Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft by Jody Gehrman Review

Length: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Magic Genie Books (July 9, 2012)


Falling in love, baking a magical cake, fighting an evil necromancer--it's all in a day's work for Audrey Oliver, seventeen-year-old witch-in-training. When her mother goes missing and her mysterious "cousin" shows up out of the blue, Audrey knows something's gone horribly, dangerously wrong. Now it's up to her to get her own magical powers up to speed before everyone she loves is destroyed by the sorcerer intricately connected to her mother's secret past.
Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft is more than just a novel; it's a book of spells, a collection of easy recipes, a charming coming-of-age story, an enchanting romance, and an action-packed adventure. As Audrey overcomes her insecurities and learns to protect herself against the wicked black magic of her nemesis, she grows into a heroine we can root for--a witch who knows that true power comes from deep within.


I thought that this book was great! It was fun and exciting. The characters were well written and easy to like. I love Audrey. I really like Julian too. They are so cute together. I loved the part where Sadie erases a bit of Audrey's memory (I don't want to go into it too much so I don't give it anyway). Some bits of this book made me laugh out loud enough for my sister to come see what was so funny! Some parts make you laugh, some giggle, some aww (in sweetness), some made your heart race but all of them make you keep turning the pages one after another again and again. 
I got through it so fast that I hit the end and was like "wait, it's over?!". I can't wait to see what happens next!
It is a great read! Perfect for Halloween! 
One of my favorite lines is "Nothing. I just like saying your name sometimes."
I love that her sister is in a band and is so different from her (reminds me of mine. Not the band part but the different from me part.). 
4.3/5 Stars. 

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From the Author- I've always been fascinated by witchcraft. Even as a kid, I sensed a palpable power running through the natural world. Witches have an ability to interact with that power, which is pretty amazing. Living in Northern California, I've been lucky enough to meet people who practice witchcraft, so it isn't that foreign to me. In writing this book I wanted to explore what I knew about real witches but also create a world where their power could be even more mind-blowing. That's part of why I set it in my hometown, Healdsburg; I loved the idea of adding paranormal elements to a place I know and love so well. I hope you enjoy this spooky tale, and that you'll join Audrey on her future adventures.
Jody Gehrman is a pagan at heart. She is a native of Northern California, where real witches thrive, and she has had the pleasure of knowing a few. She is also the author of seven novels and numerous award-winning plays. Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft is her most recent Young Adult novel. Her other Young Adult novels include Babe in Boyland, Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty, and Triple Shot Bettys in Love, (Penguin's Dial Books). Babe in Boyland has recently been optioned by the Disney Channel and won the International Reading Association's Teen Choice Award. Her adult novels are Notes from the Backseat, Tart, and Summer in the Land of Skin (Red Dress Ink). Her plays have been produced in Ashland, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and L.A. She and her partner David Wolf won the New Generation Playwrights Award for their one-act, Jake Savage, Jungle P.I. She is a professor of English at Mendocino College, where she can be found grading papers when she's not experimenting with spells.

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