Holly Cathers's world shatters when her parents are killed in a rafting accident. She is wrenched from her home in San Francisco and sent to Seattle to live with her aunt, Marie-Claire, and her twin cousins, Amanda and Nicole.But sorrow and grief soon give way to bewildered fascination as, one by one, strange incidents begin to occur - such as the fact that any desire Holly whispers to her cat seems to come true. Or the fact that a beloved friend is injured after a freak attack from a vicious falcon. Or the fact of an undeniably magnetic and familiar attraction to a boy Holly barely knows.Holly, Amanda, and Nicole are about to be launched into a dark legacy of secrets, alliances, and machinations, where ancient magics yield dangerous results, where possession is commonplace, and where reincarnation is taken for granted -- and the three girls must take on roles in an intergenerational feud the likes of which they could never have imagined....More
The first in a series of popular young adult books, Witch is the tale of the centuries-old battle between two covens of witches. Holly Cathor is a high school senior blissfully unaware of her magical powers until her parents are killed in a tragic rafting accident and she is forced to move from San Diego to her long-lost aunt's home in Seattle. There she meets the Devereauxs, a historically evil family of warlocks that have been at odds with Holly's ancestors for hundreds of years. Holly immediately feels drawn to Jere Devereaux, the son of family patriarch Michael Devereaux, and begins to have intense flashbacks to 17th-century France that alert her to her genealogy and unusual talents.
The sudden shifts between present-day Seattle and past-day France are confusing at times, and each chapter opens with a superfluous poem about witchcraft, which is a distraction and breaks up the pace of the action. The good news is that narrator Cassandra Morris' bubbly voice is quite engaging and is able to hold an audience captive even through the bumpy first couple of chapters. She delivers the vernacular of teenagers spot on, and you easily forget that she isn't one. Because she's so effervescent, her narration rings a bit false when she's reciting the darker parts of the novel when Michael's plotting to kill someone or an evil spell is being cast, Morris sounds like a child trying to emulate an adult. Perhaps that's done intentionally, however, to keep the story from being too frightening for the suggested younger audience. Colleen Oakley
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