December 28, 2012

Title: Something Witchy This Way Comes

Author: Veronica Blade

Published: September 3, 2011

Publisher: Crush Publishing

Pages: 372

Goodreads Summary: Brainiac Tessa McClean’s newly discovered magical powers give her hope of an escape from her inadequate life. But the thrill of being a witch fades when she learns of a rival coven and begins to suspect her own coven’s objective. Evidence tells Tessa to trust one side, but instinct drives her toward the other.

When Hayden Anders, the most delinquent kid in school — and the toughest — offers self-defense lessons in exchange for tutoring, the timing couldn’t be better. Though the idea of hanging out with a bad-boy that tempting is unnerving, staying alive amidst warring witches takes priority. She vows to hold onto her values and not surrender to the bad-boy she begins to secretly want.

Together, Tessa and Hayden uncover the truth about the two factions — a truth that explains why the covens will stop at nothing to lure her to their side. Tessa has only a matter of weeks to form an alliance with one coven or the other, but the wrong decision could cost Tessa the lives of all those she loves — including Hayden.

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  • Christina enjoyed this title and places it on her third shelf.

 **NOTE:** An eBook of this title was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. However, that did now influence this review in any way.

♥ACTUAL RATING OF 3.5 STARS!

The Lowdown: Tessa McClean- smart, dedicated student- is called into the principal’s office one day  to learn that her life is in jeopardy, and that until further notice, she’ll be shadowed on school grounds by Hayden Anders. Neither Tessa nor Hayden are thrilled about this development, but both see the advantages and accept the hand they’ve been dealt. However, being from separate social groups doesn’t allow their new-found kinship to go unnoticed by their peers.

Amidst all the happenings of teenage angst and woe of being looked after by bad boy and love-’em-and-leave-’em hottie Hayden, Tessa also learns that she’s a witch. As if that wasn’t enough to make her head rock, she also discovers that she’s now thrust headlong into a battle waged between two rival covens and they both want her on their side. With secrets and scheming at every turn, it’s hard to know who to trust and which side to pick. Tessa does know one thing though, even if is reputation is shit, Hayden has her back.

My Thoughts: Told in alternating POVs of Tessa and Hayden, Blade offers the reader a variety of three-dimensional characters that will keep you rooting for them (and their relationships) throughout the story. I enjoyed getting inside the heads of these two characters and to see how they dealt with the growing feeling toward one another and what was happening to them as they evolved into the witches/warlocks they were born to be.

Tessa as character was one that I felt I could get behind. It was refreshing to see a female protagonist that held fast to her morals despite the temptations and who actually was just a strong female in general. She knew what she wanted, did what she felt was right, even if it didn’t earn her brownie points with anyone, and was a good role model to her little sister. She was responsible, headstrong, and her loyalty was unwavering.

Hayden, though a bit cliched at times, definitely had some swoony moments that I appreciated. It was nice to see his character evolve throughout the story, and I enjoyed the growth I saw in him by the end. I particularly loved the scenes where he interacted with Tessa’s little sister, Bree.

Verdict: If you’re looking for a light read with quick pacing, humorous banter, and a dose of witchy goodness on the side, this book is one that you should take a look at. I enjoyed getting to know these characters, and the suspense of whose side they’d pick and if Tessa and Hayden would end up together or not kept me flipping the pages. However, I felt like this book was building up to this huge battle and while there was one, I was left feeling a bit underwhelmed with the action and that’s where this novel fell a little short for me.

A very special thanks to Veronica Blade for allowing me to read her story. Check out her website to learn more about her and her other novels.

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