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Wicked: Witch(MP3)(Unabr.) [Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged] [MP3 CD]

Nancy Holder/Debbie Viguie
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Book Description

Jan. 20 2010 Wicked Series (Book 1)
Holly Cathers’s world shatters when her parents are killed in a rafting accident. She is wrenched from her home in San Francisco and sent to Seattle to live with her aunt, Marie-Claire, and her twin cousins, Amanda and Nicole. But sorrow and grief soon give way to bewildered fascination as one by one, strange incidents begin to occur. Such as the fact that any desire Holly whispers to her cat seems to come true. Or the fact that a beloved friend is injured after a freak attack from a vicious falcon. Or the fact of an undeniably magnetic and familiar attraction to a boy Holly barely knows. Holly, Amanda, and Nicole are about to be launched into a dark legacy of secrets, alliances, and machinations, where ancient magics yield dangerous results, where possession is commonplace, and where reincarnation is taken for granted – and the three girls must take on roles in an intergenerational feud the like of which they could never have imagined…

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Grade 7 Up-When her parents and best friend are killed in a river-rafting accident and her mother's best friend falls to a mysterious illness, Holly goes to live with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Seattle. There she meets Jeraud Deveraux and is drawn into a centuries-old battle between two families of warlocks and witches. Visions, spirits, sibling rivalry, death, grief, an affair, fatal attractions, magic-this book tries to include them all and barely succeeds. The two plot lines, one of a girl's grief and the other of the ancient feud between two families that unite through marriage while scheming to betray one another, duel for readers' attention. When all of the characters are added, the dueling turns into a battle. Holly is often shoved into the background and Jer's father becomes the central focus. In the end, readers care little about any of the people involved. While some scenes do have a certain tension, they are brief and often lost amid all the other elements.
Molly S. Kinney, Peach Public Libraries, Fort Valley, GA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 8-12. The first installment in a new Wicked series focuses on high-school senior Holly Cathor, orphaned by an accident, who goes to live with her aunt and cousins in Seattle. Unknown to her, they are descended from a powerful line of ancient French witches who are locked in an eternal battle with a dynasty of megalomaniac warlocks, now represented by Michael Deveraux and his sons. The narration periodically shifts from modern-day Seattle to seventeenth-century France as Holly and sexy college student Jeraud Deveraux realize their roles in this centuries-old feud that is now reaching a fatal climax. Holder is the author of several titles about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and this will appeal to the same mature readership. Catherine Andronik
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Novel Nov. 7 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When Holly Cathers's parents are killed in a rafting accident, she's forced to leave her life in San Francisco, and take off to Seattle, where she has to live with her aunt Marie-Claire, and her twin cousins, Amanda and Nicole. But soon, Holly's grief turns into curiosity, and fascination, for strange incidents begin to occur. The main one being that any desire that she whispers to her cat seems to come true, and for some reason she has an undeniable attraction to a boy she hardly knows. Not to mention that her friend is attacked by a vicious falcon in a freak accident. Now Holly, Amanda, and Nicole are entering a world filled with secrets, ancient magics, and possession, rule.
Being a fan of Nancy Holder's work with the BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER series, and Debbie Viguie's MIDNIGHT PEARLS, I felt that I had to read this book. Holly is a fun character, who is spirited, and intelligent, and her cousins Amanda and Nicole are equally fun and interesting. The book in itself was very intriguing, and well written. This is a must for all fans of Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie.
Erika Sorocco
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By tammy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
holly's life is turned upside down when her parents and her best friend are killed in a rafting accident. she is sent to live with an aunt and twin cousins that she did not even existed. unknown to her and her cousins they are descended from a long line of witches and their arch nemesis, the devereaux clan is watching all these events with growing concern. for there is a blood feud between the families that dates back 600 years and the devereaux clan has sworn to get bloody revenge. this book puts books like charmed to the point of looking like nice reading material for your children at bedtime. it has blood, reincarnation, murder, all the dark works ofevil that you could ever ask for. i can't wait till i read the next book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat of a disappointment July 3 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book had a promising start, but was all together somewhat of a disappointment.
This book is a LOT darker, than I first thought, and the love story is much more pronounced than I thought it would be too.
Also, parts of this story were quite confusing. The Deveraux, know like every language to use their powers, and the Cahors, who like barely speak English somehow manage to make use of their powers? At the end, it was as though Holly, just like figured out how to use the magic, and was like super powerful.
Also, the ending is quite wrong........The black fire should be able to destroy anything or anyone in a matter of seconds, yet it can't kill one warlock? Hmmm...........convient.
All in all, this book isn't all it's cracked up to be
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4.0 out of 5 stars Feuding Witch Families July 1 2003
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'Witch' is the start of a wonderful new 'Wicked' series co authored by Nancy Holder featuring Holly Cathor, a senior in high-school who does not yet know that she is part of a very old line of very powerful witches. The story unfolds when Holly's parents are killed in a rafting accident and Holly is forced to move to Seattle to live with her aunt and two twin cousins.
Through a series of strange incidents and flashbacks we learn that Holly's ancient family has been part of a feud with another demonic line of witches, the Deveraux's, currently lead by Michael along with his two sons. If witches, warlocks, and the supernatural are for you, then you are sure to enjoy this first entry in this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! June 14 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book! Although I do have to admit it got a little confusing in some places. It kept me reading untill 4:00 in the morning (really it did!) This book has a great plot for all you "sweep" fans out there. Its about a girl, Holly, whos parents and best friend are killed in a rafting accident and she is sent to live in Seattle with an aunt she doesent even know. What she finds in Seattle is mystery. Things start happening to her that she can't explain. And then she meets this hottie at the local hang out and they are drawn to one another for a reason they can't explain (yet). and that is really where things start pickin up. You really have to pay attention in the end and put 2 and 2 together so pay attention! It makes sense if you do. Overall I thought it was great and I can't wait to read the next one.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A major disappointment June 1 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I hated this book so much that I returned it and its two sequels to the store where I bought them! After the wonderful experience of reading "Sweep", this was just too disappointing. The book read like an outline. No emotional bond between the characters. Huge gaps in the time line. When the authors tell you "three months passed" and also "six weeks later", with no clue as to what had happened in the meantime, the plot is in big trouble. The authors fleshed out the villains in more detail than the heroes! I wanted to read more about the heroines, get inside their heads and see what they were thinking, get to know them---but none of that was there. And, hey, the couple that was destined to be together?....wasn't. What's that all about??? I've read lots of Nancy Holder's stuff and it has always been good until now----perhaps her publisher slapped her name on this book without her writing a word of it???
Meanwhile, I'll be awaiting the next "Sweep" title.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great read for teen girls May 20 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
But if you aren't a teenager and female, this probablly won't appeal. There are gaps in the narative that don't make sense, like, the characters go from knowing nothing to being full-fledged witches because the chapter number changed, and the black fire can only work when ___ are together. Then characters discover things, but the reader isn't aware of them until some time later, when the information is just thrown out there with no groundwork or preparation.
Mostly, the style is seamless, but there are times when the difference between authors is glaringly obvious.
But it does make a nice change from all the TSR fantasy ...-novels and transcribed D&D sessions.
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