Geragotelis’ Wattpad project–turned-series continues with another underwhelming entry.
In this, the second novel in the Life’s a Witch series, the heroine is the unrelentingly perfect Hadley. She’s beautiful, popular, smart, head cheerleader and queen bee. She’s also a witch, member of the Cleri coven, which dates to the time of the Salem witch trials. Since she cares more about ruling her school than her natural magical power, Hadley doesn’t have much time for magic lessons with the other teenagers in her coven. But then the adults in the coven are killed, gruesomely, by their ancient enemy, Samuel Parris. Hadley will have to harness her power, become a leader and every other cliché you can think of to save the day. But is that possible with the inevitable distracting hot boy, the equally predictable traitor among the teens, and Hadley’s own shallow, vapid personality? Hadley is so self-absorbed and undeveloped a character that it’s difficult for the reader to care about her plight; she name-checks her Jimmy Choo’s even as she sifts through the wreckage that contains the ashy remains of her mother. Geragotelis shows more than tells and liberally sprinkles dei ex machina to make the plot work.
There isn’t enough magic in the world to make this a good book. (Paranormal chick lit. 12 & up)