Book Review: The Book of Spells by Kate Brian

Title: Book of Spells (Private 0.5)

Author: Kate Brian

Publisher: Simon & Schuster for Young Readers (December 10, 2010)

Format: Trade Paperback

Pages: 302

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The year is 1915 when sixteen-year-old Eliza Williams arrives at the Billings School for Girls in Easton, Connecticut. Her parents expect her to learn the qualities of a graceful, dutiful wife. But Eliza and her housemates have a dangerous secret: They’re witches. After finding a dusty, leather bound spell book, the Billings Girls form a secret coven. Bonded in sisterhood, they cast spells–cursing their headmistress with laryngitis, brewing potions to bolster their courage before dances, and conjuring beautiful dresses out of old rags. The girls taste freedom and power for the first time, but what starts out as innocent fun turns sinister when one of the spells has an unexpected-and deadly-consequence. Magic could bring Eliza everything she’s ever wanted…but it could also destroy everything she holds dear.

I remembered that I bought this one because I really liked the blurb. The synopsis pretty much got my attention. A bunch of girls living in a school dormitory practicing witchcraft made me curious. Magic and witchcraft had always been a favorite theme of mine when it comes to the novels that I read.

This was actually a quick-read for me. I never expected that I would finish this book so fast. The plot made me want to read on and on and on. I would say that it was a pretty much enjoyable story. I love the creepiness that came along with it. Plus, the fact that the story is set in 1915 added thrill to my reading experience.

On the other hand, I think there is something lacking from the story. Maybe I was just expecting more from it..that something bigger would happen. I guess that was just me. Anyway, I still think that this is a good prequel to the Private Series.



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