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Magic is a tricky thing. Especially when it comes from an ancient book of spells that jumps off a shelf into Olivia’s hands. Bad news for the popular girls in her new school who don’t like Olivia. But hey–now she can get the attention of her crush who’s more interested in comic book superheroes. And when she finds out her aunt is a witch, she imagines all her problems are ...more
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Published February 2016 by Booktrope Edition
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Carrie
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Olivia's parents are both famous actors and when they schedule a movie shoot together in Egypt they give Olivia the choice of where to spend the next year. Olivia comes up with a plan of staying with her Aunt Tilda in New York to try to lead a normal teenage life for the next year. When Olivia arrives though she finds that her aunt is a practicing Wiccan that can read minds.

Be Careful What You Witch For is set up to be a tale of a young teenage misfit trying to fit into a new school with the us
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Alyce Hunt
Jan 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
I was actually really excited to read 'Be Careful What You Witch For', because I read Thomas Hoobler's 'Come Sit By Me' last year and really enjoyed it. 'Come Sit By Me' was a contemporary based on a school shooting, so I thought I'd like this magical novel even more.
However, I ended up hating it. Olivia is the stuck-up daughter of two movie stars, and when they go overseas to film a movie she ends up going to New York to stay with her Aunt Tilda (Aunt Tilda, who is an awful lot like Aunt Hilda
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Aneta Bak
Apr 04, 2017 marked it as dnf
Shelves: arc, netgalley
They synopsis of this book made me super excited to read this one, however I could not finish it.

Olivia is absolutely horrible. I have never hated a main character this much before. Not only is she racist, but she’s also homophobic. After her racist comments about the taxi drivers, and then trying to cast a spell on Paul because he is gay… I just couldn’t…. how did this get published?

Maybe with some changes this book could have been good. Unfortunately unless that happens I will definitely not b
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Crystal
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for an honest review. I perked right up when it came across that there was a YA paranormal to be reviewed. I hadn’t read one in a while and wanted another. Well, I definitely got it. This is a really good story. I want to tell you about it, but, I’m not about to ruin it… This is definitely one for the lover of books dealing with witchcraft. I loved the character of Olivia, a strong young lady who doesn’t want to ride on the coattails of her famous A-List actor parents. She d ...more
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
Thank you netgalley for the opportunity to read this book.


This was a fun, easy read. The main character, Olivia, has movie star parents, but chooses to go stay with her aunt in New York instead of going away to a place where she can ski and have fun. She doesn't want anyone to know who she is and wants to blend in. At first, things go pretty well and she makes some friends. After a little time, she learns that her aunt is a witch. Olivia meets an older witch friend of her aunt's who teaches her
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Amber
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a good book. It's short so it's easy to finish fast. And the author left it open for a possible next book.
Sarah Crawford
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one is told from Clovers point of view. A major problem for her is her arguing with Thistle. Another major problem is when her father asks her to stay at his inn for a couple of days. The problem is that Bay and Thistle will also both be there (it's sort of a 'soft opening' thing going on.) It's like putting lots of candles around an open barrel of gunpowder.

They try to help with the guests and hold what was supposed to be a fake seance but, as expected, something goes wrong and now there's
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Sarah G
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well this goes down as another book to mark off my own 2016 Bookworm Bingo Challenge board – A book with magic. I was almost tempted to mark it off as ‘A book that made you laugh out loud’ as there are quite a few funny moments throughout but decided to just stick with the magic part. I am loving the cover of this one as well – very well designed.

Olivia’s parents are famous actors and after its decided that she can’t come along with them for their latest film together she has been given choice a
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Alisha Tarran
Feb 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
I don't like writing bad reviews so I"m going to keep this short!
I was intrigued by the book but I found myself a bit let down.
I did find it funny in places. I did like Aunt Tilda and Eva and Paul. But that's about it.
I found the romance lacking, I mean the entire time it was because of a spell and then he randomly popped up again at the end, he was also a complete dimwit and it wasn't really endearing at any point. So I really wasn't feeling the romance, it didn't feel real to me and I didn't
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United Indie Book Blog
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for an honest review. I perked right up when it came across that there was a YA paranormal to be reviewed. I hadn’t read one in a while and wanted another. Well I definitely got it. This is a really good story. I want to tell you about it, but, I’m not about to ruin it… This is definitely one for the lover of books dealing with witchcraft. I loved the character of Olivia, a strong young lady who doesn’t want to ride on the coattails of her famous A-List actor parents. She do ...more
Lindsey
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-reviews
I received a free digital version of this book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers in exchange for my honest review.

