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Sweep: Volume 1 (Sweep #1-3)

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  5,386 ratings  ·  318 reviews
Book 1 - Book of Shadows
Book 2 - The Coven
Book 3 - Blood Witch

The first three Sweep books bound into one gorgeous edition at a fabulous price! Morgan Rowlands never thought she was anything other than a typical sixteen-year-old girl. But when she meets Cal, a captivatingly handsome coven leader, she makes a discover that turns her whole world upside down: she is
Paperback, Omnibus, 592 pages
Published September 2nd 2010 by Speak (first published September 10th 2001)
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Chelle (crazytrinket)
This is a bind-up version of sweep series. 1) Book of Shadows; 2) The Coven; 3) Blood Witch

I am surprised that I was able to finish this book. It took me 5 days to read it and it is so frustrating because I endured reading that long and yet the book did not get any better. I think the writing is too juvenile. Hate the characters… Morgan is so annoying, and sometimes selfish. Cal is arrogant and I did not like him at all. Mostly the characters are too childish and irritating.

I think the plot has
I first read this series when I was about 12, and I ADORED it. It was taken out of my public library due to poor circulation (so sad), so I forgot about it until I came across it on Amazon a little over a year ago. I couldn't find it in any public library system anymore, so I decided on a whim to buy the entire series (which I ended up getting for about 30$). I read the entire series last summer and was blown away. I had completely forgotten the entire thing with the except of Morgan being a wit ...more
Stacey O'Neale
This review was completed by Amanda Harbin, staff reviewer with the YA Fantasy Guide.

Overview of Volume 1:

I made a mistake with this book(s). Usually, when I read a series of books I find that it is best to read and review each book as I go, otherwise plots and characters get a little screwy in my head. Well, I’m good and screwy on this one because I read the first book, then because I lack any self control whatsoever, I dove right into the second book, then the third, the fourth, the fifth…oh y
I'm not going to get that much into it.
I didn't connect with the characters and therefore I didn't care. AT ALL.
I didn't care for the characters, for the story and I don't care how the story continues. I'm honestly quite surprised that I finished it that fast. I mean I don't quit books. I belong to those who force themselves to finish a book. I guess the only good thing that comes to my mind is that it was fast-paced and easy to read. But overall it was a total letdown.
My reactions througho
Krysta Mathews
This book is about a girl named Morgan Rowland s. She was a normal teenager, starting her senior year of high school, with the same group of friends. Everything was normal to her in widow's val. Until Cal Blair moved to town. Cal was the hot kid at school everyone liked him, including morgan, and her best friend. Cal was also the cool kid, Cal was also a witch. He practiced the religion of Wicca and most found it stupid or scary. Morgan and several others found it magikal ( and no the spell is c ...more
Bien que cette série soit déjà sortie il y a quelques années, je ne les avait pas lu à l'époque. J'ai donc profité de la réédition proposé par BlackMoon pour essayer.

L'univers ici est assez simple : il s'agit pour l'essentiel de magie. mais pas n'importe quelle magie : la magie blanche et plus particulièrement celle pratiqué dans le cadre de la religion Wicca.

Heureusement que l'éditeur à regrouper trois tomes en un car sinon je pense que je n'aurai pas poursuivie la lecture après le tome un. En
Sweep Volume 1 contains the first three books in the Wicca series, Book of Shadows, The Coven and Blood Witch.

The storyline is interesting but not overly exciting and the pace of the plot was quite slow. On the other hand I think the relationships (romantic and friendly) were rushed.

The love between Cal and Morgan was unconvincing. They kissed once and started exchanging I-love-you-s without knowing much about each other. While I believe in love at first sight I just didn’t see it happening wit
Michelle Book Briefs
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**

In honor of Halloween, I decided to dust off an old witch series and do a review of the entire series. There are 15 books in the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan. I started reading the Sweep series probably about 6 or 7 years ago (before my blog) when my Borders was going out of business. They had the first three bind up volumes for next to nothing so I grabbed books #1-9 (there are 3 books in each bind up) for I think $5
Beth Grenfell
blah!! I think this has got to be the most boring book I've ever read! The characters were boring, the plot was predictable and just when you think tiernan is leading up to something profound, it fizzles with something rediculously unimaginative. I honestly have no idea how on earth this book got the ratings it has.
I read the Sweep series for the first time last year, around this time. While my husband was away at Basic Training, I finally had peace and quiet to finally read! And it was this series that got me back into reading again. So in that sense, this series will always have a special place in my heart. And besides that, it's a pretty awesome series!

