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Bad Spelling (Witches of Galdorheim #1)

4.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  32 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
A klutzy witch, a shaman's curse, a quest to save her family. Can Kat find her magic in time?
Published October 14th 2011 by MuseItUp Publishing (first published 2011)
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The reason I fell in love with this book had to do with the cover and the back blurb, both of which reminded me of one of my favorite animated films Kiki's Delivery Service, directed by the brilliant Hayao Miyazaki. Like Kiki, the heroine of this book struggles to find herself, sometimes with comic results.

Most young adult fiction these days tend to be bad pastiches of the orginal bad pastiche Twilight, so when I discover those rare books in which there's no heroine-fail, no "mysterious but HAW
Beverly McClure
Jun 25, 2012 Beverly McClure rated it really liked it
By Marva Dasef

What if you’re a Wiccan and are supposed to be able to cast spells, but everything you try somehow ends up as a catastrophe? Can you do something to make your magic work the way it’s supposed to? Or are you doomed to be a failure?

In Author Marva Dasef’s middle grade novel, BAD SPELLING, Katrina’s (Kat’s) father, Boris, died before she was born, yet her aunt Thordis talks to him. When Kat learns that a shaman cast a spell on her father and that spell is what aff
Lorinda Taylor
Aug 18, 2013 Lorinda Taylor rated it really liked it
Bad Spelling is the first volume of the author’s fantasy series The Witches of Galdorheim. It’s intended for Young Adults although I think children from age 11 up would enjoy it. It deals with a colony of European witches who escaped medieval persecution by fleeing to an island in the Barents Sea (north of Norway, Finland, and Russia) and using a magic dome to “terraform” it into normal, livable space. This region is remote enough to be unfamiliar to the average American and thus can substitute ...more
Renee Duke
Nov 05, 2013 Renee Duke rated it really liked it
Bad Spelling is Book One in the Witches of Galdorheim series. The bad speller is Kat (Katrina), older half-sister of Rune, the young vampire-warlock introduced in the series’s prequel, Spellslinger. Kat should be a powerful witch, but something stops her spells from working properly. Eventually she learns this is because of a spell a Siberian shaman placed over the area in which her mundane (non-magical) father is encased in ice. To overcome it, she and Rune set off to find her father’s family a ...more
L.K. Below
Oct 25, 2011 L.K. Below rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-faves, recommended
Bad Spelling is a book that continues to cling to my mind.

This book held me spellbound, if you'll forgive the pun. Marva is a wondrously witty author, who had me smiling and laughing throughout the whole book. But that doesn't really tell you what it's about, does it? Let me give you a quick sketch.

Kat is a witch -- only she has trouble using her powers. When she discovers that this is due to a spell on her father's frozen corpse, she and her half-brother Rune set out from their small arctic isl
H.m. Prévost
Mar 21, 2012 H.m. Prévost rated it really liked it
Bad Spelling is an enjoyable read. Kat has been a “bad speller” her whole life, and magic simply doesn’t seem to be in her genes despite the fact that she lives in a village filled with witches. Her brother, on the other hand, is a highly talented warlock. Kat’s father, whose body is trapped in a glacier, is protected by a spell that is beyond the understanding of the witches in Kat’s community. In order to save the village from exposure to the spell, Kat embarks on a journey with her brother, h ...more
Charlotte Babb
Jun 11, 2012 Charlotte Babb rated it it was amazing
Marva Dasef's Bad Spelling is middle grade fiction, the first book of the Witches of Galdorheim. Dasef's use of magic to move the story along is handled well, with reason and logic.

Galdorheim is an island in the far North Sea where the witches have gone to hide from from the mundane society. The island is only warm enough for them to live comfortably because of the magic maintained by the community. The whole village would die from exposrue without this magic, or have to return to living hidden
C.K. Volnek
Oct 27, 2011 C.K. Volnek rated it really liked it
Bad Spelling by Marva Dasef

Ms. Dasef has pulled off a bewitching story with charming characters you can’t help but fall in love with. From Katrina - a befuddled young witch - to her half-brother, Rune - a vampire-warlock cross - to the delightful animal friends and trolls. (Never thought I’d ever call a troll delightful.:-)

Young Kat doesn’t understand why her magic doesn’t work. Teachers and students alike think she’s a failure, but the truth lies with her ‘almost dead’ father. She’s been curse
S. Willett
Aug 20, 2014 S. Willett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young witch with little to no power and a brother trying to control his vampire tendencies take a dangerous mid-winter trip to save their homeland.

This is the first book in the Witches of Galdorheim Series by talented author Marva Dasef.

