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Witchy, Witchy (Spellbound Trilogy #1)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  1,485 Ratings  ·  111 Reviews
Introducing book #1 in the enchanting SPELLBOUND trilogy...

When Calista McCoy moves from the slums of the Louisiana Bayou to an illustrious beach community in California, she knows her life is going to take a drastic turn. But once she arrives at the beautiful mansion by the sea, dark secrets are revealed...secrets that become even more complicated when she meets the gorg
Paperback, 328 pages
Published January 14th 2012 (first published July 19th 2011)
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Alana ~ The Book Pimp
Innocent YA, light on the romance but heavy on the magic.

I always enjoy stories of witches, how cool would it be to have powers like that! I like some of the unique touches regarding their world, their power, and their enemies. It had a little Secret Circle kind of feel to it, a high school 'Charmed' air to it. Very light, easy YA reading.

Some of the twists and turns I was expecting- but there were more than a few that left me shocked. My mind kept trying to put pieces together, but the ultimate
Feb 02, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
I didn't read a lot of the reviews, but I read one that was a 2 star and have to admit that I don't agree with it. Usually, I can agree with some part of most people's reviews, but in this case I didn't agree at all. However, I respect that everyone has their own opinion and that is fine. As for recommending a book, I will recommend this book to anyone who likes YA books and books about witches/paranormal. I thought it was actually very good. And interestingly enough, the person's who review I d ...more
Pavithra Mahendran
Oct 21, 2012 Pavithra Mahendran rated it it was ok
When I read the back cover of the book, I thought this book would be a sort of Secret Circle, Charmed kind of story. Not that that's the best kind of thing to be reading, but I have been in a book rut lately, so I ignored that twinge that said this was a bad idea and went ahead with the book.
You know what happens to people who ignore their instincts? They get smacked in the face by it and then it yells "I told you so!".
This was nothing like a kick-ass, girl gets super powers kinda story, and
Dec 03, 2011 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: witches
Another great read by Penelope King.

Life should be charmed for sixteen-year-old Calista McCoy. But being a psychic, empathic, fire-starting witch isn't all magical fun and games, even if it does come with a snazzy new wardrobe and an awesome beach house in California.

Now she is a target for the deadly Hunters who seek out new, vulnerable witches. Any exposure of her magical abilities can have disastrous consequences. And with covens all over the world constantly fighting with one another, it's h
Jan 03, 2015 Danielle rated it it was amazing
This is a review for the whole Spellbound Trilogy.

(Huge Spoilers for the whole series!!!!!)

Witchy Witchy is about a sixteen year old girl who lives in a shack and has no friends. Calista McCoy later moves to a big mansion, well a little house behind the mansion, with her dads works and finds out that the lady that hired her dad is her grandmother and she is a witch which means that Callie inherited her witch powers from her mother. Callie goes to a new school and meets Lily and Sophie, her new “
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Jan 30, 2012 The Haunted Reading Room 2017 - Year of Lovecraft rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Paranormal, YA readers
From the beginning we realize that the heroine, Calista, is going to be an endearing personality. After all, the girl is both telekinetic and sees visions! She visualizes folks she’s never seen just from hearing them mentioned, even briefly. She is an empath, experiencing the emotions of others as if they were her own. Yet she is very diffident about her abilities, considering herself odd, while as we know many people would be publicizing, seeking to make the big bucks, if they had talents as sh ...more
Samantha Adams
Apr 17, 2012 Samantha Adams rated it it was amazing
Witchy Witchy is a cute and enchanting coming of age story for the lead character, Callista.

The story begins with her and her dad, moving from the south to live with an eccentric rich old lady, Ana. Her dad is there under the pretense of being the live in handy man, but Ana has secret motives and wants Callista by her side.

The motives arent at all bad, but i wont spoil the story by going into detail.

Callista discovers she is a witch, and begins to realise that everything she has been able to do,
Kat (Kindred Dreamheart)
Feb 10, 2012 Kat (Kindred Dreamheart) rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-reader, arc, blog-review, r2r
Thanks to Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics and R2R for entrusting me with an honest review.

The name was ridiculous; and I thought the dreamy cover was too elementary. *Sigh* And then I turned to the first page…

This book made me absolutely giddy. This is like a supernatural coming of age novel. Being from the hills of Tennessee and moving all over the world, I could relate to the main character. It’s not easy to feel welcome in the BIG city when you have a country drawl. The enemie
Feb 04, 2012 Emma rated it liked it
I think the beginning of this book gave me the wrong idea. I didn't like it at all, I didn't like the way things were desribed, I didn't like our main girl and I thought her dad and her landlady were weird. But after the meeting with (in her opinion) the hottest boy on the planet, everything changed. I think I started to like the book when she met her two new best friends. Those girls made the story for me. I think their friendship and the nice feeling it gave me, was what kept me reading. After ...more
May 06, 2012 Gabriela rated it really liked it
Witchy Witchy definitely cast a spell on me. The story is about a solitary teenage girl with "special abilities" who moves across the country with a promise of a handyman job for her father and a new life for herself. Calista suddenly finds herself living a dream in a guest house on a California beach front property with a sudden love interest and 2 new friends at her elite private school; not to mention having her history and what she really is revealed to her by her maternal grandmother who br ...more
Dec 07, 2011 Husnaa rated it really liked it
I got this book through R2R (:

This book was so amazing!! Oh Nicholas! *sigh* he is absolutely gorge! What more can I say about this book?
Calista is really lucky! She has awesome powers, her grandmother is super rich, she is now sorta popular and Nicholas is her soulmate!

