Thursday, March 14, 2013

Review: Witch Twins by Adele Griffin


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:

Claire and Luna may be witches, but there’s no easy spell to stop a wedding!
Though identical on the outside, ten-year-old twins Claire and Luna Bundkin are as different on the inside as peaches and peanut butter. Claire is mischievous and Luna is a dreamer, but they do share a favorite hobby: witchcraft. Whether it’s making breakfast or washing dishes, there’s nothing a five-star witch can’t accomplish with a wave of her pinkie finger. But there are two strict rules: Don’t tell Mom, and don’t try any spells without Grandy—their magical grandmother—watching. When Claire and Luna’s father announces that he’s getting remarried to a loudmouthed Texas woman named Fluffy, the twins know they need to do something to stop the wedding. Fluffy wouldn’t be a bad stepmother, but Claire and Luna know that she would lure their father to far-away Houston. A spell might be the only way to save their Dad, and they’ll try anything. Even if magic usually lands them in a pot of trouble. This ebook features a personal history by Adele Griffin including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s own collection.

MY TAKE:
I usually like books with witch heroines so I wanted to give this one a try.

In Witch Twins, Claire and Luna are young witch twins who are hoping to become one-star witches and get their kittens. However, something more urgent needs their attention: their father is going to get married to his girlfriend! What are the twins supposed to do now?

I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would. It's kind of like a combination of Sweet Valley Kids and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. The language used, the tone of the story, the adventures, and, of course, the twins, is very reminiscent of the old Sweet Valley Kids series I used to like when I was a kid. That's not to say that it feels like a copy. The fact that the twins are witches means that they get to do all sorts of fun things and get to be a bit more mischievous than Jessica and Elizabeth.

Just like my favorite twins, Claire and Luna do learn to do the right thing and everything works out for the best. It's a great feel good story for both the younger set, as well as those my age who remember liking the old '80s books, like Sweet Valley and The Babysitters Club. There just aren't enough books like that these days.

Thanks to NetGalley and Open Road Young Readers for the e-ARC.

THE GOOD:

  1. Claire and Luna are interesting characters.
  2. The witchcraft in the book isn't boring and derivative.
  3. There's a cute subplot about Claire and Luna's grandfather.

THE BAD:

  1. There's a lot going on.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
In the kitchen, Claire's nose (which was good enough to smell an avocado) picked out crescent cookies, sugared popovers, and chicken soup made with garlic, rosemary, barley, and allspice.
READ IT IF:

  1. You liked Sweet Valley Kids, The Babysitters Club, and other similar books.
  2. You like books about witchcraft.
  3. You're looking for books that are good for young girls.

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