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Season of the Witch

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  399 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Like Fredericks's The Girl in the Park, here is a page-turner that perfectly captures the world of New York City private schools, as it explores the notion of power among teenage girls. Publisher's Weekly, in a starred review, raves, "Fredericks again proves her gift for conveying the intensity of adolescence, while exploring the ways girls’ sexuality is used against them ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Schwartz & Wade (first published September 27th 2013)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
This book started off with so much promise. I thought it would be similar to one of my favorite movies "The Craft".
Toni was one of the cooler kids in school until over the summer she messed with the Queen Bee Chloe's boyfriend.

So Chloe and her two BFF's decide to make her life a living hell at school. Text messaging, phone calls and even personal attacks. I so hate teenage girls.
Then Cassandra comes into the picture. She has a book of spells and says she knows how to help her.

Bad things
Kevin Lau
AUG 2018-2019 BOOK CLUB
Book 7/30: A Book You Don't Think You'll Like

As much flak as I give YA, I can't deny that it is simultaneously the worst and best genre in all of literature. Unlike with adult or, surprisingly, children's novels, Young Adult is a lot of GO GO GO! Thin plots! Flat characterization! Lost potential but it doesn't matter because it's just soooo relatable to the youth!

Young Adult fiction is the genre that tries really hard to get people who think reading is dumb (Yay! Pressures
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
While bullying is a popular topic in young adult novels today (and rightly so as it's such a prevalent and growing problem), Ms. Fredericks takes a unique angle on it. Toni isn't a typical nerdy wimp. She's not in the In crowd, but she has friends and people like her. Until that summer night when Oliver told her he and Chloe had broken up, so he and Toni hooked up. And then Oliver and Chloe got back together. And Chloe told everyone that they had most definitely not been broken up, and Oliver wo ...more
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I picked up “Season of the Witch” by Mariah Fredericks totally at random. The title sounded interesting and I was looking for something to get me in the Halloween mood. This book turned out to be so much more than that.

Reading this book was like taking all the best junk food plots (revenge, mean girls, murder?, witchcraft?!) mixing them all together and somehow ending up with a gourmet meal. It sounds like it should be cheesy, but it just wicked awesome. Teen girl, Toni, is coming back to schoo
3.5 stars Fredericks takes a really unique approach to talking about bullying in school, specifically bullying of girls. I loved how bullying became this kind of evil energy, almost magic, that girls worked on one another. I think that interpretation is really provocative and really captures the feeling of the victim, especially when it seems like one popular girl has bewitched the entire school to turn against you. So I was totally behind this book, up until the end. Unfortunately, I felt that ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Could complete only 201 pages of the book, as further interest could not be continued. In Toni, Mariah has created a strong character, who was badly victimized and branded as a slut.

Most parts of the story seemed to be quite unrealistic in my milieu in Mumbai, India
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
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So this book has been on my bookshelf for the LONGEST time and by that I mean....since 2013! I have decided that I am going to focus more on trying to read the books that have been on my bookshelves for a long time and not buy any more books until I can bring my TBR pile down a little. Any progress is good progress right ?

I had very little idea what this book was as I was going into it, which was probably a good thing. Although the book did not blo
Sarah Goodwin
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really well crafted YA writing. Loved it.

Picked this up because of the obvious witchy elements and wasn't disappointed. This really gets into the mind of what it is to be a teenage girl feeling powerless - and using witchcraft to try and regain control of her life. But it also goes down a new and dark road - what if you wished someone dead, cast a spell and then they died - would be be happy because your magic works, or would you feel just as bad as if you killed them with your own hands?

Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
An interesting read; I went into this book thinking it would have a heavy focus on witchcraft, but it also covered bullying and the intensity of high school and family expectations. I wouldn't recommend this if you're only looking for witchcraft, but if you want to read about some emotional trauma then this is your book. ...more
Dec 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Disappointed.. Yeah... right, I got my BOS here and lets call on Hecate to kill off our classmates.
Like Hecate cares about high school angst. I was hoping for so much more. The Craft, this book is not.
Reese Mesina
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved how this book talked about death, grief, and guilt. Those three topics along with revenge and anger were so present in this book and the characters worked through those emotions exactly like teenagers would. It was well written and had such a good message.
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ladies of a certain age who grew up watching The Craft on VHS: this book's for you. ...more
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: other
Looses its magic about half way and has such a silly ending.
The promise of something dark and wonderful is an empty one.
Jun 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Over the summer, Toni had a brief fling with Queen Bee Chloe's boyfriend Oliver. Now summer's over but what happened in the summer doesn't stay in the summer. Instead, Chloe's determined to make Toni's life hell for daring to cross her by hanging out with Oliver. And Oliver's refusing to speak up to explain what had happened between him and Toni. Toni's got nobody to turn to, her family is still trying to recover from their own problems and her best friend too uncertain to help her out. Instead ...more
Oct 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own-it
Season of the Witch was a pretty pleasant surprise. When I first ordered the book from Random Buzzers, it sounded interesting, but upon reading the first few pages, I was skeptical. I’m happy to say that it definitely turned around. However, there were a few problems, especially in the writing, that I couldn’t ignore.

