Gimme a Call, Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have), Milkrun, and more. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Sarah was born in Montreal but lives and writes in New York City.

You can visit her online at and follow @sarahmlynowski on Twitter and Instagram.

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Parties and Potions (Magic in Manhattan Series) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 114 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Rachel's ready to start off her sophomore year of high school with a bang! Now that she's gotten her powers, and learned to semi-control them, there's nothing holding her back from having the best year ever. Except there is one little hindrance - she has to keep her witch life and her "normal" life separated, and the task is proving to be a lot harder then she thought. First there is her Samsorta, which is pretty much a debutante ball for witches. Miri (her sister) and she have to take classes and learn that there are tons more teen witches out there. Rachel soon meets up with Adam, who is cute, funny, and a witch, but there's also Raf - adorable, sweet, and he doesn't know Rachel's secret. Then there is Wendalin - Miri's new witch friend who just started high school and doesn't understand why she can't let everyone know that she's a witch. Rachel kind of takes her under her wing and tries to change her into a more "normal" teenager. And finally she has to deal with the fact that her dad still doesn't know that she and Miri are witches, and she's terrified to tell him. Even though she's a witch and it takes nothing to hop on over to Paris or to change the color of her shirt, Rachel still has many issues that can't be solved with the snap of her fingers. This whole series is seriously cute! The books always pick up right where the last left off with nothing missing. That said, though, the story can definitely hold its own, and it would be just as enjoyable to read if no other book in the series had been read. Rachel kind of retells her past adventures throughout the story in a way that sparks your memory if it has been a while since you read the previous books, or will catch you up if you haven't read any of the others. One of the best parts of the book for me was the creativity of the plot. In all the types of realistic fantasy books I've read, I've never come across anything with a plot even remotely similar to this series. I feel that in PARTIES & POTIONS, Sarah Mlynowski's creativity is exemplified more then it ever has been before. Having a witch debutante ball and popping to Arizona to attend Samsorta classes at a witch community center! I felt like the book was something out of my wildest dreams! It was truly a blast to read this book. The characters were fairly well-developed. There were some times when I got frustrated because Rachel would act the same way in a multitude of different situations. When this happened the book dragged a little, but then it quickly picked up again and was great. I also enjoyed the author's writing style. She made it really easy to see through Rachel's eyes and I felt like I was walking down the hallway with her or zapping off to Paris and standing on top of the Eiffel tower. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and think it was a great addition to a fun series. It's a great story for all, that provides a great adventure and some fun magic. I absolutely can't wait for more from Sarah Mlynowski, and urge you all to pick up this book, or at least one of the books in the series!
Ekaterini Tsilou More than 1 year ago
I loved this book but i liked spells and sleeping bags even better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Parties and potions is and amazing book!
Mattie604 More than 1 year ago
Must read. Will change life.
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Stephanie031299 More than 1 year ago
You have to read this book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy reading this book. There's a lot of description and the author wrote the book really well. It's funny too, which will appeal to people who like comedy books. The author also did a great job of making it seem so realistic!
SpellxBound More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! Rachel strikes agian in Parties and potions. I just love the series. In this book Rachel and Miri get in-touch with the witch world. Ive read this book twice and im starting it agian! This is a great book for my age. Being in high-school i love it! Keep those books comeing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so wonderful and it is very accurate. I felt as if I could relate to the main character, Rachel, in this book. It relates to us teenage girls because it pretty much explains how our mood and bodies change throughout our life. Rachel meets this witch that goes to her school but Wendaline uses her powers way too much and they are not supposed to use them in school. Rachel and Miri have a Samsorta together because their mother wouldn't let them have them separate. Whenever they have their Samsorta, they have all of their family and friends with them. Their family is in full support of them and they don't care what other people say about their family. Rachel has a boyfriend, Raf, and they are so compassionate and nobody could break them up. Rachel did not want to tell Raf about her "witch secret" but she finally did and he loved her even more. They are such an excellent teenage couple and they are so loveable. When Rachel tells him, he is really shocked and she feels bad because they have been dating for awhile now and she feels bad because she has kept this secret from him for so long. Rachel and her sister, Miri, are taking these Samsorta classes and they are meeting so many new witch friends. Rachel met this really cute guy, Adam, and he thinks that she is available and so he tries to make a move on her. I absolutely loved this book!!! I would recommend this book to any teenager and they would absolutely love to read this book. This book is so interesting and once you start it, you won't want to put it down. I was so into this book that my mom yelled at me because it was all I could do to read this book any chance that I could.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i really liked the story. Amazing! and Mylnowski wrote an amazing teenage book that would make anyone laugh
mrdarcy3 More than 1 year ago
Rachel loves having the ability of preforming magic. When Miri meets a new friend on, they learn there are teen witches all over the country. Each year, the witching society hosts a magical coming out party which Miri can't wait to attend. Before they come out as witches and join the magical society, they will need to take magic lessons. They sign up for Saturday afternoons. At first, it's cool meeting new people, but then they want to hang out after lessons. Miri loves her new friends and she has her eye on one boy in particular. But she's so shy around him. Soon she's begging her sister to hang out with the other witches. With juggling her boyfriend, school, and her home life Rachel isn't sure that she has time for magical lessons let alone hanging out afterwards. But she can't say no to her sister. Soon she's learning more about magic, but she's also attending parties on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, lying to her boyfriend, and sneaking out of her Dad's house. Sooner or later, all this lying will have to stop. But are the sisters ready for their secret to be revealed?

