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Book of Shadows (Sweep #1)

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Morgan thinks witchcraft is laughable when her best friend Bree drags her to a meeting of the Cirrus Coven. But during a cermony led by Cal, Morgan's long-time crush, Morgan feels a shock. Suddenly everything looks brighter, clearer. Morgan doesn't want to get involved with witchcraft--but she feels like witchcraft is choosing her.
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Published March 3rd 2011 by Blackstone Audio, Inc. (first published January 29th 2001)
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JonSnow Book 1 is merely the start of what ends up being quite an epic tale. The books mature from being cheesy to being very serious later on. This book is…moreBook 1 is merely the start of what ends up being quite an epic tale. The books mature from being cheesy to being very serious later on. This book is also party of a several book story arc. Not much thrilling really happens in this book. It's more about being a teenager, and her awakening to herself. The books after this take on a darker tone. The characters also mature into adults. The series covers decades and a vast plot reaching centuries past and present.(less)
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Wendy Darling
This review is really about the whole Sweep series, but I'm putting it with Book One because that's where people will go to find out whether all of them are worth reading. I started out really enjoying the series, then HATED WITH A PASSION what seemed to be going on, and then am left now feeling really sad and cheated. I've never started out liking a series and then turned around and felt so angry and disappointed and sad after it ended.

Firstly, I have to say that I really enjoyed books 1 - 6.
This was an okay story about teenage witches, and it reminded me a bit of The Secret Circle. I was shocked at the way Morgan’s best friend Bree treated her, and the love triangle was fairly predictable. It was an okay story overall though, which left us with a bit of a cliff-hanger.

6.5 out of 10
Melissa Vanity
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I have nothing bad to say about these books. These are the books that started it all for me, this is the series that made me want to be a reader. When I discovered this series, I was about 12 at the time and I was so fascinated by Wicca and Paganism and Spellcraft that it amazed me to read so much about it. I was so intrigued and bewildered by these books and the knowledge they held and the impeccable storyline. I read every single one and it has been a good 8 years since I discovered these book ...more
3 stars - It was good.

The writing is only so-so, average at best with shallow cardboard characters. However, the plot moves along nicely and is engaging enough that I am interested in seeing what happens next. It does seem to be well researched and it is interesting to see many of the myths about Wicca confronted.
First Sentence: Years from now I’ll look back and remember today as the day I met him.
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Michaela Pallante aka "Mickey" for

Morgan Rowlands is a normal teenage girl. She gets good grades, hangs out with her friends, and goes to church with her family on Sundays. Nothing out of the ordinary ever happens to her... until she meets Cal Blaire.

Cal is the new cute senior who has just transferred to Widow's Vale High. His looks aren't the only thing that sets him apart from other boys. He's Wiccan, a different religion than Morgan and one that she has never com
Mar 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tiffany Duke
Shelves: 2011
Wow! What can I say without completely ruining this book?

In previous reviews; I have complained about books with way too much page filler but not this book! It is a small, quick, easy and entertaining read!

Unlike a lot of the other Urban Fantasy books I have been reading lately, this book seemed really lifelike! I could see how this would make someone curious about Wicca. I don't believe in "Wicca" or White Magic but I could see how this book could make someone really want to study into it.

Angie Lucido
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok so I start reading book #1 and read straight through. I couldn't stop. I did't think that all 15 books were going to be all soo good. I loved, loved, loved them all! They kept you on the edge of your seat through the whole series and I didn't want them to end but what a great ending to a great series.
Feb 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why did I love this???

Objectively this book is so so bad. Insta-love, very juvenile writing, crappy character development, infinite etc. But, I. JUST. COULDN'T. STOP.
Becky (Blogs of a Bookaholic)
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of coming of age stories with a touch of magic.
This review was originally published on Blogs of a Bookaholic.