I had a feeling about Justin but shame I feel sorry for him but I feel Calista should have (view spoiler) *rolls e
Aug 29, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I love this book because it jumps right in and has it's hooks in ya with the first page. I went in reading this book with out any info on knowing what it was about so I guess you could say I went in reading it blind. I would love to read more from this author the book was FANTASTIC!!!!
Mary Armour
Jun 20, 2015 Mary Armour rated it liked it
It was ok..... but I think book 2 will be better!
Mandy Sickle
I received this from Penelope King to provide a honest review.
This is the story of Calista McCoy teenage girl who used to live in the Louisiana Bayou until a strange woman offers her father a job in sunny California. Calista isn't like your normal teenage girl, she has special talent's, like being able to sense peoples emotions, move things with her mind, with a new start in California she decides to stop doing magic and try to be normal. Upon arriving at her new home Calista instantly meets Ni
Julie(Reading By The Beach)
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I first learned of Penelope King when I stumbled across A Demon Made Me Do It, a dark YA paranormal tale that quickly captivated me. I think I can safely say that I was expecting something darker, but what Witchy, Witchy lacks in darkness is quickly made up by the magical journey that will just as easily entice readers.

The first three quarters of Witchy, Witchy are dedicated to character development, in my opinion. There is some slight myst
Heather Boustead
Apr 18, 2012 Heather Boustead rated it it was amazing
Witchy, Witchy
By Penelope King

Calista is not your ordinary teenage girl; she has always been blessed with special gifts, like opening her curtains with the flick of her finger. Though she had no idea just how special she was until her and her father move to Crystal Cove Estates in Southern California, there she finds out that she was actually born a witch, and the lady of the house who has hired her father to be her new caretaker is actually none other than her own grandmother, Ana. Not only doe
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I was hooked from page one but got a little worried when i realized that Calista had to attend a normal high school and deal with high school drama. Thankfully, there was minimal drama and more about her discovering herself as a witch.

I really enjoyed the twists in the book and it kept me intrigued throughout. I would really love to know how Nicholas and Calista plays out and find out what cool and unique powers Calista has.

I love how the story flowed so natur
Laurie: Almost Faemous
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I received a copy of this through Read2Review so my thanks to the program and author for letting me review this book. Calista is a sixteen year old girl who moves with her Dad from rural Louisiana to a mansion on the beach in California. Her father gets a job as a groundskeeper of an older women's mansion as Calista gets to know Ana she discovers that she is a witch and she is not alone.

The premise for the book is nothing new espec
Oct 19, 2012 Aprilelayne rated it it was amazing
This was one of the highlights of the year for me, seriously I just read the book a couple weeks ago and can already see myself reading it again.

Penelope King has poetically created an enchanting world of Calista McCoy, her lovable but naive father, and her new found life at a new school with new friends, and new secrets. I fell in love not only with the characters, but with the style, pace, and overall sense of writing. Witchy, Witchy is one of the very few YA books I've read lately that I trul
Jan 22, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
This is my first ever teen fantasy/young adult paranormal romance novel.While I was skeptical at first to read something outside of my particular norm, I found that once I got past the first few pages, I was interested.

Here's the story of teen Calista moving to a new town in a new state with her dad so that they can basically start over. Living in the guest house of a mysterious, yet friendly, woman, she figures out really fast that her life is about to change drastically. The good news is that
Feb 03, 2012 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Paranormal, YA readers of all kinds
My R2R review of this ARC book is pure enchantment! From the magic fair tale beginning of being swept away like Cinderella with the glorious house on the cliff overlooking the ocean and the stylish clothes and Ana the owner of all this being so loving... What girl wouldn't feel like she was in a dream?
Well that dream became reality! Along with the mysterious boy down on the beach... Knowing already there is a strange connection...
Because Callie is a witch! And that is just the beginning!
The ne
Mikka Gottstein
Mar 01, 2013 Mikka Gottstein rated it it was amazing
Charming and magical!

Calista has never had an easy life - her mother died after her birth, and Calista and her Dad were always so poor that they were *this* close to starving. In school, she was as good as invisible. No friends, and certainly no admirers, causing her to wonder if there was something wrong with her other than her merely average looks.

This all changes when her father lands a new job as caretaker of a huge mansion with elaborate, breathtaking gardens - a job which comes with free u
De Jr.
Jan 25, 2013 De Jr. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: native-s-reads
Witchy Witchy Book #1 (Spellbound Series)
By Penelope King

An Amazingly Magical and Riveting Read!!!