I could related a lot to Morgan. I grew up Catholic but I never really thought I fit in there, it just never really felt like it was for me. I was always
I have seen this book in various bookstores for the past couple of years, but the first volume was never available. I could have ordered it, but I am impatient like that. when I want a book, I want it right away! :). Anyway, I finally bough this volume at a grocery store! I couldn't wait to read it, because I love books about magick. the book doesn't have a lot of boring introduction or a slow entry. It grabbed my attention instantly and I have been "swept" ever since.

I don't like writing long
Pam Brokenshire
So glad I finally got a hold of this one. I've wanted to read it for a while now. It makes me even happier that I have volume 2 and 3 as well so no waiting to continue least for a while. Now, what to say about this? I love Morgan, her reactions and feelings on things are spot on in my opinion, except when it comes to Cal. I don't trust the boy. Yes, I think he likes Morgan, maybe even loves her, but there's something off about him. I think Hunter is telling the truth about him sadly. Spe ...more
Kelly C
I would recommend the book, Book of Shadows, by Cate Tiernan because it taught me new things, was interesting, and I could kind of relate to the main character. One reason why I would recommend this book is because not a lot of people now about the religion Wicca, and this book introduced it to me. Some people might think that kids should only learn about the religion they practice, and some might just not like Wicca, but the book isn’t all about Wicca, it is about a teenage girl’s life. “I pra ...more
Apr 10, 2011 Sienna rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
Terrible, yet perfectly suited to its purpose: I picked this up at LAX for the thirteen-hour flight back to New Zealand and enjoyed it thoroughly. The writing is pretty weak, but does improve after the first book in this omnibus edition.

I'm a bit torn. It's good to see more YA works taking a positive approach to nature-based religions, but Tiernan loses points all over the place for creepy characters, clumsy plotting and the bifurcation of magickal powers. (Of course Morgan is a blood witch with
Alex Bennett
----------Book of Shadows:

I don't know why I liked this book so much. Oh wait, of course I do! Magick! Withes! Circles! Samhain!

I love books about Wicca and witchcraft. I don't know why, but I have always loved that genre. I have always loved witches, and not the Harry Potter kind of witches (even though I love those too), the real, hardcore Wiccan witches!

Book of Shadows definitely delivered that and more. Even thought it was extremely short, it set up the characters and the story so well, but
I had heard good things about this series and was curious. I was pleased to find that the main character didn't emerge as super-powerful witch after a few nose twitches.

In fact there was no nose-twitching or 'Charmed'-like magic. No, here was actual circles, training, spells, candles, meditation and inner visions. Most importantly was the way in which the author captured the excitement and sense of self-discovery experienced by a young woman who is just discovering that she has a natural talent
I read this series a couple of years ago but still remember it like it was just yesterday. The author came up with alot of rhymes to complete the spells and she definetly ulitized her imagination! The series is 15 part series, which they are now condensing down into a couple of books, and it is about a girl named morgan who discovers that she is a powerful witch from a powerful family. Her powers are astonshing and she is like no other. Tieran creates this world of magic and she makes you want t ...more
I forgot how much I love this series. Teenage angst, romance, and witches. Yes, witches if you get that from the title. This series does witches right. Unlike *cough*Hex Hall*cough*. A review to come...Greyland Reviews
Alyssa Snyder
YA witch books make me very happy. Sweep is so great and its so "witchy". Along with the beautiful new covers I enjoyed the whole series (well almost...still haven't read the newest ones). Morgan was a great main character and in the beginning I even liked cal. That didn't last long though. I think my favorite thing about witch books is all the magic and rituals they do. It's so fascinating to read about it. I like how they formed there own Coven in this series. It's such a good read to get lost ...more
Sweep: Volume 1 contains the first three books in the Wicca series: Book of Shadows, The Coven, and Blood Witch. This book is one that I read as fast as I could because I was immersed in the story. It also taught me about a subject, a religion actually, that I didn't know was a thing before I had read this book: Wicca. I would recommend this book to someone who loves witchcraft, Wicca, and magick (no spelling error) because that's what the book revolves around.

