Saturday, January 4, 2014

Book Review Witcha’be by Anna Marie Kittrell






I usually don’t read Young Adult Inspirational.  However, when Anna Kittrell asked me to write a review in exchange for a free copy, I said yes. I’m glad I did.  

I would recommend this book to not only to young adults but to all ages.

Having recently moved to Redbend, Oklahoma, Molly Sanders is ecstatic to have a friend in Lenni Flemming.  Bianca Ravenwood, not so much.  Lenni Flemming’s best friend since they were small girls and self-proclaimed witcha’be (contraction of witch wannabe), Bianca has taken an instant dislike to Molly, using her for ‘witchcraft’ practice.

Molly’s fear that Bianca will be successful in ruining her friendship with Lenni manifests itself in hiccups and jumping to conclusions about Bianca’s motives. 

Bianca fears Molly will replace herself in Lenni’s life as best friend and lashes out at Molly with her ‘witchcraft’.

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If you are a parent considering buying this book, other than mentioning witchcraft, defining what witcha’be is and some mumbling that is mistaken for ‘witchcraft’, the book doesn’t have any witchcraft.
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Some of the questions raised in this book are: What do you fear? Does the fear dictate your actions or do you set aside your fear to make your decisions? What do you find solace in when your fear seems overwhelming?

The author has done a good job of answering those questions in a non-preachy fashion while crafting likeable characters in an interesting story.  The questions stayed with me, leading me to re-evaluate how I deal with my own fears.   

33 comments:

  1. Nicely written! And the book looks like a winner, too! Thanks!

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  2. Great review...I don't read YA, but this review got my interest..This is a book I might have to buy...Best of luck to both you and the author...

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    1. Thank you. I couldn't have done it on my own.

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  3. Thank you, Chrysinda and Tabitha! I am so happy you stopped by. I would love to hear what you think about my book. It is the first in a four-book series. The second book, Dizzy Blonde will be releasing sometime this year :)

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    1. Looking forward to your next book, Anna.

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  4. Very nice review. Congratulations, Anna.

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    1. Thank you, Kathy :) Thanks for visiting--I love virtually seeing you!

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  5. Some universal questions that teens, and all of us, struggle with. Thought-provoking and uplifting. Bonnie McCune, author

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    1. Yes, I would definitely fall into that "all of us" category, Bonnie--even though I'm far past my teenage years :) I love writing for and about young adults. Such a fascinating time in our lives. So glad you stopped in!

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  6. Okay, I'll admit I bought the book but haven't yet read it. Now I'm really intrigued. Moving the book to the top of my to-be-read list.

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    1. Julia, thank you so much for buying Witcha'be. That was very sweet of you. I would love for you to let me know what you think about the story. It is the first in a series of four. Then next book, Dizzy Blonde, will release this year.

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    2. I'd love to know how you liked it as well, Julia.

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  7. Nice review, Vinita...I haven't read this but I've read other books by Anna, and I'm sure this one is fabulous. I can't wait to read it.

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    1. Awww! Thanks, Alicia! That means A LOT coming from you. I hope you like it. I am so glad you popped in!

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  8. Molly's concerns are things we all deal with in our lives.

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    1. Yes, Lynn, I agree. I think we learn to deal with the concerns better as we age--either that or we learn to better cover them up :) I appreciate you stopping in to comment.

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  9. Nice review. I haven't yet read Witch'abe, but I've heard about it from the author. I love Anna's writing style, so I can't wait to read this one. Thanks for your honest review.

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  10. Thank you, Calisa. I love your writing style too, my friend! So glad you visited.

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  11. The book has a great concept. Teens deal with lots of issues as we all do and the story was presented well.

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    1. Thank you, Victoria! I am enjoying your book, Cairo, very much as well :) I appreciate you stopping by.

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    2. Thank you for visiting, Victoria.

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  12. This review tells me just enough to pique my interest. I definitely want to read it.

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    1. Thank you so much. I hope you will read it--and let me know what you think. I am glad you stopped in!

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    2. Thank you, Paula. I had lots of help writing the review.

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