Spell Check

Spell Check

by Julie Wright


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It is a little known fact that witches are alive and well in Salem, Massachusetts. They call themselves cheerleaders.

Allyson Peterson believes that being hanged by the
Salem High Witches is the absolute worst thing that can happen. But when her powers, wrested from the trolls of ancient Sweden, manifest themselves, she realizes that a prank hanging by vindictive cheerleaders is the least of her worries.

Ally accidentally sends her parents to the jungle to fight anacondas, turns her brother into a mute, and curses the entire cheerleading team with an illness that has no cure, proving that her spells need a little checking. Her Swedish grandmother shows up to help her through the worst part of all-surviving the Troll Trials and saving the guy of her dreams from a vengeance that has festered through-out generations.

The power is in her, if she can just get the magic right.

"Spell Check is an impossible-to-put-down, topsy-turvy adventure with fun, romance, and fabulous characters."
--Heather B. Moore, USA Today bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941849002
Publisher: Heart Stone Press
Publication date: 06/10/2014
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

Julie Wright started her first book when she was fifteen. She's written Nineteen novels since then: including the Hazzardous Universe Series and the Newport Ladies Book Club series. She won the Whitney Award for best romance for the novel Cross My Heart and the Crown Heart and Swoony awards for The Fortune Cafe. She is represented by agent Sara Crowe with Harvey Klinger Inc. in New York.
She enjoys speaking to writing groups, youth groups, and schools.
She loves reading, eating, writing, hiking, and playing on the beach with her kids and husband. Julie's favorite thing to do is watch her husband make dinner.
Visit her at her website: www.juliewright.com

