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Wicked: Witch & Curse (Wicked #1-2)

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Holly Cathers's world shatters when her parents are killed in a terrible accident. Wrenched from her home in San Francisco, she is sent to Seattle to live with her relatives, Aunt Marie-Claire and her twin cousins, Amanda and Nicole.

In her new home, Holly's sorrow and grief soon give way to bewilderment at the strange incidents goings on around her. Such as how any wish sh
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Published (first published September 9th 2008)
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Tracy
OK. My friend Mandy and I picked this up on a whim. "Cool cover" we said to each other. Little did we know it is a series that has been out since 2003 and seems to have been published by a small publishing company. The two books in the store are really the first 4 books. The final book comes out in September. Apparently there was some publishing house issues. I am telling you all of this because. I feel so sorry for the people who read this book in 2003 and had to wait until 2009 for the conclus ...more
Mnemosyne Mars
Jun 15, 2011 Mnemosyne Mars rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with a hankering for a good, solid, soul-ripping witch-fight.
Shelves: fiction
It is refreshing to come across some delightfully disturbing magical characters one in awhile. These are not your Love-and-Light witches. (The clue's in the title, people.) These witches show the full potential of blind power, ambition and greed. It's thrilling and truly frightening in parts. Although I was disturbed at first by the Evil portrayal of witchcraft in this way -- I swiftly told myself to get over it and remember that I was reading fantasy-fiction and not a historical novel on pagan ...more
Kumiko
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Samantha
Sort of a Romeo and Juliet with witches. No real character development, I never grew attached to any of the characters and I couldn't understand why the "Romeo and Juliet" were in love at all since they spent a cumulative maybe 2 hours in each others presence over the course of almost 2 years.

The villains, the Devereauxs, have little to no sense when trying to kill the Cahor, or Cather, women. They weave these long complex spells that make all manner of monsters and goblins appear when I honestl
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Joanne
Witch - I have always been fascinated as magic. As a child, I found magicians and the idea of magic just so awesome; I was in awe of Paul Daniels, he was practically a god. As I got older, my fascination didn't fade, but grew as I discovered there were real people out there who thought themselves witches. Whether or not people believe they have any power is down to each person's individual opinion, but I'm fascinated by the witches' personal beliefs. So, understandably, I was ecstatic to discove ...more
Micheline (Lunar Rainbows Reviews)
I had high hopes for this book when I bought it. Being that I'm a huge fan of anything having to do with witches, I was excited by the premise and the write-up seemed promising. After about 100 pages though, I had to give up and stop reading. I very rarely give up on a book, but this one is sadly, a DNF. The plot was difficult to get into, the explanations on the world and it's characters were sorely lacking. I didn't care for the protagonist, and the stereotypical dark magic was disturbing and ...more
Renamski
This book started out ok. With many characters and motivations it had a lot of potential. The first book was a good introduction... lots of action, star-crossed lovers, evil bad guys to destroy. But, in the second book (this book is two in one), the story begins to unravel. The main character, Holly, loses momentum in the second book. Her story line just seems to plod along. One of the secondary characters, Nicole, is actually far more interesting in this book.

The second book lost me when Holly
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J.
This book was recommended to me by my cousin, Gianna. I was skeptical at first because it's a YA romance and it does contain insta-love and a Capulet/Montague-like family rivalry between the main characters, but I did like the fact that this was a witch book that focused just as much on the male characters having powers as the female ones. Usually with witches you find that stories are more woman-focused and that if any men are witches/wizards, they tend to be underdeveloped side characters or l ...more
Elizabeth
As a lover of all things magic and fantasy fiction, I absolutely loved these books. The Wicked Series takes its readers into the world of witches and warlocks, ancient battles with modern rivalries, and soulmates. It was a thriller, tragedy, romance, history, and even at times a comedy. It integrated magic into the everyday real world of a normal girl. I really enjoyed reading these. I finished all four books in just two days (obviously I have no life).

