Brittany Geragotelis’ What the Spell? is a light, dramatic, and entertaining read that will please fans of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars with its pop culture references and teenage drama.
All sixteen-year-old Brooklyn wants is to be somebody, to have what somebodies have: popularity, beauty, and power. When Brooklyn’s parents unbind her powers, she soon finds herself using magic to become part of her school’s “in-crowd”, the Elite. But the more she uses magic, the quicker she finds that popularity comes at a price and is not all it’s cracked up to be.
Ms. Geragotelis’ writing is clear, descriptive, and a bit addicting. I do wish there was less attention paid to the characters’ clothing choices, but the author still succeeds in bringing out their personalities as well. Ms. Geragotelis also succeeds in capturing the teen voice and has given Brooklyn an honest voice. While I did find Brooklyn’s actions and thoughts to be contradictory and melodramatic, the author still managed to make me sympathize with Brooklyn and her need to fit in. I think most readers will be able to relate to this, too.
The plot rolls along at a fun and steady pace, and never ceases to be over-the-top, which works really well in this novel as it keeps the story engaging and entertaining. Readers won’t want to stop turning the pages!
Overall, What the Spell? is an enjoyable read that, at times, can be shallow, but still possesses and maintains a certain level of energy that makes it a charming read. The ending hints at an even more exciting sequel and I look forward to reading it.