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Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly ARC {4.5 Stars} + Giveaway!

Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly is the first in a new series about a girl just trying to survive high school while balancing cleaning out the dragon’s muck in the morning and keeping her witch caretaker from showing up to parent-teacher conferences. Seriously Wicked is much lighter than Connolly’s previous series, but it is perfect when you just want to laugh and reminisce about the first seasons of Buffy ;-). Be sure to check out the end of the post for a giveaway courtesy of Tor Teen!

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

Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly ARC {4.5 Stars} + Giveaway!

Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly
Published by Tor Teen on May 5th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 208 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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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?

4.5 Stars

Strengths:

  • Seriously Wicked is pure light-hearted fun. It’s quite short and very fast-paced so you’ll be able to tear through it in a nice afternoon. Seriously Wicked requires a certain mood that is up for slightly absurd poking at fantasy tropes, but if you are in that mood, it’s perfect!
  • There are dragons, werewolf pups, and unicorns, oh my! I loved the unique spin that Seriously Wicked put on each of the fantasy creatures Camellia encountered. The werewolf pup looks like an over-sized puppy most of the time and turns into a human baby only on the full moon for the record ;-).
  • Young adult stories often lack solid friendships between female characters, but Seriously Wicked didn’t suffer this problem. I loved that Cam had a best friend who was there for her through thick and thin and they didn’t fight over the dreamy boy.
  • Don’t get too relaxed with Seriously Wicked since it has a surprising number of twists for such a short book. I definitely didn’t see them coming, which of course I loved.
  • Towards the end of Seriously Wicked, the tone becomes a bit more serious and lays the ground work for a pretty interesting sequel. I’m quite hopeful that there will be more adventures!
  • There are spells at the end of the story :D. And they are riddles!

Weaknesses:

  • Seriously Wicked is likely to surprise some readers with how young the tone is. It is definitely on the young end of young adult, almost mature middle grade except for the kissing. You just need to know what to expect going in to be happy though.

Summary:

Seriously Wicked is the perfect beach read when you want to laugh and tear through the pages. Seriously Wicked is definitely younger than I was expecting based on Connolly’s previous trilogy, but still highly enjoyable!

Giveaway!

Tor Teen has wonderfully offered a hardcover for me to giveaway! This giveaway will need to be limited to North American residents as per Tor Teen’s policy, the winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email, and I’ll be checking entries so please don’t cheat.

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Good luck!

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 Wicked by Tina Connollly

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Comments

  1. There’s nothing wrong with a younger young adult. This one sounds really fun and just what I’ve been in the mood for. I’ve been meaning to read this author since you loved her last series, but I haven’t gotten to it yet.

    • Completely agreed as long as you know what you’re getting into ;-) Yey! You have to read Ironskin too though since they are very different, haha

  2. This is a YA book??! It seriously seems like MG. It might just be the cover.

    I am so happy to see more and more strong female-relationship books coming out. Less swooning, more BFFing.
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    • It’s definitely on the edge of YA and middle grade, like pre-teenish? There’s a romantic storyline so I can’t really say it’s straight mg ya know?

  3. Dragana says:

    I loved Ironskin by Tina Connolly so I’m glad to hear this one is good too. And thanks for a ya warning. If I know what to expect, I think it’s going to be ok. I am definitely looking forward to the funnies. *adds it to the beach bag* :)
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  4. I think you hit the nail on the head. I went in with different expectations for tone, content and “maturity” level and wound up a bit disappointed. I’m glad it was a fun read for you, though! :)
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  5. I’ve heard great things about Seriously Wicked! Although, it’s such a short read. I do worry about character development. The werewolf situation is crazy. Why do they turn into a baby on the full moon? What happens when they grow!???
    I love friends that are actually friendly towards one another. Thank you for being actual friends! I know friends fight, but authors always take it too far for me. Happy you almost loved this book. Thanks for the giveaway!
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    • Yeah, it’s definitely not an intense character dev story, though a bit still!

      Hehe, the werewolf apparently is a wolf most of the time and human only on the full moon and is a baby since he’s still a pup ;-) So cute!

  6. I am reading this one now and it does feel young. I just started it though so I cant wait to read more tonight

    Great Review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs
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  7. Wow, it is really cool of Tor to help you host this giveaway! :) I’ve been seeing some great reviews of this one & I’m really looking forward to reading it!
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