Friday 17 November 2017

Review tour - Spell Book & Scandal by Jen McConnel

Spell Book & Scandal
Jen McConnel
Publication date: October 31st 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Shelby King is tired of living in her sister’s shadow. Just because Christina is the most powerful caster in school doesn’t mean Shelby’s any good at magic; she’s a scribe, like her mom, and everyone expects her to write spells for her sister, the way her mom always has for her dad. But Shelby’s spells fail spectacularly, and by the time she’s a sophomore, Christina won’t touch them with a ten-foot-pole; their parents aren’t much better. Shelby is fed up, and she decides to show the world she doesn’t care if she isn’t as good as her stuck-up sister, or as talented as their powerful parents. In fact, she decides it’s time to break all the rules, magical and otherwise, and she starts sneaking out to meet Jeremiah Smallwood, the second-best caster in school at illegal pop-up spell battles around town. She may not be able to scribe for him, but she doesn’t mind letting him think that she could; Shelby’s been half in love with Miah as long as she can remember, but he’s never paid attention to her until now, and she’s not going to risk her chances worrying about a pesky thing like the truth. But when Christina rats her out to their parents, Shelby can’t control her anger, and words come pouring out of her that she can’t take back even if she wanted to, threatening Christina’s future…and Shelby’s own chances with Jeremiah. It’ll take more magic than Shelby’s ever dreamed of to set things right, but no scribe has that much magic…right?

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Spell Book & Scandal is the very first book I've ever read by Jen McConnel. It was a very pleasant read and we were introduced to the magical world of Shelby and her family. Shelby is a scribe while her sister Christina is one of the most powerful casters in school. That means constantly living in her sister's shadow and always falling short of expectations.

Shelby has been half in love with Jeremiah since she was young and finally he started to take notice in her. He's also a very powerful caster, apart from Christina. Together, Jeremiah introduced Shelby into a darker side of the magical world Shelby is used to.

Something completely unexpected happened to Shelby and her sister Christina and their world was turned upside down, literally. As they struggled with it, they somehow managed to make it work. I was impressed with their creativity and the end result.

Jen McConnel has definitely made it onto my list of authors to look out for and I shall be reading more of her books in the future.

Author Bio:

Award-winning author Jen McConnel writes NA, YA, and nonfiction. When she isn’t writing, she can be found on her yoga mat or wandering off on another adventure. Visit to learn more!

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