Sunday, 30 November 2014

Spell Check by Julie Wright



Summary from Goodreads

"It’s a little known fact that witches are alive and well in Salem, Massachusetts . . .
They call themselves cheerleaders."

Allyson Peterson believes that being hanged by the Salem High Witches is the absolute worst thing that can happen. But when her powers, wrested from the trolls of ancient Sweden, manifest themselves, she realizes that a prank hanging by vindictive cheerleaders is the least of her worries.

Ally accidentally sends her parents to the jungle to fight anacondas, turns her brother into a mute, and curses the entire cheerleading team with an illness that has no cure, proving that her spells need a little checking. Her Swedish grandmother shows up to help her through the worst part of all—surviving the Troll Trials and saving the guy of her dreams from a vengeance that has festered through-out generations.

The power is in her, if she can just get the magic right.

My review

*I received a free eBook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Spell Check is a story about witches and trolls, set in Salem. It tells the story of Allyson Peterson, who comes into her witching powers on her sixteenth birthday. That’s when all her wishes begin to come true. Her parents are divorced, which she doesn’t like at all and therefore wishes them to be together. Her parents disappear, she makes the whole cheerleading team sick and her Farmor from Sweden comes to help her with all her problems. Ally discovers that she is a Troll Kvinna and needs to be prepared for the trials on Halloween.

I give this book 3.5 stars. This was a fun, not too heavy, fantasy read based on folklore. The story had a fast pace and was well written. The characters were easy to relate to and the setting was appropriate.

However the story itself was a bit predictable and I found it somewhat childish. Some parts were too prosy, so they should be shortened. Spell check was not all fantasy, but it’s also about friendship, family, and a bit of bullying as well.

PS: Jake was so cute!