Title: BeSwitched Witch (Book #2 in the BeSwitched series)
Author: Molly Snow
Publication date: 2011
Publisher: Breezy Reads
Length: 150 pages
Genre: Middle grade/ YA fiction
Idis, a hot-tempered witch, was prnounced dead Halloween night. Her runaway cat, Surla, has a horrific premonition-come-true, when Idis escapes the morgue and then a mental hospital. These two enemies unexpectedly cross paths in the woords, triggering the curse of being BeSwitched.
A powerful opportunity comes with Surla switching bodies with her witch. She can dominate the now little black furball, giving her an education, teaching her patience and taking the shrewd to the salon for a fun makeover.
The two go to high school together, when Surla passes as a teenage girl with a little help from magic. When Surla is magnetically drawn to the curious new guy, Jax Morreau, she is infatuated. Could ravens, coffins, or a cursed ring keep Surla away from her invitation to the Morreau Family Reunion at Lake Sequoia? An ancient mystery will be revealed but at what cost?
If you’ve read my review of BeSwitched, book 1 in the BeSwitched series then you might remember that it took me a while until I got into the story. BeSwitched Witch in this respect was a pleasant surprise – since I was familiar with the characters and the writing style, I managed to get into the story quite quickly.
BeSwitched Witch is an action filled read for the younger generation – the story focuses on Idis, the witch who is trapped in her cat’s body and Surla, her cat who is trapped in the witch’s body, as the two of them are desperately trying to find the last remaining Spellbook. (a book without which they can’t switch their bodies back) Snow introduces a couple of new characters in the second instalment of the series, a school bully called Brad, a young and extremely handsome boy called Jax, his father and grandfather. I really liked the new characters and I think it made the story even more intriguing.
The only reason why I “only” gave this book 3 stars (which is a fairly good rating, mind you) is that I still feel that the writing style could be much better. Based on the fact that I thoroughly enjoyed the plot itself and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series, it could even get 4 or 5 stars if it wasn’t for the style. I always try to compare each book to the other books I’ve previously read from the same genre and I still feel like it’s a bit lukewarm. I’ve read middle-grade and young adult books with much more sophisticated and eloquent style before so that’s the only reason why I’m not fully satisfied with this series. Maybe it’s just me, I don’t know.
Other than that, I would definitely recommend that you pick up a copy – the plot certainly makes up for the lack of eloquence and you’ll find yourself not wanting to put it down. I’m looking forward to book 3!