Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Clair Witch Project by Andi Adams

Source: eBook from author in exchange for a fair and honest review

My Summary:

Clair is turning sixteen and boy are things about to change in her life. It’s not a drivers license or a boyfriend that change things for Clair. No it the fact that her witch powers find her on her sixteenth birthday. Oh that would be the witch powers she didn’t know anything about. Her mother had been away for the last year and her father left when she was a baby. Living with her grandmother, Clair and her brother Cody always thought the women of their family were a little crazy. No it’s that the women of their family are witches. Being a witch might be fun except for the little problem that something or someone is after her powers. With her mom gone and her grandmother trying to find her, Clair is left to figure out who she can trust and how to use the new found powers. Can she survive her first day as a witch? Will her best friend help her or turn on her? Who is after her powers and can she do anything to stop them?

My thoughts:

3 stars – a good read

The Clair Witch Project is a fun little story with lots of promise. I liked the humor and fast pace. Clair has a quirky personality that was fun to be around. I liked her silly friend Squid and the cute, dedicated boy friend Keith. There were just a few little things that kept this cute story from being a great story. One was the number of typos in the story. I kept finding places where a word was repeated or a letter was missing. It wasn’t hard to figure out what it was supposed to be but it detracted from the story. Also, I would have liked a little more world building than we got. Clair was trying to figure things out on the fly and I get that was part of the story but too much was confusing and never really explained. There were a few loose ends that never got explained like who the “they” were that her mother talked about. I know I’m a detail girl so that may be too critical but I don’t like having unanswered questions at the end of a book. Finally, I think the battles Clair waged were too easily won. I know she’s a powerful witch but she hasn’t learned anything about using that power. It’s too bad this book wasn’t a little longer and fuller because I think the missing things I’ve mentions could easily have been added.

This is certainly a fun YA witch story that is worth giving a chance. It’s just not my favorite.

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