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Ominous (Private #13)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  3,204 Ratings  ·  140 Reviews
After the shocking revelations made in the Private prequel, The Book of Spells, Noelle and Reed know they are descendants of the original Billings Girls, and their legacy includes a mysterious coven of witches. Has Reed unknowingly recreated the witches’ powerful magic? And what will the consequences be once the other Billings Girls discover their heritage? Will Reed be ab ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Alyssa Calloway
Jul 11, 2010 Alyssa Calloway rated it it was amazing
By Kate Brian

Pages: 212
Read: once on March 19, 2011
Series: Private, # 13

As always, possible spoilers, so beware.

First Line: I couldn’t move.

If you have not read the Private prequel, The Book of Spells, you will be so lost. So, for the purposes of this review I will assume everyone reading this has read The Book of Spells.

At first I was a little skeptical of magic in this series. Not because I don’t like magic, in fact I love magic. Harry Potter and Charmed are two of my favorite things i
Angelia Fransisca Rusli
Apr 13, 2011 Angelia Fransisca Rusli rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Okay. I should admit that every time Kate Brian's adding something about witchcraft stuff here, I started to roll my eyes. Not that it's bad, it's just.. it reminds me a lot of Indonesian soap opera where the heroine was all so powerful, a great descendant of the most powerful clan, was never accused wrong even if she's actually wrong + when the market's response to the products is very good, they'll produce more and more of it, even when some things should just ended there. As a result, the sto ...more
In typical Brian fashion the story is a series of unexpected twists and turns before finally ending...only to leave you with more questions.

As much as I have absolutely loved this series, I'm afraid that its changing. The first books were about academics, fashion, and the wonder and mystery behind the fabulous Billings Girls. But now, a prequel featuring "A Book of Spells"? This isn't Harry Potter or any of the fantasy mythologically-based books that I've also been reading! It better not turn i
Feb 21, 2011 Virginia rated it it was amazing
Utterly preposterous, ridiculous, absurd, unbelievable, nonsensical, fabulous, unputdownable, and amazing. Combining the noir suspense and posh girl warfare of a regular Private book with the feel of The Craft crossed bizarrely with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Ominous continues the exceedingly entertaining shark jump that is the introduction of the supernatural into a previously "secular" series.

I love the way this book finally summed up, repeatedly, all of the insane shenanigans that
Sooooo disappointed. All that witchcraft and wizardry plot was just unnecessary and not to forget stupid. I did not expect this series to hit such an all-time low after a roller-coaster ride it had been from book 2nd to 8th. The idea of a being descendants of witches and Billings being a Coven was utterly ridiculous. I was waiting for an explanation that someone was just messing with Reed but it never came up. The ending was filmy too, with Noelle's dad dying while saving Reed from getting stabb ...more
Sep 23, 2013 Emerald rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-young-adult
***Spoiler Free Summary By Emerald BookWorm***

I didn't know a thing about this series going into it. My boyfriend (now husband) would always go to the library to pick up books for me and he stumbled across this series and brought me the first book, thinking I would enjoy it. /// Well he was right lol. /// I was instantly hooked and reserving the next book within 24 hours. /// This series is definitely not realistic and is pretty dramatic lol , but it's lots of fun and it was the first time I'd e
Feb 28, 2011 Amber rated it really liked it
Typical YA - following all the Private-esque juicy twists! I don't know what it is about these boarding school princess books but I love them! I love how Kate Brian has tied everything together while continuing to make this series work.
I think these books are little mature and would only recommend them to ages 15 and up.
Asiyah Ayaan
Hopefully worth my five stars!!!!!!!!! Usually Kate's writing is good, so I think it will be. And I don't want the series to end!!!!!!! Ms. Brian/Scott, if you are reading this, please don't make this series finish! they are the one things I lean on when life gets hectic!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Luv ya frvr!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 01, 2010 AtenRa rated it it was amazing
Loved loved loved the penultimate installment in the Private series! I can't believe 1. that I actually said "penultimate" and 2. that there's only one book left till the end of the series :( :(

Book Of Spells led the path for Ominous, as it's full of magic, witches, dreams of the future. Ominous went to a totally different direction than the rest of the Private books, because a small, tiny little piece of paranormal was added in it. I know that rubbed some people the wrong way, and it's understa
Erica Alyson
Sep 01, 2010 Erica Alyson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, suspense
I don't want to write about what happens because it is so GREAT! Everyone should read this series.

I loved Reed, Josh, Noelle, Ivy, and Mr. Lange in this book! Reed and Noelle are the best main characters.

This is my favorite series and I don't want the next book to be the last :o(

I thought the witch storyline could be hard to follow this far into the series but it tied together to all events in the series very well!
Oct 21, 2010 Charlotte rated it it was ok
These books are just getting more and more ridiculous as the series goes on. Honestly they should have ended it at book 9. Books 9-present just show that "Kate Brian" (real name Kieran Scott) has completely run out of ideas and is just writing random crap to add a little drama.
Oct 16, 2010 Malati rated it did not like it
Shelves: hated-it
Don't like the direction this series has taken. Preppy rich girls was one thing, but preppy rich girls reading studying witchcraft is another.
Feb 20, 2011 Rachel rated it liked it
it was better than the last few but not as great as the books before Paradise lost.
Fauzia Rajani
Jun 07, 2011 Fauzia Rajani rated it really liked it
So far so good.
Dec 06, 2016 Kazza rated it did not like it
Series was flagging a little, but it has seriously gone downhill with the witch shenanigans.
Kathryn CA
Dec 02, 2010 Kathryn CA rated it it was amazing
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Jessica Lawlor
Jun 19, 2011 Jessica Lawlor rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
*Spoilers ahead if you’re not up-to-date with the Private series

After finally reuniting with Noelle after her mysterious vanishing, Reed is ready to settle down and enjoy the rest of the school year in relative peace. But at Easton Academy, peace is definitely not in Reed’s cards.