As I am a bit more conservative, I don't th
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Soycazadoradesombrasylibros
Es mi primer libro que leo en ingles integramente y me ha costado
un poco leerlo, pero porque no estoy habituada, poco a poco
harè mejor las reseñas de libros en inglès.
E de comentaros, que es el primer libro que leo de Nancy
y me dejo¡¡¡asombrada¡¡se nota que tiene tablas y que
ha escrito muchos libros, su estilo, su forma de narrar las cosas
y lo que pasa me encantaron.
La historia es sencilla pero te atrapa desde el primer momento
la hermana del padre de Holly ,Marie Claire no se hablaba con este pe
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Heather
No matter how hard I tried I just couldn't really enjoy this book. I think that the overall story was an awesome concept but the delivery was crap. There are way too many characters so it makes it in credibly difficult to keep track of whose who and when. Well I guess the main characters stay the same but they jump back and forth through time and some people remain the same while other change and it just gets utterly confusing. I also didn't like the writing style, I dobnt really know how to des ...more
Brianna
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Amanda Butler
I wanted to give this book a chance. I wanted to rate this book five stars. As I continued reading it, I was willing to overlook the simplistic writing and call it a guilty pleasure. But I can’t overlook an entire book just because the synopsis is the best part.

I’ll start with the literary tactics, which begins with the fact that this series has two authors. It’s obvious that this book is the result of a compromise between the two, as the writing styles do not match the supposed tone of the book
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Ancient
Aug 26, 2009 Ancient rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Ancient by: Mona
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Noelle Skaggs
I really do love this book. The cover itself caught my attention. Witch is a great gateway to learn a little about Wicca, but also enjoy a nice nonfiction story. The story plot caught my attention and it was quite the adventure the entire time I was reading. I will admit it was a bit boring at first. None the less, it was a beautifully crafted book. It caught my attention and made me cry, scream in frustration, and laugh. Good job Nancy Holder. I cried like a small child who dropped their ice cr ...more
Lisa James
This 2 book volume is the first 2 books in a 5 book series. Engaging, fast paced, interesting. The storyline centers around Holly Cathers, a girl who has everything planned out. She is getting ready to start her senior year of high school, has plans with her best friend, etc. On a summer trip with her parents, her world turns upside down when a whitewater rafting trip turns deadly. Holly is the only survivor, & even she herself is nearly killed. She goes to live with her aunt & uncle in ...more
Pearl
The story takes place in our present time and the location is Colorado where Holly, her parents and best friend, Tina are white water rafting. Holly Cathers is an only child and blissfully unaware that she was born a witch via her father’s bloodline. While they are on the river with their guide, a violent storm came up suddenly and everyone except Holly was killed. Tragically as an orphan, Holly had to go live with her only Aunt (a relative she never knew existed) her husband and her twin cousin ...more
Jay Michael
Refreshing. The only wold that can come to mind to this book. I did quite enjoy this book for several reasons, the main being it revolved around witches. The societal values between the Deveraux and the Cahors seemed too--Romeo and Juliet. The quarrels and the blasphemy between these families is based purely on GREED and POWER, not whats good and bad. Neither family showed a sense of justice.

Preceding to present day, there are many scenes that leave question marks riddled inside my head. I don'
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Angelic Zaizai
udah hampir setahun dibeli, akhirnya dibaca juga, soalnya ntar keburu terbit terjemahannya hahaha

Ini dua buku yang dijadiin satu...jadi tebel gitu deeh.
Tentang permusuhan antara dua keluarga: witches (Cahor) dan warlock (Deveraux).



Buku Pertama Wicked

Menceritakan asal mula dendam membara di antara kedua keluarga.
Jean Deveraux dan Isabeau Cahors dijodohkan dengan harapan mendamaikan masing-masing keluarga, apalagi jika telah memiliki anak.
Tapi ternyata both families punya agenda masing.
Dan berakh
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Serenity
I purchased the book on a clearance sale. From the back description, the book sounded interesting. I mean, star-crossed lovers, timeless feud, magic, what's there to hate?

Well, as it turns out, there is plenty. And the presence of this book in the clearance racks should have been enough of a warning, but after having discovered diamonds in the rough in similar situations, I ignored it and boldly acquired the book.