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Spell Check 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
WonderWmn More than 1 year ago
4.5/5 stars Honestly, this has to be the best coming of age witch book I've read in ages.  Perfect for the teen reader, it also draws in to the imagination of those older.  Who doesn't think it would be cool to find out that they are actually a witch?  Unfortunately for Ally, she didn't read the letter her grandmother had sent, so she haphazardly realized, after the fact, that she was casting spells on people.   A fun and easy read, this book flows pretty smoothly from start to finish.  There are a few small bumps in the road that makes the story a bit jumpy, but all in all, it takes you for a ride that you just don't want to end.  Witches and trolls have their places.  A "ghost" from the past is on the prowl to get to Ally.  You have your classic high school bully who gets a taste of her own medicine but than doesn't seem to know when enough is enough.  A love interest that may either grow into something more or run for the hills. The rules on what can and can't be influenced by magic are smart choices by the author.  It gives the magic depth, clarity and a control.  Too many times we read about witches and magic and there just doesn't seem to be a start and stopping point to them, which makes for a chaotic story line.  I don't know if the author will be writing more about Ally, her magic and her family but if she did, I will read it. Some of the book reminded me of the bumblings of Samantha in the series Bewitched and of the series,Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.  Both trying to do what is right but sometimes things getting in the way and setting off a chain of events that made you giggle but also warmed you at the same time.  This is a book that even though it's about witches and magic, will also warm you because of other messages that come through.
TaylorKnight More than 1 year ago
I was drawn to this book based completely on the cover and when I read the blurb, I got so excited when I seen  "ancient Sweden". I love Sweden and the idea of having some cool, old time magic was a really great idea to me. However, I didn't really get as hooked on this book as I thought I would.  The beginning was good. I liked how the chapters started with "Note to self". It added something original to an otherwise not so original plot.  I tend to roll my eyes at any YA book what has Salem and witches in the same sentence in it's synopsis. It's not original and extremely overused, in my opinion. I could go the rest of my life without reading another Salem/witch book. So that was a big down fall for me in Spell Check.  I was okay with the characters. I didn't hate them but I didn't gush over them. Ally was slow at times and that was a little annoying. I wanted to hit her over the head a few times.  One thing that I noticed and thought was kinda cool was how Spell Check it a really clean, fun book. You could give it to a 13 year old just getting into reading and it'd be fine.  Overall, Spell Check is okay for me. I might want to go back in a year or two and give it another try but as of the end of 2014, I wasn't really feeling it. But I think Spell Check is a great starter YA or if you're just looking for something short and easy to read, you might really like this book.
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
I've read a couple of this author's other books and really enjoyed them, so I was looking forward to seeing what I thought of Spell Check. I ended up liking the characters and the way the story involved Ally's family and her frustrations with being bullied, with her parents being separating, and crushing on the popular guy at school. It was cute and fun in places, while also having a feel of danger mystery. I really liked Ally, her family, her friend Kristin, and her crush Jake. My favorite parts were the beginning and the very sweet ending of the story. I do tend to have an issue with books when there is a character who will be coming into some powers of some sort and hasn't been told a thing or prepared and then when it happens, is pretty lost and left to fend for him/herself, which is pretty much what happens in this story. There was so little communication, especially where there should have been. I also wanted Ally to figure things out quicker. With what she was told, what she'd read, and what she'd seen it just seemed to take a while for things to click for her. I also missed the interaction between her and her friend Kristin in the second half of the book. It seemed like she was such a huge part of Ally's life and then she completely disappeared until the very end while Jake seemed to come to the forefront. Overall, this was just okay for me. I wanted a lot more from the story. I do plan on continuing to read this author's books. This one just didn't quite work for me. Content: Clean Source: From eBooksforReview, which did not affect my review in any way.
TrinityJo More than 1 year ago
This was a light, entertaining, fun read (and the novel is set around Halloween so was even more fun reading for me)! I enjoyed the characters (especially the grandmother) and there is even some little "lessons" that younger ones could take into account (i.e. be careful what you wish for). I also loved Ally's character and how, although she does make mistakes, she owns up to them (yay! Positive role model!!) The "love interest" is also not your typical jock/bad boy...but a lover of chess!! I know, kinda cool right? Appropriate for any age and would be completely comfortable with letting any of my kiddos (ages 6, 9, and 11) read this one. This is the first I've read by Julie Wright but will not be the last! Also, wouldn't mind another follow up book to see what's in store for Ally... :) I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Yanelis More than 1 year ago
Spell Check  Julie Wright I loved this story. I've read loads of different novels based on witches and witchcraft but this one felt fresh and original. Spell Check was a super fun read taking some old ideas. Awesome book! Great characters, great story line, great writing! Rating: 4.5 Stars - Highly Recommend
outofthebagscom More than 1 year ago
Spell Check starts off on the very first day that Allyson gets her powers which coincides with her 16th birthday.  Allyson is very likable in the way that she is a portrayed as a real person. She is just a good kid who gets picked on. You sympathize with her early on and it continues throughout the story.   She gets to do what every kid who has been bullied wants to do but never gets a chance to. The story's pacing was off for me.  Sometimes it was going really fast then came to a sudden stop.    Lot of information and storyline that could have been broadened and some parts could have been shortened up.   I could have seen this be made into two books. Giving us more detail and more story in the first one and then the second part be about the ritual and her becoming a witch.  I really wish that the ritual of her becoming a witch was broadened. I wanted to know more history of how they became to have powers. I felt kind of cheated and mad me want to know more. The bullied girl does come out on top and the story is more than a girl having powers. It is about friendship, being a good person and family.  It has so many good elements that it outweighs any negatives I had.  I enjoyed the story even if it was a little quick.  The little bit of romance is sweet and charming.  I would recommend this to anyone 12 and up. Lovers of the supernatural or YA books will enjoy this read.   The story really has great elements and  supernatural lovers will enjoy  how Ms. Wright brings to life her version of witches.  She gives us a story that empowers women and that is a totally different look than we normally see. 
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS Spell Check is full of drama, action, teenage drama, magic gone wild, humor and characters that you like. Also it is a clean read. it grabs your attention right off. It is almost Halloween and Ally has agreed to help the cheerleaders film a skit. She is going to be hanged as a witch. When Ally is hanging from a tree things go wrong fast. Ally starts wishing bad things to happen to them. It comes true. Ally has just turned 16. Her parents are divorced for two years now. They still fight when ever they get together. So when Ally realizes her wishes are coming true. She tries to wish her parents to stop fighting with each other and get back together. They then disappear. How many times do you say you wish something to happen when your mad or frustrated? Ally says it a lot but her wishes are coming true. She tells her brother she wished he would stop talking and he goes mute. She really did not want that to happen. Her grandmother from Sweden comes to help Ally to find her parents and undo the trouble she caused from her wishes. She also needs to be prepared to be tested by the Troll King on Halloween. Time is running out. I did not put the book down last night till I had finished the book. The suspense of what was happening to Ally and why was good. Ally's crush and first date was cute. The action when she ended up rescuing her parents from the Amazon was good and funny. It was fun to read. I would say that any age could enjoy this story. Probably start in middle school. I was given Spell Check to read by Author so I could honestly review it.
BonnieGetsASay More than 1 year ago
Julie's books have always been fun to read and this one is no exception! I was hooked from the beginning and couldn't put it down. The situations are hilarious and the magic incredible. I loved all the webs Ally weaves and how she figures out how to untangle herself and others. It is a delightful, funfilled read that anyone would love.