Witchfire (Witchlock, Book 1)
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Pages: 87
Goes Well With: Boneless ribs in barbecue sauce, homemade biscuit left over from last night’s supper, and buttered mashed potatoes, hot from the microwave.

Okay, so you might have to split this young adult novel into two lunch breaks, but Witchfire is so enjoyable that you won’t mind it a bit.

Fourteen-year-old Ascher Rafferty just wants to celebrate her fifteenth birthday with a whole lot of fun and without too much drama. However, she hadn’t foreseen her best friend canceling on her at the last minute, nor her sister, Gemma, shifting into a were-panther. Still, even after that, Gemma offers to take her to The Crimson, a hot new club for young people. Even though her age could prevent her from getting in, she looks old enough, so she might just slip by.

Outside The Crimson, Ascher meets an amazingly good-looking guy named Elliot Ambrose who gives them VIP entrance into a club meant for those with supernatural powers—and that’s when things start to get even weirder. Once inside, Gemma’s secret is exposed when she gets angry and shifts, and so is Ascher’s—apparently, she’s a witch, though she had no clue that she was. Gemma is held as a slave, and Ascher finds herself stuck in a tug-of-war between the shifters and the vampires—and she’s not at all sure which side is the lesser of two evils. But she’s bound and determined to rescue her sister, and neither side had better get in her way.

Facetious and full of spunk, Witchfire pulls you into the world of Ascher, a teenage girl who’s trying to cope with some outrageous changes in her young life. She faces it with humor and wit, making her incredibly amiable and someone you can relate to, even if you aren’t a teen.

Though Witchfire isn’t without its faults—including some weak writing in a few places—the story flows with a cadence that keeps you hooked. From the very first paragraph of a book, I can often pick a writer who will only get better and better—and Cyrese Covelli is one of them.

If you enjoy the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, you’ll enjoy Ms. Covelli’s Witchlock series as well. In fact, since I found Ms. Covelli’s characters to be more lovable and the drama to be less annoying than Ms. Meyer’s, you might even enjoy it more.

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