What I received in return, is a under-developed plot, flat, two-dimensional charact
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Jenie
Jun 16, 2008 Jenie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of fantasy and fans of magic & witchcraft.
The first half, Witch, is fairly good. The second half, Curse, is tedious, boring, sophomorically written and riddled with cliches, and reads like nothing so much as a Charmed ripoff written in the BTVS vernacular, albeit one in which the heroine is evil. It's not really a YA novel. It deals with more adult themes, and editors, writers, and publishers all need to learn that just because a book has a teenaged protagonist doesn't make it a young adult novel. Definitely NOT for the preteen (or prob ...more
Angela
Jan 26, 2010 Angela rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: witch
This book was given to me by a friend after she couldn't read past the sacrifice of the falcon. The first book in this double set is Witch -- and EW. I am saddened by the teens who may come away from reading this book and thinking that Wicca is about sacrificing animals and people, that we are an evil lot -- This first book focused on so much EVIL that I did have some trouble getting through it. Beyond that, it seems to jump near the end...teen angst, teen angst, OMG we are all witches -- althou ...more
BookLoversLife
I have to say Ive read a lot of witch books but none that are so dark and that have so much dark magic in it. I really enjoyed it though.
In Witch while I found the book confusing at first, because it seemed to switch from one POV to another with no warning, I still loved the story. Holly is a likeable character and even though Jer Deveraux is one of the bad guys I still really liked him.
In Curse its everything Witch was but more!! This time I wasn't confused at all and the story flowed really
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Tianna L.
I just finished this series and it was really good. If you're one of those Twilight fans anticipated about the release of BD, this will sure keep you occupied. This book's main theme is witchcraft and wicca. It's protagonist is a girl who's parents and best friend has died in a boat accident. She goes to live with an aunt who she never knew existed. Throughout the story the protagonist comes to realize that she is a witch and someone is out to kill her and take her powers. I highly recommend thi ...more
Natasya
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Sarah
I really enjoyed this book. I remember reading it in high school and getting really involved with it because it flashes between the past and present; it was really interesting to read about the history of the family while reading about the same family hundreds of years later. It's been a while since I read it...but I do remember really liking it and lending it out to several friends.

I wish I could remember more about the individual characters though. hahah
Dylan
Review of Witch:
I'm finished with the first book. It was really good!
A couple of things did annoy me though, but for a first book it was really good. I'd give it 4 stars so far. I'm going to read the second book in the bindup, Curse, at a later date. I want to read something else, and I'm not dying to read book two. I would still recommend giving this book a try, it's really good. Review for Curse will come once I decide to read it.
Rhiannon Poirier
I really wanted to like this book, it was very nicely set up a lot of intrigue, but was an incredible let down in the long run. The editing was terrible, I constantly found mistakes and not 'your' vs 'you're' grammatical errors but missing apostrophes, ending quotes, and the story gets mixed up the farther into the series you get. I would suggest the first book if you are really interested but I caution going further.
Hannah
Wicked #1-2 are stories that I have an enormous love-hate relationship with. My biggest problem is all of the potential I feel like these had, but did not get anywhere near it. I loved all of the characters and real felt connected to the setting and plot.

Unfortunately, there were just too many issues that I could not overlook. My biggest complaint is that the main character, Holly, recently discovers that she is a Witch. As the family discovers their hidden magic and powers, we are wrapped into
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Jakob Howie
Oct 10, 2014 Jakob Howie is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
this book is about a girl named holly cathers. her original last name is cahors which is the last name of her ancestors. whom are witches and warlocks. the family changed their last name to cathers in order to avoid being hunted down and killed by their long time family blood fued of the deveraux. holly has two cousins amanda and nicole and both of them are also witches but none of the three girls know this yet. michael deveraux leader of the modern day deveraux coven and his two sons jeraud dev ...more
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Nancy Holder, New York Times Bestselling author of the WICKED Series, has just published CRUSADE - the first book in a new vampire series cowritten with Debbie Viguie. The last book her her Possession series is set to release in March 2011.

Nancy was born in Los Altos, California, and her family settled for a time in Walnut Creek. Her father, who taught at Stanford, joined the navy and the family t
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Other Books in the Series

Wicked (5 books)
  • Witch (Wicked, #1)
  • Curse (Wicked, #2)
  • Legacy (Wicked, #3)
  • Spellbound (Wicked, #4)
  • Resurrection (Wicked, #5)
Resurrection (Wicked, #5) Wicked 2: Legacy & Spellbound (Wicked, #3-4) Unleashed (Wolf Springs Chronicles, #1) The Rose Bride: A Retelling of "The White Bride and the Black Bride" (Once Upon a Time Fairytales) Crusade (Crusade, #1)

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