BOOK REVIEW: Seriously Wicked – by Tina Connolly

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Title: Seriously Wicked
Author: Tina Connolly
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Fiction
First published: May 5th 2015
Finished reading: August 7th 2015
Pages: 208
Rating 2

“When you’re enslaved to a wicked witch, you end up thinking fast to keep all the weird witchy things a secret. Not always good fast, but fast.”

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I decided to pick up Seriously Wicked mostly because I was in the mood for a light and easy read. The blurb sounded promising, but unfortunately it didn’t live up to expectations. I was expecting a witty fantasy read, but the characters were quite bland and almost cartoon-like. It was very hard to relate to them and I didn’t really care what was happening to them either… The plot was both uninspiring and not credible and I wasn’t a fan of the prose. I guess this novel by Tina Connolly was quite a quick read, but unfortunately that is about the only good thing I can say about it. A girl growing up with a witch and having to do as she pleases; it has a lot of potential, but I didn’t like the execution. Such a shame, because I was looking forward to this read!

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Camellia has been adopted when she was little and her mother wants her to grow up to be just like her. The problem: her mother is a terrible witch. Cam doesn’t want to be a witch, but she is forced to run errands for the witch anyway. She is used to her adopted mother trying to take over the world, but this time it’s about to get out of hand… The witch tries to summon a demon, and things start to go terribly wrong. The demon takes control over the new kid at school named Devon, who suddenly turns into an overconfident teenager. Will Cam be able to stop the demon and save Devon’s soul on time?

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When I first read the blurb, I thought Seriously Wicked sounded really promising. I ended up being mostly disappointed by it. It is quite a short read, but I didn’t enjoy the prose, plot OR characters and it took me longer than necessary to finish this novel. I think the main problem is that the plot and characters are not exactly credible and lacked dept. The prose was mostly mediocre as well, although the general story idea did show some potential… Still, I wouldn’t recommend reading this one.

WWW Wednesdays #52 – August 12th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below. This week I’m trying out a slightly different format! 😀

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I started Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas on a whim yesterday because I wasn’t happy with my other current reads. So far I’m definitely enjoying it better than the rest of the titles… It’s actually the second time I’ve started The Wrath And The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, and somehow I cannot seem to get a proper feel for the story. It’s not that I don’t like it, so maybe I’m just not in the mood for it right now. I’ve also started The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, a book I’ve been wanting to read for ages. I’m not sure what to think of the prose, but the plot is interesting so far. And as far as The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt goes… No progress at all this week. I really have to stop starting new books and read at least a few chapters! Currently I’ve only read about a third and I really want to finish it this month.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

recentreadsaugust12th2015 I managed to read no less than 6! books since my last WWW post. I guess the fact that it has been raining for about every day means I have been having a lot of free time to read…
I first finished Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, a ‘heavy’ read with a very original dialogue between the main character and the girl on the tapes.
I then couldn’t resist any longer and read Blood Of My Blood by Barry Lyga. It’s the third book of the Jasper Dent series and I absolutely loved it! So many plot twists, awesome characters and brilliant prose! Barry Lyga is definitely one of my new favorite authors.
I started Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly on a whim afterwards, looking for a light read. I was mostly disappointed by it; boring characters, mediocre prose and a not so credible plot.
Dash & Lily’s Book Of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan was a lot better, although I have a feeling I would have enjoyed it even better during the Holiday season. But since it was a book club read, I didn’t have much choice picking the date. 😉
I’ve also read The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Finally! I’ve had this one on my TBR for ages… I enjoyed this read, especially the prose, but not as much as some others might have.
The last book I’ve managed to finish this week is You Are My Sunshine by Roberta Kagan. I wanted a proper historical fiction read after being disappointed by Masquerade a while back, but I wasn’t a fan of this novel either. Bland characters, a weak plot and the prose was not so great either. Such a shame, because I normally love WWII historical fiction!

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I have Rarity From The Hollow, an ARC sent by the author Robert Eggleton, next on the list to read as soon as I finish my current reads. I also want to try and read The Death Cure by James Dashner so I can finish one more series (although I have a copy of The Kill Order as well)… And I’m looking forward to start The Martian by Andy Weir soon since I’ve heard great things about it. And I REALLY should read The Kings Of Cool by Don Winslow soon, because it was my TBR jar pick ages ago and I still haven’t picked it up…