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Feestjes & Toverdrankjes (Magic in Manhattan #4)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  3,855 ratings  ·  188 reviews
Rachel en haar zusje Mira gaan voor het eerst naar een magisch bal voor heksen, een Samsorta. Ze hebben net ontdekt dat er een uitgebreid jongerenheksennetwerk is, wie had dat gedacht! En deze heksen gebruiken hun krachten niet alleen om gave feestjes te geven, maar ook om backstagekaartjes voor concerten te bemachtigen en zichzelf naar Parijs te toveren voor de lunch! Rac ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Van Goor (first published January 1st 2008)
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I started the series last year and read the last book over the summer, and I have to say it was actually really nice. I'm not a very big fan of super girly books, or like witch craft and stuff, but Sarah Mlynowski really knew how to connect with teenage girls in this series. Everything she mentioned in the book was something that an average, everyday teenage girl would experience in her life. From high school crushes, to where to sit at lunch, to what to wear everyday, Mlynowski basically covere ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Rachel's ready to start off her sophomore year of high school with a bang! Now that she's gotten her powers, and learned to semi-control them, there's nothing holding her back from having the best year ever. Except there is one little hindrance - she has to keep her witch life and her "normal" life separated, and the task is proving to be a lot harder then she thought.

First there is her Samsorta, which is pretty much a debutante ball for witches. Miri (her
I loooooooved this book so much!!!!!!!! Best series ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Alright, well, this series has finally jumped the shark for me. While I loved the first 3 books, this 4th one is just... meh. Many of the aspects that were so enjoyable to me in the beginning of the series weren't present in this final volume. Like the humor. I didn't giggle once while reading this book! Mlynowsky was a little too heavy-handed on the message (love yourself for who you are, don't change to fit in, you're special just like everybody else... blah blah blah...) and far too light on ...more
Ada Gao
Parties and Potions is about a girl called Rachel that has a sister called Miri, they grew up not knowing they are witches. Rachel attend school like a normal girl and she goes to a school that normal girls go. She don't know anything about the witch world and she don't plan to tell anyone that she is a witch. Wendaline, Miri's online friend is a total witcholic. She knows a lot about being a witch, she tells the people in the same shes in (same school as Rachel) that she is a witch. Rachel got ...more
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Those superficial and total teen oblivion/self obsessed moments really bugged me. You kind of have to hate the protagonist when she's being such a pain in the ass. Well, Rachel has her moments, but I feel like she hasn't changed at all. Her progress is lacking, but she's only aged one year; I can't expect too much.
May 25, 2010 Abby rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Abby by: the rest of the series
These books are so fun and light - a new take on modern day witches. This is much more realistic and shows the issues of being a witch among non witches. A lovely end? to the series- though it is left open for more. I love how the characters have grown and evolved. A great just before summer read.
Now that Rachel has powers the story isn't as interesting. Miri is just whiny instead of being the little sis being manipulated by the big sis. Hope the next is better.
Rachel and Miri, sisters in life (and in magic) are back in Mlynowski's fizzy, witchy Magic in Manhattan series. Now that Rachel can actually practice magic (more or less ably), the girls are starting to grow their magical network and discover a magical milestone they never knew existed: a Samsorta, the magical equivalent of a coming-out party for newly minted witches. Taking part will allow them the opportunity to get to know and socialize with other young witches (and warlocks) something their ...more
I never knew there was a 4th one!!!!!
Rachel struggles to separate her regular life with her witch life. First, there's the freshman girl, Wendaline, who openly admits to being a witch. Second, there's her sister Miri who wants to tell their father the truth. Lastly, there's Samsorta, or a witches coming out party, and it's getting difficult to fabricate excuses for magic school and other stuff associated with this event. More than anything, Rachel wants things to stay the way they are, with her loved ones (i.e. her dad, Raf, Tammy) ...more
In parties & potions by sarah mlynowski is about Rachael who is a witch. Her father who isn't a witch doesn't know that her and her sister are witches and she is afraid to expose the secret to him. Also they are going to a witch ball. yes she is now a witch and she can snap her fingers and be in Paris or where ever but there is more to being a witch (her mother taught her about the history of witches) Also she cant tell anyone she is a witch especially her boyfriend Raf. They break up becaus ...more
368 pages
by Sarah Mlynowski

Rachel and Miri are not your ordinary Manhattan sisters. They just happen to be witches. In the fourth book of this series, Magic in Manhattan, Miri convinces Rachel to do a Samsorta. It is kind of like a bat mitzvah/ débutante/ quinceñara kind of thing, except for witches. They join the class in Arizona, at a school that hadn't started class yet. The coed school was crawling with witches and warlocks, all who were perfectly normal kids. Rachel and Miri met so many oth
Parties & Potions is the best of the Magic in Manhattan series yet. I was laughing while reading this one as the others, it just seemed to happen more often. Rachel has her powers and is back at school. She meets a weird witch named Wendaline who almost exposes herself to the whole school. Wendy is a bit too proud of being a witch and Rachel has to fix that.

