Book Club Review: Halloween Magic & Mayhem by Stella Wilkinson

Posted October 29, 2015 by Lillian in Reviews / 1 Comment

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Laura @ trips down imagination road has started an online book club and I decided to join up. Each month she posts three books for us to vote on for the next month. On the first day of the month she lists the winning book for us to read together. On the last week, link up with your review! This month’s book is: Halloween Magic & Mayhem by Stella Wilkinson.

Book Club Review: Halloween Magic & Mayhem by Stella WilkinsonHalloween Magic & Mayhem by Stella Wilkinson
Series: Magic & Mayhem,
Published by Self Publish on 2013-10-28
Length: 134 pages
Reviewing eBook from My Book Shelf

How on earth did I end up here? I was supposed to be at a party kissing the boy of my dreams, instead I’m dancing naked on the town common, on Halloween, with a Coven of strange women who might be witches, a bunch of zombies that I have to return to their graves, a talking crow, and my pet ghost thrown in for good measure. Just yesterday I was an ordinary teenager…

On her sixteenth birthday Emily Rand discovers that she is a witch. Unable to control her spells she unwittingly raises zombies, and corporealizes the ghost haunting her house. She finds herself in a race against time to put everything right if she has any hope of getting to a certain Halloween party and seeing a certain boy again.

Halloween Magic and Mayhem is a young-adult paranormal comedy romance. Magic & Mayhem Series, Book One

Halloween Magic & Mayhem by Stella Wilkinson was a cute, easy read about a girl becoming a witch. When the clock strikes midnight on Emily Rand’s 16th birthday, she discovers that her aunt was right. She’s a witch and there’s a ghost in her bedroom. So begins her hilarious first day.

So this book was just okay for me. Definitely not a favorite, but it did have it’s perks. Emily is a funny adolescent. She’s a self-centered, as most are, and totally clueless about her heritage. She makes many mistakes in this short novella but she was refreshing none-the-less.

Peter is her ghost. He’s been trapped in her house longer than he can remember and he asks for her help to cross over. He’s funny, a bit odd, and kinda has a Casper moment with Emily.

Besides Peter however the other characters were bland and 2-dimensional. There was no depth to them and they really didn’t add to the story. Even Emily’s crush is just labeled as hot and oh he smiled at her. Really?!

Overall the novella was cute, but again there wasn’t much depth, hardly any world-building, and besides Emily and Peter no one else stood out, except for maybe Bob her familiar. Honestly if this book wasn’t free on Kindle I probably wouldn’t have read it. If you enjoy clean, young adult, urban fantasy than you may like it. If you read it, let me know what you thought!

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About Stella Wilkinson

Stella Wilkinson is a full time author with fourteen books currently available, plus several box sets and multi-author anthologies. She is from the South West of England, UK, where she lives in a world populated mainly by her characters and where teen romance and the occasional paranormal creature are what she thinks and writes about. Although she is best known for her hugely successful Flirting Games Series, she also has two other series as well as some stand-alone books and short stories.


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