Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Parties & Potions

Synopsis (from Amazon): Perfect hair, cute clothes, healthy tans—life’s a breeze when you’re a witch! Even special witchcraft classes Rachel agrees to attend with Miri turn out to be fun. The sisters meet other teen witches just like them—who knew? Everyone’s preparing for a magical party called a Samsorta—a debutante ball for witches. And it wouldn’t be a ball without warlocks. Cute ones. Like Adam, who wants to slow dance with Rachel, and ski with her in the Rockies—on a school night! Of course, Rachel is madly in love with her boyfriend, Raf. So why can’t she bring herself to tell Adam—funny, charming Adam—that Raf exists?

Rachel knows Raf likes her. Maybe even, gulp, loves her. But Raf doesn’t know her secret. Unlike Adam, Raf doesn’t know who she really is. And she can never tell him. Or can she?

One (or more) Sentence Summary: Parties and Potions is too cute of a book. I loved it as much as I loved the first three (the whole series is a must read - 5 stars!!). Sarah Mylnowski is one of my favorite authors.  Her young adult and adult books are the best!  Parties and Potions is chick lit for the teens!  Extremely funny, fast moving, leaving you wanting more.  I love the "witch" theme too.  I must prefer that to the vampire/zombie themes.  Rachel and Miri are sisters and witches who live in NYC.  They balance the "real" world and the  witchcraft world just perfectly.  I can't get enough of these sisters!  I can't wait for my girls to be old enough to read this series - Magic in Manhattan.  They have about another year!

Favorite Character(s):  Miri is my favorite character.  She has been since the beginning of the series.  However, this book is more focused on Rachel.  How she handles the "mean" girl(s) at her school as a sophomore are very appropriate! She is also "boy crazy."  Sarah has developed the perfect "witches" in a modern day setting!  It reminds me of watching Bewitched as a kid - I loved that show!

Setting:  NYC, one of my favorite settings for books.

Fast read/slow read:  Extremely fast.  I was always wanting more time to read and didn't want it to end.

Cover:  I love it!

What Others Are Saying:  "Satisfying...A fun, light read." --Kirkus Reviews

"Funny & appealing." --Booklist

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Absolutely.  I can't wait to read Sarah Mlynowski's books - all ages..they are just the best.  Here are the books in the Magic in Manhattan series - they are all FABULOUS!s

Sarah is the author of both the WHATEVER AFTER and MAGIC IN MANHATTAN series, as well as DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT (March 2014), MILKRUN, FISHBOWL, AS SEEN ON TV, MONKEY BUSINESS, GIMME A CALL, TEN THINGS WE DID (AND PROBABLY SHOULDN'T HAVE) and HOW TO BE BAD (along with E.Lockhart and Lauren Myracle). Sarah's short stories and novellas include A LITTLE BIT BROKEN, A NICE FLING IS HARD TO FIND, KNOW IT ALL and CRUISIN'. Sarah also co-edited the bestselling chick-lit collections GIRLS' NIGHT IN and GIRLS' NIGHT OUT and co-wrote the first ever guide to writing chick lit, SEE JANE WRITE. 

Sarah's books have been translated into twenty-one languages and optioned to Hollywood. She was born in Montreal but now lives and writes in New York City.


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