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What The Spell? by Brittany Geragotelis Book Review

What the Spell? (Life's a Witch, #1)
Almost-sixteen-year-old Brooklyn feels invisible, but she desperately wants to be pretty, to be popular, to be adored by a cute guy. Luckily for her, she’s a witch about to come of age—so she’s only a few spells away from making it all happen.  On her milestone birthday, Brooklyn’s conservative parents finally unbind her powers, which include the ability to magically match couples with a love spell. Brooklyn uses her special skills to get a makeover, new friends, and the attention of her crush, Asher. But the popular clique Brooklyn wants to infiltrate puts her in the same precarious position as her Salem ancestors: If she’s found out, she could be vilified—and lose Asher in the process. Can she make the most of her magic, or will she be luckless and loveless? Be careful what you witch for!



I was super curious to read this book, especially after hearing that Simon and Schuster had picked it up after it’s success on Wattpad. Although What The Spell? was a very addicting, quick read, both Brooklyn’s characteristics and the unrealistic high school setting took away a lot from the book. 

Brooklyn, the main character, wants to be popular above all else. When she gets magical powers, she gives herself a makeover and almost instantly gains popularity. What The Spell? had my attention the entire time. It was kind of fascinating to me to read about just how far one girl would go for popularity. 

At Brooklyn’s high school, there’s a group called “The Elite”. They are an extremely exclusive group of the most popular, respected people in school. I just couldn’t seem to find anything realistic about a group like that. They were terrible people, yet people would do anything "The Elite" wanted and respected them anyways. After the way they would treat so many people, I just found it to be too unbelievable that people would do anything they asked. 

I felt that Brooklyn was a very shallow, immature main character. She would do anything for popularity, and didn’t seem to care who she hurt along the way. In my opinion, that’s one of the worst characteristics a person can have and therefore, Brooklyn was one of my least favorite MC’s I’ve read about in a while. She made such dumb decisions to be part of “The Elite”, even after they repeatably stabbed her in the back. Also, she never seemed to take any responsibility for her actions. Brooklyn would get angry at anyone who accused her of doing anything wrong, even when they were just trying to help. 

There is some romance in the story, with Brooklyn and Asher. Asher was a super sweet guy, and he liked all of Brooklyn’s good characteristics. He was a super forgiving person, and I didn’t think Brooklyn deserved him. For the ending, it summed things up pretty well, although Brooklyn didn’t change throughout the course of the story. I was hoping that she would change as a character more and I don’t think I’ll be continuing on with the series.

Even though What The Spell? was a book that held my attention the entire time, because of how much I disliked Brooklyn, I’d give it 2 out of 5 flowers.

* Thank you so much to ARCycling for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review! :)



21 comments:

  1. I haven't seen this book before but now while reading your review I don't think it's for me. Brooklyn's character sounds so annoying and I'm sick and tired of annoying girls. I think I'm getting old. Anyway great review :)

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    1. Thanks! Unfortunately, Brooklyn wasn't a great character :(

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  2. Sorry you didn't like the main character at all! Girls that like annoy me to pieces. But Asher sounds like a pretty good character :) Awesome review!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

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    1. Asher was a great character. Thank you :)

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  3. I think this is the first review that I have seen on this series. I read and the prequel and liked it so I bought the first part (episode) but haven't had time to read it yet. I am kind of bummed you didn't like this one very much. It is always hard when the main character of the story is unlikable. It makes for a hard read.
    Great honest review!

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  4. I had a really hard time with this one, her spell to change herself was kinda disturbing especially since it was equivalent to getting plastic surgery and making her boobs bigger and changing her appearance in order to feel better about herself. Spell or not, I fear it puts up the wrong impression. The book had far too many flaws for me.

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    1. I also felt the exact same way, I wish that she had changed more by the end of the book.

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  5. Hm. I don't think this is the book for me based on the way you described Brooklyn. I don't deal well with shallow girls, especially ones that strive for something as silly as high school popularity and don't care about hurting others in the pursuit of that goal. *shakes fist at Brooklyn* I'm glad the story at least kept you entertained though! Thanks for your thoughts on this one, this is the first review I've read for it:)

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  6. The synopsis of this book makes it sound a little Sabrina, the Teenage Witch type book. As much as I loved that show, I feel like it's not something I'm all that interested in reading. Thanks for the review!

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    1. I haven't seen that show, I've heard good things about it. Thank you :)

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  7. I'm not sure that this is a book for me-- Brooklyn sounds like a really unfortunate kind of character. I also don't understand the popularity thing-- but I come from a really small town, and I have to say that we don't have that. Thankfully. Thanks for the rocking awesome review, girly! (:

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    1. I definitely didn't like her as a person. Thank you so much! :)

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  8. I read this and I think it's not that unrealistic. There's a lot of teens now that would do lots of things to be popular. I liked this one just for its magic but Brooklyn did annoy me just a bit.

    - Ariella @ Secrets of Lost Words

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    1. I completely understand that :) I'm in high school and I just personally felt that it got to be a bit much. Thanks!

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  9. Usually in books like this there's at least some character growth, where they realize they are wrong and try to fix things and change. This sounds like that doesn't happen, which is very disappointing. I'm not sure this is something I would have picked up before, but I'll definitely skip it now!

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    1. The lack of character growth was pretty disappointing :(

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  10. Ugh, I really wanted to read this but the MC sounds horrible. I agree that that certain characteristic is really bad to have and I would feel the same. She didn't CHANGE?! Okay, bottom of my list now. Great review!

    Sunny @ Blue Sky Bookshelf

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  11. I was really excited to read this book, because it somewhat reminded me of Hex Hall, but after reading your review, it doesn't seem a priority anymore....

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  12. It is crazy just how much an annoying character can take away from a not so bad, or even a great book. This MC sounds like she would annoy the crap out of me. Ugh!

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