May 24, 2021

#BookReview: Spells Trouble (Sisters of Salem, #1) by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast

Synopsis: Double double, twins spell trouble…

Hunter and Mercy Goode are twin witches, direct descendants of the founder of their town of Goodeville. As their ancestors have done before them, it is now time for the twins to learn what it means to be Gatekeepers–the protectors of the Gates to different underworlds, ancient portals between their world and realms where mythology rules and nightmares come to life.

When their mother becomes the first victim in a string of murders, the devastated sisters vow to avenge her death. But it will take more than magic to rein in the ancient mythological monsters who’ve infected their peaceful town.

Now Hunter and Mercy must come together and accept their destiny or risk being separated for good.


Rating: 1 Star
My Review: I was so excited to read this book from my two favorite authors.  Sadly that excitement ended after the prologue. The Prologue was so amazing but when the actual story started it was just so overwhelming with the witchy terms and feel that I felt it overpowered anything about the story.  Within 13 pages this book goes from familiars and an old witchy vibe (which was fabulous) to the present day witch town where a girl mentions her tarot cards, the moon, and a bunch of other witchy themes.  It was so overpowering that I just couldn't get past it.  

Now a little about me.  Ive been pagan for 20+ years. I love the witchy!!  But this one was just so overpowering with it.  I wish the authors would have taken the time to really introduce you to the world that they had created before piling on all of this dumping of the witchy.  

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Twin teenage witches Hunter and Mercy are direct descendants of Sarah Goode, Salem escapee and founder of modern-day Goodeville, IL. The town is located within the confines of five trees that serve as gates to various underworlds and now, like Sarah and others of her lineage, the twins are learning to become gatekeepers and protectors of the town. But when queer, bullied, introverted Hunter and wild, impulsive, trouble-making Mercy participate in a ritual gone wrong on their 16th birthday, a demon enters Goodeville through the Norse gate and a series of murders soon follow. The two witches must overcome loss, heartache, and their own splintering relationship if they intend to save the world as well as each other. Hunter and Mercy, both "fawn"-skinned and dark-haired, are part of a somewhat diverse cast of characters: Emily, who has "russet brown" skin, Jax, who is part Native, and blond jock Kirk round out the group. Teen readers will connect most with the twins, who are fiercely supportive of one another and friends, insecure and sometimes awkward, conscious of both women's and Native social justice issues, and tend towards text-speak and slang. Descriptions of thoughtful spell work will hook readers early and, though the novel focuses on Norse and Greek mythology, the twins get a glimpse into Egyptian lore and the setting is prepped for the introduction of Japanese and Hindu mythology in the novels to come. A satisfying cliffhanger sets the stage for the next in the series. VERDICT This fantasy is a solid choice for YA collections.-Maggie Mason Smith, Clemson Univ., SCĪ±(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

P.C. Cast is the author of the House of Night novels, including MarkedBetrayedChosen, and Untamed

Ms. Cast is a #1 New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling author and a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. With more than 20 million copies in print in over 40 countries, her novels have been awarded the prestigious Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. 

Ms. Cast was born in the Midwest and grew up being shuttled back and forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology. After high school she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. She now lives in Oregon surrounded by beloved cats, dogs, horses, and family.

Kristin Cast is a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author who teams with her mother to write the wildly successful HOUSE OF NIGHT series. She has editorial credits, a thriving t-shirt line, and a passion for all things paranormal. When away from her writing desk, Kristin loves going on adventures with her friends, family, and significant other, playing with her dogs (Grace Kelly and Hobbs the Tiny Dragon), and is obsessed with her baby.

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