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Magic runs thicker than blood.Misfortune seems to follow the Sayers family. Georgia has tried endlessly to reestablish normality since her mother died, and she's no closer from escaping her strange past when a mysterious fire destroys the only other high school in her tiny Texas town. Georgia is thrown into the company of Luke, a cryptic senior who brings her face to faceMagic runs thicker than blood.Misfortune seems to follow the Sayers family. Georgia has tried endlessly to reestablish normality since her mother died, and she's no closer from escaping her strange past when a mysterious fire destroys the only other high school in her tiny Texas town. Georgia is thrown into the company of Luke, a cryptic senior who brings her face to face with the truth about her heritage. Her loving, perfect mother created her family for the singular purpose of birthing five of the most powerful witches in the world, capable of terrifying magic. Now that she knows the truth, can Georgia keep her siblings safe?Who is behind the dark cult that's after her family? And does Luke know more about her powers than even she does?...

Title : Spelled
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ISBN : 9780615962023
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 168 Pages
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Spelled Reviews

  • Deborah
    2019-04-14 19:10

    Georgia Sayers believes she is a regular teenager, albeit with a few more issues than most: oldest of five siblings, she takes on the role of their dead mother, who committed suicide, putting Georgia into therapy, along with her young brother who hears voices. Their step-dad is always busy at work (in a maternity unit) and someone is keeping alive the old slur that Georgia’s family are witches.Well, surprise, surprise, that’s just what they are, only at the start of this story none of them know it. It’s left up to the new boy at school (after his own school burned down) to find the chink in the spell that keeps them from this alarming knowledge. The girls all take to it reasonably well, but the brother, Wyatt, not so.This is a well-written book, with personable and believable characters, great dialogue, smooth prose, and an excellent grasp of pacing, with the tension ramping up with ever increasing speed towards the climax, that comes complete with a neat twist.Things I really enjoyed were: the knowledge of gemstones and their magical properties, the passage where one of the younger girls firmly instructs a poltergeist to behave in a civilized manner, and the little twist reveal at the end that I’m not going to give away!Then there were the few things that kept it, for me, to a four star rather than the full five. First and foremost was that the prologue (which is not formally titled as such) is from an undisclosed viewpoint, which left me confused about the timeline until nearly the end, when the identity of that vp character finally became clear. At one point, one of the sisters suddenly explains a spell, and I had no idea where she gained that knowledge, nor did anyone ask how she knew. I found the step-father conveniently absent much of the time, leaving even the youngest children without parental supervision rather more than I found believable, and in the final struggle, Wyatt suddenly seemed very strong for a child and – whilst there is a good reason – his sister didn’t question it.Finally, and this is a matter of personal taste, I'm really not keen on stories told in present tense, but as a well-paced and plotted YA paranormal, I’d recommend it as well suited to that readership.

