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A Different Witch

(A Modern Witch #5)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  4,466 ratings  ·  194 reviews
Witch Central welcomes everyone. Or does it?

Twenty months ago, Jamie and Lauren crashed a coven meeting in Chicago - a visit they barely remember. For Beth Landler, it was the moment that fractured her circle and awakened her need for an entirely different kind of magic.

The kind only found in Witch Central. If she can dig up the courage to go.

A Different Witch is book five
Kindle Edition, 250 pages
Published December 20th 2012 by Fireweed Publishing
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I love this series, and this installment underlines why I love it so much. Geary has such gentle, loving, thoughtful insight into people that she can present what would be in other hands a snarling conflict between Good and Bad as a hopeful opportunity for personal growth between well meaning people who don't always see eye to eye. You don't pick a team and root for a side in a Geary conflict, instead you consider all sides of the issue and look for the insight that leads to true communication, ...more
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Estara by: Sho
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2013
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Joe Young
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another wonderful example of Deborah Geary's sharing love with each and every reader. This book is special for showing how even talented witches may not understand the special needs when training someone with Asperger's. Further, even a really strong warrior witch and experienced trainer can fail and compound errors if she doesn't understand the nature of the challenges someone with Asperger's must overcome. Yes, this story teaches multiple lessons to both Beth (from Chicago) and Berkley's bevy ...more
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-inventory
Beth lives in a world of isolation - one where human touch is something painful rather than something to yearn for, where eye contact is uncomfortable and not a clue to emotions, where every encounter with others is an onslaught of information that she has difficulty processing. With a mind twisted by aspergers's syndrome, Beth finds even the most benign of social situations lonely and frightening and can't help but feel uncomfortably different from everyone around her. Love, caring, connection: ...more
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Once in a while, I learn something about a book as I'm writing the review. That's what happened here. Read on to see what I mean...

Fans of Debora Geary got an extra treat for Christmas: A Different Witch, the latest book in the "Modern Witch" series.

I'm always excited to see a new Modern Witch book coming out, and you'll know from my previous reviews of the series that what I love most is the Witch Central community.

In A Different Witch, Beth Landler, a minor character we met in A Modern Witch,
Marilyn Rondeau
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Not only was A DIFFERENT WITCH a tad different from what Ms. Geary has penned before in her Modern Witch Series but her protagonist Beth Landler is a witch who is unlike most others. In this amazing addition to her series, Ms. Geary brings us the reality of how an adult with Asperger’s deals with life in both the real world and Witch Central.

In this portion of the series, Beth is not a complete stranger. In a past book we discovered Beth and her small coven when Jamie, and Lauren had crashed the
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a another good entry of witch central with a group of witches who have a community that tries to bring other witches in who may not have anyone to take care of them. The characters are all well defined and complete as individuals so they make you feel like you know them. The dialogue is perfect for the characters and helps to keep you involved in their lives and world.

Almost two years ago Jamie went to Chicago to evaluate Lauren when she was fetched by their program that identifies witc
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was not what I expected when I started reading it...the current witch who was the focus, was actually autistic and after years of mostly solitary practice, was seeking guidance from the very large and boisterous Witch Central. As always, when reading or watching portrayals of autism, I look for authenticity and especially try to see how it would be viewed by someone who has no connection with autism. It's super important to me that what the general public sees is what I see when I look ...more
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love this series. The books are wonderful, light, caring, stories and are perfect when I need something that lacks violence (physical and emotional). This book follows up on an early book in the series and has a heroine with Asperger's Syndrome, which becomes a challenge to her magical training. I enjoyed it as the powerful of Witch Central find themselves struggling to figure out what to do. Moira is contemplating her mortality. And we get to see a bit of Lizard from the first Witches on Paro ...more
These stories are so good. This one is a bit tougher to read, because Nell really struggles with accepting Beth, and in the process, Nell isn't very likeable and eventually even accepts that she hasn't been. But Beth keeps on standing up for herself, and teaches the Berkeley group a lot about people on the autism spectrum. She's a very good character.

