Thursday, July 11, 2013

REVIEW: What the Spell by Brittany Geragotelis

What the Spell
Brooklyn is nearly sixteen-years-old and feels like she's invisible. She desperately wants to be pretty and popular, and to be adored by a cute guy. Luckily for her, she's a witch about to come of age ~ so she's only a few spells away from making it all happen. On her milestone birthday, Brooklyn's conservative parents finally unbind her powers, and this newfound freedom leads to a spell-assisted dream makeover. Her crush, Asher, finally notices her, and so does the Queen Bee of the popular, cool clique. Even better, Brooklyn discovers her true power: the ability to magically match couples with a love spell.

But Brooklyn's quest for popularity is not without its price, and as the clique escalates their initiation tests, the more she relies on her powers to complete the tasks. Can Brooklyn keep her magic hidden from their scrutiny? Like her Salem ancestors, if caught, she could be vilified. But worst of all, Brooklyn runs the risk of losing what she really cares about ~ Asher ~ unless she can work a little magic of her own.

Brooklyn is invisible. Not literally, but to her it seems that the only people that know of her existence are her parents and her school counselor. But ,of course, Brooklyn isn't completely normal. She comes from a family of witches. While most witches start learning spells when they start to walk, Brooklyn's parents have not bounded her powers and won't let her use them until her sixteenth birthday.
When she gets her powers, the first thing she does is get a magical makeover.
Brooklyn doesn't want to be invisible anymore.

This book was not what I expected...
I was fully prepared to dive into a book full of magic and witches!
But what I get is high-school drama...

I admit it, the main reason why I had trouble with this book is because I didn't understand Brooklyn's obsession with popularity.
I understand that she was feeling invisible, but that's no excuse because I'm also invisible at my high-school! I also understand that there are people out there like Brooklyn, that feel like they won't amount to anything in life if they weren't popular.
But I really didn't understand why she wanted to be part of The Elite (the popular kids) so badly. The magical makeover changed her appearance so much, that hardly anyone recognized her! But she's been going to the same school for three years and The Elite suddenly wants her because she's now hot! How was she okay with hanging out with people that only wanted her because of how she looked when that's not really what she looked like? Let's not forget to mention how badly The Elite treated her.
Throughout the whole book I just knew that Brooklyn was going to fall down hard

I got the feeling that this book had a life lesson. Popularity isn't everything, know her your true friends are...
And while I don't necessarily like the story, I respect the fact that it was teaching something. And honestly, things had to play out the way they did or else there wouldn't be a lessen to learn.

If it's not obvious by what I wrote above, I'm not a fan of popularity and have never understood it. This made be much disappointed in this book since that's where the majority of the book lies. I honestly thought that this would be more of a magic/witch book. 

If you are looking for a magical read: Turn around and pick up a different book.

If you like High-school drama and popularity stories: You can give this book a try.

I hereby give this book...
1.5 Wheels
Meaning: I am very close to disliking this book...

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