  • Megan Stewart
    2019-03-30 21:32

    As Halloween is right around the corner, Spelled by Kate St. Clair could not have crossed my path at a more perfect time. With tales of witches and spells and a high school twist, I was curious what I would find beyond the cover. I expected there to be more romance than suspense, with not too much graphic violence and adult themes as it is a Young Adult novella. However, as soon as I started reading, there were plenty of fantastical gruesome details and an intriguing story.But there was a disconnect between the first two chapters that tripped me up. It wasn't until the end of the novella that the reader truly understands the significance of the opening. However, as the story progresses, we get little glimpses of understanding, propelling the reader through its entirety. It's in that second chapter that we are introduced Georgia Sayers, our main character, and all that comes with it--siblings, absentee parents, best friends, and old acquaintances. All throughout the first few chapters, there's this sense of foreboding, and that feeling gets exaggerated thanks to the heavy amount of foreshadowing.The character development we see in Georgia seems to happen more "off-screen," as she comes to learn of her true heritage and what that entails. She starts out as this almost shy, quiet girl that catches the eye of a dangerous new boy that inadvertently changes her life, and not necessarily for the better But as the story progresses, we don't really see her practicing her craft, growing her power--it's just there one day as we get to the end of the story. This could have been fleshed out to make her character more engaging, but this can happen throughout the rest of the series.To me, the character that was the most fascinating and one I would have liked to see more of was the little brother, Wyatt. His story seems so much more engaging and compelling than Georgia's, and more relevant to the overarching plot of the novella. However, I understand that for a dramatic effect that it makes more sense that Georgia is telling the story of discovering what her family is. Wyatt seems to figure it out long before her, but we don't see that until the end, when everything becomes clear. His spiral would have been interesting to see first hand instead of in flashes, but we may learn more about what happened as the series progresses. What was interesting about this novella was its take on witchcraft. It was traced back to Ireland, which practices a very focused kind of magic, and then related it back to Brujeria and Hispanic culture. Not many authors delve into the origins of where the specific magic in the story comes from, and it was a nice change to get a fuller understanding of the different backgrounds that create this story. There were elements of both types of witchcraft interwoven so perfectly together that it was easy to see why these two cultures were chosen.But perhaps the most disappointing and exciting thing was that this was just a novella, that it was over so quickly. If I didn't know there were going to be more books in this series, I would have been severely upset. This book grips the reader, drawing them in like the spells written in its pages, and when it was over with so much left unanswered, it felt like I couldn't wait for the next installment. Added to that, the romance between Georgia and Luke wasn't overplayed, and was handled very well. However, I expect more of the budding romance to become more apparent later on.I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in learning a bit more about witchcraft and the different areas where it's prevalent, as well as a solid story of self-discovery and rich family history. And while this is definitely a piece of Young Adult fiction, it was still a compelling read and worth checking out.

  • Laura Thomas
    2019-04-07 02:19

    Spelled is a story about witches. Four sisters. One brother. Five witches. A family who just lost their mother.The oldest, Georgia steps in and fills her mothers shoes, making sure her younger siblings get to school and such.After they discover they’re witches, the four girls start to practice spells and such, excited about finding their new powers.Their brother Wyatt doesn’t want anything to do with their little get togethers and goes off on his own.What this family doesn’t know is, magic has a price, and it’s not always good.I come from a family of four girls and 2 boys, me being the youngest. I was curious about these characters. Blood runs thicker than water,or magic, but the rivalry between siblings can be strong.It fell to the eldest, Georgia, to assume the role of mother to her younger sisters, Abby, the youngest, Charlotte and Callie; the twins, and Wyatt the younger brother.I was especially interested in the twins. Was the psychic connection between them stronger because they were witches? Did they share their powers?It was no easy thing to go from sister to mother, but Georgia is smart, strong, and determined. She has to be as she has a bit of a reputation. Her last school burned to the ground, and a suspected murder victim was found in the ashes. Georgia is still the prime suspect, but charges were never brought.With magic comes others with magic, others who want theirs.When danger threatens, Georgia stands between it and her family.She’s going to need help. They all are. Is the mysterious boy, Luke, the one to do it? I wonder.Being a novella, the author wastes no time getting to the action, and there’s plenty of it. Once the characters became familiar to me, it was a mad dash to the end. An uncertain end. Who says it’s always going to be a happy ending? That suspense made me devour this book in one night.While this is the first book in the Amethyst Series, the author does wrap in up. No huge cliffhanger, but there is a lead to the next adventure.I received a copy of this book for my honest and unbiased review.

  • Majanka
    2019-04-15 01:17

    Book Review originally published here: http://www.iheartreading.net/book-tou...The opening chapter of Spelled throws the reader right in the middle of the action. It’s a bit confusing though, but from the start we have the feeling all will slowly be revealed; and it is. The second chapter introduces us to Georgia and her five siblings, which was a bit of a shock. It’s hard to keep them apart at first, and to figure out who is who. Also, five siblings in a novella? When I started counting them, I grew a little worried. Novellas only leave so little time for character development, and with so many characters, I feared they might be underdeveloped.However, the main character, Georgia, certainly doesn’t suffer from this. She’s a well-rounded character with a complex, intriguing personality. She’s obviously struggling with keeping her family together, and protecting her siblings, while trying to come to terms with her mother passing away. Luke is an interesting character too. He’s a senior who seems to know more about Georgia than she knows about herself, at times. He’s mysterious and witty, and his personality matches great with Georgia’s personality.The story reveals itself layer by layer, one mystery after another. We learn about Georgia’s heritage, and what makes her and her family different from others, and why a dark cult is hunting them. The story mixes past and present in a suspenseful mix, and keeps a fast pace from start to end. Spelled is an intriguing novella for fans of young adult paranormal. My only complaint? I wouldn’t have minded had it been longer.