When I started this book, I didn't think I was going to enjoy it, but I pushed on. I ended up continuing to read just to find out what happens, and although I did enjoy the book, it definitely wasn't something I'm excited to talk about.

The main character (Olivia) didn't come across as particularly likeable at first, but she began to grow on me. Although she's naive enough to qual
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Laurie P
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016

I was given an advanced reader copy of this book for an honest review free of persuasion from the author or anyone else affiliated with this book.

-- Spoiler Alert--

This is a great book for high school age and young adults. It is very clean and enjoyable. It also shows how much trouble you can get into when you try to change people and things from their true selves.

The daughter of a famous movie star couple, Olivia dislikes the limelight. She tries to stay in the background when with her parents.
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Jeri
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books
What happens when you use magic that you can't control? Well, Olivia finds out just how much chaos she can cause. Olivia is the daughter of movie star parents and goes to stay with an aunt in NYC while her parents are overseas filming. While staying with her aunt she goes to a school for the elite. She also finds out that her aunt and an elderly neighbor are witches or practitioners. Olivia thinks magic is fun so, with help, she puts a spell on the hot boy in school so he will pay attention to h ...more
Jan farnworth
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I requested this book from netgalley it caught my eye and i love a good witch story this one reminded me a lot of Sabrina the teenage witch it very low key fast high school read. So you got all the typical elements for that kind of book, female vying for guys, snobs, bullying, witch gets in over head gets rescued. It got a 3 rating as for me it was very easy to see where things where going it was cute and i liked it as a fast read and satisfied my trip back to high school vibe.
Kristi
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun book. The characters were fantastic. I loved all of them both major and minor characters. The writing was great and funny. There were some great messages for teens in this without being preachy. I'm so looking forward to the sequel to this. I can't wait to see what hijinks Olivia gets up to next. Perfect for teens (or adults) looking to read something magic or witchy after having read Harry Potter.
Julie
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
It has been a long time since i have read this book. Honestly I was surprised to see i was the first to review this book. I Remembered really enjoying it. The Author set it up to leave room for a second in the series but i am afraid he will fail to deliver! I really wished he would write another! I would still re-read this book in the future so i gave it 4 stars!
Nikki Sojkowski
*This Review and more can be found on my blog Love at First Write

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

So the very first qualm I have with this book is that I thought it would be a cool story about a teenage witch, but this girl is a completely un-relatable, pretentious rich girl. And by rich I mean “both of her parents are famous movie stars, her family is rolling in it” rich. She’s used to servants and chefs doing everything for her and her mother dictating where and
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Zee Monodee
First up, I didn't expect the heroine to be this young. If I had known, I would've known to expect an immature kid behaving like an idiot, because everyone knows you cannot write a 'mature' character that young in age (I'm being sarcastic here!). Didn't connect with Olivia at all because it seemed like if there was something worst she could do in a situation, she'd do it, involving magic in it. Then her whole stuck-up demeanour, lack of even basic civility towards the people she meets - frankly, ...more
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Be Careful What You Witch For by Thomas Hoobler
Source: Netgalley
My Rating: 3/5stars
My Review:

Most kids would find it pretty spectacular to be the daughter of not one but two world-famous actors. Olivia is not most kids and she certainly finds it far, far from spectacular being the child of two world-famous actors. What the world doesn’t know is how much her parents fight, how much they drink, and how much they ignore her in order to pursue their own interests. Yeah, being the kid of two world-f
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Andrea Harris
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Olivia Bettendorfer has parents that are famous actors. She has decided to go stay with her Aunt Tilda in New York while her parents are in Egypt making a movie. Olivia wants nothing more than to blend in at school and be a normal teenager. She will attend the Knickerbocker School with other students whose parents are wealthy, but most of them won't know her parents are famous. Olivia discover that her Aunt Tilda can read her thoughts and Eva, a lady who lives in the same building, helps Olivia ...more
Stacy Sabala
Mar 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Book Review- Be Careful What You Witch For by Thomas Hoobler

