Title: Southern Fried Wiccan
Author: S.P. Sipal
Publisher: BookFish Books
Publication Date: March 24th 2015
Goodread’s Synopsis: “Cilla Swaney is thrilled to return stateside, where she can hang up her military-brat boots for good. Finally, she’ll be free to explore her own interests—magick and Wicca. But when she arrives at her grandma’s farm, Cilla discovers that life in the South isn’t quite what she expected. At least while country hopping, she never had to drink G-ma’s crazy fermented concoctions, attend church youth group, make co-op deliveries…or share her locker with a snake-loving, fire-lighting, grimoire-stealing Goth girl…
…Who later invites her to a coven that Cilla’s not sure she has the guts to attend. But then Emilio, the dark-haired hottie from her charter school, shows up and awakens her inner goddess. Finally, Cilla starts believing in her ability to conjure magick. Until…
…All Hades breaks loose. A prank goes wrong during their high school production of Macbeth, and although it seems Emilio is to blame, Cilla and Goth pay the price. Will Cilla be able to keep the boy, her coven, and the trust of her family? Or will this Southern Wiccan get battered and fried?”
My Review: Thanks to BookFish Books and Netgalley for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review.
***Actual Rating 2.5***
Since I don’t really have a the heart to give this book less than that because it had so much potential. It could have been a great book about witches. I was hoping to have picked up a great book about witches. I haven’t picked up one of those kind of books in awhile. And in the title Wiccan I was kind of expecting magic. They did a lot of talking about magic throughout the book, but nothing really happen that sparked my interest.
The book started out good but not great. It was really slow and not much was happening. Then she got to school and it really confused me because she kept repeating how she traveled a lot. How she could speak tons of languages. I don’t how many times in the first 10% of the book she referenced how she was classified as a military brat. Priscilla has a narrator wasn’t the best choice. She was by far one of the most annoying characters. She honestly acted clueless when she walked into her first day of school.
Another thing is the Southern part I didn’t really hear the dialect of someone from the south. North Carolina isn’t really down in the south. I’m pretty sure it has a dialect, but not the way I pictured from the word Southern. Not to mention the phrases and sentences were very choppy and lacked detail on. A lot of the time I talk about balance in my reviews. And in order to have this you have to have equal talking and detail. This book had more quotation marks than I would have liked.
I would have really loved a more of a build to the climax and some more drama. I felt like if there was more towards young adults then things could have been better. Even though a book isn’t really based on drama its good to have some concept to make you second guess what you are thinking. To turn your sentences into fishing poles and the words bait and the readers the fish that the author is looking for. This is how a book is suppose to go.