  • Stephanie
    2019-03-30 22:31

    "The world we've opened is too big for me. There are a million things I don't understand, and all of them can hurt me."This young adult, paranormal novella, coming in at about 100 pages, packs in a lot of action right off the bat. Georgia Sayers is 16 years old, but has had a traumatic childhood. Now, she lives with her four siblings and step-father. Sometimes she still sees weird visions and gets weird feelings. Some people still call her mother a witch. When she feels a strong pull to a new guy at school, a whole new and dangerous world opens up to Georgia and her siblings that her mother tried to protect them from.This was a very engaging, fast-paced and fun story. I wish it didn't end so quickly. In the very beginning we are thrown into another tragic incident at a neighboring school, the rest of the book ties together that incident, all of the characters and the tragedy in Georgia's past. Leading with this mystery left a lot to be answered in this novella. I did enjoy Georgia's character, she easily to relate to and the way she discovers her abilities comes about in a natural way. Though witchcraft is a popular genre, I felt like the story was very unique and there are many detailed accounts of spells and Wicca. There is a layering on of mystery and thrills and secrets uncovered that kept me interested. It was a little annoying that Georgia kept playing yo-yo with Luke, but that's a 16 year-old girl for you. I'll be looking forward to the next book in the Amethyst series.

  • Carrie Ardoin
    2019-04-14 19:11

    It's been a little while since I read a good witch book, and I have to say I really enjoyed this one. What stood out to me and what I loved about it most, is that Spelled is about an entire family finding out about their latent powers of witchcraft--instead of just one girl who must struggle on her own.I was initially very confused by the prologue, because it throws you right into the middle of something and you're not exactly clear who is involved and what exactly is happening. But once you get past that and straighten out that this book is about five siblings (for some reason it took me a bit to come to the conclusion that there were five of them), you begin to lose yourself in the plot.Although I did think things moved quickly sometimes, that is somewhat to be expected in a novella this short. The reader is always fully entranced though, and in a way it's a relief not having to wait for the next exciting thing to happen.Georgia is a great main character and an even better sister. You can tell that she wants the best for her siblings, and she's not quite sure if that would be to reveal their powers to them or leave them in the dark. Ultimately, I think she made the right choice, because it is going to take everyone's powers to defeat the evil that is after the family.I would definitely love to continue this series!

  • Mia Darien
    2019-04-12 02:26

    This was a fun, fast read of a paranormal novella.Our narrator, Georgia, is very engaging. I liked her. And anyone who reads my reviews knows that for me to say I liked a teenage female narrator in a Young Adult story? That’s saying something, because it’s pretty rare. But she’s not whiney or obnoxious–at least not without understandable reason. She’s just a girl trying to survive high school and be there for her siblings, despite all the insanity around her. Luke and Georgia’s siblings are also endearing.The beginning grabs you immediately and our author’s style is very readable. I will admit that for the length of the story, it can be a little confusing to catch up with events and names in the beginning, and then with some events at the end, but generally speaking, St. Clair does well to help you along so you can read without getting too bogged down.It was fast-paced, flowed well, and at the beginning you think you know where it’s headed but then there’s a twist I didn’t anticipate. And I liked that, too.If I had any complaints, it would be that it would have been better if it had been longer. But it still worked and it’s the first in its series, so I’m looking forward to more to come. I can’t quite rave to a 5, but this was a very enjoyable solid 4 Fireballs.

