Review: “Spelled” by Kate St. Clair

“Spelled (Amethyst #1)” by Kate St. Clair

Available from: Amazon
Released on: 1 April 2014

Description: Misfortune seems to follow the Sayers family. Georgia has tried to reestablish normality since her mother died, and she’s no closer to escaping her strange past when a mysterious fire destroys the only other high school in her tiny Texas town. Georgia is thrown into the company of Luke, a cryptic senior who brings her face to face with the truth about her heritage. Her loving, perfect mother created her family for the singular purpose of birthing five of the most powerful witches in the world, capable of terrifying magic. Now that she knows the truth, can Georgia keep her siblings safe? Who is behind the dark cult that’s after her family? And does Luke know more about her powers than even Georgia does?

Review: This was a fun, fast read of a paranormal novella.

Our narrator, Georgia, is very engaging. I liked her. And anyone who reads my reviews knows that for me to say I liked a teenage female narrator in a Young Adult story? That’s saying something, because it’s pretty rare. But she’s not whiney or obnoxious–at least not without understandable reason. She’s just a girl trying to survive high school and be there for her siblings, despite all the insanity around her. Luke and Georgia’s siblings are also endearing.

The beginning grabs you immediately and our author’s style is very readable. I will admit that for the length of the story, it can be a little confusing to catch up with events and names in the beginning, and then with some events at the end, but generally speaking, St. Clair does well to help you along so you can read without getting too bogged down.

It was fast-paced, flowed well, and at the beginning you think you know where it’s headed but then there’s a twist I didn’t anticipate. And I liked that, too.

If I had any complaints, it would be that it would have been better if it had been longer. But it still worked and it’s the first in its series, so I’m looking forward to more to come. I can’t quite rave to a 5, but this was a very enjoyable solid 4 Fireballs.

4 Fireballs

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