#BookReview: The Book Of Spell by Kate Brian


The Book Of Spell by Kate Brian
Series: Private #0.5
Genre: Young Adult / Magic / Witches
Pages: 302
Publication: December 21st 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 
The year is 1915 when sixteen-year-old Eliza Williams arrives at the Billings School for Girls in Easton, Connecticut. Her parents expect her to learn the qualities of a graceful, dutiful wife. But Eliza and her housemates have a dangerous secret: They're witches. After finding a dusty, leather bound spell book, the Billings Girls form a secret coven. Bonded in sisterhood, they cast spells--cursing their headmistress with laryngitis, brewing potions to bolster their courage before dances, and conjuring beautiful dresses out of old rags. The girls taste freedom and power for the first time, but what starts out as innocent fun turns sinister when one of the spells has an unexpected-and deadly-consequence. Magic could bring Eliza everything she's ever wanted...but it could also destroy everything she holds dear.


My Thougths

This book was very good, I can't say nothing but that. However, I felt that is just a resemblance of four characters that have been present through the whole Private world (including Privilege), and even when this story was great, I don't know how to feel about that. Also, the magic twist this book brings into this world that never before showed something like it. Though, I love it, because I always like witches' stories.

Lest's talk about the characters:

Alice Aisnworth is, for me, just a version of Contance Talbot an old friend of present day, Reed Brennan. She's the first girl Eliza meet when she arrived at Easton. she fragil, awere of the guys, energize personality and she can't never shut up; she always happy without aparent reasons but she's also easy to scare and she can't take pression. I think we need a wick character like her because that makes that the main character shows her strong personality and her passion to protect others. 

Eliza Williams, our protagonist, is definitely Reed Brennan (or actually Reed is just like Eliza since is 1915 we're talking about). The girl is outspoken, always following her instinct, she can be a faithful friend and she's easy to love for everybody. She's very mature (something that Reed lacks in the first books); Eliza is a girl that thinks before act, she takes desicions before having in consideration all the aspect of it, even when things goes awry she have a vision of future, which I like very much in this character. 

By other hands, Theresa Billings is the mean girl, she always gets what she wants and never stops until she gets it, the girl likes to be the center and have the power, pretty much another Noelle Lange. Theresa staerted the book arriving late to the church in the morning (not very Noelle but keep reading), she defying the headmisster because she's the owner of the school (you got it already?) But what isn't very Reed-Noelle is the fact that Theresa hates Eliza, and she never trully felt different at the end of the book. They never trully have the friendship relation, and I believe they tolerate each other after everything ended. 

Overall, the plot was very good and even when I din't like that the girls was resemlance of the characters from Private, I think they were realistic, strong, and very likable. Each one of them have something to bring into the reading and have their own personality.  

3 Hearts



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