Penelope King is a native Californian who has recently relocated to South Carolina. She says "y'all" more often than she'd like, eats more fried food than is probably healthy, and still hasn't gotten used to the scary thunderstorms that seem to appear from out of nowhere.
She stays up way too late and does the bulk of her writing in the witching hours. She rarely misses a sunrise, and needs to include a special "thank you" in her book credits to Starbucks caramel frappuccinos.
When she's not writing, she's reading any and all YA out there, swimming, kayaking at the river, doing Zumba and kickboxing, or watching a trashy reality show. She can BBQ better than most men, and if she had to marry a food it would probably be pizza, but she'd cheat on it with sushi.
on Aug. 29, 2013 :
Evaluation of Witchy, Witchy by Penelope King, Book 1 of 3.
An excellent read! I wanted to rush out and get the next book; but sticker shock! Even bigger sticker shock when I checked out the combined 3 volume edition.
Alas, the first book was so good that I will have to break down and purchase the combined volume.
Short synopsis: poor girl and father are lured to CA with a job by an unknown woman.
The woman turns out to be Calista's grandmother. Calsta quickly gets down to a new life with love, friends, school and finding ’lost’ family. Discovers that she s a witch from a very long line of witches and the downside of being a witch; the hunters. A very good book, for YA and up. Five Stars!
(review of free book)
on Feb. 03, 2013 :
I didn't read a lot of the reviews, but I read one that was a 2 star and have to admit that I don't agree with it. Usually, I can agree with some part of most people's reviews, but in this case I didn't agree at all. However, I respect that everyone has their own opinion and that is fine. As for recommending a book, I will recommend this book to anyone who likes YA books and books about witches/paranormal. I thought it was actually very good. And interestingly enough, the person's who review I didn't agree with mentioned Charmed and I loved that show. This book did remind me of it given the reference to Book of Shadows which was what their book was called. And the other similarities in that they cannot or should not use their powers for personal gain, there are 3 girls who are "sisters" though in this case not of the same blood and that they have to hide who they are from "hunters" vs. warlock/demons or humans in general.
The differences though are what does make this unique. Calista does not know she is a witch and just thought she was different. She could see the future, was empathic, could move things with her mind, and light a fire with her fingers without getting burned. A little Charmed meets Practical Magic. She instinctively knew to hide her abilities, but strangely, also felt invisible. People did not see her until she moved to California to live with a woman who turns out to be her maternal grandmother. Ana tells Calista of her heritage via her mom who died. Her dad is a human who knew nothing about his wife being a witch nor about his daughter's gifts.
Calista attends a school where the kids are pretty normal, which is where she meets Sophie and Lily, her "sisters". She also meets Justin, the boy who is a hunter, but does not know it. As with other YA books, there are petty girls who don't like her, a gorgeous boy who she cannot believes likes her, and that pending triangle that I generally really hate in books. What is different is that Calista meets Nicolas, but he leaves early on in the boook and she rarely sees him except in dreams where she falls in love with him. While Justin who is with her nearly daily, also falls in love with her, and then tries to kill her when he finds out she is a witch. Nicolas comes back into her life to save her and that is when she finds out he is witch (warlock) too.
Maybe a bit cliche for folks, but it was well done in my opinion. As such, I do recommend the book, but if you are not into this genre then it won't be something you want to read.
(review of free book)