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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Review: Majix: Notes from a Serious Teen Witch

Review: Majix: Notes from a Serious Teen Witch
Series: No
Genre: Young Adult- Paranormal/Witches
Author: Douglas Rees
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: July 1, 2010
Book: ARC through Netgalley

"My name is Kestrel.

Kestrel Murphy.

Never call me Susan.

Who ever heard of a witch named Susan?

A year ago, I was on the white-magic side. Lately, I've been leaning toward the black. I blame the universe. What's the point in being a nice little white witch in the universe I've got? If I could choose my own universe, I'd be a white witch in it. But black makes a lot more sense in this universe.

Not that I'm complaining. A witch never complains. But if I did, I'd have a lot to complain about. For instance: Richard Milhous Nixon High.

What's a teen witch to do when she's stuck in the most unmagical high school in the universe? Create her own "majix." Take notes. And above all, avoid nasty classmates, heartless grown-ups and boys who may prove a little too distracting for a serious teen witch to handle…."

This is a book about finding yourself. Kestral is an abnormal girl. She never quite fits in. She befriends a girl who is a witch and becomes one also. During this time, Kestral aka Susan, causes a lot of grief for her parents. Her dad especially. Her dad doesn't understands her. Instead of understanding her, he gets angry with her and she just pushes back. One day her dad yelled her to get off the roof. She makes a smart remark, making her father go up the tree to get her. As he does, he has an heart attack, falling off.
This leads to Kestral being sent away and facing a whole new set of problems at a new school.

This did disturb me a bit. It seems like Kestral needs some guidance. As Kestral spoke about her parents, her parents weren't really there. Her mother was a stay at home wife, who did nothing but shop. Her father was a computer geek who stayed for hours in front of the computer doing work. So for them to send her away so he could get better, upset me. They rather take care of themselves then take care of their daughter who obviously needs attention.

She moves in with her aunt who also practice's witchcraft. Now her Aunt was a little more attentive to her then her parents were, which made me happy. I was glad there was someone there for her. There is a lot of teen angst in this book. Kestral nicknames her parents, BD- Big Daddy, MA- Mommy Angel, or for both The RENTZ. There is a lot of pop culture reference as well as slang in this book.

Douglas Rees wrote a good book. It was not what I thought it was. I thought she was a real witch. Like more in her own paranormal world. Not some human pretending to be one. I expected a little more from such an anticipated book. Kestral was a good character and indeed give me a good laugh or too. This book had some drug use, curse words, etc.

I give it 3 BITES!

Happy Reading!

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