It is during a routine school project that Abby Silva--sixteen and nearly friendless--makes a startling discovery: She is descended from women who were accused of witchcraft back in 1600s Salem. Read more...
It is during a routine school project that Abby Silva--sixteen and nearly friendless--makes a startling discovery: She is descended from women who were accused of witchcraft back in 1600s Salem. And when Abby visits nearby Salem, strange, inexplicable events start to unfold. Objects move when she wills them to. Candles burst into sudden flame. And an ancient spellbook somehow winds up in her possession.
Trying to harness her newfound power, Abby concocts a love potion to win over her longtime crush--and exact revenge upon his cruel, bullying girlfriend. But old magic is not to be trifled with. Soon, Abby is thrust headlong into a world of hexes, secrets, and danger. And then there's Rem Anders, the beautiful, mysterious Salem boy who seems to know more about Abby than he first lets on.
A reckoning is coming, and Abby will have to make sense of her history--and her heart--before she can face the powerful truth.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-02-25
- Reviewer: Staff
Sixteen-year-old Abby Silva feels invisible at school, inadequate next to her best friend, and out of place in her family. Lately Abby’s headaches and nightmares have been intensifying, and when she finds a possible family connection to the Salem Witch Trials, she begins to suspect that she is herself a witch. Abby’s research takes her to nearby Salem, where she feels a sense of belonging, gets a weekend job, and meets the dashing boy of her dreams (literally). Abby’s newfound powers (including telekinesis and conjuring fire) make her life more exciting and terrifying, and also cause her to question the responsibilities that accompany magic. Gold’s (the Cinderella Cleaners series) novel is, at heart, a coming-of-age tale, reading like a lighter version of Stephen King’s Carrie. Abby’s narration relies heavily on long-winded internal monologues (“I ought to head home, but first I decide to unwind with an impulsive walk through a part of town I’ve never seen, out past the high school and power plant”), but readers should still enjoy the mix of relatable teenage struggles and magic. Ages 12–up. Agent: the Gersh Agency. (Apr.)