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Witches on Parole (WitchLight Trilogy #1)

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Two pendants. Two students. And it’s entirely possible they didn’t volunteer.

World-famous (and now retired) photographer Jenvieve Adams has a debt to repay—and a soft spot for witches who have lost their way. Or so she thinks, until they actually show up.

Join some of the cast of characters from the very successful A Modern Witch series as they take on a new kind of journey
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Nook, 421 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Fireweed Publishing
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Jennie
By all rights I should hate all of Debora Geary's books. I should throw aside the Witch books (all of them: A Modern WitchA Hidden WitchA Reckless WitchWitches on ParoleWitches Under WayWitches in Flight) in distaste because everything is too fucking perfect.

But I don't. I love these books and I hate myself for it.

It took me until this book to begin to realize why I enjoy them so much. Its not because of the writing (which is fine, but nothing spectacular) or the characters. Its because I desp
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Debora Geary
Sep 18, 2011 Debora Geary added it  ·  (Review from the author)
My newest :-).
Rachel
I received this as a gift. I doubt that I would have read it otherwise. As it is, it was an entertaining book. Witches live among us, sub rosa, and have an organization called Witchlight, which apparently is some kind of mentoring program for witches. Two young adult witches are assigned to a mentor witch: Lizard -tattooed, pierced, brilliant cook, and perpetually running from "jerkwads" that she has somehow hooked herself up with and a passion for big words; and Elsie, a psychologist who is loo ...more
Joanne G.
I'm going to stop protesting that I don't read fluffy, mushy stuff. It's disingenuous to claim now that I've read thirteen of Geary's books in the last couple of months; I know I won't quit until I've read everything in her Witch Central world. Geary's characters are too perfect, everything is sparkly beautiful, and there is always a fairy tale ending--things that usually make me gag and reach for Edgar Allan Poe or something dark to cut the sweetness.

So, why am I captivated by Geary's characte
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Karen Fowler
Some of you may remember my book reviews of A Modern Witch and A Hidden Witch, so I was please to be given the chance to read and review the author’s newest book Witches on Parole: Unlocked (A Modern Witch trilogy, book 1)

Those who have read Geary’s other books will be please to find some of the same characters in this fisrt book of the new spin-off series. The modern witchy themes are present, as is Geary’s flair for crafting page-turning, first-rate books.

In Witches on Parole we meet two new
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Marcie pollack
Oct 19, 2011 Marcie pollack rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
I am a little late getting my review up but I finally had a few moments to post. I have read the first two books in the Modern Witch series and of loved both of them so when I found out about this new little project from Debora I was ecstatic! I read this book over a chilly weekend and absolutely loved it! Another Home Run in my opinion. Poor Jenny is all I have to say because she has her hands full with her new students. To say what comes around goes around is very true as Jenny is now realizin ...more
Rhonda
2011Review: Witches on Parole by Debora Geary
5 STARS
I really like her stories. How their is so many characters who we get to see again in each book. A lot of the characters we see are back in new way. Plus we get to meet two new characters,Lizzard shows up for training at 2:00 am a couple of days early. Lizzard has a mind of her own, she is a mind witch. She had a choice of prison or witchlight community service. She is smart, good cook has lots of tattoos and piercings.
Elsie is a good psycholo
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Estara
May 23, 2013 Estara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Estara by: Sho
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2013
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Masha Toit
This is definitely my favourite Geary "Witches" book.

I was sucked in from the beginning by the set up: Two young witches must participate in a sort of Witches community service. One of them is a "tattooed fairy", a tough young woman with a bad attitude at risk of wasting her life. The other is a self righteous and rather rigid professional woman who cannot see beyond her own time-tables and rules. They are assigned some Witchy mentors who struggle to find ways to help them help themselves.

All ch
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Ryan
Surprisingly delightful and even more surprisingly meaningful.

