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Wayward (The Witch Wars Saga #1)

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  212 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Born without magic, seventeen-year-old Helena "Hex" Wayward is an embarrassment to her power-hungry relatives. As the weakest member of the world's most deadly magical family, Hex learns early how to avoid confrontation. There's no defending herself against an errant curse or the pit-demon that her cousins like to summon during family reunions. When the dark magic inside o ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published May 6th 2011 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published March 27th 2011)
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Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Ah man, up until at least three quarters through I was really enjoying this. But there are too many flaws in this book for me to justify giving more than 2 stars. I say three quarters through because I thought maybe those flaws would be explained or fixed during the story, but they weren't. It just wasn't all that exciting.

In of itself, the story is interesting. It's about witches, the most powerful witch - Wayward - to be exact, who doesn't agree to use her powers at all, never mind for evil. H
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Jun 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
In compliance with FTC guidelines, I disclose that I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

From first impressions this book has everything about it that make for an awful fantasy/romance trash novel. It starts out with a female protagonist with a constant negative attitude whose clearly hiding a dark and terrible secret. That doesn't bode well. At least there's no stew being served.

Despite the rocky start, the entertainment value of the novel picks up pretty quickly. While a
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Wayward is the first in a young adult paranormal series self published by Ashley Girardi. I’m hesitant to accept YA for review usually but my interest was piqued by the synopsis and excerpt and fortunately I found Wayward an easy read with an engaging story.
Helena ‘Hex’ Wayward is an outcast amongst her powerful family. As the seventh child of parents who themselves were the seventh children, she was expected to wield great magic and was treated badly when it seemed she would not live up to her
lafon حمزة نوفل
"I had such high hopes for you."
So said the Emperor to Galen as he butchered him on the operating table, grafting metal to his skin. (view spoiler)

"I had such high hopes for you." So said I before writing a review on how the author butchered this book.

First let me just say that I was enchanted about a quarter of the way through, just before she went back to her family. I mean I came in expec
Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The synopsis from Goodreads states:

Born without magic, seventeen-year-old Helena "Hex" Wayward is an embarrassment to her power-hungry relatives.

As the weakest member of the world's most deadly magical family, Hex learns early how to avoid confrontation. There's no defending herself against an errant curse or the pit-demon that her cousins like to summon during family reunions.

When the dark magic inside of her -- magic that she never dreamt even existed -- erupts in a violent display, it kills a
Jun 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
****Contains spoilerish information, and a great deal of disdain****

This was painful to get through. I felt like I was reading about someone with a multiple personality disorder because the character couldn't seem to decide which type of being she minute she says how she has no power, and then next she talks about having power or power being too tempting. There is no character development either, and all these little backstory snipits without any kind of explanation. It took me foreve
May 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Ashley Girardi seems to have the writing style of Melissa delaCruz, but a very different story line. I thought it was an exciting plot line and I enjoyed reading about the characters. This was a quick read that i had a hard time putting down.

The heroine, Hex, is a teenager who was born without magic into a powerful magical family. There were a couple of things in the story line that I did not think were added to the story that were very relevant. If those had been ex
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first in a new series by Ashley Girardi, Wayward, is a great beginning to what I am positive is going to be a fun series to read. It had all the makings of a really good YA paranormal/urban fantasy novel. Danger, bad boys, snarky girls, and all of that compouned by magical problems and battles for survival. While the plot has the classic themes of good vs. evil, the lines between them aren't crisply defined. There are lots of gray areas both in situations and in the characters, which I think ...more
Lindsay Paige
Title Thoughts: Fitting since it's the girl's last name.
Cover Thoughts: I like the snow in her hair and how her green eyes stand out.

I really enjoyed this book and I'm eager to read the next one. Girardi pulled me in with Helena's situation. We don't exactly know what's going on and Girardi made me want to figure it all out. She definitely held my attention through out the entire book, yet sometimes my eyes just glazed over. I think I was just eager to get to the next part.

The cha
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only reason why I join the eBook tour for Wayward was its cover. I did not read its synopsis. This time there were no speculations that I could create like I used to do. It’s all because the cover did not tell me much. But for sure, the girl eyes attracted me in the first place.

Although in the beginning Helena “Hex” Wayward was drawn like another ordinary girl, she already grabbed my attention. And I was totally falling for her when she told me who she really was. All story about her past a
Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
Wayward is the first book of a series placed in our world where a world of magic is kept a secret. There were 3 reasons i picked the book for review. 1. The story even though it's something not so new, even from the summary gives you a hint it would be special, 2.I'm tired of vampires and angels so i wouldn't mind some witches in my life 3.The cover is so gorgeous and creepy XD

Anyway, at the first chapter i couldn't really get into it since the you don't know a thing about the main character and
This book had me confused at first then somehow I looked up and I was done 3 hours later. It moved with a wonderful pace, the plot began to pick up, and finally the mystery sucked me in and I had no choice but to sit back and enjoy.

