When bullied by a group of kids at school Toni feels scared and does not know what to do to make it all stop. She meets up with a girl from school named Cassandra, and everything changes. They decide to stop being victims and take control of their lives. They begin casting spells. At first Toni doesn't really believe it will work, but then things start to happen to the people they cast spells on. Toni begins to wonder if she really has the power to make these things happen.
I received a free copy of this book from the author as part of a promotional event*. I thought Fredericks did an excellent job with the pacing of the book. Just when you think you can't stand the horrible things happening, Toni decides to get take control of her life. When the revenge starts to become too much we are faced with a new twist in the plot. It keeps you engaged in the story and helps you appreciate the overall message of the book.
I liked the message about standing up for yourself, but the author took that message even further, which I appreciated. Often people stop thinking about what happened when they use the phrase they stood up for themselves. Here, we discover how real the consequences of our actions can be. I also liked Fredericks larger message about the need to find control in our lives in any way possible, and how difficult it is to understand what someone else is thinking. The promotion of balance between standing up for yourself and aggression is an important one in this book.
I thought it was well written and engaging. There is a realness to this story that made it a very emotional read at times. There is a conversation at the end of the book between Toni and Cassandra that I found very realistic, and could see happening in real life. This book was also a unique take on the bullying issue. There is a lot going on in this story, but I think it made the reader feel the lack of control the main characters felt. It was an interesting book.
I recommend reading this book.
*Receiving a free copy of this book does not change my review. It simply provided me with a copy of a book I would not have gotten to as soon, or heard about otherwise.