Review! The XYZs of Being Wicked by Lara Chapman

29 Sep

xyzsThe XYZs of Being Wicked

by Lara Chapman

272 pages – ages 9+
Published by Aladdin on July 22, 2014

Kid witch Hallie Simon was very excited when she got accepted into the Dowling Academy School of Witchcraft. After all, her great-grandmother was a very famous hedge-witch! Hallie is determined to be as friendly as possible to the other students at the academy (Hallie didn’t have much luck being friends with “normal” kids). Hallie’s excitement gets ruined when she gets her roommate – Kendall Scott. Kendall used to be Hallie’s best friend, until Kendall turned on a sour note, and started tormenting Hallie. Now Hallie is roommates with her! Between Kendall and some weird things going on with Hailey’s powers, can life at Dowling get any worse? Um… Well, yeah they can.

This was a great book. The cover really drew me in. Hallie is such a great main character. I like how she perseveres through it all, and even makes a wonderful friend in the process. The use of magic is very cool, although I’m not sure if I like or don’t like the fact that in the story, magic doesn’t exhaust you (take all your strength to use it). I think I’d like a little more about the magic and history of the witches in the story, but that’s just my taste. You may think this book is like Harry Potter plot, but it’s not. First off, Dowling is a school for girls (they have a brother school for boys), and there is no monster fighting, evil ghosts/spirits, etc. It’s actually pretty cool plot idea and very different from other magic type stories I’ve been reading lately. There is a lot of “girl drama” in the story – being popular – the “in” crowd etc, but the characters are middle-school-aged and (trust me) the stuff goes on so I think it makes the characters more real (if witches can be real 😉 ). Overall it is a very fun read.

Four out of five bookworms.fourbooks

12 Responses to “Review! The XYZs of Being Wicked by Lara Chapman”

  1. Jilanne Hoffmann September 30, 2014 at 2:48 am #

    This one doesn’t sound like it’s for my son. He’s not into magic or girl drama—yet. 😀


  2. Patricia Tilton September 30, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

    I really think girls would love this story. My guess this wil be a series.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 2, 2014 at 7:24 am #

      There is a second book, but it isn’t out yet. (they had a preview of it in the back of this book) 😀


  3. LovableLobo September 30, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

    Girl witch drama? Sounds like a middle grader’s dream story. Great review, SuperKid!


  4. writersideup September 30, 2014 at 7:54 pm #

    I love the expression “girl drama” lol That actually made me giggle, Erik 🙂 It’s one of the things I didn’t have to experience as a mom since I only have my son 😀


  5. macjam47 October 1, 2014 at 8:31 am #

    Wow! You’ve done it again. Great review. I love the comment about ‘girl drama’.


  6. Myra GB October 9, 2014 at 7:08 am #

    Ha! A witch novel. Interesting! 🙂


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