Friday, May 8, 2015

Blog Tour: Seriously Wicked {review + giveaway}

Today we're wrapping up the blog tour for Seriously Wicked by Tina Connelly!  I love books about witches, guys, and this little book brought all the witchcraft, the beasties, and the fun!  After checking out my review, don't forget to enter the giveaway---five of you luckies will be winning a copy!

Seriously Wicked
by Tina Connelly
♦publisher: Tor Teen
♦release date: May 5th, 2015
♦hardcover, 208 pages
♦intended audience: Young adult
♦source: from publisher for honest review
The only thing worse than being a witch is living with one.

Camellia’s adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom’s a seriously wicked witch.

Cam’s used to stopping the witch’s crazy schemes for world domination. But when the witch summons a demon, he gets loose—and into Devon, the cute new boy at school.

Now Cam’s suddenly got bigger problems than passing Algebra. Her friends are getting zombiefied. Their dragon is tired of hiding in the RV garage. For being a shy boy-band boy, Devon is sure kissing a bunch of girls. And a phoenix hidden in the school is going to explode on the night of the Halloween Dance.

To stop the demon before he destroys Devon’s soul, Cam might have to try a spell of her own. But if she’s willing to work spells like the witch...will that mean she’s wicked too?

Review: Seriously Wicked is light and rompy and seriously fun reading.  

Cam is a great character. She uses her cleverness and determination to thwart her adopted mother's plan to take over the town and stubbornly sticks to her guns against using witchcraft no matter what cruel punishment the witch lays on her (turning her hands to noodles! Getting eaten by pumpkin plants!).  I loved the details Connelly filled the witchy world with, including an enchantment-protected online "witchipedia" and a creative array of spells that are equal part riddle and algebraic equation.

Comedy and chaos ensue while Cam races to stop her mother and save Devon, which means helping the Demon fill his contract and trapping him before he completes it.  There are homesick dragons, sprites, a hidden phoenix, girls who lose everything they are to the demon.  There's also the resident high school mean girl, a bit cliché of course, but even she is not what she seems!

There is a little light romance for Cam and Devon, but she has to play it smart in order to keep her head while the demon inside him tries to trick her again and again.  The demon himself is quite a character, I picture him as the mischievous, bad-boy rock star type, tempting the shy awkward Devon with a little more confidence and popularity.  Though, as the story winds down, the abrupt turn of heart of one character in particular  was a little tough to swallow, this was still a perfectly enchanting story all together.

So much fun and perfect for YA readers of any age.

Tina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor Books, and the Seriously Wicked series, from Tor Teen. Ironskin, her first fantasy novel, was a Nebula finalist. Her stories have appeared in Women Destroy SF, Lightspeed,, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and many more.
Her narrations have appeared in audiobooks and podcasts including Podcastle, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, John Joseph Adams' The End is Nigh series, and more. She 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, where it is nice and green and wet. Photo credit Caroline M. Yoachim.

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  1. This looks great! I love stories that have to do with witches!! I just saw this book at B&N and it intrigued me! Can't wait to read it!

  2. This sounds like a super cute read! Happy to see you enjoyed it! Thanks for the review, Becky!

  3. Great review, Becky! I love a good witch story.

  4. Awesome post Becky :D And aw. This cover is so cute! I love it. <3 Seems like an interesting book too. Thank you so much for sharing about it. <3 I'm so glad you liked this book a lot sweetie :)