Audrey’s Guide to Black Magic

Posted 16 October 2014 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Audrey’s Guide to Black MagicAudrey's Guide to Black Magic by Jody Gehrman
Series: Audrey's Guides #2
Published by Magic Genie Books on 2013-09-13
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 227
Source: personal purchase | eBook

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from personal purchase in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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From the back cover...

Sometimes you have to fight black magic with blacker magic. But in trying to save the people she loves, will Audrey fall into the dark abyss that claimed her father?

In Book II of the Audrey's Guide series, Audrey learns about her witchy roots and continues to fight her nemesis; this time she must dig deeper than ever, experimenting with dark magic to combat the insidious enchantment that's invaded her newfound community. She travels to the magical compound on the Mad River, the home her mother fled twenty years ago. Here Audrey meets her grandmother, the powerful matriarch of the Clan, and a host of colorful characters, some friends, some foes. When a sinister force begins to take over the magical community, Audrey must decide how far she's willing to go to protect the people she loves.

My Review

This second book is definitely my favorite!  It is even more quirky and magical than the first, with a lot more action.

I love, love, love Audrey’s journaling.  She copies down anything and everything that she thinks is important and the titles she gives them are hilarious and often irreverant.  Audrey is magical, but I love that it doesn’t come easily to her.  She has to work at it and I think that is a great message.  Add to that the fact that, even in the magical community she has found, she exists a bit on the outer edge.  She wasn’t raised in the community and there are rules and lines that should be known and never crossed and she often straddles them.

There is a lot more darkness in this story, probably obvious from the title.  There is more romance, too, but I like that it adds to the story, yet isn’t the central focus.

My Recommendation

Even better than the first and I can’t wait for the next!

Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: 4.9

About Jody Gehrman

Jody is the author of eight novels and numerous plays. Audrey’s Guide to Black Magic is her newest YA novel, the sequel to Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft. Babe in Boyland was published by Penguin’s Dial books and was optioned by Disney. She also writes stage plays and screenplays. Her plays have been produced in Ashland, New York, San Francisco and L.A. She and her partner David Wolf won the New Generation Playwrights Award for their one-act, Jake Savage, Jungle P.I. She’s a professor of English at Mendocino College.

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