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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW, & #GIVEAWAY - Spell Book & Scandal by Jen McConnel

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Spell Book & Scandal
by Jen McConnel
Publication date: October 31st 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult


Shelby King is tired of living in her sister’s shadow. Just because Christina is the most powerful caster in school doesn’t mean Shelby’s any good at magic; she’s a scribe, like her mom, and everyone expects her to write spells for her sister, the way her mom always has for her dad. But Shelby’s spells fail spectacularly, and by the time she’s a sophomore, Christina won’t touch them with a ten-foot-pole; their parents aren’t much better. Shelby is fed up, and she decides to show the world she doesn’t care if she isn’t as good as her stuck-up sister, or as talented as their powerful parents. In fact, she decides it’s time to break all the rules, magical and otherwise, and she starts sneaking out to meet Jeremiah Smallwood, the second-best caster in school at illegal pop-up spell battles around town. She may not be able to scribe for him, but she doesn’t mind letting him think that she could; Shelby’s been half in love with Miah as long as she can remember, but he’s never paid attention to her until now, and she’s not going to risk her chances worrying about a pesky thing like the truth. But when Christina rats her out to their parents, Shelby can’t control her anger, and words come pouring out of her that she can’t take back even if she wanted to, threatening Christina’s future…and Shelby’s own chances with Jeremiah. It’ll take more magic than Shelby’s ever dreamed of to set things right, but no scribe has that much magic…right?

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4 out of 5 (very good)

Spell Book & Scandal is the first book in a new series by Jen McConnel. We focus on fifteen year old Shelby, a scribe in a family of magic users. Her older sister is a caster, and coming up for an important set of magical exams. A caster has to have a scribe, but Shelby's spells don't work very well, so Christina is getting them elsewhere. Throw in young love, mean girls, spell battles, and an out of body experience, and you are in for a very interesting read.

I have to be honest, Shelby didn't do much to entice me to her as a main character. Mainly because she is throwing herself a pity party so big, she doesn't see what is going on around her. She manages to upset her best friend, her family, and doesn't really have many friends at all. She is a whiny character that has a lot of growing up to do, which is when it's good to remember this is a Young Adult book! It is only towards the end, when she and Christina start working together, that she redeemed herself a bit. She still has some work to do, but she became a better character (in my eyes).

This book is excellently written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow. The scenes flowed, and the characters all had their own foibles and quirks. Ending on a slight cliffhanger, this was an enjoyable book that I would recommend.

*A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

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Award-winning author Jen McConnel writes NA, YA, and nonfiction. When she isn’t writing, she can be found on her yoga mat or wandering off on another adventure. Visit to learn more!

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