Wicka (book review)
Wicka: The Chronicles of Elizabeth Blake was written by Christy Deveaux. This post was organized by Mother Daughter Book Reviews. I was provided with a copy in exchange for my honest book review. All opinions are my own.
About the book:
While mourning the loss of a mother figure, Elizabeth Blake, a smart but socially introverted seventeen-year-old girl from Ann Arbor, Michigan, enrolls in an international school in the south of France to finish her final year of high school. Here she meets her true love, finds out that she is a witch from an ancient family, and discovers that her life is in danger.
Meanwhile, the Elders—the most powerful coven of witches in the world—have been tracking Elizabeth since her birth. According to an ancient legend, a battle led by “One barely born existing to lead” will cause the downfall of the Elders. Fearing that Elizabeth is the heir to this legend, the Elders try to destroy her before she can fulfill the prophecy.
With the help of her new friends, Elizabeth must travel to Greece to try and prove to the Elders that she is not a threat and to ask for their permission to exist in peace.
With the prospect of having to leave each other once the school year ends and return to their homes on opposite sides of the world, Elizabeth and her new love have to find a way to stay together. However, a rival love interest discovers their plan and causes the Elders to act against Elizabeth. As time runs out, Elizabeth must learn to use the powers she possesses to protect herself and the people she loves most.
The story takes place over Elizabeth's senior year of high school. (It reminded me of Harry Potter, or House of Night, or really any number of young adult series where each book represents a year at school.) Elizabeth is on this adventure... this path to figure herself out... as a result of sort-of running away from her grief. She kind of falls into who she actually is. Fate, destiny, happenstance. The meeting and immediate relationship between Elizabeth and William is magical (in many ways). It's such an innocent, but fated, love. I love that there is the strong story between them... but it is surrounded by the history of their families... the history of witches.
I loved how we learn about the ancestry and history of Elizabeth's family... and witches as a society... right along with Elizabeth. We know what she knows. This book is really FULL of so much information. Things that have been kept from Elizabeth. Christy Deveaux really did an amazing job of really weaving in all of the bits of her own witch mythology ideas with Elizabeth's self discovery. Each and every character that Elizabeth connected with really taught her pieces of what she needed to know. I was really impressed by all of the intricate relationship details. Thinking on it now... there were so many characters. So many people that quickly came into Elizabeth's life (good and bad) who all effected her and her learning in some way. I really can't wait to see what her first year in college brings.
I'm going to guess that not everyone will enjoy the writing style used in Wicka. The entire book was almost written as a stream of consciousness from Elizabeth. The paragraphs would run on a bit. I'm not talking about run-on sentences, or grammar, or wording. I thought it was very well written. I'm meaning it felt like the thoughts would just ramble onto the page. It was a little scattered. It felt like the thoughts of a teenage girl. It was real. (Like, in one part Elizabeth was making somewhat serious observations about something that was happening, and in the middle there was a sentence saying something like "Stu was right, Jane did wear her jeans." It was just SO TEENAGE GIRL.) I personally loved it because it's kind of how my brain works on a daily basis.
About the author:
Christy Deveaux is the author of The Chronicles of Elizabeth Blake series. Her highly anticipated first book in the series, Wicka, was just released this spring (2014). Inspired by traveling across Europe solo at a very young age, and many travel adventures since, the character and story line behind Elizabeth Blake was born.Christy majored in political science and earned a cross-disciplinary degree from the University of Western Ontario. She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband, three children and a fish named Cow.