Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft
by Jody Gehrman
Series: Audrey's Guides #1
Publisher: Magic Genie
Publication date: June 30, 2012
Purchase: Barnes and Noble/ Amazon
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 twenty-one-year-old witchy 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.
When I was approached for a review by the author of Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft
, the cover whore in me screamed, “Say
yes! Say yes!” The practical (weaker) side of me said, “Calm down, let me read
the synopsis! Stop jumping you're making the words all blurry!” I
distracted my inner cover whore by pointing out a shiny object and quickly read
the synopsis and you can guess what our answer was. Audrey’s
Guide to Witchcraft
has a gorgeous cover and inside there is a terrific spell-casting, character filled tale that kept me spellbound. Witches, necromancers, swoon worthy guys
and a chocolate cake with raspberries that should be illegal! This witchy tale
offered a great start to a new series.
The tale pulls you in from the start. We meet protagonist
Audrey and things are about to turn upside down in her fairly normal little
life. First, strange things happen at school that kind of freak her out, she
has some weird visions/daydreams and a nagging, persistent feeling that
something is wrong with her Mom. When she gets home she and her sister are
greeted by their supposed cousin, twenty-one year old Sadie. Sadie informs them
their mother has had to go home to deal with a family emergency. Audrey and Meg
have never met their mother’s side of the family and something just feels wrong. Stranger still weird things are happening to
Audrey. Mix in a cute boy who does things to her, the weird dude from her
dreams and her unusual cousin and you have the makings for a witchy tale. The
tale that unfolded kept me enchanted, as the tale slowly picked up speed and
things were revealed to us.
Audrey is a typical teenager, who is eager to take on the
world. She loves cooking and chemistry and I ended up liking this geeky, nerd girl.
Her sister Meg is one of those girls who seems to have it all, from the way she
walks to her ease at being center stage. Sadie was totally cool and just gave of
that whole 'hippy-vibe'. I found her to be funny, quirky and quick-witted. I so want to read more about her! Bridget is Audrey’s best friend, and I liked this nerd girl with her made up
vocabulary. I admired how loyal Audrey was to her, but also loved the growth we
saw in Bridget. Julian is yummy, and I
am very curious about him and the effects he has on Audrey. Overall the characters
were fairly fleshed out but still have the potential to be more as the series
progresses. The romance is sweet, funny,
smexy and served on the side is this tale.
adds her own delightful twists and colorful characters to a tried and true formula creating a fun, silly, captivating
read that kept me intrigued as the tale unfolded. The tale had dark and
suspenseful moments filled with evil, necromancers, zombie type creatures and witchy
goodness. Gehrman made baking sensual, even magical, and I liked this added
element. I want to test out that
chocolate cake recipe..Eep! Audrey’s powers, the coven’s rules, spells
mentioned and other witchy details were fascinating. The pacing was perfect and
slowly built to the intense climax. While the tale is far from over, she skillfully avoided the dreaded cliffhanger.
I recommend Audrey’s
Guide to Witchcraft to fans of anything witchy. This was a delightful start
to a promising series and I am looking forward to the next
cover book in the
This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for
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I gave this witchy tale 4 brewed cups of coffee out of 5
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