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Season of the Witch

3.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  304 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
Like Fredericks's The Girl in the Park, here is a page-turner that perfectly captures the world of New York City private schools, as it explores the notion of power among teenage girls. Publisher's Weekly, in a starred review, raves, "Fredericks again proves her gift for conveying the intensity of adolescence, while exploring the ways girls’ sexuality is used against them ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Schwartz & Wade (first published September 27th 2013)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
This book started off with so much promise. I thought it would be similar to one of my favorite movies "The Craft".
Toni was one of the cooler kids in school until over the summer she messed with the Queen Bee Chloe's boyfriend.

So Chloe and her two BFF's decide to make her life a living hell at school. Text messaging, phone calls and even personal attacks. I so hate teenage girls.
Then Cassandra comes into the picture. She has a book of spells and says she knows how to help her.

Bad things happe
Apr 19, 2015 Bekka rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own-it
Season of the Witch was a pretty pleasant surprise. When I first ordered the book from Random Buzzers, it sounded interesting, but upon reading the first few pages, I was skeptical. I’m happy to say that it definitely turned around. However, there were a few problems, especially in the writing, that I couldn’t ignore.

The level of bullying in this book was surprisingly graphic and violent. I honestly very surprised by this. I expected mean girl drama, but nothing this bad. Toni is subjected to th
Mar 09, 2015 Carin rated it it was amazing
While bullying is a popular topic in young adult novels today (and rightly so as it's such a prevalent and growing problem), Ms. Fredericks takes a unique angle on it. Toni isn't a typical nerdy wimp. She's not in the In crowd, but she has friends and people like her. Until that summer night when Oliver told her he and Chloe had broken up, so he and Toni hooked up. And then Oliver and Chloe got back together. And Chloe told everyone that they had most definitely not been broken up, and Oliver wo ...more
Oct 18, 2013 Aramis rated it it was amazing
I picked up “Season of the Witch” by Mariah Fredericks totally at random. The title sounded interesting and I was looking for something to get me in the Halloween mood. This book turned out to be so much more than that.

Reading this book was like taking all the best junk food plots (revenge, mean girls, murder?, witchcraft?!) mixing them all together and somehow ending up with a gourmet meal. It sounds like it should be cheesy, but it just wicked awesome. Teen girl, Toni, is coming back to schoo
3.5 stars Fredericks takes a really unique approach to talking about bullying in school, specifically bullying of girls. I loved how bullying became this kind of evil energy, almost magic, that girls worked on one another. I think that interpretation is really provocative and really captures the feeling of the victim, especially when it seems like one popular girl has bewitched the entire school to turn against you. So I was totally behind this book, up until the end. Unfortunately, I felt that ...more
Jun 21, 2014 WJ rated it liked it
Over the summer, Toni had a brief fling with Queen Bee Chloe's boyfriend Oliver. Now summer's over but what happened in the summer doesn't stay in the summer. Instead, Chloe's determined to make Toni's life hell for daring to cross her by hanging out with Oliver. And Oliver's refusing to speak up to explain what had happened between him and Toni. Toni's got nobody to turn to, her family is still trying to recover from their own problems and her best friend too uncertain to help her out. Instead ...more
Jun 22, 2015 Izrael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Toni and Cassandra friendship which started out as something weird blossomed into an anchor for each of them to lean on. They had based their friendship on bad sequence of events that they had no one to talk about. Even their connection was strong that it allowed them to instantaneously know what was on each other’s mind. The relationship that they had based on was significant in the book as each of them taught one another values such as trust, compassion and opening up by the end of the book.

