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From School Library Journal
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.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Witch is the first installment in the young adult fantasy series, Wicked, and it’s thoroughly entertaining. One feels sympathy for Holly, and because of the multiple viewpoints, the reader knows far more about the danger Holly and her family are in than she does. One of the likeable aspects, and a common trait in YA fantasies, is the growing confidence Holly has in herself as she identifies her enemies and develops her skills as a witch.
The evil ones in this book have no redeeming qualities, which makes them rather two dimensional, but they do have major magical skills which adds to the suspense and horror. Now that Holly understands what’s at stake and the power she holds, it will be interesting to see what she does with it next.
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.
Holly is having the time of her life river rafting on a vacaction with her parents, Tina(best friend), and guide Ryan. A storm starts up and the raft is destroyed leaving Holly the only survivor of the raft. With her best frien'ds mom in the hospital Holly goes to livein Seattle with her Aunt Marie-Claire and her twins Nicole and Amanda.
Also in Seattle lives Micheal Deveraux and his two sons Eli and Jer. They are a line of powerful warlocks tryint to bring about the Black Fire. They are also tryin to forge an alliance between them and a line of Wiccans, the Cahors(who became the Cathers). The Cathers women are none other then Holly's family. However they do not know of their heritage.
Another storyline is invovled in this book. It is about an alliance between the two familys. Isabeau and Jean are lovers and married. However each is supposed to decive the other and kill the family. Something goes wrong and all does not go according to plan.
As soon as Holly is with Jer they are in their past lives(as Isabeau and Jean). All to quickly Holly and her cousins learn of what they are and who the Deveraux's are.
Two stories both trying to win the readers attention. Both stories very very real.
I loved this book and can't wait for curse. However I'm still unclear as to what Black Fire is and why it's so important.
Holly Cathor just lost her parents & best friend in a rafting accident. Now she has to go live with her family and cousins in Seattle. When she first meets Jer Deveraux (son of Michael Deveraux, the man her aunt is having an affair with). But Jer's family is the descendents from a warlock family from 16th century France. Holly's family is too, they have just forgotten it, but Holly finds her aunt & cousin doing this magic thing one night and then Holly & her other cousin get involved. Now Jer has a thing for Holly, and Holly doesn't know what to do.
OK. Not the greatest review, but, I read this book like late October/Early November.
From that moment on, the book ran much like the rapids it begins on. I literally could not put it down (I nearly got in trouble for taking such a long lunch). I thought it was an intelligent read, scary and suspenseful, without the overly nasty bits you sometimes get in horror novels.
WITCH hit me from just about every side, I cried, I got angry, I laughed (out loud, it was kind of embarrassing, people stared), I was hopeful only to have my hopes dashed and then re-kindled then dashed...you get the picture. I even nearly had a heart attack at least twice.
The tapestry of past and present was incredible as the characters took form and the history unfolded. The characters come alive and just when you think you have it figured out...you don't. I always appreciate it when a book surprises me and WITCH managed to pull off a few twists that even I didn't expect.
My only complaint is that I have to wait for book 2!!!!! :) Well done.
Most recent customer reviews
holly's life is turned upside down when her parents and her best friend are killed in a rafting accident. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2003 by tammy
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... Read more
'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... Read morePublished on July 1 2003 by Jon Weber
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! Read morePublished on June 14 2003 by a total book freak
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... Read morePublished on June 1 2003
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... Read morePublished on May 20 2003
This books was so leaden, the character's were so leaden and like the lead characters romance was a bore-what they spend like a total amount of like two pages making google eyes... Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2003
I picked up this book at a B&N store and OH MY GOSH! I fell in love with it. The characters are diverse, entertaining, and the story is incredable. Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2002 by Alexis (The Wench)