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Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft (Audrey's Guides #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  487 Ratings  ·  157 Reviews
Falling in Love, baking a magical cake, fighting an evil necromancer—it’s all in a day’s work for Audrey Oliver, seventeen-year-old witch-in-training.

When her mother goes missing and her twenty-one-year-old witchy cousin shows up out of the blue, Audrey knows something’s gone horribly, dangerously wrong. Now it’s up to her to get her own magical powers up to speed before
Paperback, 293 pages
Published June 30th 2012 by Magic Genie Books (first published June 29th 2012)
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3.5 Stars

From the surface, Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft seems to be like any other run-of-the-mill paranormal romance. We have the girl in the beautiful dress on the cover, a synopsis that hints at a female protagonist realizing she has paranormal powers, our classic Missing Parent Syndrome, and, of course, a romantic interest. Yet, when you really begin to read and probe deeper, you find that Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft is so much more than ju
Oct 29, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it
Three and a half stars: A blend of magic, romance and mystery, and a solid start to a series.

Audrey has this nagging feeling that something isn't right. She tries to soothe her nerves in cooking class by baking creme brûlée, but she just can't shake the feeling that her mother was abducted by this strange man with cruel eyes. When she torches the sugar on the custard, something mysterious happens. A face pushes forth from the custard cup. What is happening to her? When she gets home, she confirm
Jul 02, 2015 BookLoversLife rated it really liked it
Things are changing for Audrey, and not in a good way. She goes to school one day with the nagging feeling that her mother is in danger. When she goes home, she is greeted with her supposed cousin Sadie. She tells Audrey that her mother is gone to deal with a family emergency. Audrey is skeptical though, because she has never met any of her mothers side so can't see how her mother would up and leave without telling them. She has no choice but to accept it till she can talk to her mother and find ...more
Oct 17, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft has a gorgeous cover and inside there is a terrific spell-casting, character filled tale that kept me spellbound. Witches, necromancers, swoon worthy guys and a chocolate cake with raspberries that should be illegal! This witchy tale offered a great start to a new series.

The tale pulls you in from the start. We meet protagonist Audrey and things are about to turn upside down in her fairly normal little life. First, strange things happen at school that kind of freak h
Lasara Allen
Oct 06, 2013 Lasara Allen rated it it was amazing
Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft is a delightfully gripping page-turner. A great mix of mystery, suspense, and romance, this book was equally enjoyed by my teenage daughter and myself.

The full cast of characters feel like friends and family by the end of the book. Even the evil ones, enforcing the adage, "you can't choose your family."

Author Jody Gehrman employs magickal techniques both real and fantastical. Real Witches will know the difference, and perhaps wish we knew how to harness the more eso
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: Sure! This was a fun book and it’s right up my alley! The characters were a little flat and the major plot twist/reveal was incredibly obvious, but I still enjoyed the book!

I do, as always, have a few critical comments, the first being the title and its relevance. Audrey is a chef, so the shtick is that she writes recipes in her notebook for not only food but important things in life. It’s kind of cheesy but OK, I can roll with it. But. The book isn’t called Audrey’s Recip
Wendy Hines
Oct 06, 2012 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it
Audrey is just your average teenage girl. She likes spending time with her best friend, likes chemistry and baking. Not so average - she's just found out she comes from a long line of witches.

When her mom disappears and a cousin she never knew she had shows up to take care of her and her sister, Audrey knows something is wishy washy. Her mom never mentioned a big family or grandmother, just that she grew up on some hippy commune.

So between the boy she's crushing on, learning how to use her new w
Apr 12, 2014 BookNerdette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Stephanie Ward
Sep 08, 2012 Stephanie Ward rated it really liked it
'Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft' is a fun and exciting book that follows the main character, Audrey Oliver, as she deals with teenage life and with being a witch-in-training. Among her daily activities include school, crushing on a cute boy, learning spells, and trying to fight evil.

The first book in a series, this novel is full of excitement and tons of magical energy. The story's heroine, Audrey, is a perfect example of a modern day teenage girl - only with the added benefit of being a young wi
christal ( jen'sbookworld )
Sep 01, 2012 christal ( jen'sbookworld ) rated it really liked it
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21st August
An entertaining read. I liked the cover of the book and especially the spooky font of the word 'Witchcraft' and I think Audrey is one of the best fictional character ever imagined by an author. I absolutely loved her! Jody Gehrman sure knows how to create an enticing fantasy world with kick-ass moms and daughters, maniac villains and absolutely adorable and electric romantic scenes. Review soon to come!!