I'm glad the sisters came back for another book. I do hope that this series continues: it's so magically fun and surprise. I'm always wondering what scrapes Rachel will get into next.
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moomoo120328 More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of Sarah Mylnowski's work and Parties & Potions was my favorite in the Magic in Manhattan series. Parties & Potions plot line was very well-planned and easy to follow. There was more romance and thrills in this book a than the others in the series. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys action, romance, thrills, comedy, and drama. This book had everything in the right amounts.
Sabrina22 More than 1 year ago
I read the excerpt of the first chapter online and it was amazing. I think the reason that I and many others like these books so much is that everyone wants to have magical powers. They would make life so much easier! If you have a project due tomorrow, just snap your fingers and it's done! Rachel is also very easy to relate to, with the same goals that I have, embarrasing moments and boyfriend troubles. I find these series intriging and can not wait to see what Rachel gets into next!
miridamermaid More than 1 year ago
I havent read this one yet but Im sure it will be great(although, when am I ever sure???). I have been waiting for this book to come out for a while but hopefully its been worrth it. To Sarah...well good job on the rest of youre series, both of them in fact i recomend. Please read for i hope/belive it'll be worth it. :)
Marissa More than 1 year ago
These books are amazing... im 14 and i still like them ALOT!
I cant wait til this one comes out...until then GO READ THE OTHER ONES =D
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend this seires to all teens! It is amazing and it deals with real life situations. This book will probably be as good as the rest of them were!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite book i read it like 2 times Good book or bad book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it i felt so into it!!!!!!!!!!
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Worst book ive ever read (and i like ever thing)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not yet read this book, and I was looking at reviews and you guys totally ruined it for me! If you are going to write a review, then don't spoil ANY shocking or the end of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite book in the series, but super cute! Rachel is so lucky. Samsortas sound like a lot of fun. It's also so sad that Rachel had to dump Raf just to avoid telling him her secret. I love the end, though.
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
This last book in the Magic in Manhattan series was so much fun, I hated to see it end. Rachel and Miri have alot of changes and experiences, but they never fail to stay connected. I thought Miri's romance with Corey was so sweet and perfect. To me, she embodied all the shyness and fluttery feelings you get with first love. Rachel and Raf go through some ups and downs, but they hold onto each other in a way that you know their love is true. I loved the settings this time, and you really felt as if things really could happen the way she describes it. I can only wish to zap myself somewhere in seconds like they can. Its sad to see this series close, and I really wish there was another book to let us see what the girls do with their powers after their sophomore year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow i just started reading this book today. I started reading at 5:53 and it is now 9:00 that is a total of threr hours and fortyseven min. Thats how the whole seris has been for me on school nights. I recomend to anyone over ten... awsome!!