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Majix: Notes from a Serious Teen Witch

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  135 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
My name is Kestrel.

Kestrel Murphy.

Never call me Susan.

Who ever heard of a witch named Susan?

A year ago, I was on the white-magic side. Lately, I've been leaning toward the black. I blame the universe. What's the point in being a nice little white witch in the universe I've got? If I could choose my own universe, I'd be a white witch in it. But black makes a lot more sense
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by Harlequin Teen (first published January 1st 2010)
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CorLostForWords
May 30, 2010 CorLostForWords rated it liked it
The book opens up and we find Kestrel stating that she isn't a white witch, she's leaning more to the dark side. She has been sent away from her parent's house and is living with her aunt temporarily. She starts writing her own grimoire and this book is the sum of her journey. We follow her path as she discovers certain truths about life, and herself; all the while battling school, bullies, and learning what witchcraft really is.
Kestrel has a strong voice, and is very independent. Her story is e
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Savannah (Books With Bite)
This is a book about finding yourself. Kestral is an abnormal girl. She never quite fits in. She befriends a girl who is a witch and becomes one also. During this time, Kestral aka Susan, causes a lot of grief for her parents. Her dad especially. Her dad doesn't understand her. Instead of understand her, he get angry with her and she just pushes back. One day her dad yelled her to get off the roof. She makes a smart remark, making her father go up the tree to get her. As he does, he has an heart ...more
Sophie Riggsby / allthingsequilateral
The first thing I liked about the book was Kestrel's voice. Here's a quote from Douglas' website:

My name is Kestrel Murphy.

Never call me Susan.

I mean, who ever heard of a witch named Susan?

Which is what I am. WITCH is what I am. I do majick, which is what a witch does. A year ago, I was on the white side.

Lately, I've been leaning toward the black...


How can you not love a girl who is so very in touch with her true self? Kestrel comes across as a very real teenager who is struggling with her fathe
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Kari Anderson
Jul 20, 2010 Kari Anderson rated it really liked it
Kestrel, Don’t Call Me Susan, Murphy is a young witch in training. When her dad has a heart attack, she and her majix (her own form of magic) are shipped to her Aunt Ariel’s house. Kestrel has drama from the get-go in her new town. she won’t wear the new uniform, khaki’s and a white top. Instead she continues to wear her uniform, black, black, black.

Her goals while at Ariel’s, who is also a witch, are to start a coven and find a familiar. Little does she know that she not only will enhance her p
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Faye
Apr 15, 2010 Faye rated it it was amazing
Majix: Notes from a Serious Teen Witch is a unique awesome coming of age novel. It's charming, cute, and captivating. I loved this book and the message it sent:"Health, Money, love and time to enjoy them." Douglas Rees writing put a smile on my face and reminded me of all the things I'm thankful for! It is one of my favorites.

We meet 14 year old Susan Murphy aka Kestrel. Whose trying to learn her powers and the ways of the universe. The universe hasn't been on her side lately. But it's not to la
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Shari
Jul 26, 2010 Shari rated it liked it
This was a very charming story for the most part. Kestral's father has a massive heart attack and he feels that he needs peace and quiet to recover. This means that Kestral has to go live with her father's sister. The same sister that her father doesn't even really like. That was very strange to me, as a parent I would never send my kids off to someone I didn't like or respect. Especially since Aunt Ariel is a witch and Kestral's father doesn't believe in witches or witch craft, only science. Be ...more
Gordon Warnock
I loved this one. When I talk about how voice can suck you in and get you to keep turning the pages, this is what I'm talking about. Kestrel rings true as the frustrated/snarky teen, the outsider who has to try to make her own way. And that's a good thing--her sharp outlook and unusual, informal way of telling the story kept me reading not just to find out what happened next, but how Kestrel would react to what happened next. She had her own slang and shorthand, which I mostly didn't recognize a ...more
Kelly
Sep 02, 2010 Kelly rated it it was amazing
(4.5) Majix: Notes from a Serious Teen Witch is charming in both senses of the word. Told from the point-of-view of a fourteen-year-old Wiccan, Majix is a funny and heartwarming story about family, friends, and finding oneself. It isn’t quite a fantasy novel, though there’s arguably a little magical realism in it. For the most part, the “magic” is really psychology. I think believers and skeptics could enjoy this book equally.

