Title: Seriously Wicked
Author: Tina Connolly
Publication: May 5th 2015 by Tor Teen
Genre: Young Adult ~ Paranormal
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Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
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?
Seriously Wicked was a light, and quirky young adult book. It wasn’t quite five star material but I also can’t say anything bad about it because I really enjoyed it a lot.
Although initially the main character Camellia “Cam” is not a witch (or so she thinks), this book reminded me about how much I love reading about witches. And the fact that is was written in such a fun way made it all the more appealing to me.
I really liked Cam. Unlike most YA female characters I have read about, she wasn’t whiny and irritating. I was impressed by how she juggled her normal world – school and friends but also the world in which she lived with who she calls “the witch”. Being a teenager is hard enough without having to do all those things.
There was a little bit of romance in it but I felt it was more on the side and it was very sweet. I really liked the love interest, Devon. Something that happened to him sure made things interesting. Another character I liked was Cam’s best friend Jenah. She was definitely fun to read about.
Other than that this book had some other magical creatures. We’re talking about demons, dragons, phoenix and even pixies! I loved that!
So what can I say more than I loved this book? I really enjoy reading fun, quick books like Seriously Wicked and I’m sure it will really speak to the young adult crowd. It was a joy to read and it made me laugh quite a lot. Highly recommended!
Tina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor Books, and the Seriously Wicked series, from Tor Teen. Ironskin, her first fantasy novel, was a Nebula finalist. Her stories have appeared in Women Destroy SF, Lightspeed, Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and many more. Her narrations have appeared in audiobooks and podcasts including Podcastle, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, John Joseph Adams’ The End is Nigh series, and more. She runs the Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake.
She is originally from Lawrence, Kansas, but she now lives with her family in Portland, Oregon, where it is nice and green and wet. Photo credit Caroline M. Yoachim.