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Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft

(Audrey's Guides #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  540 ratings  ·  155 reviews
Falling in Love, baking a magical cake, fighting an evil necromancer—it’s all in a day’s work for Audrey Oliver, seventeen-year-old witch-in-training.

When her mother goes missing and her twenty-one-year-old witchy cousin shows up out of the blue, Audrey knows something’s gone horribly, dangerously wrong. Now it’s up to her to get her own magical powers up to speed before
Paperback, 293 pages
Published June 30th 2012 by Magic Genie Books (first published June 29th 2012)
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3.5 Stars

From the surface, Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft seems to be like any other run-of-the-mill paranormal romance. We have the girl in the beautiful dress on the cover, a synopsis that hints at a female protagonist realizing she has paranormal powers, our classic Missing Parent Syndrome, and, of course, a romantic interest. Yet, when you really begin to read and probe deeper, you find that Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft is so much more than ju
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Three and a half stars: A blend of magic, romance and mystery, and a solid start to a series.

Audrey has this nagging feeling that something isn't right. She tries to soothe her nerves in cooking class by baking creme brûlée, but she just can't shake the feeling that her mother was abducted by this strange man with cruel eyes. When she torches the sugar on the custard, something mysterious happens. A face pushes forth from the custard cup. What is happening to her? When she gets home, she confirm
Another Meh book. I didn't care for the characters, hated all the lying going on. The story was ok, but it's been done before and much better. There were some good moments but few and far between. At least it was pretty short and a quick read. ...more
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft has a gorgeous cover and inside there is a terrific spell-casting, character filled tale that kept me spellbound. Witches, necromancers, swoon worthy guys and a chocolate cake with raspberries that should be illegal! This witchy tale offered a great start to a new series.

The tale pulls you in from the start. We meet protagonist Audrey and things are about to turn upside down in her fairly normal little life. First, strange things happen at school that kind of freak h
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Things are changing for Audrey, and not in a good way. She goes to school one day with the nagging feeling that her mother is in danger. When she goes home, she is greeted with her supposed cousin Sadie. She tells Audrey that her mother is gone to deal with a family emergency. Audrey is skeptical though, because she has never met any of her mothers side so can't see how her mother would up and leave without telling them. She has no choice but to accept it till she can talk to her mother and find ...more
Lasara Allen
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft is a delightfully gripping page-turner. A great mix of mystery, suspense, and romance, this book was equally enjoyed by my teenage daughter and myself.

The full cast of characters feel like friends and family by the end of the book. Even the evil ones, enforcing the adage, "you can't choose your family."

Author Jody Gehrman employs magickal techniques both real and fantastical. Real Witches will know the difference, and perhaps wish we knew how to harness the more eso
Melissa T
This review was originally posted on Melissa's Midnight Musings on October 31, 2012.

I absolutely LOVED this book! It was already a highly anticipated read on my list, so when Jody contacted me about reviewing it, I immediately said yes. I'm so glad I did! This book combines two of my favorite subjects to read about, witches and baking.

Audrey is a regular girl, who has a bit of a self esteem issue (what high schoolers don't??) Her sister is the social butterfly, who always attracts all the guys.
Coming on the heels of Babe in Boyland, I have to say, I was sadly disappointed. There were a number of reasons, but I think the biggest reason was voice. Natalie from Boyland had such a strong, distinctive, engaging voice - her personality was completely there. Audrey... Audrey is often closer to a stock character. There were moments when her humor and personality would come through more strongly, and I would feel what the book could be, but most of the time, I felt like you could easily swap h ...more
christal ( jen'sbookworld )
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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21st August
An entertaining read. I liked the cover of the book and especially the spooky font of the word 'Witchcraft' and I think Audrey is one of the best fictional character ever imagined by an author. I absolutely loved her! Jody Gehrman sure knows how to create an enticing fantasy world with kick-ass moms and daughters, maniac villains and absolutely adorable and electric romantic scenes. Review soon to come!!

2nd September
First of a
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: Sure! This was a fun book and it’s right up my alley! The characters were a little flat and the major plot twist/reveal was incredibly obvious, but I still enjoyed the book!

I do, as always, have a few critical comments, the first being the title and its relevance. Audrey is a chef, so the shtick is that she writes recipes in her notebook for not only food but important things in life. It’s kind of cheesy but OK, I can roll with it. But. The book isn’t called Audrey’s Recip
Krystal Willingham
Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft has turned out to become one of my favorite books. I am so happy to have finally found a book that knows what it is talking about when it comes to witchcraft. Granted, this book is not full of witchy stuff nor does it go into great detail about witchcraft. What I am talking about is when it does mention something that has to do with witchcraft it tells the truth and the author doesn’t make up something that just sounds good. From what I can tell, either the author kn ...more
Sep 05, 2012 rated it liked it
About: Audrey knows, from the first sentence of the book, that something bad has happened to her mother. What she doesn't understand is how she "just knows." Turns out, her "witchy powers" have come to fruition! Better late than never? Not! As trouble mounts up, making her feel responsible, she soon wishes she had never found out about magic. Someone is threatening her—who? Where is her mother? And how does she fit into this picture?

