Monday, October 15, 2012
Seth's review of Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings
15-year-old Julie Richardson is about to learn that being the daughter of a witch isn't all it's cracked up to be. When she and her best friend, Marcus, witness an elderly lady jettisoned out the front door of her home, it's pretty obvious to Julie there's a supernatural connection.
In fact, there's a whisper of menace behind increasing levels of poltergeist activity all over town. After a large-scale paranormal assault on Julie's high school, her mother falls victim to the spell Endless Night. Now it's a race against time to find out who is responsible or Julie won't just lose her mother's soul, she'll lose her mother's life.
This book packs a lot into its’ two hundred and eighty-five pages. It throws you out the door of a speeding car on the freeway and hopes you hit the ground running. From the very start, it established a fairly quick pace. The main story takes less than a week to transpire. Ugh, I am so used to slower moving books this was almost too much for me to handle. I’m more used to books in the seven hundred plus page area with seven or more titles in the series. I finished it in about two days time, though I admit that’s a bit slow for me.
Julie Richardson, the main character, is a novitiate witch under the charge of her mother. They’ve chosen to not be a part of the local coven and as such Julie is a bit naïve when it comes to quite a few things in the political witch world. She introduces her friend Marcus to magic at an early age and he’s hooked. He becomes a steadfast, if meek friend of hers.
I loved how easily the story flowed. The only time I really put it down was when I went to sleep. The description of how magic works wasn’t especially hard to grasp. The characters seemed spot on for the age group, replete with all the teenage drama of school bullies and angst-ridden gothic girl who has a crush on the main male lead.
To be honest, I’m a bit torn on how to rate this book. Admittedly I’m not a big fan of witchcraft or anything like it but this book caught my considerably fickle interest at least for a while. That in itself merits I take a bit of time to think it over. I suggest reading this book if you want a good, light, time killer of a novel.
Seth gives Poltergeeks: 3/5.
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I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Neither I nor Seth were compensated in any way for this review.