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Seriously Shifted by Tina Connolly {4 Stars}

Seriously Shifted by Tina Connolly {4 Stars}

Seriously Shifted by Tina Connolly (Seriously Wicked #2)
Published by Tor Teen on Nov. 1st, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 240 pages
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Teenage witch Cam isn’t crazy about the idea of learning magic. She’d rather be no witch than a bad one. But when a trio of her mother’s wicked witch friends decide to wreak havoc in her high school, Cam has no choice but to try to stop them.

Esmerelda is the mean girl of the witches. Valda likes to drop anvils on people’s heads. And Malkin—well, Malkin is just plain terrifying. Their idea of fun is a little game—they each pick a student from Cam’s high school and compete to see who can make their teen the most miserable. But Cam suspects one of the witches may have an ulterior motive…which means someone at school could be in worse danger yet.

Now Cam’s learning invisibility spells, dodging exploding cars, and pondering the ethics of love potions. All while trying to keep her grades up and go on a first date with her crush. If the witches don’t get him first, that is.

Can’t a good witch ever catch a break?

4 Stars

Note: I received an advanced copy of Seriously Shifted from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Strengths:

  • Tina Connolly does an amazing job at presenting characters from marginalized groups as normal and good in Seriously Shifted. There are casual references to same-sex relationships that aren’t called out in anyway; they are just normal. Characters with white skin are described to the same degree as non-white characters, removing white as the default. There ARE non-white characters everywhere and there is intersectionality! Basically what all books should aim for to achieve diversity that reflects the real world.
  • I think my favorite thing about these books is how the spells work. The spells are riddles that have to be figured out in order to know even what ingredients are necessary for the spell. Since they are included in their entirety in the text, I get to try to puzzle them out along with Cam!
  • It’s been a while since I read book one, but I found that Seriously Shifted didn’t rely on the events of book one hardly at all. You could easily jump in here and might not even notice that it is technically a second book.
  • Cam has both an adorable romance blooming along with awesome friendships. This book is basically the perfect book to hand a smart middle school girl. It has shining examples of healthy kid friendships and healthy kid romance.

Weaknesses:

  • I know that this is a light-hearted series, but I keep expecting it to get at least a little more serious. I really wouldn’t call it young adult given the extremely light and silly tone.
  • Cam is struggling a lot with how to be a good witch in this book and she cares a lot about figuring out what the moral choice is. However, that doesn’t stop her from going along when other people make choices that aren’t the most moral. This frustrated me since the book didn’t really call her out on this at all. Just because someone else made the decision, doesn’t mean Cam is free of blame for immoral choices.

 

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 Seriously Shifted by Tina Connolly

© 2017 – 2016, Anya. All rights reserved.

Comments

  1. I definitely enjoyed this book more than the first. It seemed to weave the magic elements in throughout a little more consistently. That’s interesting that you keyed in on Cam’s succumbing to others’ decisions; it made sense to me for a teenager, but I had problems with it because she spent so much TIME debating all the moral complexities of her actions/lack of action. That felt a little overdone and slowed the pacing a bit. Overall, pretty enjoyable though! I’m glad you liked it, even if it did stay light and silly! ;)
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  2. This series sounds super cute. I know what you mean about light-hearted books seeming too young for YA, but it’s good to have a mix of silly and serious books out there. I also love that the author did so well with diversifying the characters.

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