Book Review: Tina Connolly | Seriously Wicked
As always, any book that has witches and magic in it is always going to draw me in. 'Seriously Wicked' from Tina Connolly is a magical little book with a lovely little cover. I was sent this book from Tor Books (An imprint of Pan Macmillan) via NetGalley for an honest review.
I adore books with a magical story as many of you may know and this is the main reason why this book called to me. The blurb for the book states:
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?
The relationship between Camellia and her 'adoptive' mother has always been strained. From an early age she has always had this preconceived idea that this person she called 'mother' is inherently evil. There are endless tasks and items that Cam has to endure and undertake, with a sense of fear that if they are not done then she will be punished in a magically severe way.
One thing that Cam has that may seem to help numb the pain of her problems is the love interest in the form of Devon. How their relationship develops is well written, even when he gets taken over by a very devious and Elvis obsessed demon. Sounds random I know but makes for a new and funny take on the whole idea of 'possession'.
One thing I would have liked to see more of is the story behind the Dragon in the garage. I know we find out why she is there and what happens to her in the end but I am a sucker for dragons and would have liked to seen more of this in the book. I mean, who doesn't want to have their own dragon?
I definitely think there is room for a sequel to this story as the end is left with a few unanswered questions, such as how do things develop with Devon. How does Camellia's magical abilities develop, and how does her relationship with her mother change after everything that has happened, and everything that Cam discovers about her life.
I gave this book a 'Seriously Wicked' 7/10
I am also very interested in reading the 'Ironskin Trilogy' by Tina Connolly, another world of magic but this time with fey, curses and wars.
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