Author: Jen McConnel
Title: Spell Book & Scandal
Published: October 31st 2017
Genre: paranormal, ya, magic
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Received from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for honest review
Shelby King is tired of living in her sister’s shadow. Just because Christina is the most powerful caster in school doesn’t mean Shelby’s any good at magic; she’s a scribe, like her mom, and everyone expects her to write spells for her sister, the way her mom always has for her dad. But Shelby’s spells fail spectacularly, and by the time she’s a sophomore, Christina won’t touch them with a ten-foot-pole; their parents aren’t much better. Shelby is fed up, and she decides to show the world she doesn’t care if she isn’t as good as her stuck-up sister, or as talented as their powerful parents. In fact, she decides it’s time to break all the rules, magical and otherwise, and she starts sneaking out to meet Jeremiah Smallwood, the second-best caster in school at illegal pop-up spell battles around town. She may not be able to scribe for him, but she doesn’t mind letting him think that she could; Shelby’s been half in love with Miah as long as she can remember, but he’s never paid attention to her until now, and she’s not going to risk her chances worrying about a pesky thing like the truth. But when Christina rats her out to their parents, Shelby can’t control her anger, and words come pouring out of her that she can’t take back even if she wanted to, threatening Christina’s future…and Shelby’s own chances with Jeremiah. It’ll take more magic than Shelby’s ever dreamed of to set things right, but no scribe has that much magic…right?
After reading first few chapters, I almost gave up on book. Last weak I was in worst slump ever and I really didn't want to read another book, that is the same... have the same old story line, with same old cliches, that you know how it will end from the first page. Well, I turns out, I couldn't be more wrong. Story pick up quickly and it get totally un-put-down-able. :)
Shelby is not living to her family expectation, her parents are really good casters (dad) and scribes (mom). Her whole family line is somewhat amazing, including her sister, that is the best caster at her high-school. She is scribe and all her spell fail. Even her own sister won't cast her spells anymore. She almost gave up on whole magic.
With new school year, things are changing. First Jeremiah, second best caster in school notices her and wants her to scribe for him and them some of her spell actually work. She sneaks out to illegal spell-ofs with Jeremiah and starts online business. Her family life doesn't improve, though. One night in anger, she says words that change everything. I love that twist so much. :)) It reminds me of one of my favourite movies. :)
The story is full of twists and unexpected turns. The magical system in the book is well developed and interesting. I enjoyed reading it so much. :)
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