Author: Cate Tiernan
Publisher: Puffin Books
Series: Wicca/Sweep #13
Type: Young Adult Paranormal
Alisa Soto grew up thinking that she was a normal girl and her biggest worry was
the impending marriage of her father and his young pregnant fiance. Then Alisa
discovered Wicca and with it a world of temptation, beauty and fear. With it,
Alisa discovered that she is incredibly unique - a talented half-witch, unheard
of even in the magickal world. Now Alisa is determined to seek out her mother's
family and learn more about her heritage.
This is the thirteenth book in
the Wicca series (which began with Book of Shadows) and is narrated by Alisa. The previous installment was jointly
narrated by Alisa and Morgan and it's great to have a book purely from Alisa's
perspective as she's a really great fascinating character. This is probably one
of my favourites of the series as I really like Alisa's voice.
setting of the book has also changed as Alisa goes to Gloucester, Massachusetts
in search of her mother's family. Turning up on her uncle's doorstep she is
thrown in at the deep end, and in doing so she soon discovers that her family
need her just as much as she needs them. Strange telekinectic incidents have
haunted the family for generations and Alisa may just hold the solution within
I really liked Alisa's family, especially her Uncle Sam and her
reunion with her family is particularly well written. Some family members are
thrilled by her presence, some take it in their stride and others are reluctant
to acknowledge her. It is also great to see how someone with a mundane childhood
reacts when introduced to a family immersed in magick. The other thing I loved
is that Alisa manages to use her experience to grow as a person, becoming more
focused and centered in herself and using it in a positive way.
romance angle is also a little different. Alisa finds herself irrevocably drawn
to Charlie Findgoll, a geeky witch who is open and friendly from the moment they
meet. But Charlie is Alisa's newfound cousin's boyfriend and so the attraction
becomes something they both resist from the beginning even as their friendship
All in all this was an awesome read and I'm looking forward to Full Circle.