Saturday, August 8, 2015

Wicka by Christy Deveaux review

I received this item in exchange for an honest review. 

 Explore the adventures of a shy but gifted teen who travels to Europe, falls in love and discovers that she is a witch from an ancient family. As the Elders-the most powerful coven of witches in the world-begin to hunt her, she must learn to use the powers she possesses to protect herself and the people she loves the most.

It's not often I get stumped in writing a review probably because I am so opinionated. Today however...

At first I really enjoyed this book but towards the end I found the characters relationship grating on my nerves. It's too high school lovey dovey "oh the world will end if I don't have a life of my own." I feel this presents a bad example for young girls. While I more than anyone appreciate going out of your way to be with the person you love, I found the situation in this story absolutely grating on my nerves. The main character was expected to move hundreds of miles away from her family while the boyfriend never once seemed to consider moving to her home country or the two of them moving somewhere altogether more mutual. The entire choosing to attend a college based on the choice of her loved one's choice just really irked me. Not to mention, I would assume in order to be accepted into an English program at Oxford would require some degree of examples of writing which William would not be able to fake on his own. As the story progressed I grew to dislike William as a character because he seems weak yet over protective.

Now all of that aside, the author's writing style took some getting used to. Some of the writing is very short, blunt and to the point (think see spot run.) Once the author broke past this in the beginning the story felt more natural and the style was much improved. However, her transitions, I feel need a lot of work. Throughout the story you expect a chapter break where there is none. Additionally, there are some pretty obvious parallels with this both and Twilight, with a bit of a Harry Potter want to be feel. While sometimes that's a good thing, in this case it was not.

Despite all of this I did enjoy the story and I feel the author has some very interesting ideas to work with. Her writing, however, just needs a little polished. I am looking forward to reading more in this series even with the flaws mentioned.

For more information about this book, check out the author's Web site. This ebook is available from Amazon for $2.99 or free with Kindle Unlimited.

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