The Teen Wytche Saga by Ariella Moon
Think magic will solve your problems?
Bring you love? Cure you? Protect you? Help you find someone who is lost?
Magic tests friendships. It hisses, chirps, stinks up the room, backfires, and explodes. Magic forces you to make tough decisions. Shatter limitations. Discover your true self. When you use magic, expect results in the ultimate triple-un—unpredictable, uncontrollable, and so undeniable.
And you thought navigating high school was tough.
Reading Ariella Moon’s Spell Check, the first in a series, really brought me back to the style of books that I enjoyed reading when I was a preteen just getting interested in books that featured the supernatural or paranormal. I couldn’t help but think of a favorite eighties movie, Teen Witch, as I was reading this one, too.
Although much of what happens in Spell Check is pretty innocent and fun, there are some darker undertones—particularly regarding the loss of Evie’s dad, the man who inspired her to take an interest in photography. My heart really ached for this girl, and I loved reading all of her remembrances of him and the special bond that they shared with one another.
Another fun aspect of this book is the beginnings of young love. Relationships are difficult enough as they are, but they are even more complicated when friends may possibly have the same feelings for the same boy. Evie’s and Parvani’s friendship is tested when Evie is asked to help with a love spell for Parvani for Jordan, a boy that Evie is falling for.
Perhaps my favorite character in this book was Salem, also known as Sarah. She seemed to have a lot more depth to her than the other characters. She is also something of a threat to the friendship between Evie and Parvani because she’s new in Evie’s life. I look forward to finding out more about her in future books.
The characters in this book are about fourteen years old, but to me they felt a little bit younger than that. I would definitely feel comfortable letting children around the ages of ten or eleven read the book. Subject matter also covers bullying, something that a lot of kids in this awkward age can relate to.
Overall, this was a really fun and cute book, and I look forward to reading the rest in the series.