The story takes place in a slightly altered reality where witches live amongst us. They aren't public, but they are there. Sometimes even witches have problems with the law, at work, in their personal life - and with witches, these problems can have serious consequences - and the witch community has an organization called WitchLight to help these lost witches. The lost witches are Lizard and Elsie. Lizard is actually on parole, and Wi
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Kitty
I know I sound like a broken record, but I've loved everything this author has written! I purchased this one for a vacation. I wanted to be sure I had something "fun" to read on vacation - something that was guaranteed to make me smile, and make me forget about "real life" for a while. This fit the bill perfectly.

This is sort of a spin-off from the Modern Witch series, featuring a lot of the same characters I've already fallen in love with, but focusing on two new witches. As with all the others
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Witchbaby
Holy Freaking Cow – I am soooo happy that I went on Amazon at exactly the right time to find this book. I laughed, I cried, I busted out laughing, and I fell in love (and ordered the rest of her books lol).

I was sucked in from the very beginning of the story and started caring about the characters from the first few pages. I love the view from a camera insights that Jennie is so fond of and it makes me want to pull my camera back out to start snapping pictures again.

Lizard was the perfect unde
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Aimee
I think I'm giving up on this book. I rarely don't finish a book, but I've been reading this one for like 3 weeks and I'm only half way done. I typically finish books within a week of reading them.

I really like the characters. I like the writing and voice. Everything seems realistic, the characters, their responses, their conversations...but that's where my enjoyment ended. NOTHING happened. I enjoyed the beginning, there was still some suspense to keep me interested. After a while though, the
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Stephen
I'm not sure I would have picked up this book without a recommendation, as it didn't sound quite like my sort of thing ... but a friend (the also outstanding author, Nathan Lowell) recommended Ms. Geary's books highly and mentioned this one. I read it and, I have to say, I loved it.

Debora Geary spins a tale filled with rich and compelling characters, in a community you kind of wish you could be a part of, and you don't really want to leave, so you stay up until 4am reading and get 2 hours of sle
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Joe Young
Another loving book where the characters reach out to each other in pure love. Misfits are kindly brought along by extremely understanding role models and contrasting characters are played off each other with each benefiting from the unique understanding and insight that the other possesses. Deborah has a unique ability to describe extremely close families in a manner where it appears that the loving interrelations are the most natural state for witches and humans. It makes you want to reach out ...more
Laura Jerwood
I think this book may have got me hooked!

Despite not reading any of these before, I couldnt wait to start at the beginning and find out more.
I even paid to download to my kindle rather than wait for a price drop (well, Christmas was an expensive month!)

Would recommend to anyone, especially those who secretly like the Mills N Boon as well as Magic stuff. The family ties and love and general homeliness that comes through is so lovely to read, the magic is just an added exciting bonus!
Melanie
This has to be one of the worst books I've ever read. I don't know how I finished it. I guess I thought it would get better?
Problems I have with this book:
1. Nothing ever happens.
2. Jennie is supposed to be this amazing, wise mentor, but she has two other people do all the work and only complains about how horrible things are going.
3. This is this happiest, fakest book I've ever read. It reminds me of that perky person that you hate because they never get upset about anything.
4. The name Liz
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Maxwell Heath
This was kinda different than what I expected it to be, and I'm not sure I would have read it without the fantasy element. Nonetheless, I had a great time with it. The characters are all really well written and I really identified with them, especially both Lizard and Elsie (the titular witches on parole). They're young women who both have problems in their lives, and they've come to get help sorting them out. I wish I had the same sort of opportunity to spend three months getting my life togeth ...more
Carissa Crabb
Witches On Parole is not my usual sort of book, but I absolutely loved it. Generally, I read romance novels, but this book falls more into the chick lit category. Instead of focusing on a developing relationship between a couple, Witches On Parole concentrates on the importance of sisterhood and community. Jennie, a witch in her 50s, is issued her very first students. The first is a 21-year-old artistic type with a troubled past. The second is a 30-year-old professional with a type-A personality ...more
Starla B
I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. I loved the characters, and cannot wait to read the next in the series, as well as the original series this spun off.
Michelle
This is a spin off of the A Modern Witch Books. I waited until I finished the Modern Witches to start this series but I should have read it where it belonged. It was rather nice to get to go back and revisit the early days of Nat, Jamie, and Lauren though. It was also nice to finally start getting to know Lizard.
This book, like so many of the other Debora Geary books made me laugh and enjoy the story so much that I was completely taken by surprise when I found myself crying. I'm not sure how De
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DianeG
This is a spinoff series from Debora Geary's "A Modern Witch" series. Many of the characters are the same and like her other books, you get sucked into the story and it's hard to put the book down. I really like the way this trilogy is headed. It could easily be expanded and take off for many more books if the author wanted to. There are no bounds to the imagination and witches who need help with both their powers and the direction those powers can take them in their lives has no boundary either ...more
Lilac Wolf
From Lilac Wolf and Stuff

