Book of Shadows by Cate Tiernan

For Morgan Rowlands, life is pretty average. She’s got great friends, a loving family, and no worries. That all changes when Cal Blaire enters the scene. Cal’s different – he’s beautiful, popular, and easy going with pretty much everything and everyone. Morgan knows she’s not the only one crushing and so she feels like she’s at the bottom of the totem pole. Because who would notice her, Sarah – plain and tall?

book of shadowsTitle: Book of Shadows
Author: Cate Tiernan
SeriesSweep Book 01
Publish Date:  Jan 29, 2001
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionSomething is happening to me that I don’t understand. I see things, feel things in a new way. I can do things normal people can’t do. Powerful things. Magical things. It scares me. I never chose to learn witchcraft. But I’m starting to wonder if witchcraft is choosing me.

Morgan thinks witchcraft is laughable when her best friend Bree drags her to a meeting of the Cirrus Coven. But during a ceremony led by Cal, Morgan’s long-time crush, Morgan feels a shock. Suddenly everything looks brighter, clearer. Morgan doesn’t want to get involved with witchcraft–but she feels like witchcraft is choosing her.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

When Cal invites Morgan and her friends to a party out in the woods, he introduces them to a world they never knew existed. One involving magic and intrigue: Wicca (witchcraft) and all its lovely wonders. After he conducts a circle with them, Morgan feels strangely. And the morning after, she wakes up feeling just as bad – and more witchy. And now – Cal has begun to notice her.

But things go from great to worse in a matter of seconds. Her best friend Bree turns on her out of jealousy. Her curiosity to know more about Wicca leads her to buy books on the subject, books that her religious parents don’t even want at their house. Morgan is confused by their anger and fear – but keeps the books hidden away. She’s a teenager after all.

Near the end of the book, the majority of the people who participated in the first circle stay for the Halloween/Samhain one, where Morgan really feels connected to the magic – and makes things happen. And a kiss to top off her night.

I summed that up because the back cover blurb and the Goodreads summary don’t really do it justice. Quite frankly, I really like this series and have read it several times. Yeah, it’s got the girl-meets-boy-who-shows-her-this-really-exciting-new-supernatural-world-and-they-fall-in-love plot, but things don’t work out with a fairy tale ending, which you’ll see later in the series.

There’s a lot of emotion in this – probably because it’s YA and teenagers are angsty. But Morgan comes from a very religious (and Catholic) background and she’s very close to her best friend Bree. So when they all kind of turn against her at different points in the book, she feels like she has no one and for once, that’s true. She’s not close enough to Cal just yet and her other best friend, Robbie, is dealing with his own stuff. Morgan has finally felt something and she’s having it ripped away, sadly. She is kinda whiny, but when everything is falling apart, who wouldn’t be?

badge4v4Also – what I really like? 80% of the witchcraft and spells in this series are real. The belief system and law of three, the circles and feelings that go along with it. I like how real it is while being fictional. Also, since I’ve studied Wicca and witchcraft in the past, I really enjoy the realness and history of these books.

Books in this series…

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If you like this book…

…you might like So Mote It Be by Isobel Bird, Blue is For Nightmares series by Laurie Faria Stolarz, or Don’t Die Dragonfly by Linda Joy Singleton.

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About Kat Mandu

I'm an urban fantasy and young-adult paranormal writer. I love to cook, rock out to music, and read as much as I can get my hands on. Always believe in your dreams and pursue them no matter what the cost. If you believe in it, it's worth every chance you take.

Posted on June 16, 2016, in 4-Good, Contemporary Fantasy, Kat Mandu, Review, Young Adult and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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