Friday, 28 May 2010

Review: Majix: Notes from a Serious Teen Witch - Douglas Rees

Majix: Notes from a Serious Teen Witch (Harlequin Teen)
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. (Goodreads)

Majix is a fun book aimed at younger readers (middle grade). The characters are appealing and it is written in a fun way, in the style of Kestrel writing a book about becoming a witch. The story is much more about a young girl dealing with certain issues than actual magic. With an ill father and moving to live with her aunt which means a change of school, Kestrel only has her witchcraft to get her through. Determined not to fit in, Kestrel ends up with a couple of new friends and actually starts to like living in Juropa.

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