This book completely took me by surprise I was rooting for Hex and at the same time I could sympathize with her which is very unusual for me especially since she was a 17 year old girl. Hex was a real person though she was written in such a way that I wanted to get to
May 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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I really don’t have that much to say in this review other than I love Wayward!

It was such a great read that I seriously could not put down for the life of me. It’s really not at all what you’d expect it to be. It certainly left me shell-shocked at times with how dramatic it was and how easily I was hooked to the plot.

I loved the main character in this one. She was a real bad girl but at the same time she had her open, vulnerable
Regina Linton
Apr 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
I was instantly drawn in to Hex and her world on the run. Lots of excitement and adventure in the beginning. Love some of the street bike stuff and wish that there will be more to come. Helena and her family are on the outs...the only thing that brings them back together is the common goal of destroying Valentine.

Is he her love or her enemy? Hex is not your normal run of the mill witch. She is the seventh born of the seventh born making her a very powerful witch. She must choose wisely what to d
Debra Jo Burnette
The premis of the story was good, I did enjoy it. I know it was a Pub It book but she should choose a new editor for her next book. I am a terrible speller and not the best in the grammar department but there were several typos, too many for a professional. It wasn't enough to make me stop reading but enough for me to complain about it. I think this will continue into a series and I think with this one under her belt she should have more detail and content in the next. If continued into a series ...more
Jennifer Hendren
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is a really hard book to review. The writing was actually really good -- Girardi has some serious chops. That said, the storytelling didn't quite do it for me. It was like all of the ingredients were there, but nothing came together; the plot only skimmed the surface of what it could've been. There was a lot of telling, without really letting the reader sink into the story and experience it on a deeper level. I never felt what the characters claimed they were feeling...and it's frustrating ...more
Angela Fristoe
Jun 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books
Wayward was a very enjoyable read. Fast paced, it had enough action mixed in with romantic elements to keep things interesting.

Hex is a strong and independent character and she's consistent throughout the story. I love that she is a little sassy and cynical. She was the really what kept me coming back. She's an outcast not just in school, or in her family, but also in the secret society she supposedly belongs to.

The development of secondary characters was good as well, although the I felt that
Melissa Waite
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
would say 2.5 stars. the book wasn't bad, it just had many contradictions in regards to the main character. born without magic; but uses magic to take revenge on someone. the author should have explained the sudden change in the characters magic status somehow. that the wrong that was done to her awakened a sleeping/hidden ability. something. the book had its faults, not descriptive enough, misspellings, loose areas of plot. but I read it all in one night
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
This story did not stop with an action packed plot of deception and revenge. Leaving the reader somewhat in the dark about the true gain that Hex is after, you're not sure what side she's truly on. Involving magic and sorcery, Hex is able to befriend mortals as well as reunite with her own kind. Catching the plot and hanging on to the ride is the objective while reading this book. If you're looking for a rebellious witch with a slice of empathetic teen, Hex is your character!
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Wow, welcome to the dark side! The witches in this world are dark, brutal, and seriously twisted. Part of me liked that, but it was exhausting too. I never quite understood why Hex is described as powerless. She used magic several times and the Big Bad seemed to think she had a lot to offer in that department. The ending was a bit anticlimatic and the romance should have been left out entirely - it felt forced and didn't add anything to the book at all.

2.5/5 rating
Oct 10, 2013 rated it liked it
After reading the book, I read some of the other reviews, and they seem to hit it pretty well. Everything is there, but nothing comes together. I like books that don't spell out every last detail, but this one left too much to the imagination, a lot left unexplained. The storyline has a lot of potential, but it just never got deep enough.
Kathy Gray
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book that I won on the goodreads giveaway. I thought at first it would be a dark book, but it had a lot of great upbeat moments in it as well. I will be looking for any sequels to this or any other books by this author.
Suellen Girard
May 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hard to put it down. Great first book. Highly recommended.
Dec 19, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was ok. Very abrupt ending. Could have been way better.
Suellen Girard
May 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Great first book! Looking forward to the next.
Aug 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Chelsea Nicole
Jun 10, 2013 rated it liked it
So weird
LeAnn Jones
Oct 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Weird, but not too bad.
Tima Nisbet
Aug 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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