The good thing about this book is
The first 2-3 books in this series are addictive, a fresh "modern-teen" POV in the tired genre of witches/kids with supernatural powers finding themselves (and the wonder of Wicca) among families/communities who "don't get it".

After #3, it goes downhill. There is no psychological development of the main characters (and the secondary characters are quite shallowly described and hard to distinguish throughout the series; even the more promising and believable ones, BFFs Bree & Robbie are essen
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Okay to the girls who recommended reading the Sweep series KUDOS to you! I so loved this series so far. Morgan is Hilarious at times and Bree is a trip! Cal is deep and mysterious and Robbie is SOOOOOO georgeous now that he no longer has pizza face ( hahaha)

This series had reading until late this morning to finish because I had to see who won the fight between Hunter and Cal. This is a crazy series and it is dead on with Wicca information. I can not wait to read the second volume.
I am Wiccan and that was actually what made me buy this book. I've read so many books about witches in which they were either bad or it was all that hoxus-pocus kind of stuff, and I heard this book really had elements of Wicca in it.
And it truly does. I loved that Tiernan described our belief in magic as a form of celebration of our Mother Earth's beauty and showed our Sabbats for how we see and celebrate them and not just taken the names and showed it for something completely different (whic
Chandra Thurman
3.5 stars.

Alright. So I dont have many witchy books on my tbr but I was really feeling this one. So i decided to pick it up! And my initial thoughts..predictable. I called a lot of the major events in this book..but i shall not spoil them. Lets move on to the characters. I liked Morgan. Not much about her personality was shown throughout the book though. I really didn't like Bree...first word that came to mind..spoiled. still up in the air for me. I will have to see how he turns out. T
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Bridget Moore
This book is a bind up of the first 3 books about a girl named Morgan. In the first book she finds out she is a witch. The second and third book go into more significant detail about who she is and about her past. At first I didn't really get into it. I started it like a month ago and didn't really connect with the characters at first but I still decided to finish it anyway. I absolutely adored it and connected with it more after getting about midway through the first book. I started to picture ...more
Carkusa Rose
Although the writing could have been more descriptive and exacted with a little less haste, this book had me glued to the pages, constantly doubting my original assumption of Morgan's love interest Caleb. At first this book seems to be a little twilightesque, but the relationship between the main character and herself is an area that Ms. Meyers missed in twilight. Morgan learns to deal with and love herself as something that she'd never ever thought she was. The things I loved the most about thi ...more
I've rated it 3.5/5 and rounded it up to 4 to suit goodreads. I wasn't sure what to rate this book to be honest. It's not good enough in my opinion for a 4 star rating in terms of writing quality alone. I also felt like it lacked a bit of depth and some aspects, dialogue in particular rushes from point A to B I feel. However I did really enjoy the story and found to be an interesting book despite it having a fairly slow start, so it wasn't quite deserving of a 3/5 either.

Sweep: Volume 1 also do
Sandy Wright
Very rarely do I simply sit down and read...and read...let the chores fall behind and read more. But that's what I've done with the Sweep series. The story is not unique, it's another teenage girl who discovers she comes from a long line of witches.
What kept my interest is the authenticity of the Craft. Cate Tiernan swears in her interviews that she's not a witch. If not, she must have some very close friends who are, because her descriptions and details are spot-on. Her protagonist, seventeen
Review initially published on my blog, Writing by Numbers, here.

In middle school, I struggled to balance my identity as a smart, level-headed, “not your typical teenage girl” with…well, being an emotional, hormonal teenage girl. It was with a frisson of rebelliousness that I read books that delved into the torrential emotions of teenage romance without a hint of intellectualism. What a guilty pleasure, to angst over popularity, looking pretty, and falling in love! Books where the most detailed
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Other Books in the Series

Sweep (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • Book of Shadows (Sweep, #1)
  • The Coven (Sweep, #2)
  • Blood Witch (Sweep, #3)
  • Dark Magick (Sweep, #4)
  • Awakening (Sweep, #5)
  • Spellbound (Sweep, #6)
  • The Calling (Sweep, #7)
  • Changeling (Sweep, #8)
  • Strife (Sweep, #9)
  • Seeker (Sweep, #10)

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