About the BookTitle: Wicka: The Chronicles of Elizabeth Blake | Author: Christy Deveaux | Publication Date: May 28, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 224 | Recommended Ages: 12+ Book Description: While mourning the loss of a mother figure, Elizabeth Blake, a smart but socially introverted seventeen-year-old girl from Ann Arbor, Michigan, enrolls in an international school in the south of France to finish her final year of high school. Here she meets her true love, finds out that she is a witch from an ancient family, and discovers that her life is in danger. Meanwhile, the Elders—the most powerful coven of witches in the world—have been tracking Elizabeth since her birth. According to an ancient legend, a battle led by “One barely born existing to lead” will cause the downfall of the Elders. Fearing that Elizabeth is the heir to this legend, the Elders try to destroy her before she can fulfill the prophecy. With the help of her new friends, Elizabeth must travel to Greece to try and prove to the Elders that she is not a threat and to ask for their permission to exist in peace. With the prospect of having to leave each other once the school year ends and return to their homes on opposite sides of the world, Elizabeth and her new love have to find a way to stay together. However, a rival love interest discovers their plan and causes the Elders to act against Elizabeth. As time runs out, Elizabeth must learn to use the powers she possesses to protect herself and the people she loves most.
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"I truly enjoyed Wicka, a paranormal fantasy with love, jealousy, betrayal, and of course, magic. Young adult-friendly, the book contains its own mythos that really added to the interest in the story for me. It has a truly original take on witch lore, with its own quirks and novelties, that enrich the existing idea of witchcraft. The interpersonal story here is also compelling, and it’s perfect for teens. All in all, fantastic." ~ Sam G.
"Not only did I find the overview captivating when reading the description, but the story caught my attention right from the start. It takes a lot for a story to do that as I am easily bored - I may as well just be honest about it. This book had me reading it from start to finish and I couldn't put it down until it was complete. The story was well written and I look forward to reading more novels by this author!" ~ A. Drewes
"Mystery, suspense, love and a fascinating main character. I couldn’t put it down!" ~ Patricia Martin
About the Author: Christy DeveauxChristy Deveaux is the author of The Chronicles of Elizabeth Blake series. Her highly anticipated first book in the series, Wicka, was just released this spring (2014). Inspired by traveling across Europe solo at a very young age, and many travel adventures since, the character and story line behind Elizabeth Blake was born. Christy majored in political science and earned a cross-disciplinary degree from the University of Western Ontario. She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband, three children and a fish named Cow.
My ReviewElizabeth comes from a very strong witch family. It is fascinating that the witch gene only presents itself in the females. I wonder why because in other witch families the males can have witch power.
Elizabeth and William are a cute couple. They work well together. Elizabeth's lack of witch knowledge is nuanced further by Sophie. Sophie who was bought up in the traditional witch way has many negative beliefs about humans. In many ways, it makes Sophie act like a terrible person. However, it is not quite what it seems.
The story is very cute and family oriented. Families are a big part of the story. Elizabeth's and William's connection gets deeper as the story progresses. William is close to his family, who accept Elizabeth and try to protect her.
Elizabeth finds out more about her family, which is the crux of what is happening to her in the present. It is amazing how much family history affects people in the future. That happens in real life too, even if it shouldn't. Blood ties are important.
Also, there is a bit of suspense and adventure in this novel, it fits in with the fantasy element. This novel is perfect for young readers. It is detailed but not extremely gory or sexual, if you do not like reading about those things. Additionally, the characters are good role models.
I really enjoyed the ending- everything was tied together and it made you consider Elizabeth's future and be right there with her.