Kestrel (don't call her Susan) Murphy is angry. Forced to leave her posh San Francisco Bay Area home by her father's illness, she's living in Jurupa (sounds like vomiting), Southern California. It's too hot. The people are stupid. And you have to chew the air to get the oxygen out of it. On the plus side, Kestrel is a witch. Well, a witch-in-training. And she's going acquire the magic she needs to get her life back to normal. At first, she barely notices the people around her-Aunt Ariel, who's taken her in and is herself a well-known white witch; Jose Iturrigaray, the quiet, talented young artist; Blake Cump, troublemaker extraordinaire; Laura Greenwood, who wants to be Kestrel's friend. But life has its own magic, and gradually Kestrel finds that much of one's success as a witch lies in being open to it.
(Synopsis taken from goodreads.com)
Title: Majix: Notes from a Serious Teen Witch
Author: Douglas Rees
Genre: Young Adult, Witchcraft
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: July 1, 2010
My Rating: 3/5
The book opens up and we find Kestrel stating that she isn't a white witch, she's leaning more to the dark side. She has been sent away from her parent's house and is living with her aunt temporarily. She starts writing her own grimoire and this book is the sum of her journey. We follow her path as she discovers certain truths about life, and herself; all the while battling school, bullies, and learning what witchcraft really is.
Kestrel has a strong voice, and is very independent. Her story is enjoyable, and the lessons learned are applicable to all of us. I found the story humorous, lighthearted and engaging, and I couldn't help but root for her, and hope that everything turned out well for her. I think younger teens would be able to relate to this story well.
All in all, this book is a coming of age story, with a sarcastic, and humorous bent. It is definitely a cute and enjoyable read.
Disclaimer: This book was obtained through netgalley, free of charge, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Harlequin Teen for sending me this copy to review.