  • E.V. Fairfall
    2019-03-24 01:37

    I enjoy fun, short reads. This novella was exactly that!I love how the opening chapter slowly is revealed throughout the book, especially at the end! Besides that opening chapter, "Spelled" starts pretty normal and that works so well because you really get to know the characters and then there is this smooth transition into the witch aspect that feels very natural. First off, Luke was adorable of course! Gosh I need to make some Cinnamon-sugar cake and I wish Luke's Aunt and Uncles restaurant was down the street! Oh and I wish there really was magic tea.I thought Kate St. Clair did a great job at bring the reading into the story, the dialog felt very real and natural. I enjoyed the characters she created and the plot flowed very smoothly. My only complaint is the size font of the book, it has to be size 10? Gosh hard on the eyes.

  • Carrie Vaughn
    2019-04-11 01:12

    I'm going to start this review saying I'm glad this is part of a series because I want to read future installments.Spelled is a story about a family of witches all discovering they have power and how to use it. The story starts off in the action, which roped me in right away. It was a really easy read and I didn't mind it being written in first person despite all the first person stories I've read lately. It was a really quick read. The writing style is conversational. It's really easy to get wrapped up in the plot. I really enjoyed reading.I can't tell you much about the story without giving too much away. Pick up a copy and find out for yourself.

  • Linda Scarbrough
    2019-04-08 19:26

    I love this little book! It gallops along, sweeping you into a compelling coming-of-age story in which the young heroine, Georgia, seemingly an average teenager, discovers that her blood ancestors, apparently all dead, were one of the most powerful family of witches in Ireland. Each character (Georgia has 5 siblings) pops with personality, including the hunky Luke and Georgia's enchanting Gemmie. Kate St. Clair is a master of the slow reveal — layers upon layers peeled back, each revealing another surprise. In the end, I wanted more! Can't wait for the next book in the series to come ou

  • Kendall
    2019-03-25 02:16

    I wish it was longer!! But I guess I'll just have to wait for the next few books to come out. I loved the magical elements of the book and it was just super fun.

  • Ronnie Fairfall
    2019-04-01 22:26

    I really enjoyed this debut novella by Kate St. Clair, it was a very captivating and entertaining storyline and I can't wait to read the next installment.

  • Carrie Slager
    2019-03-30 02:30

    [Full disclosure: I received a free print book through Masquerade Tours’ Reader Round-Up program in exchange for an honest review.]One of the things that initially attracted me to Spelled was not the cover, but the blurb. It’s pretty common to have a girl that doesn’t fit in living in a small town as a main character but a seemingly evil (but now dead) mother? Four siblings all possessing unusually strong magical powers due to selective breeding? That sounded a lot more unique than your typical YA novel so I decided to give it a try.I was far from disappointed in the characters. Georgia isn’t the most unique character ever but she stands out from a crowd and Kate St. Clair has made her a three dimensional, believable character. She loves her family to death and will do anything to protect her siblings, especially from the legacy of their mother, who was nearly burned alive as a witch in the modern day. We don’t know much about her mother in the beginning but as the story goes on and the tension and sense of foreboding ratchet up we learn far more about the Sayers family’s sordid past. What’s interesting about Spelled is that St. Clair decided to show us a lot of the developments that caused Georgia to change but we don’t really see that gradual change (that happens more off-screen). Instead, we’re shown how she is later and while it makes sense considering how short the book is, it was a little disappointing for someone like me who likes to see a little more on-screen character development.The plot was okay in general but it was pretty typical. A girl in a small town meets a hot guy who seems to already know her/like her and they get to know one another and he eventually reveals to her that she’s special, i.e. she has powers of some sort. I don’t mind that plot if there’s some variation but Kate St. Clair really didn’t have all that much variation within that typical plot arc. That was the sort of disappointing element of the story for me. I expected something a little more unique, a little more imaginative. Still, it was fast-paced and although I sort of predicted the ending, I didn’t predict everything that happened in the end.The world-building was actually fairly decent. In Spelled at first you think the Sayers family has pretty typical witch powers but that’s not necessarily true. They were created to be powerful and they are powerful but they’re not completely the same as the average witch you’ll encounter in YA. Because the book is so short and they don’t know they’re witches from the start we don’t get to learn as much about them as I’d like but I saw enough that I can say I understood the essentials of how their powers worked and why they didn’t show up earlier. Again, considering the fact that Spelled is quite a short novel (and the author does call it a novella), Kate St. Clair did a pretty good job with her world-building.Essentially, Spelled is an okay book. It’s not the greatest I’ve ever read but it’s certainly not the worst. It’s pretty much in the middle of the two extremes and if you like YA stories featuring witches, I would recommend it for you.I give this book 4/5 stars.

