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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
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Shelby *wants some 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...more
Carin
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
WJ
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
Allison
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
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...more
Ashley
If at all possible, I would rate this a 0. I'm really not impressed by it. I'm sorry, I don't find someone who is silly and from whom the words 'I totally slept/hooked up with/messed around with *insert girl's name from the high school you go to here*'s boyfriend right after they broke up/had a fight/were on uncertain terms' repeatedly are vocalized interesting. Particularly when someone is particularly whiny. She sounded like a more sexually aware Anastasia Steele (though don't quote me on that...more
Barbara
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Aliyah
Dec 23, 2013 Aliyah added it
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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...more
Adele A.
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E. Anderson
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...more
Jessica
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...more
Alex
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)...more
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
3.5

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...more
Alyssa
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
Brittany
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...more
Alisi ☆ needs to stop starting new 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...more
Aramis
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...more
Ashley
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
Laura
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...more
Eric Peterson
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...more
Brittany Cano
I'm still on the fence about this book. I didn't like the main character nor did I like the way she handled her situation.
The premise of this book looked promising and I thought it was going to be a book about witches but it was more of a book about girls who thought they had powers.
Whatever.
Anyways, I still am baffled by the ending. It was so abruptly forced that it didn't feel like a proper ending. Also, it was suppose to be "scary" but it was horribly executed. Okay I give her props for th...more
Allison
Ugh. The desperate-to-sound-like-a-teenager language was pathetic, and made reading this book a struggle. The main character was entirely unlikable, as a boyfriend-stealing, dumb-as-dirt bimbo who eventually gets into witchcraft. I ended up skimming the end, and it was just as bad as the rest of the book. This is the second disappointment I've had with this author (see: The True Meaning of Cleavage, which still pops up in my daydreams, recollecting how terrible it was) and I give up. Probably sh...more
Stacy
This book deals with a lot of her common themes- consequences, bullying, true friendship, dealing with death, guilt and family relationships. Some issues are resolved, or moving towards resolution, some aren't. I'm grateful for the things I have in my life that make this issues easier to deal with.
Teal
I am really indifferent about this book. I could take it our leave it. It was a quick read, entertaining enough for me not to want to put it down, yet I don't know if I would recommend it. It is kind of a silly premise really, a girl is being bullied, so she decides witchcraft is the way to make it stop. Coincidently the girl whom she puts a spell on dies in a tragic accident. Which renders guilt..... Good but no great. It was a good reminder about how hard it is to be a teenager, no matter what...more
Clarissa Taylor woolcott
I want to rate it higher but not sure. There are some holes in characters and time that lose flow and credibility.
Maryellen
The whole time I read this I was thinking of another book I'd read in the past. Still don't remember it, but ultimately it didn't detract from the interesting quality of the story here.

I liked the somewhat nebulous quality to the 'magic' that is described, as well as the accurate grasp the author has on the powerlessness we all sometimes feel. In the end, it doesn't matter if magic is real or just psychologically punishing - we are all affected by the people we interact with.

I enjoyed this, it w...more
Kira Budge
Complicated but simple, ethereal but realistic, and preachy but impressive.
Caroline ~ (the romance sucker)
I really wasn't sure of what to make of this one. I mean for book to be really any good and develop the story more it had to be longer.

Because at the end I really just didn't give a shit about any of the characters.

I never really liked horror books because I never really got scared of books as, well they are just not scary.

I'm not going to put this on any shelves because it was well written just, not my style.

And Cassandra was a bitch

And the main character (what ever he name was) was really...more
Mimi Zane
I enjoyed the writing style of this book but the plot just wasn't for me.
Ashleigh
-Interesting take on witchcraft
-Super fast read
-Deep thoughts
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