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Season of the Witch

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Edgy psychological thriller mixes mean girls and spells.

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SEASON OF THE WITCH is a smart, well-written page-turner featuring kids living a sophisticated city life. The city-savvy kids in this book have been exposed to their parents' affairs and to all manner of sex, drugs, and violence, and they suffer under their parents' very high expectations. Like Gossip Girl, this world is exciting, edgy, and seductive to teens. However, the consequences of their edgy behavior are extreme, and some people die.

Mariah Fredericks writes with a very strong voice, which suits the female characters who struggle to find the identity that brings them power. The main character, Toni, understands that although the princess in the fairy tale merely waits for the prince to save her, the witch takes control and sometimes wins. References to the mythological Cassandra and the ancient goddess Hecate are not lost on the educated reader, so the soap opera quality of the theme has some academic cred. But for teens who love Gossip Girl and Twilight, this book will scratch a certain witchy itch.

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