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Wicka

(The Chronicles of Elizabeth Blake #1)

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While mourning the loss of a mother figure, Elizabeth Blake, a smart but socially introverted seventeen year old girl from Ann Arbor Michigan, thinks she's enrolling in an international school in the south of France to finish her final year of high school. Instead, she falls in love; finds out that she is a witch from an ancient family –– who weren’t thought to exist anymo ...more
Kindle Edition, 307 pages
Published May 28th 2014 (first published May 27th 2014)
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Christy Deveaux Hi Gale. Thank you for reading WICKA and for your question regarding part 2. Yes, there will be a second part to WICKA and I have already been plannin…moreHi Gale. Thank you for reading WICKA and for your question regarding part 2. Yes, there will be a second part to WICKA and I have already been planning locations, scenes and adventures! I've been sidetracked writing a fantasy children's book with my young son:) I will absolutely keep everyone here notified when it is due to be released. Thank you again for your question!(less)
Christy Deveaux I am thrilled you loved reading WICKA!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Part 2 is definitely underway and is just as much fun to write as part 1! Whe…moreI am thrilled you loved reading WICKA!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Part 2 is definitely underway and is just as much fun to write as part 1! When it is ready to launch, I will post it on the Goodreads community first! (less)

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Njkinny (Njkinny's Blog)
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When I came to know of Wicka, I was instantly interested. I am very intrigued with the concept of witches and the heroine here was a witch! Yay! Then the blurb and the mysterious cover had me itching to start on the book.

Wicka : The Chronicles of Elizabeth Blake by Christy Deveaux is the first book by this author that I have read and I enjoyed reading about Elizabeth. She is young and normal until the day that she realizes that she is a witch!

The thrill o
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Susan Slacky Faatz
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-fabulous-read
AN EXCELLENT STORY OF WITCHCRAFT, DANGER AND LOVE

We learn the story of 17 year old Elizabeth Blake who is from Ann Arbor, Michigan. After loosing her mother she goes to the South of France to finish her Senior Year Of High School. Once there she learns that she is a witch and from the powerful Harlow Family. She also learns that a very powerful Coven called the Elders believes she is the one that an ancient legend says will distroy them and they are trying to kill her.

Elizabeth makes new friends
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Cheryl Carpinello
Mar 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Needs More Work

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I loved the story idea when I read the synopsis. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the book itself. The author does a lot of telling without much showing. There is little dialogue especially in the first third of the book. As a high school English teacher for over 25 years, I can say from experience that this is not a book students would read after glancing through the first several pages, which is what they do
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Jillyn
Mar 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, requested
I love a good witchcraft story, especially when the main character is from Michigan. While this book wasn't one of my favorites, it was a solid read that I think a lot of people will enjoy.

The story is one that is a quick read. There's a fairly complex plot, and the pacing is really well done. The writing is done well enough where it leaves you wanting to know more, making it a book that's easy to read in one go. I liked the main character well enough. I think that she was relatable, which is a
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T.W. Barton
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
A magic themed tale focusing on Elizabeth Banks, a young woman from Michigan.

The unexpected death of her best friend’s mother, a woman that she had an incredibly close bond with, turns her life upside down.

Unable to deal with the changes and in an effort to escape, she gets the chance to travel to France as an exchange student.

It's there that she discovers a secret. She's a witch and not just any witch but a direct decedent from one of the oldest and most powerful bloodlines.

