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?
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Tor Teen
Three stars: A quick, fun, cute and quirky, witchy read.
Camellia isn't your average teenager. Her life is far more complicated. She lives with her adoptive aunt, who just so happens to be a wicked witch. Cam spends her days running errands and doing chores for the witch, while balancing school. Cam is horrified that her aunt's latest diabolical scheme involves summoning a demon in order to help her take over the world. Cam is determined to stop her. Things get even more complicated when Cam meets a new boy, Devon, who makes her heart pitter pat, and then she fails her latest Algebra quiz, followed by tangling with the mean girl, Sparkle, who used to be her best friend. Then to top it all off, the demon takes over Devon's body, and it will devour his soul if she doesn't stop him. Can Cam, an ordinary human girl, outwit a demon and a witch?
What I Liked:
- Seriously Wicked is a light, quick read that is perfect for the older middle grade/ Young adult crowd. This is a fun story with a plucky and courageous teenage girl who is trying to outwit a wicked witch, who just so happens to be her guardian, while surviving high school and her first crush. At just over two hundred pages, this is a book that you can breeze right through and it is very age appropriate. If you have a young reader that loves a good witch read, hand them this one.
- The highlight of the story is Camellia. She is a plucky teen who has a heavy load, but not once does she complain or feel sorry for herself. She continues to pull herself up by her bootstraps to do what is necessary to get through her list of tasks. Whether it be trying to procure some goat's blood, stopping a wicked witch from summoning a demon and taking over the city, to passing Algebra. Cam is a delightful and resourceful young teen, whom I think younger readers will love. I also loved her best friend Jenea. Talk about a loyal friend.
- For those who love paranormal, this book is brimming with fun magical things. There are witches, a demon, a phoenix, pixies and a lovable dragon. I loved the magic and the creatures.
- The plot of the story is quick and simple as it follows Cam trying to outwit her wicked witch of an aunt and save the day. The story moves along quickly and it is never dull. This is a book you can pick up and finish in a couple of hours.
- The romance is cute and simple, perfect for the younger crowd. This is a simplistic romance, that starts out with an embarrassing meeting that turns into a crush. It is innocent and sweet and appropriate for younger readers.
- The ending is fast and fun with a couple of interesting twists, one that I didn't see coming. I liked the way everything settled out and I especially appreciated that there weren't any nagging questions or a cliffhanger. I am not sure if there will be additional books because everything ended neatly, but there is certainly room for a sequel.
And The Not So Much:
- I have mentioned that I think this is better suited for the younger reader, even though Cam is fifteen, the book is appropriate for a middle grade reader. If you are an older teen, this might be a bit too immature for you.
- I felt like the wicked witch character wasn't fully developed, especially after the reveal at the end. I wished that there was more depth to her character and that I had a better understanding of her motives and why she treated Cam the way she did. I had a hard time swallowing that she could treat her the way she did after the revelation.
- This one comes in at two hundred pages, and even though it is light and quick, I would have loved for more development. I thought it moved a bit too quickly, but then again, I am not the target audience, that is why this is perfect for younger readers.
Seriously Wicked is a cute, light, fluffy read perfect for the younger reader. I loved Cam, the plucky and determined heroine as well as all the magical creatures, especially the dragon. Even though the main character is fifteen, I feel this is a book that is best suited for those in the 10-14 age range. It is simple, sweet and fun.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.