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When Vania moves from Australia to Summerland, California, the last thing she expects to feel is that she's come home. Maybe it's Summerland's unusual history - Vania is drawn to stories about magic and witchcraft and, as she discovers, the pretty coastal town was settled by Spiritualists.And Vania's not the only teenager in town interested in magic. There are a few othersWhen Vania moves from Australia to Summerland, California, the last thing she expects to feel is that she's come home. Maybe it's Summerland's unusual history - Vania is drawn to stories about magic and witchcraft and, as she discovers, the pretty coastal town was settled by Spiritualists.And Vania's not the only teenager in town interested in magic. There are a few others including good-looking class president Bryce. Together they form their own club - a coven - but when they use their powers to investigate what happened to the mysterious woman of Queen's Cross, something goes wrong.Vania knows that the coven's power is good but there is evil out there too. Something or someone is determined to hunt them down. What does this force want with the coven. What price will Vania have to pay for the truth?...

Title : Witch: A Summerland Mystery
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ISBN : 9781742378695
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 251 Pages
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Witch: A Summerland Mystery Reviews

  • Anna
    2019-05-10 00:40

    I read a lot of books, and I especially read a lot of supernatural and YA fiction, but not many of them stay with me like "Witch" has done. I have found myself, days later, still pondering over the adventures of Vania and her friendship coven. Unlike many teenage, female protagonists, Vania is not annoying. The character feels more real rather than deliberately likeable, and the author hasn't tried to be cool, with smart alec quips and badly replicated teenage vernacular, that some writers feel the need to do. Instead Vania, and her motley crue of friends, are really quite relatable. I have to say my favourite characters were the psychic twins, they are the type of friends I wish I'd met in high school! Of all the witchy fiction I've read, Fiona Horne's "Witch" would have to be my favourite. It has a lot of grounding in reality, and subtly interwoven into the story is a basic introduction to witchcraft, which would be an asset to any teen, or adult, who is interested in dipping their toes into the realm of magic. Essentially the story revolves around friendship, self discovery, the occult in its many facets, and of course, a side dish of romance. I really appreciate that the author didn't make the love story central to the plot, too many YA fictions are about getting the boy, where as this book is more about self revelation. I really loved this novel, and I can't wait to read the next one. The readership is probably aimed at roughly 12-16 year olds, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to a slightly younger audience as the story doesn't deal with any overtly adult topics, and as an adult reader I would happily recommend it to any mature readers who enjoy supernatural YA fiction.

  • Elyn Storath
    2019-05-12 03:30

    I absolutely loved reading 'Witch'. As an adult reader, I've been both enthralled and disappointed by young adult novels in recent years, but 'Witch' was a breath of fresh air and an absolute joy to read. The characters were distinct with clear individual voices, and Vania 'real' - I remember in my teens feeling such emotional fluctuations, wanting to be good with the temptation to indulge in more negative feelings at times (and giving into it sometimes :o). Fiona paints clear, atmospheric scenes that are easy to envision which meant the flow of the story was fluid. Having read Fiona's non-fiction books on Witchcraft, I expected a good book with 'Witch' and wasn't disappointed. I'm an artist/photographer and after three months of reading and not feeling inspired, 'Witch' flooded me with wonder and magic again. Highly recommended read :o)

  • Jen
    2019-04-22 21:34

    I adore Fiona’s nonfiction, and I wanted to like this more than I did, but it fell flat for me, unfortunately.

  • Kylie
    2019-05-06 23:20

    Ever felt like you just don’t fit in? That you’re a freak? Maybe you’re a witch.Witch by Fiona Horne is the perfect book for a sunny afternoon. With character that everyone can relate and identify with. After spending her life growing up in Australia Vania parents decide it’s time to move back to Summerland, California.Vania is your average 16 year old girl. A little bit of a loner who wants nothing more than to fit in at school and maybe even have a boyfriend.When her over protective parents decide to move from Australia back to Summerland where Vania was born. Her life will change for everAfter being treat like crap by some of the popular kids, Vania fell even more out of place. That is until Bryce ( one of the popular girls boyfriend) decides he has had enough of the way the popular group is treating everyone in particular Vania, and decides that he wants to hang out with her. As Vania finds her place with her new friends Amelia and Alyssa and new boy Dean. They discover that they all share not only an interest in magic, but a knack and decide to form a coven.Wanting to use their new found powers for good, they decide to solve an unsolved murder of a woman. However this may be one door that should have been left closed.The way the group comes together does happen very fast. But I believe that this is to show that they are drawn together. That magic calls to other magic. It also adds to the idea that everyone has a place that they truly belong. I loved the friends in this story and found myself wishing I had friends like them (in particular the twins. )As in any good story, there is a villain. I did find that the villain was a little easy to predict. I would of loved for there to be more than one person who it could have been, but once I had finished the book and thought about it I think it was obverse from the start.The story’s mystery and unfolding plot, were easy to follow and to a point there were no huge surprises. I found that Fiona Horne's own life experience with witchcraft really shone through, and made the story more authentic. With careful attention being paid to the details including spells, ingredients, the moon, and the power of positive thinking. With her also touching on spiritualist/medium elements, which was interesting and I wish that there had been more of. Witch would make the perfect novel for those who are just starting to read YA or for someone who is looking for the perfect holiday read. So cast a spell and get your self a copy today You will be bewitched by this tale