In this book Rachel is exposed to the witch community, which to her surprise is very up-to date with the world. They actually created th
Lydia B
Rachel and her sisiter, Miri, are taking a class to prepeare for a Samsorta, a celbration ball for wiches. While Rachel is there, she meets a cute boy named Adam who seems to have a giant crush on Rachel. The only problem is that Adam doesn't know Rachel already has a boyfriend, Raf, who doesn't know she is a wich. At JFK highschool, a new girl Rachel knows, Wendiline, gets picked on beacause she keeps saying she is a wich. And at home, Rachel and Miri tell their dad they're wiches, he freaks o ...more
Amy Wang1
When it comes to witches, there is magic, magic and still MAGIC! Who knew witches had witch friends as well? In Parties and Potions, Rachel and Miri, her younger sister get to meet other witches whom they never knew about. Now it's time for a witch reunion party!
Rachel and Miri are having some trouble telling their dad about how unique they are. Every time they try to overcome their fear of their dad's reaction, they always get interrupted. When her sister's new witch friend,Wendaline appears
Apr 19, 2010 Jacqueline rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like stories about teen witches
Shelves: fantasy, teen
Parties & Potions is the fourth and last book in the Magic in Manhattan series. The series follows the life of new witches Miri and Rachel as they deal with both their newfound powers and the typical day to day problems of teen and tweens. I definitely think that this is the best book in the series. The characters are fully developed, and they face true problems, like figuring out who they are and how to be honest even when it isn't easy. Also covered a bit is the meaning of love.

Rachel, the
Varisa C
Parties and Potions
The book called Parties and Potions is about two sisters that has a mother that is a witch but a father that isn’t a witch. Her father doesn't know that his wife and his children are witches. Then the two sisters rachel and miri met a girl witch that is her own age and she recommends to join her Samsorta class and now everybody in the witch school is excited about their very own Samsorta she rachel met a really cute boy named adam that is a warnock but too bad rachel a ready
I liked this book much more than the 3rd. I enjoyed seeing how Rachel has grown through the books as a person both in her normal life and her magical one - as well as how she learned to balance the two of them. As this book has been out for a few years and I can't find any information regarding any continuation to this series, I think at least that it ended on a good note and I don't feel ending it as she did made me feel like any ends were left untied, so I'm happy. I would definitely recommend ...more
Irene Carracher Kistler
I just loved Sarah Mlynowski's Magic in Manhattan series. This is book #4. Rachel and Miri, sisters AND witches, are off on another set of adventures. This time, they roam the world seeking cute clothes, cute boys and parties galore. It's the year of their Samsorta, a debutante party for teen witches. But among the parties, their concerns about life as a modern-day teen are real and relatable for kids today. I recommend this for 6th grade and up.
After I read Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn’t have) by Sarah Mlynowski, I decided to buy more books from her. I went to and read over a few books, then randomly bought books, including this one. I did not realize it was the last book in a series; however, it is a stand-alone book and could be read with or without the rest of the series.

Parties & Potions is a really cute story about a teenage girl who has recently found out she is a witch and she has magical powers. She is
Okay, I can't deny that I'm cheating a little and cutting this review short. I mean -- RENT is playing on Starz right now! I'm an excellent multitasker and all -- but this is RENT we're talking about! I'm having a hard time prying my eyes from the screen.

But, I did just finish PARTIES AND POTIONS and I still think this little series of four was charming, cute, adorable and loads of fun. Yes, it feels very young -- as it's intended to be -- and it's definitely what I'd call fluffy young-adult chi
Rainbows and unicorns! (Not literally)


Cotton candy clouds! (No but it's fluffy!)


Hogwarts! (Sort of)


And that pretty much sums up the end of this series. It's been fun.

Toodles Rachel, Miri, Raf, Tammy, Wendy, Corey, Adam, Liana, Mom, Lex, Dad, Jennifer, Prissy!
Melissa He
This is the last book in the series. It's just about how Miri wants to go to a school for witches, so she can learn to improve her magic, and gets Rachael to join as well. When they learn about the Samsorta, a magic ritual in which girls go through to make themselves known in the world, they start to want one and beg their mom. As she reluctantly agrees, the start classes a few weeks later. There, Rachael meets Adam, a magical being like her, and they become good friends. However, Adam starts to ...more
Catherine Burke
Period 2

This book is all about a teenage witch named Rachel who goes to this secret place just for witches with her little sister named Miri. They are getting ready for a ball that every witch has to go to at some point that is called a samsorta. While she is there she meets a boy witch- a warlock -named Adam who she likes a lot but the only problem is that Rachel has a boyfriend back home and she can't seem to remember that important little detail every time she talks to
Of all the magic in Manhattan books this was my least favorite. I was constantly annoyed with Rachel more than ever because she was leading Adam on and not telling him right away she has a boyfriend. Then I was annoyed with her for not telling Raf the truth about her being a witch, I was so frustrated with it.
I really like this series, it's just fun and fast; the cotton candy of my reading list. However, Rachel's extreme self-involvement and lack of character progression are starting to bother me. She's basically exactly the same (emotionally and in how she relates to others) as she was in the first book. The humor in this book, and the others, are what save them and keep me reading. Characterization is the weak point though and this book is no different in that from the others. There are points wher ...more
Natalie Venhardt
These books were my childhood, I've read them all more than once and I loved these books so much! They were just amazing to me back when I was 11 and 12! I really want another book in this series, four isn't enough!!
Cortney Maasjo
Rachel and Miri decide to join the witch community and do their Samorta which is rite of passage. As Rachel gets to know more witches and worlocks, it becomes harder to keep her secret from her dad and Raf.
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Sarah is the author of BRAS & BROOMSTICKS, FROGS & FRENCH KISSES, SPELLS & SLEEPING BAGS and PARTIES & POTIONS—all in the YA ‘Magic in Manhattan’ series, as well as GIMME A CALL and the upcoming TEN THINGS WE DID (AND PROBABLY SHOULDN'T HAVE). Along with Lauren Myracle and E. Lockhart, she also wrote HOW TO BE BAD.

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