Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Title: Wicka: The Chronicles of Elizabeth Blake | Author: Christy Deveaux | Publication Date: May 28, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 224 | Recommended Ages: 12+
Thanks to Mother Daughter and Son Book Reviews for allowing me to participate in this Book Blast.
While mourning the loss of a mother figure, Elizabeth Blake, a smart but socially introverted seventeen-year-old girl from Ann Arbor, Michigan, enrolls in an international school in the south of France to finish her final year of high school. Here she meets her true love, finds out that she is a witch from an ancient family, and discovers that her life is in danger.
Meanwhile, the Elders—the most powerful coven of witches in the world—have been tracking Elizabeth since her birth. According to an ancient legend, a battle led by “One barely born existing to lead” will cause the downfall of the Elders. Fearing that Elizabeth is the heir to this legend, the Elders try to destroy her before she can fulfill the prophecy.
With the help of her new friends, Elizabeth must travel to Greece to try and prove to the Elders that she is not a threat and to ask for their permission to exist in peace.
With the prospect of having to leave each other once the school year ends and return to their homes on opposite sides of the world, Elizabeth and her new love have to find a way to stay together. However, a rival love interest discovers their plan and causes the Elders to act against Elizabeth. As time runs out, Elizabeth must learn to use the powers she possesses to protect herself and the people she loves most.
I have enjoyed reading this YA novel. The characters are clearly written, and though this book has been compared by many reviewers with the popular series, Twilight, I find these much more likeable and three-dimensional. The main character, Elizabeth, is a much stronger person who does not whine through the whole book. The take on the Wicca characters is original and subtle. Their human qualities came through in a refreshing way.
From a writer's perspective, I would love to reread this book after a professional editing. It is heavily narrated and needs to include more dialog and action descriptions rather than the main character/ narrator letting us know what the other characters were doing or thinking. This being said, it still did not deter me from being drawn to the story and wanting to read more to see how it ends. I feel this is a good book for preteens through young adult fiction fans. The author, Christy Deveaux, has a genuine talent for the paranormal romance genre and should be very successful in future sequels to this first Elizabeth Blake novel. I have received a free copy of this book in order to write an unbiased review.
About the Author:
Christy Deveaux is the author of The Chronicles of Elizabeth Blake series. Her highly anticipated first book in the series, Wicka, was just released this spring (2014). Inspired by traveling across Europe solo at a very young age, and many travel adventures since, the character and story line behind Elizabeth Blake was born.Christy majored in political science and earned a cross-disciplinary degree from the University of Western Ontario. She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband, three children and a fish named Cow.