A fantastic first book full of magic, mystery and discovery.
This is around the 4/5 time I've read this book now and it never disappoints! I first discovered this series aged 14, and in a weird way, I almost feel like the books chose me. They came to me in a point in my life where I really needed them, and held for me some key advice and life lessons that helped me deal with several big changes going on at that time. These books are i
Jan 24, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't get it. This book has no actual plot or major conflict to speak of, the characters are unconvincing and inconsistent, there's no action, no suspense, no romance, and very little logic or explanation about how anything works (like the MC suddenly waking up clairvoyant). There's also quite a bit of repetitive exposition and, overall, the whole thing is poorly executed.

The very little that could be foreshadowed is blatantly obvious from the start and will probably somehow take several book
Scale of 1-10: 4
Pros: Tiernan's writing does not suck, and she might be able to get decent mileage out of her story, as the books are short and quick reads.
Cons: Struck me as a Harry Potter retread with an older, female heroine.

Synopsis: Morgan Rowlands finds out she's got a talent for witchcraft after superhot, supernatural Cal Blaire moves to her small, upstate NY town and starts slingin' the magic mojo around...not that anyone seems to notice or think it's weird.

My take: In a nutshell? Tiern
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finally found my "guilty pleasure" book series!
It was very entertaining and I loved the story so much!
At first, it was really difficult for me to memorize all of the characters but once you read the first 10 chapters, this feeling is gone!
I am glad to see that this book series has a huge number of books because I am so curious where it will go!
Oh and I really want to learn more about Cal in the next
3,5 ⭐ - Das Buch befasst sich mit dem Thema 'Wicca' und ich finde dieses Hexenthema wirklich sehr spannend und interessant. Leider wurde es mir etwas zu unrealistisch und suspekt, sonst hätte ich sicherlich noch einen Stern mehr gegeben. Dennoch ließ sich das Buch super schnell und flüssig lesen und ich habe das Gefühl, dass noch ganz viel Luft nach oben ist - ich werde also Band 2 auf jeden Fall lesen und hoffe, dass mich dieser Band noch etwas mehr begeistern kann. ...more
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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2017- This marks my 4th time reading this book. For the new reader I must emphasize that these books mature as you read. They start off seeming like cheesy teenage fiction on a cringe worthy level, but they evolve into a truly grand, wonderful and epic story of the coming of age, and the realization of remarkable heritage.

A plain unassuming wallflower finds she is anything but ordinary. In fact, she is extraordinary! As she follows a path seeming d
I really liked this book, I love stories about witches so I am biased though haha. The only downside to it was that it was pretty short and involved quite a bit of world building but I love the premise and romance and I am so hooked
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing is solid and the story is interesting. I am not a fan of clogs so I try to ignore the authors descriptions of the heroines attire. I subtracted one star for that.
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finished yaaay! Cant wait to start book 2
Oct 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, let me say that if you are looking for a true to life portrayal of the Wiccan faith, look elsewhere. Yes, the author has taken great pains to stay as close to the actual practice as possible, but she still takes several liberties in order to make for a good story. Even so, this is one of the very few mainstream series I've read that actually gets the main gist of the Pagan religion.

Now for the story. The story focuses around Morgan, a somewhat normal girl. When the cute new boy in sc
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nononononono T_T I wanted this book to be good. But then again, what was I thinking? If a book is 160 pages long.. and also a part of a series with three gazillion other books... it just can't be good.

I don't know why, but recently I've been interested in wicca. It's probably cuz I've been re-watching Charmed. The TV show.
Anyway, that's why I bought the first three books in this series. I wanted to read about witches.

This book is about a bunch of teens who get involved with a wiccan witch dude
Oct 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenagers
A wonderful start to 'Sweep'/'Wicca'. *Spoilers books 1-4*

Tiernan has an incredible talent for creating uniquely vivid characters. Normally I shy away from books written in the 1st person, but this was pleasantly different.

The vulnerable nature of the main character means we can begin to empathise with her unusually quickly. This also blinds us to simple truths such as Hunter and Sky's true natures. We stand united with Morgan against them and we too feel crushed at Cal's betrayal.

