“Hadley Bishop is a witch. As a descendant of the first woman executed in the Salem witch trials, Hadley understands the consequences if her secret gets out. But witchcraft has come a long way since Salem, and as far Hadley is concerned the past is past. Beauty spells, designer outfits and being in with the popular social crowd is much more her thing! But when the adults from Hadley’s coven suddenly vanish, it seems that the past is catching up with the present. All the evidence points to an age-old rival coven as the culprits, and Hadley must lead the young witches of her coven in a fight to avenge their elders and rescue their missing parents. At the same time Hadley is distracted by the mysterious and gorgeous Asher, who seems to have plenty of secrets of his own, not to mention a bit of magic. But whose side is he on? With everything at stake, can Hadley trust her own magic – and her heart – to guide her coven to victory?”
I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to get around to reading this, but for some reason I only just got my hands on a copy of this book for my birthday a couple of weeks back.
This was the sort of book where it took me a while to get through the first half-dozen chapters, and then I seemed to rattle through the rest in no time at all.
I thought the book was paced really well; there was a lot packed in, but it didn’t feel overly rushed, or like any character development was sacrificed in favour of some action-packed scenes. It was also well written, and I loved the way the story unfolded.
As for the main character, Hadley: she was incredible. She was feisty, vulnerable, and though admittedly she wasn’t my favourite heroine, there’s no denying that she was a really strong character.
When Hadley’s coven is decimated, she has to take charge of the kids who have been left behind, helping them to train for an inevitable battle. I loved the way that even though Hadley has had to take on a huge responsibility, and she’s taking charge, her feelings haven’t been brushed under the carpet, and we get to see just how much everything is affecting her, and how difficult she’s finding everything. But at the same time, she’s not wallowing around in self-pity: she’s acting.
I liked the relationships that Hadley had with her parents, her friends, her fellow witches: and I liked how we got to see the individual personalities in the secondary characters. They were really well developed too.
Oh, and then there’s Asher. The mysterious guy who moves onto Hadley’s street and then keeps showing up everywhere she goes. The chemistry between them was ELECTRIC. I absolutely adored how their relationship went – the tension and the twists thrown their way were epic and kept me totally hooked.
I’m really looking forward to reading the sequel, What the Spell – and would definitely recommend this one if you’re a fan of fantasy YA!