From audiobook listening, 6/26/15 - I found that the narration really helped to understand Nell better, and make her struggle to accept Beth and h
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love the Modern Witch series (and the companion witchlight books). Especially the characters, and the settings, and the magic, and the relationships, and the community. I love that Debora Geary is an Indy writer so her books are cheap (on kindle) and she writes fast. I love that there are arching story lines but that each book actually ends without a cliff hanger. I love visiting her world.
Joanne G.
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
I've been reading the Modern Witch series for warm fuzzies and feel-goods. This installment was angst-ridden and uncomfortable, and the protagonist wasn't as likable as most of the primary characters. There was no subplot of burgeoning romance, wedding, or birthing babies to supplement the story of an autistic witch and her difficult dealings with the beloved witches of California.
Gretchen Fatouros
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: modern-witch
Not my favorite of the series...

Modern Witch

Modern Witch (Modern Witch #1) - February through March 18th-ish
Hidden Witch (Modern Witch #2) - “summer” - must be June
Witches on Parole (WitchLight #1) - end of June/beginning of July, but when did Aunt Moira have her heart attack (July)
Witches Under Way (WitchLight #2) - continues from July/August
Witches in Flight (WitchLight #3) - August
Reckless Witch (Modern Witch #3) - December 10th +
A Witch Central Wedding (short story) - spring equinox
Sandra Kelso
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh the heartstrings this pulls! Good look at acceptance on both sides of someone with Asberger's. Looking at your own truths and understanding the fear behind something can be full of upheaval. Debora Geary doesn't pull any punches either. She expertly writes emotional scenes. Brava!
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sweet as always. Listened on Audio, always fun to visit A Modern Witch and Witch Central.
I'm really getting hooked on this series, and there are two more in the Modern Witch series, one still not published but due out this month. Debora Geary promises at the end of the book to keep writing about the Witch Central characters in future series. I'm so glad because she has rapidly become a favorite author. Now this book a different witch is superior to all the others so far. Geary introduces the witch Beth who was briefly seen in book 1, but Beth is different because she has Aspberger's ...more
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Yea Different Witch is here
A Different Witch (A Modern Witch Series: Book 5) by Debora Geary
5 stars
I wait for this book and check a few times this month and its finally out. Now I have read it and the wait for the next book begins.
I love the characters in the A Modern Witch series. It is such a joy to read and visit with old friends. If you have not tried a Modern Witch pick up book one of the series.
Each book builds on the previous book. A Different Witch could be read alone but would be a muc
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was wonderful! Trust....

Nell has alwas been the warrior and center of Witch Central and everyone knows there is no stronger or more capable person than her. Until now.....

She finds herself faced with something she never would have thought probable, the inability to accept a new witch into their community and teach her how to use her power..... because she is different. Not just different, after all, there are many kinds of different.

She can't seem to find her way in dealing with Beth
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is yet another of Deborah Geary's delightful books that deal with the concept of witchcraft and witches as people first - men as well as women - and very nice people at that. "Witch Central" is Berkeley where two families, the Sullivans and the Walkers, raise families and hold down "regular" jobs while also practicing witchcraft. This is a series that needs to be read from the first book, "A Modern Witch" forward because the newer books build somewhat on the happenings in prior books. Howev ...more
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is yet another of Deborah Geary's delightful books that deal with the concept of witchcraft and witches as people first - men as well as women - and very nice people at that. "Witch Central" is Berkeley where two families, the Sullivans and the Walkers, raise families and hold down "regular" jobs while also practicing witchcraft. This is a series that needs to be read from the first book, "A Modern Witch" forward because the newer books build somewhat on the happenings in prior books. Howev ...more
Angela Holtz
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
From Lilac Wolf and Stuff

I agree with Debora's note, that's why I included it. You really should start with book 1, which I have also reviewed. Oh I have reviewed them all! They fall under paranormal, but not really romance. Plus they are light and fun, big problems that are still light compared to man-eating werewolves. I guess I'm saying, it's low on the violence and gore scale.

