The hilarious new YA from acclaimed author Tina Connolly.
Camellia's adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom's a seriously wicked witch.
Savvy Cam has tons of practice thwarting the witch's crazy schemes. But when the witch summons a demon to control the city, he gets looseand into the cute new boy in Tenth Grade. Now Cam's determined to stop the demon before he destroys the new boy's soul. Which means she might have to try a spell of her own. But if she's willing to work spells like the witch. . .will it mean she's wicked too? With the demon squashing pixies, girls becoming zombies, and the school one spell away from exploding in phoenix flame, Cam has to realize that wicked doesn't lie in your abilities, but in your choices.
|Publisher:||Tom Doherty Associates|
|Series:||Seriously Wicked Series , #1|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Lexile:||HL720L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
About the Author
TINA CONNOLLY lives with her family in Portland, Oregon, in a house that came with a dragon in the basement and blackberry vines in the attic. Her stories have appeared all over, including in Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. She is a frequent reader for Podcastle, and narrates the Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake. In the summer she works as a face painter, which means a glitter-filled house is an occupational hazard.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is just plain cute. It’s one of those books that’s perfect for the younger YA set (I don’t think there are enough of those) but has enough appeal for older YA readers as well. The magic in this book is pure fun—it never takes itself too seriously—and it makes me glad I don’t have to go grocery shopping for potion supplies. If you’re looking for a lighter YA read with a paranormal twist, this is a great series for you! ***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via BEA16 in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly is such a fun and original take on magic and witches in the modern world – I loved this from start to finish! I can’t wait to read the next book, it’s a very entertaining and well-written series. I loved Cam and immediately connected with her. Her sense of humour was perfect for this story and this book was so well-written! On the surface, there’s lots of humour and fun but at the same time, there’s some serious character development. I loved that the author was able to weave those two things together. The serious side of this book I wasn’t expecting (a pleasant surprise) and it’s one of the main reasons I’m continuing onto the next book. I was also happy with the fact that no romance occurred between Cam and the demon living inside Devon’s body, which was something I half expected and was worried about. Considering the demon is trying to destroy Devon’s soul (so as to remain on earth permanently) it’d be a bit problematic. There was romance between Cam and Devon which I found super cute and awkward (first loves/crushes) – and I loved every moment of it. I think teens who were adopted or are really conflicted/unsure about their place in their family will find solace in this book. Cam was adopted and ends up confronting her adopted mother, the “Wicked Witch”. Their relationship has so many cracks, especially when it concerns Cam’s adoption. Seriously Wicked is told in Cam’s POV and it ends up being a case of an unreliable narrator because even though Cam wholeheartedly believes she was adopted, the Wicked Witch says the opposite. This was one of the more serious aspects of the book and a very important thing for Cam and her mother to overcome. This is great for contemporary readers who want a bit of magic in their lives and fantasy readers who are in the mood for something light and funny. I recommend this series for those wanting humour, heart and a diverse cast of characters.
I ran across Seriously Wicked on the e-library site for my local Army library and fell in love with the cover. But they didn't own the book. I recommended it, and the next in the series, for purchase and, much to my delight, the library purchased both of them. It is a quirky, quirky novel, which is something I appreciated! Camellia Hendrix is not your normal 15 year old high school girl. Instead, she is the apprentice/slave to Sarmine, whom she refers to only as "the witch." How she came to be under the control of Sarmine is sketchy at best and doesn't help the already rocky relationship between the two. To say that the witch is not maternal would be a vast understatement. Her idea of punishment is to turn Cam's hand into noodles, wrap her in vines, turn into a statue, and much worse. Clearly a case for child protective services, but the witch insists the punishments teach lessons and are character-building. Cam's best friend is quirky in her own way, smart and accepting of Cam's secrets. And then there is Devon, whose character went through all kinds of mayhem. The characters, even if you hated them, were interesting and well-developed. Because the novel was fairly short, each one of the characters played a significant role in the story. Kelvin, Jenah, even her teacher... each one of them was significant to the plot. Cam's character was fantastic, a strong female personality without any of the emo-angst I hate. Instead, she met diversity with a smile and a quip. She adapted to her circumstances and found a way to make the best of it. I loved the fact that no matter how much she was oppressed, and she was, she still made it her mission to protect others. And there were plenty of unexpected moments along the way. Overall: The book is marketed as a YA novel, but although I enjoyed it, I felt like the tone of it was a probably bit younger than that. Seriously Wicked is fun, light-hearted, and quirky read full of witches and magic.
Camellia lives with a witch. Sarmine Scarabouche is not a particularly nice witch, evidenced by the fact that she tricked Camellia's parents into giving her up when she was very little. Now Sarmine wants Camellia to learn magic and become as evil as she is, but Cam just wants to be a normal teenager. Then something horrible happens when Sarmine summons a demon, and Camellia will have to use everything she's learned, about people, about magic, and most importantly about herself, to stop her world from crashing down around her. Seriously Wicked is a brilliantly woven story. Every twist caught me by surprise, and Cam is a fantastically complex character. I love fantasy writing, and I'm always interested to see how authors bring magic into present day modern world scenarios without the use of time travelling or immortality themes. In this case Connolly was able to incorporate beings such as dragons, demons, and phoenixes as well as witches into a modern world without attracting overly much attention, despite the odd ingredients needed for spells and so on. The characters are all very real, and despite the magic and mishaps there is an underlying theme of normality that Cam is craving, and that Sarmine doesn't know how to give to her. The whole dynamic between those two characters is so interesting that I could easily write a research paper on it. The story is funny and captivating, and I couldn't put it down. I hope Connolly eventually writes a sequel, but even if she doesn't, this is a book I will probably read at least a few more times. Vinca Books Rating: 5 Stars
MY THOUGHTS Cam has been raised by a witch. No, seriously. The witch is constantly trying to get Cam to learn spells, giving her odd punishments (turning her into words, lose feeling in limbs, the usual), and odd errands. The problem is that Cam doesn't like the witch and Cam isn't a witch. When the witch summons a demon and that demon just so happens to posses a cute boy at Cam's school, things get even more complicated. Now, Cam not only has to stop the demon, but figure out how to stop a phoenix from incinerating her school. And she might have to be a witch in order to do it. I picked up this book solely because of the cover. Being a lover of rainbows and striped tights, I was immediately curious about this book featuring a girl wearing those fabulous tights (though, Cam doesn't wear striped tights, so I'm a bit confused). And after reading the synopsis, I was definitely intrigued. I admit that this book was not exactly what I expected, though I didn't have incredibly high expectations. This book is very short, less than 200 pages, so I quickly breezed through it! This book was a very fun read, as well. This book is just so ridiculous and cheesy (purposely cheesy) that you can't help but find the book to be fun. Yeah, the plot seems somewhat dark based on the synopsis, but the writing and characters make the book so much lighter. The characters in this book were an interesting bunch. I would like to mention that Ca, our MC, is 15, which is on the younger side of YA. While a book can be YA at that age, adding in the ridiculous and light plot just give off a middle grade feeling. Though, I did like Cam and she came off as a real teenager. I did have problems with how she called the witch, well, a witch all the time, even though she was apparently family. Although, the witches parenting techniques were a bit harsh. As for romance, there was a bit of a love interest. Due to the lightness of the book, there wasn't a whole lot of romance. Not that I' complaining! IN CONCLUSION I thought this was a really quick and fun read, but it wasn't really anything more than that! Sure, it was enjoyable, but I didn't love it and I can't really say that I will remember this book months from ow. If you would like to read a fun and light paranormal or you just need a quick read, pick it up!
This is my favorite book now.