The level of bullying in this book was surprisingly graphic and violent. I honestly very surprised by this. I expected mean girl drama, but nothing this bad. Toni is subjected to th
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
Rating: 2.5 rounded down. I briefly considered rounding up because I enjoyed the authors voice but I really couldn't do this book that kindness.

This book is about a girl who dates the (then broken up) boyfriend of the most popular girl in the school. Girl comes back and decides to kick this girls ass. And it goes from there.

Before I start, this books theme or major plot is kind of the high school revenge story like 'Mean Girls' with magic (sort of.) It's not quite the same (discussed below) but
Oct 02, 2013 rated it liked it
What happens during summer should stay in summer.
Toni had a bit of a wild summer and now that school is starting she's going to have to face her actions head on. She didn't realize what she was getting herself into at the time. She's not the only one to blame, but she's the only one getting the blame. Oliver has gotten back together with his girlfriend Chloe, but Chloe is out for blood. Who knew a kiss could be so dangerous? Toni doesn't know what to do to get Chloe and her friends to stop haras
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
When I got this book in the mail and looked at the cover, I thought it would be a paranormal novel about witches. After reading it, I'm still not sure if there was actual true witchcraft or not, but I definitely got a much more contemporary YA book about high school girls and how far bullies will go to show exactly who is on top at their school.

If there's one thing Toni has learned after summer, it's that people love drama and love taking sides. When Toni had a thing with Queen Bee Chloe's boyf
Dec 23, 2013 added it
Shelves: go-ask-alice
Season Of The Witch by Mariah Fredericks is a thrilling book. The main character Antonia who lives in New York city, is girl who is mistaken for being a “slut” by her whole high school. She is starting her junior year, and is not excited about it. Over the summer she was “just having fun”. One of the most popular girl in the school, Chloe and her two best friends branded her a “super slut”, over the summer Oliver who is Chloe’s boyfriend, got together with Antonia.

Oliver thought they were on a
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)

Season of the Witch is a really quick read that fits perfectly into the fall season. It’s a book with an interesting premise: A girl who is so fed up with being bullied turns to another girl for help and her answer is witchcraft. It becomes the foundation of their friendship and Toni finds herself wondering if the witchcraft is real.

I blazed through this one and really enjoyed how everything played out. It’s a very contemporary novel with a really creepy feel. Toni is a high school junior wit
So this book was interesting. I found it on Common Sense Media and saw that it was new. So I read about it and thought that it sounded pretty good. I borrowed it from the library and turns out it wasn't as good as I thought.
The protagonist, Toni, was a little wild this summer. Doing a couple things her parents wouldn't proudly boast about. Queen Bee Chloe is going to get Toni back for 'stealing' her boyfriend, Oliver. Toni doesn't have many friends either (only Ella). So things aren't looking to
Candice Marie
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-on-bedrest
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Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-z-2013, road-trip
What I liked most about this book right off is that Toni, at the begging tried everything to make the energy around her better. It is very easy to call her superstitious, she believes that figures that her father gave will, will faith. Her harassment and slut shamming started before the school year started, by Chloe and her two friends with threatening texts messages and hangups on the phone, but when school starts like typical bullies they get others to join in. At first Toni tries to ignore th ...more
Dec 11, 2013 rated it liked it
I liked this book, but overall it left me with an unsettling feeling. For that reason, I am giving it 3 stars instead of the initial 4 I was thinking.

I picked this up randomly at the library and was immediately sucked into the book. I felt so awful for Toni when Chloe and her gang of friends were bullying her. The scene in the bathroom actually made me dry heave!

I liked Cassandra at first, but it soon became apparent that (view spoiler)
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Toni and Cassandra friendship which started out as something weird blossomed into an anchor for each of them to lean on. They had based their friendship on bad sequence of events that they had no one to talk about. Even their connection was strong that it allowed them to instantaneously know what was on each other’s mind. The relationship that they had based on was significant in the book as each of them taught one another values such as trust, compassion and opening up by the end of the book.

E. Anderson
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There have been a lot of books about bullying lately. And that's a good thing -- bullying is a real issue that we need books about. And, man, mean girls are mean. In SEASON OF THE WITCH, high school junior Toni is about to face the brunt of the consequences that come with hooking up with queen bee Chloe's boyfriend over the summer. And it's going to get ugly.

What I love about SEASON OF THE WITCH is that it straddles the line between reality and fantasy while still completely capturing the feelin
That was actually better than I expected. It totally got me out of a reading slump I was in for a couple days....Or maybe it was the book I was currently reading. I am so not into it. Anyway this book just went by so fast. It was so easy to read and I really enjoyed. When I finished and looked at the ratings I was surprised. Why does this book only have like 56 ratings? Did it just come out or something? I'm not sure since I can't see the publication date on the app. Either way I think more peop ...more
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Nov 25, 2013 rated it liked it
I can just see this inciting some protests: you can, in fact, hex and curse people and here are a few incantations and tricks. Well... ok. But it's also possible to read this as a series of coincidences and the power of mental suggestion.

Having one main character named Cassandra, particularly one who has an interest in withcraft and can mentally link with people, is a bit over the top. Did she kill her autistic younger brother, or was it a seizure that she wasn't there to help with? That's one
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Mariah Fredericks is the author of several novels for teens. A Death of No Importance is her first mystery for adults. She lives with her husband and son in Jackson Heights, New York.

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