Apr 02, 2015 Grace rated it really liked it
Shelves: kis-jeju
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Diane Ferbrache
On the first day of school, Toni finds that she is bearing the brunt of the wrath of Chloe and her “mean girl” friends. Over the summer Toni and Chloe’s then-ex-boyfriend had a “thing”. Although he has gone back to Chloe, she is not one to forgive & forget. After nasty rumors spread and Toni is assaulted in the bathroom, Cass offers to help her out. She promises to cast a spell that gets rid of Chloe. That results in some frightening and unexpected consequences.
Despite a strange and really
Lauren Puyear
Mar 11, 2016 Lauren Puyear rated it liked it
This book is about a girl named Toni who wants to get revenge on Chloe, a girl at school who bullies her. Chloe is mad at Toni because Toni slept with Chloe's boyfriend while they were on a break. Chloe and her two friends make life miserable for Toni, they spread rumors so everyone hates her and they beat her up. Toni meets Cassandra, who is an outcast, they start doing spells on people to punish them. One spell makes Chloe's boyfriend lose his voice when he has an important interview. Many sec ...more
Apr 17, 2016 Justin rated it it was ok
I'm on the verge of making this a 2.5 star review. This book was so juvenile in so many places that it was hard to get through it. Fortunately I listened to the audio book, which I'm probably going to return. This story just dragged and the plot was thin. It was all just one big metaphor for bullying and how teenage girls can just be petty. The main character didn't really stick up for herself at all. She did so many things that just made her more of a victim in my mind. She did have some redeem ...more
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Dec 23, 2013 Aliyah added it
Shelves: go-ask-alice
Season Of The Witch by Mariah Fredericks is a thrilling book. The main character Antonia who lives in New York city, is girl who is mistaken for being a “slut” by her whole high school. She is starting her junior year, and is not excited about it. Over the summer she was “just having fun”. One of the most popular girl in the school, Chloe and her two best friends branded her a “super slut”, over the summer Oliver who is Chloe’s boyfriend, got together with Antonia.

Oliver thought they were on a
Adele A.
Jul 03, 2014 Adele A. rated it liked it
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Jun 07, 2015 Heidi rated it really liked it
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So this book was interesting. I found it on Common Sense Media and saw that it was new. So I read about it and thought that it sounded pretty good. I borrowed it from the library and turns out it wasn't as good as I thought.
The protagonist, Toni, was a little wild this summer. Doing a couple things her parents wouldn't proudly boast about. Queen Bee Chloe is going to get Toni back for 'stealing' her boyfriend, Oliver. Toni doesn't have many friends either (only Ella). So things aren't looking to
E. Anderson
Jan 30, 2014 E. Anderson rated it it was amazing
There have been a lot of books about bullying lately. And that's a good thing -- bullying is a real issue that we need books about. And, man, mean girls are mean. In SEASON OF THE WITCH, high school junior Toni is about to face the brunt of the consequences that come with hooking up with queen bee Chloe's boyfriend over the summer. And it's going to get ugly.

What I love about SEASON OF THE WITCH is that it straddles the line between reality and fantasy while still completely capturing the feelin
Dec 10, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
When I got this book in the mail and looked at the cover, I thought it would be a paranormal novel about witches. After reading it, I'm still not sure if there was actual true witchcraft or not, but I definitely got a much more contemporary YA book about high school girls and how far bullies will go to show exactly who is on top at their school.

If there's one thing Toni has learned after summer, it's that people love drama and love taking sides. When Toni had a thing with Queen Bee Chloe's boyf
Dec 11, 2013 Alex rated it liked it
I liked this book, but overall it left me with an unsettling feeling. For that reason, I am giving it 3 stars instead of the initial 4 I was thinking.

I picked this up randomly at the library and was immediately sucked into the book. I felt so awful for Toni when Chloe and her gang of friends were bullying her. The scene in the bathroom actually made me dry heave!

I liked Cassandra at first, but it soon became apparent that (view spoiler)
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)

Season of the Witch is a really quick read that fits perfectly into the fall season. It’s a book with an interesting premise: A girl who is so fed up with being bullied turns to another girl for help and her answer is witchcraft. It becomes the foundation of their friendship and Toni finds herself wondering if the witchcraft is real.

