Happy 4th of July!
This book is going on a wonderful journey with #BookAllies and I am so thankful to have won this ARC from Little, Brown Young Readers! This book releases in exactly one month. Woo!
Eva Evergreen is determined to earn the rank of Novice Witch before she turns thirteen years old. If she doesn’t, she’ll lose her magic forever. For most young witches and wizards, it’s a simple enough test:
ONE: Help your town, do good all around.
TWO: Live there for one moon, don’t leave too soon.
THREE: Fly home by broomstick, the easiest of tricks.
The only problem? Eva only has a pinch of magic. She summons heads of cabbage instead of flowers and gets a sunburn instead of calling down rain. And to add insult to injury, whenever she overuses her magic, she falls asleep.
When she lands on the tranquil coastal town of Auteri, the residents expect a powerful witch, not a semi-magical girl. So Eva comes up with a plan: set up a magical repair shop to aid Auteri and prove she’s worthy. She may have more blood than magic, but her “semi-magical fixes” repair the lives of the townspeople in ways they never could have imagined. Only, Eva’s bit of magic may not be enough when the biggest magical storm in history threatens the town she’s grown to love. Eva must conjure up all of the magic, bravery, and cleverness she can muster or Auteri and her dreams of becoming a witch will wash away with the storm.
My Thoughts: This is the second book I’ve picked up that dealt with witches, and wow this was yet another great one (the first was The Witches of Willow Cove)! What I loved about this book was the descriptive details of the city of Auteri. I could imagine the storefronts, the unbelievably hard tasks Eva had to complete in the town, and the adorable flamefox, Ember. I think Eva having Ember as a “pet” helped her realize how important she is and why she is striving to complete her quest to become a Novice Witch. Yes, he was a little naughty at times but she did not give up on him (even when she tried) and that same unknowing determination helped her with her quest in Auteri too. What bothered me though was the constant negativity from Eva. She would always speak as if the obstacle she was facing was going to end up disastrous. This happened many times in the story. I understand that her character was not a “happy go-getter” but I found this to be a bit redundant. Even though this was a lengthy read, the adventure and mayhem pulled me in. I am excited that there will be another book in this series! I would recommend this book for 5th grade and up.
About the Author
Julie Abe is the author of EVA EVERGREEN, SEMI-MAGICAL WITCH, releasing in 2020 (Little, Brown Young Readers) and the second book in the series, releasing 2021. She has lived in Silicon Valley, spent many humid summers in Japan, and currently basks in the sunshine of Southern California with never enough books or tea, where she creates stories about magical adventures.
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