Title: Spell Check
Author: Julie Wright
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Length: 218 pages
Synopsis: A skeleton is rattling its way out of the closet marked “FAMILY SECRET! KEEP OUT!”
Allyson Peterson believes that being hanged by the Salem High Witches is the absolute worst thing that can happen. But when her powers, wrested from the trolls of ancient Sweden, manifest themselves, she realizes that a prank hanging by vindictive cheerleaders is the least of her worries.
Ally accidentally sends her parents to the jungle to fight anacondas, turns her brother into a mute, and curses the entire cheerleading team with an illness that has no cure, proving that her spells need a little checking. Her Swedish grandmother shows up to help her through the worst part of all—surviving the Troll Trials and saving the guy of her dreams from a vengeance that has festered through-out generations.
The power is in her, if she can just get the magic right.
Each chapter begins with a “note to self,” however, be careful what you wish for because wishes can come true! Allyson, aka Ally-Kat, has thought some wishes [we all have] but in her case, they are all happening and she doesn’t know why! Her parents are gone; her enemy has green moldy hair and nails; she didn’t get a ticket from a cop at an accident; and the guy she likes asked her for a date!
Her Swedish grandmother comes to her rescue and explains what exactly is happening- Ally is a witch- a Troll Kvinna, and she has to face the Troll Trials the next day on her 16th birthday, which is Halloween. She was given a wish troll by her Farmor, grandmother, as a birthday gift to help with her powers. There is a pesky little thing, a white-blond-haired woman keeps popping up at night telling her she can give up her powers by letting it go after the trials when the opportunity presents itself. The author has written interesting ways about growing up as the Troll Kvinna Trials are about facing the Elements & your soul in order to be able to control your magic as you grow older. Along the way, Jake, the new boyfriend, gets kidnapped and Ally tries to help him also. There are underlying stories that make this book fun to read and was just enjoyable. I hope there will be a sequel as the
author has a way in teaching right from wrong to the readers.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review (I AM A READER).
RATING: (4 stars/ 5)
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