Seriously Shifted by Tina Connolly

Seriously Shifted by Tina Connolly. November 1, 2016. Tor Teen, 241 p. ISBN: 0765383756.  Int Lvl: YA; Rdg Lvl: YA.

Teenage witch Cam isn’t crazy about the idea of learning magic. She’d rather be no witch than a bad one. But when a trio of her mother’s wicked witch friends decide to wreak havoc in her high school, Cam has no choice but to try to stop them.

Esmerelda is the mean girl of the witches. Valda likes to drop anvils on people’s heads. And Malkin—well, Malkin is just plain terrifying. Their idea of fun is a little game—they each pick a student from Cam’s high school and compete to see who can make their teen the most miserable. But Cam suspects one of the witches may have an ulterior motive…which means someone at school could be in worse danger yet.

Now Cam’s learning invisibility spells, dodging exploding cars, and pondering the ethics of love potions. All while trying to keep her grades up and go on a first date with her crush. If the witches don’t get him first, that is.

Can’t a good witch ever catch a break?

Sequel to: Seriously Wicked

Potentially Sensitive Areas: Mild language; Mild sexual themes

 

Reviews

Booklist (November 15, 2016 (Online))
Grades 6-9. Witches are wreaking havoc at Cam’s high school in this second installment of the Seriously series. After a run-in with a demon, Cam was hoping things would return to normal. But as soon as she thinks that, a group of her mom’s witch frenemies arrive and make a bet over who can make Cam’s classmates miserable. Cam is determined to be a good, ethical witch, and she knows she has to stop her mother’s friends, especially after she discovers one of her classmates is a shifter who will attract their attention. A week of chaos ensues with secrets, romantic possibilities, tested friendships, and witchy schemes. This fun, lightweight story contains plenty of action and a likable protagonist who will charm readers as she tries to navigate the hardships of being a good witch and telling her crush she likes him. A perfect fit for younger teens wanting to read up but not quite ready for older supernatural YA titles. A nice supplement to collections where contemporary paranormal with humor is popular.

Kirkus Reviews (September 1, 2016)
An inexperienced 15-year-old witch struggles to establish her ethics as she fights to save fellow high school students from the predations of older wicked witches.When Camellia’s witch mother, Sarmine, (both white) invites three racially diverse witch friends over, ostensibly as a reunion of an old college Do-Badders Club, Cam is horrified when they decide to resume their antics and select Cam’s fellow high school students as victims. The challenge? The witch who makes her victim the most miserable over the course of a week is the winner. To thwart them, Cam bets the witches she can undo their work, but there are problems: she doesn’t know which students are the victims, she barely knows any spells, and she refuses to use any spells that contain animal ingredients—which, unfortunately, are most of them. If that weren’t bad enough, the ante gets upped considerably when Cam discovers the real reason most-evil-witch Malkin suggested the challenge in the first place. Cam’s flippant first-person narrative rises above teen boilerplate due to the intelligence, vulnerability, and self-deprecating humor she displays. Connolly’s first-rate plotting delivers a clever story that empathizes with the self-conscious teen world even as it pokes a tiny bit of well-meaning fun. Accomplished plotting teams up with a winsome narrator to give readers a bewitching story. (appendix) (Fantasy. 13-16)

About the Author

Tina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor Books, and the Seriously Wicked series from Tor Teen. Her books have been nominated for the Nebula and the Norton. Her stories have appeared in Women Destroy SF, Lightspeed, Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and many more, and are collected in On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories from Fairwood Press. Her narrations have appeared in audiobooks and podcasts including Podcastle, Pseudopod, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, John Joseph Adams’ The End is Nigh series, and more. She is one of the co-hosts of Escape Pod, and runs the Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake.

She is originally from Lawrence, Kansas, but she now lives with her family in Portland, Oregon. Her website is www.tinaconnolly.com.

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