  • Michellenovelsontherun
    2019-05-01 23:13

    RATING: 3.5 VANIA stars!“Mm-m-massive lips.....Mrs Fish, Vania Thorn, Fish Lips.” Cassidy Walters is a mean girl. I am older and wiser, now. With what I know now, she would have been going dooowwwnnn!! on that school bus trip. Alas I was just like Vania, I was not a hero or a toughie. It would have been nice to have had some mind mojo....just a little JVania Thorn has lived fifteen years of her life in Australia. A job opportunity arises and her parents take her home to their town of Summerland, USA. Vania soon finds herself some awesome friends, the twins , Amelia and Alyssa, Dean and to Cassidy’s surprise, Bryce. This is a cute read. Maybe a little younger than the average YA book in storyline. I enjoyed it. I could ‘feel’ Fiona had poured a lot of herself and witch knowledge into the storyline. The romance is light, the friendships are true and strong. The villain, maybe a little obvious, but what I loved was the twist thrown in. Fiona got me goooood! I air high fived Fiona with that twist. I loved the visual I got from Vania’s 16th birthday séance scene. I also learnt a thing or two. I did not realise you had to be given a pack of tarot cards. You didn’t just go buy yourself a pack. There was a cute Nancy Drew style mystery that wove this story together nicely. This was a lovely clean read about friendship, discovery, spells , an unsolved murder, and a hot boy named Bryce who had his own secrets....... and that twist! Michelle

  • Novels On The Run
    2019-05-11 23:38

    MICHELLE'S REVIEW:RATING: 3.5 VANIA stars!“Mm-m-massive lips.....Mrs Fish, Vania Thorn, Fish Lips.” Cassidy Walters is a mean girl. I am older and wiser, now. With what I know now, she would have been going dooowwwnnn!! on that school bus trip. Alas I was just like Vania, I was not a hero or a toughie. It would have been nice to have had some mind mojo....just a little JVania Thorn has lived fifteen years of her life in Australia. A job opportunity arises and her parents take her home to their town of Summerland, USA. Vania soon finds herself some awesome friends, the twins , Amelia and Alyssa, Dean and to Cassidy’s surprise, Bryce. This is a cute read. Maybe a little younger than the average YA book in storyline. I enjoyed it. I could ‘feel’ Fiona had poured a lot of herself and witch knowledge into the storyline. The romance is light, the friendships are true and strong. The villain, maybe a little obvious, but what I loved was the twist thrown in. Fiona got me goooood! I air high fived Fiona with that twist. I loved the visual I got from Vania’s 16th birthday séance scene. I also learnt a thing or two. I did not realise you had to be given a pack of tarot cards. You didn’t just go buy yourself a pack. There was a cute Nancy Drew style mystery that wove this story together nicely. This was a lovely clean read about friendship, discovery, spells , an unsolved murder, and a hot boy named Bryce who had his own secrets....... and that twist! Michelle

  • Tez
    2019-05-11 19:20

    The Australian book industry is a bit strange. Anywhere else, the prominent blurbs would be from reputable publications (Publishers Weekly, Kirkus) or bestselling novelists in the same genre. But here, novels are blurbed by celebrities. Hugh Jackman's quote covered a Tara Moss book. Dannii Minogue's promo fronts Fiona Horne's Witch.Fiona Horne is best known as a non-fiction author specialising in modern witchcraft. She was also in a band, Def FX, who only did one song that I remember. (It was in the nineties.) Witch is her first go at fiction, a young adult novel relocating Australian teen Vania Thorn to Summerland, California, a town settled by Spiritualists. Vania makes like-minded friends who form a coven for their magical studies. In particular, they investigate the Queen's Cross murder.Witch's strength lies in the well-crafted town of Summerland, with its rich history and vivid description. The characters don't fare nearly as well. While the author has done an admirable job of giving the narrator flaws (desires for popularity and revenge), the other players are a bit cardboard, especially the twins. Instead of having distinct personalities, they just seem to blend into one another. And the resident baddie is just too obvious; needs more complexity.

  • Kaz
    2019-05-07 21:40

    As far as urban fantasies go, this is pretty standard. Whilst predictable, it was still entertaining. Perhaps the editors might take better care in the next edition in the series. The concept of magic and ghosts will still capture attention just like it has mine. Enjoyable, predictable and an easy read.

  • Amanda
    2019-04-30 21:33

    I liked this book quite well, even though it was written for a younger audience. The characters were well developed and the story kept me engaged from start to finish. I really liked Vania and her covenmates and look forward to future stories.

  • Brodie
    2019-05-15 23:18

    It certainly wasn't bad, I just prefer more older YA stories. Fantastic for a younger YA audience! Review coming.

  • Loraine
    2019-05-15 03:19

    Lovely teen romance with interesting magical elements