I truly enjoyed the fast pace and exciting book. Ready for book 2 - Midnight Oil.
Aug 15, 2013 Sue rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Middle Grade readers
Recommended to Sue by: No one, I liked the cover
Witches wear black and travel everywhere by broomstick, right? Wrong! Ms Dasef's witches are very much of the modern world, despite living in the Arctic. Snowmobiles and cellphones lie side by side with magic wands and scrying artifacts.
This is the wonderful story of Kat and her brother Rune as they travel to find Kat's paternal family. The story is fast paced and intriguing and surprisingly light hearted. Trouble shadows Kat from the moment she is born. Her magic always goes wrong and on their
Edith Parzefall
Mar 27, 2012 Edith Parzefall rated it it was amazing
Bad Spelling is a tension-filled, heartwarming and hilarious read. As a fan of Harry Potter and Terry Pratchett's books, I thoroughly enjoyed Marva Dasef's book. She skillfully plays with familiar themes and myths, but weaves them into an intriguing and original story. Bad Spelling had me laughing out loud several times, then the story quickly sucked me right back into its strange and fascinating world of magic, well-hidden from those dangerous humans with their stakes and pyres. Great challenge ...more
Apr 15, 2015 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun young adult book full of good humor and magical adventures!
Stuart West
Apr 11, 2014 Stuart West rated it it was amazing
Ms. Darsef's book, Bad Spelling, is chock full of fantastic imagery, whimsical characters, and fun set-pieces. The story of a teenage witch who can't seem to get a handle on her powers begins as a Harry Potter-styled supernatural school-based tale, then transforms into a fantasy quest. While the notion of contemporary witches, vampires, shamans, trolls, ogres, werewolves, etc. sounds a bit much, Ms. Darsef pulls it off winningly.

Sure, I have a few nitpicks...the villain seems a little underbaked
Oct 20, 2011 Lizbrenaman rated it it was amazing
A little something for everyone in this great start to the series. Plenty of action, surprises around every corner, animal friends, an evil shaman...what's not to love? Appropriate for any age, this book stands out as unique and endearing in a world sloughed down with too many cookie-cutter middle grade and YA novels. Bad Spelling holds its own, and author Marva Dasef weaves an original tale that kept me guessing until the last page. Good stuff.
Oct 13, 2011 Lorrie rated it really liked it
Bad Spelling by Marva Dasef

When Kat lands in trouble because of her Bad Spelling, the fun begins. The characters are adorable and very imaginative. This is such a great read, you shouldn't miss it.

Nothing like a family of helpful witches to help her out, and the many friends she makes along her adventure.

I have finished the book and all I can say is, I want a ride on the trollercoaster. Wheee.

Lorrie Struiff
Katrina vive en una isla perdida entre los hielos donde todos son brujas y hechiceros, exiliados ante la persecusion de los demas mortales por cientos de años. Con 13 años no logra conjurar los hechizos que le enseñan en la escuela de brujeria. El problema esta relacionado con la extraña muerte de su padre y la profecia de la futura destruccion de su aldea sino logra resolver el desafio de vencer al malvado shaman que odia a las brujas.
Junto con su medio hermano Rune (medio vampiro tambien) y un
May 24, 2013 Marian rated it it was amazing
I loved Kat and her family. I normally don't read teen books but was thoroughly pulled in I had to read all in the series. I'm now looking for more works by this author.
Conda Douglas
Jun 23, 2012 Conda Douglas rated it really liked it
Fun quest with characters both younger readers and adults can relate to. Well-realized fantasy world.
Laura Ann Dunks
Dec 04, 2012 Laura Ann Dunks rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Loved it.
Lin Holmes
Sep 09, 2013 Lin Holmes rated it it was amazing
The first time I saw the book cover for this book, I thought we were going to be exploring the world of Spelling Bees... Believe it or not, I was wrong. The "spelling" in this book has more to do with "toiling trouble" than how to string a bunch of letters together to accidentally spell words like... Antidisestablishmentarianism. WOW what a word!

As Big and Brilliant as that word is, it doesn't begin to compare with the journey you will take in Marva Dasef's BAD SPELLING.

I am a creature who loves
Jun 20, 2014 Marva rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Five stars for the audiobook narrator, Lisa Baarns of Baarns VO and Narration.

The book's pretty darn good, too.
Apr 11, 2014 Marva rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: myshelf
Re-issued ebook.
Nov 28, 2011 Marva rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: myshelf
2nd Place in November's You Gotta Read Videos book trailer contest. I did the trailer, but owe much to Kaytalin Platt's very cool cover.
Nov 21, 2012 Marva rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: myshelf
Paperback edition of the Bad Spelling ebook.
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Lots of interesting and economical books in scifi, fantasy, etc. for sale. Hell, I give 'em away. Just ask."

My books are now heading to audio format. As of January 2014, two audio books are out in the world. I have three more lined up with my producer--the three-book series, Witches of Galdorheim.

I spent 35 years making a lot of money from writing. Probably more than most authors earn in their lif
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Witches of Galdorheim (3 books)
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