Olivia is being sent to stay with her Aunt Tilda while her parents go to Egypt together to film a new movie. Olivia is excited to move to New York for the time being and have a normal life. However normal is not what Olivia got.
Olivia doesn’t want anyone to know who her parents are. She wants to blend in. She is instantly disliked by the popular crowd and hangs out with the outcasts. Everything changes when she meets a friend of her au
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Itsy Bitsy Book Bits
This was a good book but I am biased and like most things "witchy". Olivia is the daughter of two famous parents who are on location filming and Olivia cannot accompany them. So she goes to stay with her mom’s sister. Her aunt Tilda is a bit eccentric but she wants to get to know her. Plus, the idea of getting to be a normal kid is very appealing to her. Attending school, she takes on aunt Tilda's last name to hopefully avoid being recognized. Olivia starts thinking something is going on when he ...more
Dani
Mar 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
*Review originally posted on A Bibliophile's Reverie. Copy obtained through NetGalley*

I found the background of Olivia to be interesting, as she comes from a famous Hollywood family but just wants to be normal. It reminds me of the manga series Hannah Montana in that aspect, but definitely takes a different turn.

Because she finds out about witchcraft.

As someone who knows a lot about witchcraft, I found most of it to be believable, but some aspects I didn’t. I also thought that the love potion
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Tanya
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I love the cover of this book! Be Careful What You Witch For is about a fourteen year old girl named Olivia who is staying in New York with her aunt while her movie star parents are filming a movie. She feels out of place in her new school, is on the popular girl's bad side and then she find out that her aunt is a Wiccan. Maybe this year won't be so bad after all.

I like all of the main characters in the book and I could picture each one. I was happy for Olivia when she made friends with Paul and
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Mel
Jan 29, 2016 rated it liked it
This book description sounded interesting enough so I decided to give it a try and it was alright for a while. The content about wicca was quite interesting, and I like how the author incorperated the magic subtly and let it evolve.

BUT I cannot get over how much I hated the characters. The main character, Olivia, is on her way to just being plain evil. Her boyfriend might be more dumb than Karen Smith and most of the other characters are walking stereotypes. I could just not get over my hatred f
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Melissa Burcham
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
I was asked for an honest review free of persuasion from the author or anyone else affiliated with this book.

CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS

This book was fun, quick read. It was a well written humorous story about high school life. We have all been there. Had friends we wanted to help. Had enemies we wanted to punish. I love how this book did that with a witchcraft twist.

Olivia's parents are famous actors. When they go out of country to film a new movie Olivia decides that she wants to spend time in New
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Cassandra Larsen
Jul 26, 2016 rated it liked it

I wanted to like this book, I really did. Her background, daughter of movie stars, was fascinating, especially as she just wanted to live an ordinary life and not draw attention to herself, but very quickly I started to dislike her. She's snobbish and mean, all the while protesting about how much she hates the snobby, mean, popular girl Madison. She isn't nice to anyone, throwing water at her aunt’s cat not two hours after arriving at her house, stealing from her aunt, acting horrible toward a b
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Karen Barber
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
For students age12-14 I can see that this might have appeal. It sounds like it should be fun, but there were a few things that made this a tough book to like.
First, the main character. Olivia is totally lacking in self-awareness and seems to be very prejudiced. Second, the other characters. The love interest might as well have been a rock as he had no personality, and a lot of the other students were pretty unpleasant. Lastly, the handling of the content. Witchcraft might be interesting, and it
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Shawna Cramer
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books-own
For an honest review I was able to receive this book from Netgalley...

This book made me laugh and remember what it was like to be a over hormonal teenager all at once. The author did a good job with making sure the characters acted like real teens, more often than not some authors forget to do that.

I wasn't to thrilled with how the book ended but in a way I guess it was left open like that incase there is a second book coming. Which I hope there is because I would love to see how Olivia handles
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Notthatcatwoman
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Copy received from NetGalley in exchange for honest review
I'm not a fan of YA novels, so the fact that I enjoyed this as much as I did was surprising.
The main character was a little TSTL but then (apparently) she is only 14.

Good chance that I'll read the sequel if there is going to be one, but I will expect major character growth now that the youthful stupidity has been acknowledged and smacked in the face. ;)
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Thomas Hoobler has written nearly 100 books with his wife Dorothy, and some more by himself. The Hooblers are the co-authors of the Samurai Detective Series, which tells the adventures of a boy in 18th century Japan who helps his samurai father solve mysteries. The third book in the series, IN DARKNESS, DEATH, won an Edgar as the Best YA mystery of 2004. The Washington Post also chose the book as ...more

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