Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Review: Seriously Wicked

Seriously WickedAuthor: Tina Connolly
Series: Standalone
Released: May 5th 2015
Publisher: Tor Teen
Length: 208 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: Amazon

The only thing worse than being a witch is living with one.
Camellia’s adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom’s a seriously wicked witch.
Cam’s used to stopping the witch’s crazy schemes for world domination. But when the witch summons a demon, he gets loose—and into Devon, the cute new boy at school.
Now Cam’s suddenly got bigger problems than passing Algebra. Her friends are getting zombiefied. Their dragon is tired of hiding in the RV garage. For being a shy boy-band boy, Devon is sure kissing a bunch of girls. And a phoenix hidden in the school is going to explode on the night of the Halloween Dance.
To stop the demon before he destroys Devon’s soul, Cam might have to try a spell of her own. But if she’s willing to work spells like the witch...will that mean she’s wicked too?

Although it falls somewhere between middle grade and young adult fiction, Seriously Wicked is a very entertaining book for readers of all ages. In it, author Tina Connolly – known first and foremost for her Ironskin trilogy – allowed her imagination and her considerable sense of humor to run wild. The end result is a book that, despite being somewhat naïve and predictable, makes us laugh at every turn.

Camellia is a very reluctant witch’s apprentice, a fifteen-year-old forced to serve the witch but determined to thwart as many of her evil plots as she can. All Camellia wants is a normal life and normal friends, an existence that doesn’t include snakeskins, dragon’s milk and spells. Cam longs for her real parents or at least someone to love and appreciate her when all she gets from the witch are reprimands and more wicked demands.

Like once I refused to hold the neighbor’s cat so she could permanently mute its meow, and she turned me into fifteen hundred worms and made me compost the garden.

Seriously Wicked is a lighthearted read, very predictable in its development but entertaining nevertheless. We follow Camellia as she tries to stop the witch’s plan to overtake the city, save the new boy from demon possession and still keep up appearances with her teachers and friends. Camellia is reluctant to trust anyone despite having a few amazing people around her, but overall, I loved her for staying true to herself despite the witch’s overpowering presence.

The only thing that really missed the mark for me was the romance. I had my eye on a different boy for Camellia, even though she herself never gave him a second’s thought. I wanted someone whose appeal came from more than just his good looks, someone who was there for her, dependable and true. As the new boy, Devon was a bit of a mystery even before the demon possession and I didn’t get a clear picture of him until the end.

Seriously Wicked is appropriate for both middle grade and young adult readers. Although fairly short, it packs a lot of fun.

A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.


  1. Yes I agree with you. I liked this one but it's for younge It was a nice ans sweet book.

  2. It looks cute :) But maybe too young for me

  3. This one is new to me to thanks for the review, i'll look out for it.

    Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex

  4. This sounds like it was fun but read maybe a lil too young, so I'll probably add it to the Xmas list for the girls!

  5. I have a feeling I'd have my eye on this other boy you mentioned as well Maja - dependable and true is attractive dammit! Still, this sounds like a cute enough read even if it reads a little younger than I would normally gravitate toward:) Lovely, lovely review!

  6. Sometimes, light, predictable and entertaining are exactly what I want out of a book. This sounds like it would be a fun book to read on a lazy weekend. I'm with Jenny and you. I'm pretty sure I'd be rooting for the other dependable guy you mentioned.
    Lovely review, Maja!

  7. This really was a cute read even if it was predictable and geared more towards a younger crowd.

  8. I've seen this around, but Idk... It seems like it wouldn't hold my attention. MG is a hit-or-miss field with me, and on this my instinct leans the wrong way... It does sound interesting though.

  9. Haven't heard of this one but it sounds adorable and I love the cover. Beautiful review as usual.

  10. Oh I have the perfect person in mind for this book. Exactly the right age... between MG and YA. :) I'm glad you enjoyed it, I think her mom would read it as well.

  11. I have a copy of this and even attended the authors event for it and got it signed but I still haven't read it! I really want to try to fit it in real soon!

  12. This one is new to me but I really like the cover and concept, I'm always on the lookout for a good novel about witches. I like how it is a lighthearted, humorous read that can appeal to multiple age groups. Nice review :)

  13. This cover gets me with those cute tights, lol. This sounds fun, one that I might have fun reading aloud with my youngest daughter. Reads like this are such a great escape for sometimes.
    Thanks for the lovely review, Maja :)


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