I blazed through this one and really enjoyed how everything played out. It’s a very contemporary novel with a really creepy feel. Toni is a high school junior wit
Apr 25, 2013 Alyssa rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-z-2013, road-trip
What I liked most about this book right off is that Toni, at the begging tried everything to make the energy around her better. It is very easy to call her superstitious, she believes that figures that her father gave will, will faith. Her harassment and slut shamming started before the school year started, by Chloe and her two friends with threatening texts messages and hangups on the phone, but when school starts like typical bullies they get others to join in. At first Toni tries to ignore th ...more
Nov 14, 2013 Brittany rated it liked it
What happens during summer should stay in summer.
Toni had a bit of a wild summer and now that school is starting she's going to have to face her actions head on. She didn't realize what she was getting herself into at the time. She's not the only one to blame, but she's the only one getting the blame. Oliver has gotten back together with his girlfriend Chloe, but Chloe is out for blood. Who knew a kiss could be so dangerous? Toni doesn't know what to do to get Chloe and her friends to stop haras
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
Rating: 2.5 rounded down. I briefly considered rounding up because I enjoyed the authors voice but I really couldn't do this book that kindness.

This book is about a girl who dates the (then broken up) boyfriend of the most popular girl in the school. Girl comes back and decides to kick this girls ass. And it goes from there.

Before I start, this books theme or major plot is kind of the high school revenge story like 'Mean Girls' with magic (sort of.) It's not quite the same (discussed below) but
That was actually better than I expected. It totally got me out of a reading slump I was in for a couple days....Or maybe it was the book I was currently reading. I am so not into it. Anyway this book just went by so fast. It was so easy to read and I really enjoyed. When I finished and looked at the ratings I was surprised. Why does this book only have like 56 ratings? Did it just come out or something? I'm not sure since I can't see the publication date on the app. Either way I think more peop ...more
Dec 29, 2013 Laura rated it liked it
I can just see this inciting some protests: you can, in fact, hex and curse people and here are a few incantations and tricks. Well... ok. But it's also possible to read this as a series of coincidences and the power of mental suggestion.

Having one main character named Cassandra, particularly one who has an interest in withcraft and can mentally link with people, is a bit over the top. Did she kill her autistic younger brother, or was it a seizure that she wasn't there to help with? That's one
Idea Smith
Aug 07, 2014 Idea Smith rated it it was amazing
Traumatic teenage power plays mixed with witchcraft and life lessons. Friendship, love, loyalty, faith, death, family - all of these heavy duty issues that plague us through life start with their first influences during the adolescent years. The protagonist struggles to deal with most of these, crosses over to the dark side, tries to make amends, accepts her fate and finally emerges stronger and having made a difference in the lives of everyone around her.
I was ultimately kind of disappointed in this one. The voice sounds painful in its attempt to seem like a teenager. The premise is great -- girls using magic to get revenge!!! And an open-ending and things the READER needs to decide are relevant or not.

But the tryhard voice really got to me in the end.
When I read the title, I was truly hoping for a good witch story. This was more of a realistic fiction novel with attempted witchcraft thrown in. The story represents how cruelly teenagers treat each other very well. It was an entertaining YA book with a lot of relatable themes for teens.
Sep 30, 2014 Brittney rated it really liked it
This is about a high school girl, Toni, who starts dating this guy who was dating the Queen Bee of the school, Chloe. Then the guy ,Oliver, goes back to Chloe. Chloe is jealous that he went out with Toni so she bullies her and Toni starts to fight back, but it is not how you usually fight back. I recommend this to anyone who is a teen and deals with drama.
Eric Peterson
Jul 08, 2014 Eric Peterson rated it it was amazing
Fredericks is excellent at not only instilling a nearly constant sense of dread from high school situations we're all familiar with, but subtly offering examples of how to deal with the worst possible situations and where your own 'power' can come from. This is not a flashy book at all, and there are no easy resolutions, but you'll put it down with a renewed sense of hope for the world and faith in yourself.
(disclaimer: the author is a friend of mine, and I am perhaps not the target audience for
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