The ending i
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Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

*** Spoilers *** Spoilers *** Spoilers ***

This series was on my "to read" list for awhile and I decided to read it.

There were a few confusing issues and scenes that I did not like.

I want to say that I do not understand how old Cal is..
I thought it was mentioned that Cal is older than Hunter and Hunter was mentioned to be 19 years old and the youngest of the Witch Council,
with that said..
if Cal is older than Hunter and Hunter is 19, why is Cal still in high school???
However, his age goes ba
Henri Neto
Depois de um longo e terrível inverno, finalmente voltei a ler um romance sobrenatural. Se eu disser que não estava sentido falta de me debruçar sobre uma história paranormal - mesmo aquelas mais simples, estaria mentindo epicamente. Pois sim, eu estava louco para voltar a ler alguma aventura com um toque de mistério e um pé no outro mundo. Infelizmente, hoje em dia, o foco do mercado literário jovem são as distopias ou os romances Novo Adulto - e isto não quer dizer que eu não gosto deles, muit ...more
Greta is Erikasbuddy
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Greta is Erikasbuddy by: Sunny
Shelves: sunny-says
Let me start off by saying that I admit to being a very picky reader. I don't do well with school-settings and when it comes to Magick it's usually very very lame.

And when my bud told me that I should read the SWEEP Series I must admit that I was afraid. What do I do if I don't like it? I mean... it's at this school and told from the pov of a girl who goes to a school and is learninging about Wicca from a new boy in town.

Ummmm.... Is this going to make me roll my eyes?

Well, I took the plunge and
Bekah AwesomeBookNut
Original Review found at:

Okay, I like a good witch story as much as the next guy but this...This just was a disappointment. I don't mind short stories but there was no reason for this to have 4 or 5 books in the series. The writing seemed a bit lazy as there was no real descriptions, just enough to fill in the blanks and a bit of back ground just on Morgan and Cals side not really in any of the other characters.

Morgan is a regular girl and doesn't know she has sp
Wren [t(he)y]
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who want an awesome, non-cliche teen book
When Morgan meets Cal, everything changes. Despite her close-minded Catholic upbringing, she finds herself drawn to the fascinating world of Wicca, and soon realizes that she has a gift....

I LOVED this book! I felt like Morgan and I both had so much in common; a Catholic upbringing, and a Wiccan transformation. I kept rooting for her to overcome her parents and their judgement, and to choose the right path!

The characters were quite diverse; some ultra conservative Christians balanced by relaxed
Jun 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenagers and Adults, who are young at heart!
This book was great! I really enjoyed it! Even though nothing spectacular happens in the first book (beside Morgans "best friend" Bree behaving like a slut and a bitch) there was no action, no finale. But this was ok. The first book was like an Intro for me, a long Prolog or so, the basic to what will come in the other books, I guess.
You get to know some stuff about Wicca, which is really nice to read and very interesting, if youre into stuff like that. It describes also the struggles that a pe
Nov 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall: The Sweep series by Cate is a light read, yet still really interesting. I felt like this was the sorbet course, a hiatus, amidst my reading of George RR Martin's much weightier tomes. Every novel covers Magick, young love and fitting in (or not!).

However, a novel in the Sweep series is so short that it is almost a chapter in the lives of the characters.
Plus: The Wiccan research is pretty intense, and the books give an authentic feel to being in a coven and the troubles/challenges a youn
May 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: para-witches
The Good: I really enjoyed how the writing was inclusive and accepting of everything, without having to make a big deal about anything. Wiccan religion, lesbian aunt, teen sexuality, whatever. All part of the story, not issues that have to be addressed and dealt with. Beyond the magick themes of the book, the mundane high school life felt accurately portrayed. It wasn't washed-clean of normal teen activities, nor overly hyped to make things more scandalous than in reality.

The Bad: Bree, the bes
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