  • R.C. Bean
    2019-04-15 19:36

    I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.The story revolves around the young and bewildered Georgies Sayers, who shoulders a very huge burden when she tries to run her family after her mother commits an untimely suicide. Having to undergo therapy herself, her depression is further heightened when she learns of the whispers from her neighbours and town dwellers behind her back about she and her siblings being strange and weird. Little does she know that these whispers have some element to truth to them. When she meets Luke, who enrolls at her school when his school collapses in a fire, she finds him intriguing and terrifying at first. Later on, he goes on to become her confidante and gives her a lot of insight into who her family really is - Georgia and her siblings are special witches with super powers. While she tries to fathom who Luke really is, she also realises that their powers put her family in danger. Not being able to draw help from her step father, she needs to take control of things. Do Georgia and her siblings manage to save their lives and their powers, is what the book takes us through. I found the plot and storyline engaging and interesting. The characterisation was handled well, especially that of Georgia's kid brother, who is reticent at first when he learns of their powers, and comes up with a surprising twist at the end of the tale. I would have preferred for the pace to have been a tad more balanced. The story flows blurringly fast at points, and drags longer than necessary at others. Nevertheless, I found this to be an enjoyable young adult paranormal read and I would definitely recommend this to lovers of paranormal genres.My rating: 4 stars

  • Lekeisha The Booknerd
    2019-04-09 20:39

    This book started out with me having questions from the very first page. And to get the answers that I sought, I had to keep reading. Normally, that would be a great thing for me; a story that keeps you wanting more should have the reader engrossed, but this was not the case. Although it answered questions, I couldn’t get passed the way the story developed and the character that should have been the most vocal.Georgia is great as far as teenage girls go. I love her perseverance at trying to keep her family safe. Although her obliviousness to what is really going on irked me a little, I still can get why the author developed her character that way. I really think that her brother, Wyatt, could have easily been a better main character than her. He seemed to hit the nail on the head when it came to the truth about his family’s secret. That being said, I think that I would have liked for this to be his story. Luke is a bit strange at first, but his character develops well. His interaction with Georgia adds some giddiness to the story, which I liked.I’ve never read a book about witchcraft that was so well thought out. I can tell that the author researched the subject of witchcraft and gave it a nice flow throughout this book. I really wish that it had been longer. With this being a novella style book, it is packed with a lot of the story’s premise that gives a glimpse of what to expect with the upcoming books in this series. I plan to continue with this series to see how these characters adapt and to get more out of this world that the author has created. I would recommend for lovers of YA paranormal books and the like.

  • Lauraelisabeth (fashion-by-the-book)
    2019-04-11 00:39

    I received a copy of this book in exchanged for a honest review. In no way did the author or publishing company influence my review. For all my reviews, see my blog fashion-by-the-book.tumblr.comSomething has always been off in Georgia's life. Something not quite right. After a fire, her school takes in the students who's school burned down, including the strange (and hot) Luke. With him, Georgia discovers the truth about her and her siblings; they're witches. And something wicked this way comes.I love a good novella. It's like a book with less commitment, you know? Anyways, I really enjoyed this book. Although I'm a deeply religious person, books about witches are some of my favorites and this one did not disappoint. Since the book is short, we don't get a lot of character depth, but St. Clair doesn't let her characters be too shallow, although with the books length she totally could have gotten away with it. Kudos for that! Georgia seemed really interesting, and I love books with big families!The writing does have some grammatical issues, but it doesn't stop the reader from enjoying it. And honestly, they weren't as bad as some of the ones I've seen in big-name-publishing books. The writing is just creepy enough; when they do the spells, I can practically fill a chill go up my back. I really liked this book and can't wait to start on the sequel. I think St. Clair really did her research, too, into the history and cultures of witchcraft.I recommend Spelled to fans of The Caster Chronicles!

