Summary: Morgan and her best friend, Bree, are introduced to Wicca when a gorgeous senior named Cal invites them to join his new coven. Morgan falls for Cal immediately— and discovers that she has strong, inexplicable powers.
This book is focuses on a lot of the development because it is the first book of the series. Morgan, a junior at Widow’s Vale High, meets the new senior Cal. She is instantly riveted by him, but she isn’t the only one. She finds out that he is Wiccan, a witch, and begins to learn more about Wicca, magic, and herself. Nothing really exciting happens in terms of plot (is there a plot?), but the book is alluring because the reader learns so much about the world of Wicca. I was assured that the plot picks up later on in the series so I guess I will just have to wait to read where the story takes me.
Unfortunately, BOOK OF SHADOWS just isn’t about magick. In addition to discovering this new world of Wicca, Morgan goes through the stereotypical drama of high school: problems with boys, best friends, and parents.While the magick in this book is very alluring, the teenage drama was not. In particular, Bree was immensely irritating. She came off as shallow and selfish – not my kind of character. The drama just seemed very forced and cliche and it did not work out for me.
BOOK OF SHADOWS has its romantic element to it, but I honestly felt no chemistry between Morgan and Cal. I probably felt this way because there is hint that Cal has ulterior motives for getting to know Morgan better. What that is, I don’t know yet but it doesn’t sound good. It also makes me wonder: is Morgan truly in love with Cal or is it some magick element that makes him so attractive to all the girls? (Or is he really just that much of a chick magnet?)
Quick, easy, and fun read. The premise for the series sounds interesting so I’ll definitely keep reading.