This is the 5th book in the Modern Witch series. There are a whole bunch of characters that we've been learning more
Amanda R
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've loved all these books in this series. All of the witches and everyone in it seems so nice and welcoming. So when I read this one and one of the main characters, Nell wasn't that person it threw me for a loop. Beth is different. She has Aspergers and that makes her mind and her magic work differently, but Nell wants nothing to do with that. She doesn't even want to try to find a way to connect with Beth. Seeing that Beth was literally pulled in to witch central by a spell gone awry, not aski ...more
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Witch Central stories are my favourite series at the moment. The world that Debora Geary has created is the sort of place that you really want to not be fiction. A place where you wish you could visit and socialise with the characters. And her characters have flaws, and make mistakes like anybody else, magical powers do not make them perfect. Way back in the first book of the series, A Modern Witch, Jamie gate crashed a witches circle in Chicago led by a young and inexperienced fire witch ca ...more
Sheryl Painter
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed all of Debora Geary's Witch series, but A Different Witch goes to the top of the list for my favorite. Starting each new book has been like visiting with friends, and making new ones as the story unfolds. I enjoy Ms. Geary's Witch Central characters, their love and caring towards each other, their ease of getting into a little trouble while having fun and enjoying life. This book is amazingly better. The compassion and appreciation towards autism and everything that makes each of ...more
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Beth Landler was doing very well on her own. She had her own coven in her own little corner of the world. Everything was just fine. That is until Lauren and Jamie crash her place, and her life has not been the same since.

Beth is different...and not just a different witch but different altogether. Now she needs to learn how to be "A Different Witch" and feel good about it. So with the support of her partner, she's off to California to find out more.Unfortunately, once she gets there, she doesn't
Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: indie, kindle, well-edited
This book points up something that annoys me slightly about Debora Geary's books in general. I enjoy the books, but I don't find the kids credible, especially Aervyn.

Given that the author has kids and I don't, I could be wrong, but the young witches seem to be wiser than the adult ones half the time, and more emotionally stable (despite their high-sugar diet). The thing that really gives me a credibility issue, though, is that they are able to do highly complex magic.

In this volume, Kenna, the o
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I didn't think this book was as good as the other ones, at this point I was getting quite tired of being introduced to new characters rather than developing already existing characters in Witch Central. Granted, this sort of defeats the point of the series (finding witches using Witch Chat and, if needed, train them).

This book is about Beth, a woman whose Coven was crashed by Jamie and Lauren in the first book. I think she's quite a challange for most of the witches back home because she suffers
C is for **censored**
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Good book and not for the usual reasons. The reasons are in my full review, which is on hiatus as currently Goodreads does not deserve my free efforts.

The star rating given reflects my opinion within ‘the official goodreads rating system’.

1 star: Didn’t Like it
2 stars: It’s Okay
3 stars: Liked it
4 stars: Really Liked it
5 stars: It Was Amazing

I don’t really give a rat-fuck that there are some who think I ‘owe’ an explanation for my opinion. Nope, nada, and not sorry about it.

Sometimes I may add no
Jun 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mine
Mis respetos a la gente que vive con autismo, y más para las que padecen de Asperger.
Entiendo que les cuesta mucho adaptarse -si es que alguna vez lo hacen-, pero este libro simplemente no me gustó NADA. La protagonista nunca me agradó, y aunque sus problemas para adaptarse estuvieron algo justificados, creo que no refleja realmente el enorme trabajo y sacrificio que de veras las personas que viven con autismo (sobre todo Asperger), tienen que pasar durante toda su vida.
Estos libros realmente
Jan 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, kindle
I had a good whinge last year about the overwhelming homogeneity and heterosexuality of the Witch Central universe, calling for more variety, as in life, and some indication that single people can be just as fulfilled as their coupled counterparts. The latter bit remains on my wish list, but A Different Witch enthralled me from the beginning with the introduction of Beth, Liri and the Chicago coven we met fleetingly back in Book 1. Our first lesbians! Witches who aren't preternaturally talented! ...more
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