In the previous book VANISHED, Reed learns that Noelle is her half sister. The girls grandmother tells them that they are special; and that there’s a secret waiting for them to discover back on campus. The girls return
Jun 03, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it
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Janelle Dazzlepants
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Kari Anderson
Jan 22, 2012 Kari Anderson rated it it was ok
After the shocking revelations made in the Private prequel, The Book of Spells, Noelle and Reed know they are descendants of the original Billings Girls and their legacy includes a mysterious coven of witches. But it’s nothing compared to what happens next.

One by one, Billings Girls go missing from campus.

The entire community bands together to find the lost girls, hoping they are still alive. Reed can’t believe tragedy has struck Easton again, and she begins to wonder if the Billings Girls are c
Apr 04, 2011 Siti rated it liked it
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Sep 12, 2010 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-2011
An imprint of Simon&Schuster Children's Publishing Division 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10020
Kate Brian
$9.99 Pages.212
ISBN: 9781416984726

"Of course, promises are made to be broken." Ominous is the 13th novel of the Private series, written by Kate Brian. The novel is categorized under fiction. Kate Brian also wrote many other novels such as, the Privilege series, Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys, Ex-mas, and many more. Most of her books are for young adults a
I'm suprised Reed is still living and breathing as she seriously gets attacked every five minutes. No wonder the girl is on edge all the time! Yet again this installment of the Private series is jam-packed full of thrilling moments of terror and life threatening moments for Reed. She really does fill each and every day with action, whether she is working on school work, partying, getting murdered or loving it up with Josh, she never has a moment to rest.

The one thing which made this books stand
May 29, 2012 Erin rated it liked it
I just want to point out that I feel bad for giving 3 stars for this book, because I have LOVED (and I mean literally been obsessed with) the rest of the Private series. I have loved it because of the witty writing, the relatable and complex characters, the great setting, and the intelligent explanations for all of the crazy things that have happened to Reed and her circle of friends (and enemies). However for me, this book feels like a different series altogether.
(Now for the spoilers so don't
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
Oct 24, 2010 Ashley - Book Labyrinth rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-books, young-adult
Pretty much everything I've come to expect from a Private novel (in a good way!) + an interesting (?) paranormal-esque twist.

Reed & Josh are lovelies, and I think they just need to run away Easton and be safe together together. Adore that couple so much.

Noelle is, well, herself, but you can tell that she actually does care about Reed, especially now that they're family. I love Noelle when she's not stabbing Reed in the back.

Also, can I say that I love Amberly? I don't know, the girl just mak
Ok I won't do a spoilers review on this one.
As a HUGE fan of Kate Brian I have loved all her books I've read. Book of Spells was still a good book spite the supernatural element I felt that shouldn't have been there. Well I feel the same about 'Ominous'. As always the story was gripping, well tuned, had a few shocks and a little predictability. But it was true to the other 'Private' series books and even if it had of received a 0 star rating I would still have read it!
I am glad we didn't see too
May 22, 2011 Gemma rated it really liked it
Ominous is the 13th book in the Private series and takes place after the shocking revelations made in Vanished. Note: It is recommended you read the series’ 2nd prequel, The Book of Spells, before reading Ominous.
I was really pleased with how the author played out the paranormal twist - it was totally believable and not cliche at all! In fact, it seemed a little unique compared to a lot of Supernatural YA novels we read today. Although I don’t completely understand why this somewhat change in g
Oct 06, 2010 Alexandra rated it really liked it
Oh, man. This has become a soap opera by now, the amount of ridiculousness is so high. Still, it works as a guilty pleasure that you don't take too seriously. And there were mentions of Charmed and even some nods to it so I was pretty amused by that. Seriously though, I'm kind of undecided with this magic thing. On one hand, it seems totally out of nowhere, and changed the tone of the story considerably. From the Gossip Girl atmosphere to Charmed... that's like... opposite worlds to me. On the o ...more
Jan 24, 2012 Aileen rated it liked it
Okay so...IF THERE WAS MORE THEN ONE MORE BOOK I WOULD JUST STOP READING. I have been pretty freaking faithful and have read not only the private series but some of the privilege books as well and will ONE DAY finish those as well. Now...WHY DOES REED HAVE TO BE SOOOOO WHINY????? Ariana in Privilege doesn't whine like Reed, and when she writes under Kieran Scott her books are SO DIFFERENT but SO MUCH BETTER!!!!! I DON'T UNDERSTAND!!!! The OTHER problem is that the first couple private books were ...more
I was interested in this book, because of the Book of Spells. I read the Book of Spells last year, and loved it.

I have read the Private series until 8 (after that my library didn't have them anymore), though another reason is that I felt like it just dragged on a bit too much. Luckily this book was just a bit different from the others. What I read in the other reviews, that this one suddenly has magic and is focused on the whole Book of Spells book.

I was a bit worried I might miss the info of
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Kate Brian is the author of the SHADOWLANDS TRILOGY (SHADOWLANDS, HEREAFTER & ENDLESS), as well as the New York Times bestselling PRIVATE and PRIVILEGE series, and the wildly popular MEGAN MEADE'S GUIDE TO THE MCGOWAN BOYS. She also writes teen fiction under the name Kieran Scott.
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