From the onset I was drawn in with wondrous curiosity…. Then kept intrigued with the amazing storylines and fast pace with which “Author Penelope King” pens her awesome read….

Calista the main character with which this story revolves around is charming and a character that you can’t help but fall in love with…. Then she further amazes us the readers with the cast of characters that surround Calista t
Nov 07, 2013 Valerie rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-read
I've heard a lot of fuss about these books, and I have to wonder why. Then again, I also have to wonder if I read too much or watch too many fantasy-type series on TV, because most of what I read these days reminds me of some other book or show or author. This one... just more of the same.

I had a number of moments where I flashed back to The Craft and The Secret Circle. Only difference is here (so far at least) there's only 3 witches, but they're still all teenage girls.

One thing I do like about
Vanya D.
Jan 09, 2012 Vanya D. rated it really liked it
When I bought this book, I was all excited, because Penelope King became one of my favorite authors after the "A Demon Made Me Do It" adventure. But, the first pages kind of wore down my enthusiasm. I had hard time concentrating on the words with the reader eye. It was more critique than enjoyment. It felt too familiar - like I'd read it somewhere before.
But after I crossed the 30% threshold, things changed. There were things happening, there were emotions showing. It was really nice.

When 16-yea
Jan 02, 2013 Anna rated it it was ok
I generally like a simple read that doesn't try too hard. I realize that most books about magic/the paranormal are always going to ask you to keep your mind open in terms of what the general public knows about the world. I have no qualms with this. I loved the superficial use of magic in this book because that's exactly how a normal teen girl would put her magic to use. Unfortunately, I found it hard to connect with Calista, and was feeling a distinct Mary-Sue vibe from her (which instantly puts ...more
Sep 18, 2015 Rachel rated it did not like it
Why did I read this book!? I should have known by the title that it was going to be childish. Oh no! Another beautiful girl who doesn't know shes beautiful because all the boys ignore her! But as luck would have it, her poor family moves to a mansion because of some long- lost relatives decide they want to contact her, but not come right out and say they are related, just hire her dad then spoil the shit out of the girl! Thats normal... Not to mention the fact that this secret.. That shes a witc ...more
Overall, it's a great light read - it's very 'Disney-esque'. But if you prefer suspense, serious magic and danger then it won't be your kind of thing.

I decided to read this as it was free on iBooks. I had no idea what to expect, it has a mixture of negative and positive reviews. I still don't know how I feel. I don't love it, but I don't hate it either. It's just a very easy, relaxed read.

The problems I have with this book are A. The author uses italics way too much! B. Nothing major happens unt
Shy The WidowMaker
Feb 07, 2012 Shy The WidowMaker rated it really liked it
This was an enchanting and spellbinding read.I think Penelope King cast a spell on me because I couldn't put this book down. Callie was an amzing heroine. I like that she was so headstrong eventhough she was dropped into a new world she knew nothing about. I felt that Callie was Cinderella but she got to live more than one night. Callie really comes into her own in this story and learns a lot about herself. I love that she has some true friends to help her on the journey to becoming a powerful w ...more
Megan Crowl
Dec 30, 2013 Megan Crowl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a page turner.

This book was intriguing. I enjoyed the whole idea of a young girl discovering lost family and power, and this book certainly was a page turner.
Although, there were a few parts in the book that I didn't quite like. I found it extremely annoying how obsessed Calista was with Nicholas. By the end, of course, we find out why that is, but during the book I think it was overdone. Also I wish there was more background information on Ana, she still seems like a mystery by the end,
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  • The Witching Pen (The Witching Pen series, #1)
  • Immortal Prophecy (The Immortal Prophecy Saga #1)
  • Mark of the Witch (Boston Witches, #1)
  • Golden Blood (Time Spirit Trilogy, #1)
  • Falling (Hemlock Bay, #1)
  • Night Marchers (Night Marchers, #1)
  • Five (Elemental Enmity, #1)
  • Enchantment (Channie, #1)
  • Something Witchy (Mystics & Mayhem #1)
  • Wander Dust (The Seraphina Parrish Trilogy, #1)
  • Witch Flame (Keepers of the Stones, #0.5)
  • Spider Wars (Lords of Shifters)
  • Entangled (Spellbound, #1)
  • The Trouble with Spells (Of Witches and Warlocks, #1)
  • Freak of Nature (Lost Witch Trilogy, #1)
  • Initiate (The Unfinished Song, #1)
  • White Witch (Coven, #1)
  • The Watchers (The Watchers, #1)
Penelope King is the author of several bestselling Young Adult fantasy-romance novels, including the "Spellbound Trilogy" and the "Demonblood Series."

Penelope graduated from the University of California, Irvine and currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina

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Other Books in the Series

Spellbound Trilogy (3 books)
  • Kiss the Crystal Sun
  • Dawn Of The Morningstar (Spellbound Trilogy, #3)

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