Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Majix: Notes from a Serious Teen Witch by Douglas Rees


Title:  Magix: Notes from a Serious Teen Witch
Author:  Douglas Rees
Genre:  Young Adult
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: 
ISBN:  9787-0-373-21017-6
Stand alone or series: Stand alone
Pages:  187
Book Received from:  Publisher
First Lines:  My name is Kestrel.  Kestrel Murphy.  Never call me Susan.  Whoever heard of a witch named Susan?

Synopsis
Kestrel (don't call her Susan) Murphy is angry. Forced to leave her posh San Francisco Bay Area home by her father's illness, she's living in Jurupa (sounds like vomiting), Southern California. It's too hot. The people are stupid. And you have to chew the air to get the oxygen out of it. On the plus side, Kestrel is a witch. Well, a witch-in-training. And she's going acquire the magic she needs to get her life back to normal. At first, she barely notices the people around her-Aunt Ariel, who's taken her in and is herself a well-known white witch; Jose Iturrigaray, the quiet, talented young artist; Blake Cump, troublemaker extraordinaire; Laura Greenwood, who wants to be Kestrel's friend. But life has its own magic, and gradually Kestrel finds that much of one's success as a witch lies in being open to it.

My Thoughts
The synopsis is what really caught my eye when I was looking through many titles.  I enjoy a good witch story and when I found that another blogger had enjoyed reading this I decided to request it.

Kestrel  (Susan) is whisked away to her Aunt Ariel's in Jurupa after her father has a heart attack and needs to reduce his stress.  Kestrel is not happy about this decision obviously and also begins thinking darker magic may be the answer.  She doesn't know her Aunt but soon enough finds that she is a white witch.  If things couldn't get any worse she is enrolled into high school and quite naturally stands out in her all black attire and therefore begins the taunts and teasing because she is different.

At first I found Kestrel to be kind of selfish that the whole universe has dealt all of this to her.  I wasn't sure in the beginning if I was going to like her or not but by around page 24 or so when the story starts to get into it that I actually warmed to her.  I think what really got things going for me was when she starts interacting with the other characters.

The story is narrated in Kestrel's voice (first person, present tense) and is her Book of Shadows that she is creating with each entry.

This is a fantastic story that deals with the issues most teens have faced in one way or another.  Moving to a different town, fitting in (or not), making friends and discovering your true self.  Majix is an entertaining read that left me wanting more.

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