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. Zach 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.
The character development for some of the others characters seemed a bit abrupt, but it's all good, it's a work of fiction, after all. But the conversation Cyndi and Kristen had after a certain event threw me off. It was NOT something one would expect to be discussing after something traumatic. Then, the one thing that truly bothered me: The girl giving up the thing for the thing (sorry, best I can do without spoilers!). I don't like that. You don't give up something so important to your identity as a teenager for a teenage boy... Just my opinion, of course, please don't stone me for it.
Still, aside from those few gripes, I rather enjoyed this story and found it put together quite nicely.
Bob says: 3.5 Platypires