2nd September
First of a
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Aug 27, 2012 Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) rated it really liked it
I wouldn't be me if I didn't comment on the cover of this book first. It is pretty eye catching. It has a way of drawing you in and making you want to pick it up and stare at it absorbing the details. At first glance I thought the dress was blood and then I realized it was fire, which so happens to be very fitting and well done for this story.

This book started off like most first books in series do, a little slow with lots of setting and character development but nothing that made me feel like
This review was originally posted on Melissa's Midnight Musings on October 31, 2012.

I absolutely LOVED this book! It was already a highly anticipated read on my list, so when Jody contacted me about reviewing it, I immediately said yes. I'm so glad I did! This book combines two of my favorite subjects to read about, witches and baking.

Audrey is a regular girl, who has a bit of a self esteem issue (what high schoolers don't??) Her sister is the social butterfly, who always attracts all the guys.
Sep 16, 2012 Valentina rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that can make a weekend fly by as you read it. It’s the kind that puts you in a good mood.
The protagonist is Audrey, of course, a teenage girl dealing with the regular issues that come with adolescence and with the things that come with being a witch in training. She is a fun heroine to follow throughout the book, with enough spunk to make her more interesting than many of the YA female protagonists that are out there at the moment.
I would have liked a bit more devel
Coming on the heels of Babe in Boyland, I have to say, I was sadly disappointed. There were a number of reasons, but I think the biggest reason was voice. Natalie from Boyland had such a strong, distinctive, engaging voice - her personality was completely there. Audrey... Audrey is often closer to a stock character. There were moments when her humor and personality would come through more strongly, and I would feel what the book couldbe, but most of the time, I felt like you could easily swap he ...more
A young adult novel with sparkling dialog, excellent vocabulary, deep characters, plausible crushes and… well, and a paranormal plotline, Jody Gehrman’s Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft has it all. The story almost reads itself, smoothly written with great voices, wonderful use of language (where else will you read the word “neologisms” and immediately know what it means?), fantastic age-appropriate imagery, depictions of scenery as powerfully evocative as those of magic, and all told in a beautiful ...more
Christy Luis
Mar 23, 2015 Christy Luis rated it liked it
About: Audrey knows, from the first sentence of the book, that something bad has happened to her mother. What she doesn't understand is how she "just knows." Turns out, her "witchy powers" have come to fruition! Better late than never? Not! As trouble mounts up, making her feel responsible, she soon wishes she had never found out about magic. Someone is threatening her—who? Where is her mother? And how does she fit into this picture?

My Thoughts: This was a fun book, in that I enjoyed the story.
Sep 29, 2012 Shanti rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-won
First off, I didn't really find the cover that appealing.
I just don't like the background color and the way the title is presented.
It also seems to make to book look as if it's for much younger readers.

I also didn't like the way the chapters we're divided. Do not ask me why this bothered me, but it just did. I think it might be because it made the book look (sorry for being blunt) cheap.

These things are very minor, though.
They did NOT take away from the terrific story.
I loved the concept the a
Michelle Sedeño
Nov 11, 2012 Michelle Sedeño rated it really liked it
Reading Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft is a fun experience.

Audrey's is not your typical girl. She has something magical in her..but she don't know it yet. Until one day a mysterious girl came after her mother went missing. That's when she found out that she--her mother, as well--was a witch. (Don't worry, that's not a spoiler. You'd know it from the title right away.)

I liked how the story unfold--though I can tell some events. The characters are fun and funny and quite weird. The romance in it al
Krystal Willingham
Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft has turned out to become one of my favorite books. I am so happy to have finally found a book that knows what it is talking about when it comes to witchcraft. Granted, this book is not full of witchy stuff nor does it go into great detail about witchcraft. What I am talking about is when it does mention something that has to do with witchcraft it tells the truth and the author doesn’t make up something that just sounds good. From what I can tell, either the author kn ...more
Oct 31, 2012 Andrea rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft was a story that I had been looking forward to reading for months. I held off until the week of Halloween, thinking that I would be in the perfect mood for some magic.