My Thoughts: This was a fun book, in that I enjoyed the story.
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I wouldn't be me if I didn't comment on the cover of this book first. It is pretty eye catching. It has a way of drawing you in and making you want to pick it up and stare at it absorbing the details. At first glance I thought the dress was blood and then I realized it was fire, which so happens to be very fitting and well done for this story.

This book started off like most first books in series do, a little slow with lots of setting and character development but nothing that made me feel like
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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First off, I didn't really find the cover that appealing.
I just don't like the background color and the way the title is presented.
It also seems to make to book look as if it's for much younger readers.

I also didn't like the way the chapters we're divided. Do not ask me why this bothered me, but it just did. I think it might be because it made the book look (sorry for being blunt) cheap.

These things are very minor, though.
They did NOT take away from the terrific story.
I loved the concept the a
Stephanie Ward
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
'Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft' is a fun and exciting book that follows the main character, Audrey Oliver, as she deals with teenage life and with being a witch-in-training. Among her daily activities include school, crushing on a cute boy, learning spells, and trying to fight evil.

The first book in a series, this novel is full of excitement and tons of magical energy. The story's heroine, Audrey, is a perfect example of a modern day teenage girl - only with the added benefit of being a young wi
A young adult novel with sparkling dialog, excellent vocabulary, deep characters, plausible crushes and… well, and a paranormal plotline, Jody Gehrman’s Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft has it all. The story almost reads itself, smoothly written with great voices, wonderful use of language (where else will you read the word “neologisms” and immediately know what it means?), fantastic age-appropriate imagery, depictions of scenery as powerfully evocative as those of magic, and all told in a beautiful ...more
Michelle Sedeño
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Reading Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft is a fun experience.

Audrey's is not your typical girl. She has something magical in her..but she don't know it yet. Until one day a mysterious girl came after her mother went missing. That's when she found out that she--her mother, as well--was a witch. (Don't worry, that's not a spoiler. You'd know it from the title right away.)

I liked how the story unfold--though I can tell some events. The characters are fun and funny and quite weird. The romance in it al
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that can make a weekend fly by as you read it. It’s the kind that puts you in a good mood.
The protagonist is Audrey, of course, a teenage girl dealing with the regular issues that come with adolescence and with the things that come with being a witch in training. She is a fun heroine to follow throughout the book, with enough spunk to make her more interesting than many of the YA female protagonists that are out there at the moment.
I would have liked a bit more devel
Wendy Hines
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Audrey is just your average teenage girl. She likes spending time with her best friend, likes chemistry and baking. Not so average - she's just found out she comes from a long line of witches.

When her mom disappears and a cousin she never knew she had shows up to take care of her and her sister, Audrey knows something is wishy washy. Her mom never mentioned a big family or grandmother, just that she grew up on some hippy commune.

So between the boy she's crushing on, learning how to use her new w
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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This is one of my 2012 ebook freebies, and while I found parts of this book intriguing, it ended up being a miss for me.

Audrey's mom is missing, and now a mysterious "cousin" has come to look after Audrey and her sister Meg (even though this cousin is only a couple years older than her). Weird things have been happening around Audrey lately, explosions and a creepy face appearing in her dreams (and her pie). It turns out tha
Jen McConnel
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This YA novel is a fast, snappy read. Audrey possesses extreme magical talent, but it takes her mother's strange disappearance and a threat to the safety of the world for her to realize that she's, well, a witch. Add in a handsome guy who might just be her soul-mate, an evil necromancer who wants her power, and a quirky cousin who wants to help, and you have a story bursting with loveable characters, enough drama to keep things moving, and tingly romantic scenes. Such a fun tale, and I can't wai ...more
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am a big fan of paranormal books. I am truly hoping this is going to be turned into a series because I can't wait to find out what happens next! This is a great YA paranormal book that is fast paced and full of engaging character's that make you keep reading on. The author spins a fast paced, humorous tale packed with action and romance. I am looking forward to reading more by this author. ...more
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm there was something lacking in this book. It had all the markings off a good
story but nothing gripped me about it. In fact I really struggled to get through it.
Hard to put my finger on why I just could not get into it.

Worth a read to see if you like it but I would be reading any of the next books.
Very forgettable book I'm afraid.
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a great book!!! It moved along at a good pace with plenty to keep you coming back for more. Two worlds with so many secrets! Author was spot on with the Dallas Character and the hows and whys of her actions, and I loved when Bridgett had her moment! I cant wait to read the next book and I would love to see more of Audrey and Julian and their sparks!
Small Review
Fun! Full review to come.
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wonderful and fresh! Full review to come tomorrow!
Aug 25, 2012 rated it liked it
The writing was a little choppy, but the story was a good idea.
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3.5 stars

When Jody Gehrman contacted me about reviewing her book, I was excited to have the opportunity to read something different. I haven't read YA novels that feature actual high school students or that are about witches for a while now. I'm far enough removed from high school that I really don't care about the petty school drama and teenage angst associated with it. As for witch books, are there really that many even out there anymore? I am definitely a high fantasy fan, but I need to mix u
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Jody Gehrman is a native of Northern California, where she can be found writing, teaching, reading, or obsessing over her three cats most days. She is also the author of eleven novels and numerous award-winning plays. Her debut suspense novel, Watch Me, was published by St. Martin's Press. Her other adult novels are Bombshell, Notes from the Backseat, Tart, and Summer in the Land of Skin. Her Youn ...more

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