"Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars, points of light and reason. ...And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone, when the meteor had fallen over the horizon, everything went black. Nothing had changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light. I couldn’t see the stars anymore. And there was no more reason, for anything."

~ Edward Cullen

Monday, January 26, 2009

Review: Parties and Potions

Title: Parties and Potions
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Pages: 340
Rating: 4.5

Perfect hair, cute clothes, healthy tans—life’s a breeze when you’re a witch! Even special witchcraft classes Rachel agrees to attend with Miri turn out to be fun. The sisters meet other teen witches just like them—who knew? Everyone’s preparing for a magical party called a Samsorta—a debutante ball for witches. And it wouldn’t be a ball without warlocks. Cute ones. Like Adam, who wants to slow dance with Rachel, and ski with her in the Rockies—on a school night! Of course, Rachel is madly in love with her boyfriend, Raf. So why can’t she bring herself to tell Adam—funny, charming Adam—that Raf exists?

Rachel knows Raf likes her. Maybe even, gulp, loves her. But Raf doesn’t know her secret. Unlike Adam, Raf doesn’t know who she really is. And she can never tell him. Or can she (Cover Blurb)?

Yeah!!! I finished my first series of 2009. Four more to go and I've met my goal!

Parties and Potions was back up to par with the first two books in the series. Rachel and Miri begin exploring the more intricate parts of witch society and learn that there are tons of other witches right in their own backyard. I loved this one because it again had tons of interactions between Rachel and Miri. That sisterly bond was back. Also, this book showed a lot of growth in the characters, something that was lacking in Spells and Sleeping Bags.

I think my favorite part of this book was the romantic little relationship between Rachel and her boyfriend Raf. It was so innocent and sweet - the first kiss, the first time you say I love you. It was so adorable --- it kinda took me back a few years and made me feel like I was in high school again. Also, in this novel, Miri gets a love interest, and its so cute to see her head over heels for a guy.

I finished this book in one setting, and really flew through this whole series in less than a week. If I keep this up I'll definitely hit my 100 book goal!!


Tena said...

adding this book to my list, thanks for the great new book finds! Loving your blog

Anonymous said...

I'm trying to hit 100 books this year, too! :) So far I'm only up to a dozen, but the year is still young. This book sounds good! I read Mlynowski's chick lit novel Milkrun a little bit ago and enjoyed it. Good review!

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