The story was fun had a lot of sweet moments. Audrey was a main character that I did enjoy. She was kind, thoughtful, and smart. She feels as if her younger, rocker sister, Meg, outshines her. And in some ways, Meg did outshine Audrey. So did their cousin/temporary guardian, Sadie. Sadie and Meg were f
Jen McConnel
Feb 04, 2013 Jen McConnel rated it it was amazing
This YA novel is a fast, snappy read. Audrey possesses extreme magical talent, but it takes her mother's strange disappearance and a threat to the safety of the world for her to realize that she's, well, a witch. Add in a handsome guy who might just be her soul-mate, an evil necromancer who wants her power, and a quirky cousin who wants to help, and you have a story bursting with loveable characters, enough drama to keep things moving, and tingly romantic scenes. Such a fun tale, and I can't wai ...more
Oct 15, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft is a quick and fun magical read. I love witchy books and this one had both a sweet romance and a good mystery to keep me engrossed.

Audrey is one of those main characters that is easy to like. She is a smart and thoughtful person, but she has insecurities, too. Her younger sister is everything she is not... outgoing, perky, a budding rock star. Sadie, too, her eccentric and vivid "cousin," also makes her feel a little tame. It is the realization that she is more than

I confess to grabbing this as a freebie mostly because of the gorgeous cover of gorgeousness (although it looks a bit blobby in thumbnail, it's really very pretty). So I was pleasantly surprised to find the book was rather enjoyable.

It's very typical YA witchy fare: Teenager Audrey discovers she's actually a witch, and it might just be up to her to save everyone she knows. Nice worldbuilding, light on the infodumps, and the protagonist is funny, if very over-eager. I rather like that she's told

Jul 17, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing
I am a big fan of paranormal books. I am truly hoping this is going to be turned into a series because I can't wait to find out what happens next! This is a great YA paranormal book that is fast paced and full of engaging character's that make you keep reading on. The author spins a fast paced, humorous tale packed with action and romance. I am looking forward to reading more by this author.
Aug 17, 2012 Natasha rated it it was amazing
What a great book!!! It moved along at a good pace with plenty to keep you coming back for more. Two worlds with so many secrets! Author was spot on with the Dallas Character and the hows and whys of her actions, and I loved when Bridgett had her moment! I cant wait to read the next book and I would love to see more of Audrey and Julian and their sparks!
Aug 06, 2012 Jenna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm there was something lacking in this book. It had all the markings off a good
story but nothing gripped me about it. In fact I really struggled to get through it.
Hard to put my finger on why I just could not get into it.

Worth a read to see if you like it but I would be reading any of the next books.
Very forgettable book I'm afraid.
Anna Serra i Vidal
Audrey is not a normal teen even though she fights to have a normal life right from the start. She fights to have healthy relationships with both her mom (who has disappeared for the whole novel) and her sister a blossoming rock star.
She also has a cute love interest that intrigues me in more ways than the normal love interest because of what he is capable of doing. I keep asking myself if this is what true love is meant to mean, or if there is something else behind, something we haven't discov
Aug 04, 2012 Dinky marked it as to-read
Vau, práve som si pozerala správy na Goodreads a čo nevidím, správa od úžasnej Jody Gehrman, v ktorej mi posiela e-knihu Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft úplne zadarmo,len preto, lebo videla že som si jej knihu pridala do to-read listu. Nemyslela som si že autor môže byť taký milý, či ide o propagáciu, či nie :D (:
Trista Siegel
Mar 28, 2014 Trista Siegel rated it it was amazing
There was one thing that annoyed me in this novel and that Sadie and the clan. I understand the purpose of Sadie and how important she is but did she have to be annoying too? She followed the rules of the clan but at what cost? I understand the importance of keeping secrets but keeping the secret almost killed Meg.
Regardless of my irritation of Sadie and the damn rules, I really enjoyed this book. I love how meeting Audrey changed who Julian was. They are clearly meant to be together and he was
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Jody Gehrman is a native of Northern California, where she can be found writing, teaching, reading, or obsessing over her three cats most days. She is also the author of ten novels and numerous award-winning plays. Her Young Adult novels include The Truth About Jack, Audrey's Guide to Black Magic, Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft, Babe in Boyland, Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty, and Triple Shot Be ...more
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