The cover on this book really sets it apart from the main A Modern Witch series. It is a spin off and can be enjoyed on it's own. However, if you want more back-story on some of the characters then you can start with A Modern Witch and A Hidden Witch. Actually A Modern Witch lets you in on the characters you see again in Witches on Parole.

So we have Aunt Jennie, who I think was a fairly minor character - since I barely remember her. She has been roped into being a mentor
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Shannon
I have read most of Deborah Geary's books now, but am beyond eager to inhale the rest. I have enjoyed reading books in the fantasy genre my whole life, and have some very distinct favorites. Deborah's Witch series is currently the top of my list of favorites! While reading every single book, I have had a permanent smile on my face (when I wasn't sniffling during the so frequent heart touching moments she has a real knack at adding in).

The depth of her characters is magic all on its own. The wond
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Susan
Aunt Jennie, otherwise known as Jenvieve Adams, famous portrait photographer, has been called upon by her Witchlight Community to help two lost souls find their way. Long ago, Jenny was just like the two who are about to land on her doorstep and now it is her time to give back to those who helped her all those many years ago.

Meet Lizard, a tough, street girl who has landed herself in a bit of trouble and found herself in Aunt Jennie's kitchen at 2 a.m. eating chocolate cake. She loves big words,
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Mandolin
Debora Geary's writing is magic. Despite a few minor flaws (overuse of the word "frack," for instance) this first book in her new trilogy was a satisfying way to feed my growing addiction for her work. The book follows Ms. Geary's now familiar characters as they intervene in the lives of two young - and very different - witches who have, willingly or unwillingly, asked the Witchlight organization to place them with older mentors in order to guide their witching skills. From the start, the "older ...more
Marti
This was yet another lovely book from Deborah Geary. In this first of a new trilogy, we get acquainted with Witchlight, a sort of improvement agency for witches. It has several of the same characters as the Modern Witch series includes. It is Aunt Jenny's first time to work for Witchlight and she has been assigned two seemingly very different charges. There's Lizard, who is the one actually on parole, and Elsie, who is trying to improve herself. Lizard, as her name suggests, is a rebellious post ...more
Sara
Jan 09, 2013 Sara rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
$.99 Kindle purchase that was surprisingly enjoyable.

It was such a refreshing change of pace from all the formulaic, angsty YA I've been reading (and really need a break from).

This book is really easy to read. There's a mix of emails (which I really liked) and the story is told from different points of view.

This book is really character driven (which I adore) . It's about character growth more than action (though there could be a little more of that).

Pros:
I thought the characters in this book
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R.J. Blain
I really wanted to like this book. I was intrigued by the cover.

It took me 3 evenings to work my way through this book. The first two nights, I read about a quarter of the book in each sitting. Last night, I finished it off. There was one state of mind that I found myself in while reading:

I was waiting for the story to really begin.

This book breaks the rules. In a way, she has some very interesting characters. Or, let me clarify — she has some interesting characters if she let them have true da
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Danielle Zeiher
Debora has done it again. This book is another installment in a wonderful world filled with interesting, relatable characters. Everytime I get a copy of a new book in the Modern Witch world, I can't put it down until I've finished. Witches on Parole was no exception. The two main new additions to the cast of characters, Elsie and Lizard are just as faceted and interesting as each of the characters that I've fallen in love with in previous books. They find their way into the world created in Debo ...more
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