Something Witchy This Way Comes by Veronica Blade
Published November 30th, 2011 by Crush Publishing
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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.
Something Witchy opens with Tessa and Hayden being thrown together. Tessa is in trouble and Hayden has been given the job of protecting her, not that he’s a real bodyguard or anything. They’re just students in the same school. They know of each other, but they’re not exactly friends. And now they have to spend the entire school day together as Hayden has to shadow Tessa and keep her safe. Inevitably (because this is a book after all) romance blooms, as the over-muscled bad boy and the cute braniac start falling for each other.
The book is written from both Hayden and Tessa’s point of view, with each getting their own chapters. I’m starting to really like this writing style as it keeps the book first person, but it lets us see into multiple characters’ heads. The books is fast paced, and I mean really fast paced. The whole book basically takes place in 2 weeks (more on that later).
Most importantly, I loved the characters. So a little more on our main characters:
Tessa is smart, strong, and growing into her new powers. She knows what she needs to do, and she’s a quick thinker when in a tough spot. She’s grown up with a lot of responsibility so its nothing new for her. I really liked her.
Hayden starts as a bad boy with a troubled past. He’s one of the more popular guys in school, especially with the ladies. But he has a soft side that comes out more as the book progresses. Totally swoon worthy. And what’s a good review without an equally swoon-worthy image of our love interest (maybe 10 years younger)?
What recent YA book would be complete without a love triangle? As a disliker of love triangles, I have to say this one wasn’t bad. It wasn’t overwhelming, and was just enough to add a little interest to the story without me having to roll my eyes every other page. Anyway, in comes Chait…. He’s already in one of the witch groups vying for Tessa’s attention. He’s a more experienced witch, and they’re going to need his help to keep Tessa safe. He’s supposed to be absolutely beautiful, so the whole time I read his character all I kept imagining was Ian Somerhalder, which is perfect since Tessa has a picture of Ian taped to her locker. So enjoy. My Chait. 🙂
The only problem I really had with the book was the pacing. Hayden and Tessa don’t like each other when the book starts, but 24 hrs later they’re in lust? 48 hours later and they can’t stop thinking about each other? I’m not big on love at first sight, and this felt way too rushed to me. It also felt overly rushed that Hayden went from uncaring bad boy to sensitive suitor being in practically 48 hours. Mentally I had to pretend weeks passed by instead of just days to make it a little more real for me.
Overall, the book was written really well and kept me captivated. Once I forced myself to get past the timing issues, I really enjoyed the book. Will be picking up more from the author soon.
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