Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Housewitch by Katie Schickel, book review (preview excerpt)

General Information
Genre: Women's Fiction
Pages: 352
Publisher: Macmillan-Tor/Forge (Forge Books)
Publication Date: February 17, 2015

Book Summary: (Per NetGalley website)
Former foster child, now a stay-at-home mom of three, Allison Darling desperately wants to fit in with the latte drinking and hundred-dollar-yoga-pants wearing moms that run Monrovia, her charming seaside town. Constantly feeling like an outsider, Allison dreams of more for her children.
When Allison’s estranged mother passes away, her previously dormant special talents emerge. Soon she is reunited with the family that abandoned her and learns of their heartbreaking legacy.
At the same time, the Glamour Girls, a soap-selling company run by the most popular women in Monrovia, recruits Allison to join them. They have a monopoly on everything in town, from bake sales to businesses deals. But once you’re a Glamour Girl, there’s no going back.
Suddenly caught between the rag-tag, hippie relatives she once so desperately wanted and the rich, charismatic Glamour Girls—Allison is unsure where she fits in. Could she come to trust the strange outcast family that abandoned her, or really hang with the most powerful, glamorous women in town?
For Allison, it’s like high school all over again, except this time, the mean girls have more than killer manicures and the nobodies aren’t sulking in the band hall. They’re adults. They’ve got husbands, children, and livelihoods on the line. And they also happen to be witches.
Allison’s decision to lend her powerful magical talents to either group will change Monrovia—and Allison—forever. 
My Thoughts:
This summary led me to requesting to review the preview and I am so glad I did.  Katie Schickel has a great capacity to enthrall you with her words, paint both the mythical and everyday worlds in great detail and leave you entrenched in the story.  I say this confident that other readers will feel the same because when I came to the end of the preview I kept clicking the side for the page to turn (sadly to no avail!)  The storytelling in this book is extremely realistic.  I felt like I was at some of the events described in the book, could clearly picture how some of the secondary characters (such as her aunt) looked and sounded, and feel her desire to fit in with the parents for her children's and own sake.  The book does jump around a bit, in terms of giving some back story on Allison's mom, siblings and the magic, but as soon as you get involved in the story the changing of time periods is easy to follow and enriches the context of Allison's confusion, the nerves and actions of  other characters , and the overall story.

If you like laughing while you read, feeling involved in the story, a little bit of magic and intrigue then I think you will love this book!  It does not come out until February 17, 2015, but it most certainly is on my list of books that I am excited to see published this year!

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Disclaimer:  I was given this preview excerpt for an honest review.  All thought and opinions are my own.

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