Thursday, January 2, 2014

Review: Dark Spell by Gill Armbuthnott

Dark Spell
Gill Armbuthnott
Fifteen-year-year-old Callie Hall has just found out that she is a witch...and things keep going wrong. Sometimes her mind seems to make things happen, things she cannot control. She can set fire to things without a match, and when she’s angry people can get hurt.
Her friend Josh understands that she’s a bit strange, but it is only on a dark and dangerous visit to the tunnels beneath the ruins of St Andrews’ castle that he realizes just how strange she really is. Something comes back with Callie—in Callie—something she cannot escape.
Can Callie control her power long enough to send back the darkness before it takes over her life? Will Josh ever understand her secret?
A brilliant, engrossing young people’s fantasy from the author ofWinterbringers and The Keeper’s Daughter.
Publisher: Floris Books
Publication Date: August 1, 2013

Kat's Review

Dark Spell is a novel about a young witch coming into her powers with the help of her grandmother and her grandmother's friends. When her friend Josh comes to visit for the summer and strange things begin to happen, Callie's grandmother decides it's time to let her in on the secret of her heritage. Only Callie doesn't have much time to get used to her powers before everyone is thrust into danger. 
There were parts of this books I really enjoyed, particularly when they're stuck underground in the tunnels, and later when the secrets finally begin to be revealed. Although the story involves a teen boy and girl, it's not a teen romance in the typical sense. The book itself is quite tame and I would say would probably be appropriate even for younger teens. 
It was a fairly quick and easy read to get through. I enjoyed it, but it didn't blow me away. It took a while to get to the action, and I found that my attention wandered in some parts.

Kat's Rating: Worth a Look
This book would be great for younger teens or those looking for a witch story that is a little on the tamer side than many in the genre tend to be. Pretty clean in terms of language and sexuality. 
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley and the publisher in return for an honest review. 

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