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5.26.2010

Majix: Notes from a Serious Teen Witch by Douglas Rees

Majix: Notes from a Serious Teen Witch (Harlequin Teen)Majix: Notes from a Serious Teen Witch by Douglas Rees
Releases July 1, 2010
Review copy provided by NetGalley.com

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PJVs QUICKIE POV: Delightfully entertaining young adult novel that tackles some touchy subjects, while still maintaining a light and creatively spun vibe.  Majix is perfect for young teens, trying to find themselves, in what can usually be a very tough universe. Witty, snarky and playfully touching, Majix: Notes from a Serious Teen Witch left me feeling a little bit better about the world and wanting to move to a town called Jurupa (which sounds like vomiting).

REVIEW: Susan Murphy, I'm very sorry, Kestrel Murphy has been unjustly targeted by the universe in an evil scheme to turn her into a bad witch. Her best friend moved away and now she is being forced to leave her home to move to a town called Jurupa with her crazy aunt she has never met. On the up side of it, it seems Aunt Ariel is a white witch.  Maybe Kestrel can learn a few things.

Before she can do any of that though, she has to deal with a little thing called high-school.  Kestrel makes herself stand out from the beginning when she refuses to wear the school uniform and instead sports her all-black look, claiming it is for religious necessity.  When the bigoted principal tries to put a stop to it, Aunt Ariel sweeps in and takes Kestrel's side.  This makes Kestrel an instant enemy and sets her apart from the rest of the student population.  Kestrel is the witch.

Kestrel soon becomes the target of the popular crowd and a few trouble makers.  This in turn throws Kestrel's already miserable life into chaos and she questions the Universe daily as to what she has done wrong. Can Kestrel survive what the Universe throws at her, or is she destined to become a Black Witch and force the Universe to do her bidding? Help might just come in unexpected places, that is if Kestrel opens herself up to it.

An excellent teen coming of age story, the novel carefully reveals that you can't always get what you want, you get what you need, adults aren't always right, people aren't always what they seem, and in the end things usually work out for the good, in a very carefully tailored and entertaining way.  I haven't read Douglas Rees before, but I think I just might have to find more by this author. Because I really doubted that I would enjoy this one, but in the end I think this might be diamond in my book pile.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Young teens, there is nothing for a parent to fear within these pages. The novel does talk a lot about witchcraft (go figure form the title right?), but why I'm warning is because it is not the Harry Potter variety, but actual practical witchcraft, and I know a few people might have problems with this brand of spiritualism, considering it is a more pagan belief system. I know I got in trouble a lot in high school for this (Catholic School).








What I want to read next from this author:
Vampire High


2 comments:

GMR said...

Oh so this is by the same author as VAMPIRE HIGH? I haven't read either (darn it) but I've heard of the VH before. Your review definitely has me intrigued....may just have to check this one out myself. Oh, and I liked how you summarized the messages sent at the end in a lovely run on sentence (LOL)...not spoilerish but to the point. Great job! Happy reading...

Diana Tixier Herald said...

Your review is dead on and a great review. I'm glad you are wanting to read VAMPIRE HIGH as it is truly delightful and a 5 star book. I'm not sure about the new cover as I liked the original cover a lot.

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