  • Kim
    2019-04-08 00:28

    Who can we trust: "Spelled"by Kate ST. ClairThere are five kids in the Parks family, four girls and one boy. Georgia is the eldest, then there's twins girls and Wyatt the only boy and Abby the youngest. Georgia is always looking after her siblings, her mom committed suicide in Louisiana where they used to live, the house caught on fire and the town thought their mom was a bad witch, they had to leave town. They moved to Cody Texas where no one knew them. They live with their stepdad who's a mid-wife, baby doctor, he's always at the hospital. There's something different about this family, they make their own shampoo, Their mom worked with herbs a lot. Georgia is always seeing things, as is Wyatt. She's been this way for a long time. There was a fire at one school, so the kids from that school had to go to their school now. Her and her friends have a crush on this boy Luke, he goes to their school. Georgia feels as though she knows him from somewhere. Things really start getting awesome at this point, all I can say is you must read this book. I was really surprised by the turn of events. The author keeps her characters rocking all through this story. It's a well written story, strong characters and great plot.

  • Reece Evhans
    2019-04-02 23:29

    Book Review: Spelled by Kate St. Clair[Full disclosure: I received a free ebook through Masquerade Tours’ Reader Round-Up program in exchange for an honest review.]Spelled is the story of Georgia and her four siblings as they learn that they are all blood witches. Life in their small Texas town is dangerous for witches, however, and they must deal with a variety of people who are trying to destroy their lives. Georgia finds help and support from the hot new guy at school who has some secrets of his own.What I liked:The plot and backstory are great. St. Clair has created a wonderful mythology for her characters that pulls from Irish history as well as Hispanic lore. The plot is well thought and engaging, following an arc that makes sense and satisfies the reader. Not so much:I just wanted more: more character development. I think I like Georgia and Luke, but 100 pages were just not enough to get really attached. If I were in charge of the world, this would become a full-length novel. There would be more of everyone, especially the siblings. The stepdad would also have a bigger part, and thus side step the YA trope of absentee parents. Overall:Definitely recommended. I look forward to the rest of the series. 4/5 stars.

  • Laura Reading
    2019-04-14 19:26

    A wickedly wonderful beginning to a family witch saga.Kate St. Clair's SPELLED reminds me of Patti Larsen's Hayle Coven series.Coven or cult, these families of witches practice magic. All have both light and dark within them. Some choose to focus on the dark magic for personal gain, even if it means destroying blood family.The main witches introduced in this first novella are 4 sisters and a brother, most of whom are in their teen years. One sister is several years younger. Their mother was a witch who, along with her mother, their Gemmie, placed a spell over the children so they would not know of their heritage and magic. The idea being to protect them from evil witches.A chance meeting at high school after a tragic fire, sets into motion an awakening and exchange of information that puts everyone in danger. While this book is wrapped up nicely, there is so much potential for the story to continue.I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.I look forward to reading more in this series.I found this suitable for ages from high school to adult.

  • Masquerade Crew
    2019-04-18 01:21

    REVIEWER: JULIE5.0 ON THE MASQ SCALE Georgia is an average teen, who struggles to overcome her mother’s suicide and outrun the rumors swirling around town that her mother was a witch. She spends her days caring for her four younger siblings. After a local high school burns to the ground, her school gets an influx of new students that throws her life into a tailspin by the name of Luke. This hot, brooding young man awakens parts of her long buried. Parts that were better off buried until Georgia and her siblings find themselves in a fight for their lives. Georgia and her siblings must embrace the rumors and accept the truth if they are going to survive.The book is filled with clever twists and turns that left me reeling. It is a fascinating piece of paranormal blended with a real place and very real teenage issues. The characters are engaging and the tension keeps you turning pages until the end. I don’t usually go for novellas because I prefer longer well-developed stories, but I enjoyed this one. My world will be a brighter place with more installations of the same, so that I might satisfy my curiosity.

  • Karen
    2019-04-04 01:34

    Found on Gobi 9 October 2014.