Cilla Swaney is thrilled to return stateside, where she can hang up her military-brat boots for good. Finally, she'll be free to explore her own interests--magick and Wicca. But when she arrives at her grandma's farm, Cilla discovers that life in the South isn't quite what she expected. At least while country hopping, she never had to drink G-ma's crazy fermented concoctions, attend church youth group, make co-op deliveries...or share her locker with a snake-loving, fire-lighting, grimoire-stealing Goth girl...
...Who later invites her to a coven that Cilla's not sure she has the guts to attend. But then Emilio, the dark-haired hottie from her charter school, shows up and awakens her inner goddess. Finally, Cilla starts believing in her ability to conjure magick. Until...
...All Hades breaks loose. A prank goes wrong during their high school production of Macbeth, and although it seems Emilio is to blame, Cilla and Goth may pay the price. Will Cilla be able to keep the boy, her coven, and the trust of her family? Or will this Southern Wiccan get battered and fried?
* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *
Southern Fried Wiccan by S. P. Final was fabulous! I love the South. I love YA. You batter and deep fry both of those and you come out with a delicious dish presented in novel form. So, Southern Fried Wiccan was a no-brainer for me. Oh, and never mind the eye-catching, beautiful cover. That just sealed the deal.
I enjoyed reading about our main character, Cilla, her experiencing the ambience and charm of the South, her high school experience, Goth girl and Emilio. You combine all of those with some nice paranormal, witches, covens and spells and you're going to be in for some good reading.
The author did a great job showing us the dilemma Cilla found herself in and how that was ultimately resolved. This was the first novel I've read from S. P. Sipal and certainly will not be the last.
I would highly recommend Southern Fried Wiccan to lovers of Kami Garcia, YA readers, and especially those like me who have a soft spot for the Deep South.
About the author:
Born and raised in North Carolina, Susan Sipal had to travel halfway across the world and return home to embrace her father and grandfather's penchant for telling a tall tale. After having lived with her husband in his homeland of Turkey for many years, she suddenly saw the world with new eyes and had to write about it.
Perhaps it was the emptiness of the Library of Celsus at Ephesus that cried out to be refilled, or the myths surrounding the ancient Temple of Artemis, but she's been writing stories filled with myth and mystery ever since. She can't wait to share Southern Fried Wiccan with readers in March 2015.
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