Series: The Witch-Game, #1)
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Date published: August 4, 2015
Source: Clean Teen Publishing Elite Reviewers
The Noah girls have beauty, powers, and brains.
They use all three to play their games.
They blow the dust,
the boys are crushed,
and no one is ever the same.
Each year the Noah girls play a secret game— Crushed. The rules are simple.
1. Use wisdom to pick your target. The boy can't be too weak or too strong-willed.
2. Blow the enchanted dust into your target's face to enchant (Crush) him.
3. Give verbal commands and assign them tasks to perform throughout the year. The more tasks completed, the stronger the witch's power grows.
4. At the end of the year, the witch with the most power wins cold, hard cash.
As if being a witch in high school isn't complicated enough, Kristen picks the wrong boy to Crush. Zack is tall, handsome, and a little scary. Her Crush spell isn't working on him like it has with the others. In fact, he is behaving the opposite of every other boy she's Crushed, hating her instead of adoring her. Something is definitely wrong. After someone attempts to kill her, Kristen realizes there is more at risk than a few hundred dollars. She may be betting with her life.
There's a lot about this book that is interesting and kept me wanting to read more. The main character is a witch, a triplet, and there's a lot of paranormal stuff going on around her.
For the first half of the story, the characters were cliche and stereotypical. Kristin, the main character, wasn't very likable and was a bit two-dimensional and contradictory. Zach was definitely the character that kept me reading. Then there was the fight she was having with Brittney, I just couldn't buy in to it. She would act scared one second, angry another, but mostly ignored it and didn't do anything.
I do think the last half of the book was better than the first. I was able to understand the characters more and, although I still feel there was something missing, it did help pull everything together in the end.