It’s a little annoying at first. Kestrel “never call me Susan” Murphy
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Ana Mardoll
Feb 18, 2011 Ana Mardoll rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ana-reviewed
Majix: Notes from a Serious Teen Witch / 978-0-373-21017-6

There's so many Young Adult targeted novels out there dealing with magic and Wicca and witchcraft that it's difficult to swing a crystal in a bookstore without hitting one, but "Majix" is a good example of the genre done well, and I think that any pro-witchcraft family would be pleased to add this book to a daughter's book collection.

There's so much about this story to like that I'm not sure where to start. The plot is fun, if not terribl
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Jessica
Jun 18, 2010 Jessica rated it liked it
Going into this book I knew that Kestrel (a.k.a Susan) would be one of those characters that tends to see the negative side of things, and therefore ends up sounding whiny. The synopsis showed me this before I even had a chance to open the book. Let it be known that this generally puts me off a book. I know it's awful, but I often can't find the power to see from that person's point of view. In this case, however, I decided to go ahead and give Kestrel a chance. I reminded myself that often when ...more
Kelly Peres
Jun 20, 2010 Kelly Peres rated it liked it
Shelves: own-read
I was very excited for this one when I read the description it totally reeled me in. I really like the cover as well. The problem is that the book is very different then what I expected. I thought this book was Young Adult novel, but I find its more Middle Grade. When I read the description I perceived this book was about paranormal witches from the description. The truth is this book is more about Witchcraft and Wiccan type magic. Don't get me wrong there are things I liked. I liked the fact th ...more
Mari - loves to read
Apr 19, 2010 Mari - loves to read rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review
I must admit that I felt a bit fooled by the summary of this book, I thought this was a story about a teenage witch when really it isn't, at lest not the paranormal kind like I expected. There is some magic here but the kind of magic that's Kestrel stopping to listen to the universe, finding out what it wants her to do.

This is a author Douglas Rees has created a good story about coming to age with a witty main character. This is also a novel who reminds you to try to see people for who they real
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Sarah Miles
Mar 12, 2015 Sarah Miles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that you want to give up on early on, but trust me - it gets better. I wanted to stop sooo badly because of how whiny Kestrel was. To be fair, I'd be pretty upset if my parents asked me to leave, too (her dad has health problems, and they ask her to stay elsewhere so he can avoid stress). She hates everyone and everything. It doesn't help that being a witch leads to persecution from...pretty much everyone, actually. However, a few people start to show her some kindness ...more
K. Bird Lincoln
Nov 12, 2010 K. Bird Lincoln rated it really liked it
Kestrel (actually Susan, but she didn't like that it meant "lily" and so changed it) is in Jurupa, California living with her Aunt Ariel, a hippy-dippy white witch after she is sent away because her father needs time to recover from a heart attack.

In Jurupa, Kestrel, black-wearing and a huge chip on her shoulder, immedaitely attracts the wrong kind of attention from the Richard Milhouse Nixon High School's in crowd.

Hazing and Bullying ensue. While Kestrel started out as a white witch, she is now
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Andrea
May 29, 2010 Andrea rated it liked it
Majix is an interesting read, it more of a younger YA related book but for someone that doesn't read Middle Level books (I don't know what to classify it as), I liked it. Mr. Rees did a great job with his characters, and I'm thinking there might or might not be a sequel just because the way it ended. Kestrel the main character was funny, and being a shorter book it kept your attention, plus the writing was simplistic and easily read.


