10.16.2014 | Thursday

Audrey’s Guide to Black Magic

category: Book Reviews

Audrey’s Guide to Black Magictitle: Audrey's Guide to Black Magic
author: Jody Gehrman
series: Audrey's Guides #2
published: 13 September 2013
publisher: Magic Genie Books
genre(s): fantasy, romance
pages: 227
source: bought
format: eBook
buy/shelve it: Amazon | Goodreads

rating: five-stars | series rating: five-stars

the blurb

Sometimes you have to fight black magic with blacker magic. But in trying to save the people she loves, will Audrey fall into the dark abyss that claimed her father?

In Book II of the Audrey's Guide series, Audrey learns about her witchy roots and continues to fight her nemesis; this time she must dig deeper than ever, experimenting with dark magic to combat the insidious enchantment that's invaded her newfound community. She travels to the magical compound on the Mad River, the home her mother fled twenty years ago. Here Audrey meets her grandmother, the powerful matriarch of the Clan, and a host of colorful characters, some friends, some foes. When a sinister force begins to take over the magical community, Audrey must decide how far she's willing to go to protect the people she loves.

my review

This second book is definitely my favorite!  It is even more quirky and magical than the first, with a lot more action.

I love, love, love Audrey’s journaling.  She copies down anything and everything that she thinks is important and the titles she gives them are hilarious and often irreverant.  Audrey is magical, but I love that it doesn’t come easily to her.  She has to work at it and I think that is a great message.  Add to that the fact that, even in the magical community she has found, she exists a bit on the outer edge.  She wasn’t raised in the community and there are rules and lines that should be known and never crossed and she often straddles them.

There is a lot more darkness in this story, probably obvious from the title.  There is more romance, too, but I like that it adds to the story, yet isn’t the central focus.

Even better than the first and I can’t wait for the next!

About Jody Gehrman

Jody is the author of eight novels and numerous plays. Audrey’s Guide to Black Magic is her newest YA novel, the sequel to Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft. Babe in Boyland was published by Penguin’s Dial books and was optioned by Disney. She also writes stage plays and screenplays. Her plays have been produced in Ashland, New York, San Francisco and L.A. She and her partner David Wolf won the New Generation Playwrights Award for their one-act, Jake Savage, Jungle P.I. She’s a professor of English at Mendocino College.

Rating Report
Overall: five-stars

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