Kestrel claims to be a teen witch and with no coven in her new
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Angela  M
May 24, 2010 Angela M rated it liked it
Majix is the engaging journey of a teen girl. She's being forced out of her home and into the home of an aunt she never met before. She's angry and frustrated, and tries to use her magic to get revenge. But through-out her journey in this new city, she will soon discover that the universe has another plan in mind. This was a fun light-hearted tale, that will teach Kestrel that the universe really does have her best interests at heart, and that even the most unexpected people can end up doing a l ...more
Jessica at Book Sake
May 02, 2010 Jessica at Book Sake rated it did not like it
This book is aimed at the young adult crowd, but it seems more fitting to aim it towards grade school age children. The writing was so cutesy-cute it was annoying. Having a middle school child myself, I’ve never heard any of the kids talk the way our “serious teen witch” spoke. There was nothing to care about with such a smart-aleck teenager leading us through the book. There is no real story to root for either and certainly nothing serious about the book.

Instead of using descriptive wording, th
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Karen
Oct 27, 2010 Karen rated it really liked it
This is VERY refreshing: a book about a Wiccan teenager that is honest, realistic, and only supernatural in a way that any book about spirituality is. And that's what this is -- a book about spirituality, about discovering what you believe and finding people who can help you find your path, about coming up against people who think you're wrong and try to convince you to believe what THEY believe.

This is also a book about being a teenager, feeling like an outcast, moving to a new home, loving and
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Storm
May 19, 2014 Storm rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Definitely a book to take a good close look at. Kestrel Murphy is a teenage witch, a 'bad' witch. She's mad at the universe and things aren't going the way she wants, but when there's a family emergency, she finds out it's going to get worse before it starts getting better, and it all depends on her.

Being a teenager is hard enough, it gets even harder when something unique about you comes into the mix of the typical high school dramas. If any of my lil' cousins, nieces or nephews get to acting l
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Tasha
May 10, 2010 Tasha rated it liked it
Majix is a fun book aimed at younger readers. The characters are appealing and it is written in a fun way, in the style of Kestrel writing a book about becoming a witch. The story is much more about a young girl dealing with certain issues than actual magic. With an ill father and moving to live with her aunt which means a change of school, Kestrel only has her witchcraft to get her through. Determined not to fit in, Kestrel ends up with a couple of new friends and actually starts to like living ...more
Parajunkee
May 10, 2010 Parajunkee rated it really liked it
Delightfully entertaining young adult novel that tackles some touchy subjects, while still maintaining a light and creatively spun vibe. Majix is perfect for young teens, trying to find themselves, in what can usually be a very tough universe. Witty, snarky and playfully touching, Majix: Notes from a Serious Teen Witch left me feeling a little bit better about the world and wanting to move to a town called Jurupa (which sounds like vomiting). Read More
Emily
Jun 30, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it
What first drew me towards this book was the unique cover. When I read the synopsis and found out that this book was about witches, it made me want to read it that much more! I definitely enjoyed this book! It was a quick, easy, and fun read! It drew me in and held my attention until the very end!
Jennifer
May 04, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-ebook
Delightful, funny, spunky, and full of life.

I enjoyed Majix very much, it's much more like reading a diary than a book, diving into Kestrel's life was fun, she has a strong voice, which I enjoyed.

Wonderful coming of age...

Review to come soon.
Melissa
Jun 23, 2010 Melissa rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. At the beginning I wasn't real sure I could like Kestral as a character because she seemed so... woe-is-me and this is not far etc etc but once I got into the book a little more I really started liking her.

Great Story. Is there a second one?? lol
Molina
Jan 15, 2011 Molina added it
amazing book on i won't ever forget
Janis Ian
Nov 27, 2010 Janis Ian rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Great premise, great "voice", gets wearisome quickly.
Shelby
Mar 25, 2012 Shelby rated it really liked it
Amazing. Almost a 5/5. Almost. So almost that i almost made it one.
Rebecca
Oct 24, 2013 Rebecca rated it did not like it
I did not like this at all. I couldnt even finish it.
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I was born on October 19th, 1947 in the hospital at March Air Force Base just outside Riverside, California. My father, Norman, was a career sergeant who'd served as an aircraft mechanic and infantryman in the Philippines campaign early in the war and was taken prisoner on Bataan. My mother, Agnes, was a nurse at the hospital where he was sent to recuperate after the war was over.

Until I was fift
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