If that revelation w
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Melinda Howard
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I was really intrigued by the premise of this book and couldn't wait to read it. I was quite disappointed however when most of the book was centered around Elizabeth and Will's romance and their undying love for each other. While I think the constant professions of undying love for each other, Will's over-protectiveness and the way he organised basically Elizabeth's whole life and future were supposed to be romantic, I found
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Ashley Howland
Apr 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Wicka is the story of Elizabeth Blake, a teenager who discovers the mysterious past of her family. She is thrown into a world of magic and prophecy. This book will appeal to those who love the super natural and romance stories.
While there are great moments of excitement and some compelling characters the book can be paralleled with the Twilight series. At times I had to remind myself I was reading about witches and not vampires. There were also long descriptive parts that took away from the flo
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P.A.
Mar 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Elizabeth is lost until she meets William, then her world gets turned upside down. Not because of William, but because who she is has been hidden from her. Elizabeth should be excited by her new life, but instead is so terrified that she is crippled with indecision. This is a good read for preteen to young teen readers. The writing gets overly descriptive of the characters surroundings in a few areas, which is just filler which slows the story down. Needs proofreading; lots of flow through words ...more
Rich
Apr 06, 2015 rated it liked it
The book was an easy read. I like the premise and kept turning the page looking for more action but instead found more repeats of how much they loved each other and couldn't believe it. The fact that Beth continued to be surprised that William assumed she was going with him to a dance or club or dinner or whatever got tedious when they had clearly been a serious couple for months. I would like to know how it turns between the families and the elders so it was interesting enough to have me coming ...more
Margaret
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is kind of a "knee-jerk" reaction I posted to one of the author's Facebook posts. I also should probably say I'm a great fan of YA stories about magic and witchcraft. Here's what I posted because I really can't think of a better way to put it!
"Just finished Wicka....was reading along and swiped to go to the next chaper and got to the about the author page....what?! I'm not done reading! Such a great read! Hurry, hurry, can't wait to see what happens next! LOL! Obviously loved it!"
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julieta
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
The writing felt distant and cold and I couldn't connect with the main character. The romance was dull and it gave a weird vibe like they were on the victorian age but without the dresses.
I told myself not judge it with how it started because it could turn out to be really good but it just felt like it wasn't for me.
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S.F. Benson
Mar 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: unfinished
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The premise of this book is good. I was attracted based on subject matter and the main character lives in Michigan. Unfortunately, it read like a long narrative. I wanted more dialogue.

I appreciated the characters. The characters need to deliver the story instead of one person telling us what happened.

Karen
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is 4.5 of 5 stars. I enjoyed this story very much. The only complaint is that it was all past tense and so far I have not found another book to continue the story.

Meet Elizabeth Blake--teenager on the verge of womanhood who tells you the past year or so of her life. She starts off losing a woman who is like a mother to her and it changes so much in her life. Elizabeth has a loving family and a best friend but she runs away from all of them to spend her last year of high school in France--i
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Faye
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed reading this book despite some cliches.

The story revolves around Elizabeth Blake of leaving home to study in France in order to runaway from the pain of losing someone close to her. In France she meets a boy whom she was instantly attracted to and he her. And her adventure starts from there especially after meeting William's family and when she finds out she's from a long linage of powerful witches and due to a certain prophecy she's monitored by the elders who ultimately wants
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Kara Lauren
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from MDBR in exchange for an honest review. Thank you MDBR!
I rated this book 5 out of 5 stars! I cannot wait for more in this series!
I normally do not read books about witches, but I thought I would give this one a shot. I am glad I did because I was hooked from the first chapter. The whole plot about the elders reminded me of the Volturi from Twilight and I loved it. Although it reminded me of the Volturi, it was completely different at the same time. Instead of p
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Sylvia
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was immediately drawn to the concept this novel. However, I grew more and more concerned as I started reading. The first chunk of the book feels more like a book report type summary. (This this and this happened...) I stuck with it since I had agreed to share a review upon completion.. and, ok, I was curious as to where the story would end up. I am very glad that I continued. Somewhere around chapter 10 or 11, the writing became much better. We had more dialog and a story developing as we read ...more
Heathyre
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Heathyre by: Tomoson
Elizabeth Banks, a 17year old from Ann Arbor Michigan, jumps at the opportunity complete her Senior Year of High School in France when her life is turned upside down at the death of her Best Friend's Mother. Once in Europe things take an interesting twist when she discovers that she is a descendant of the Harlow Family, one of the oldest and most powerful Witch bloodlines. She also learns that The Elders (a very powerful Coven) believe that she is described in an ancient legend about a battle le ...more
Ron Pratt
May 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Wicka: The Chronicles of Elizabeth Blake is a paranormal romance by Christy Deveaux.
Elizabeth is a normal high school girl from Michigan who, like Harry Potter, is surprised to discover she comes from a very old magical family. Blend together a new boyfriend, a jealous ex-girlfriend, a school term in Europe, a vacation in Nice, a trip to Greece, a shadowy threat, a grand council of magic, and a prophesy to fulfill and this book has a lot to intrigue fans of this genre.

I love the cover of this b
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Emma
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in order to write an unbiased review.

I really enjoyed reading this novel! The characters are clearly written and likeable. And the main character, Elizabeth, doesn't whine like many female YA characters do. This story was refreshing after my small reading slump! However, I would love to reread this book after a professional editing. The novel is heavily narrated and includes very little dialog, which caused me to skip through some paragraphs just s
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Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
I received a copy of this book from netgalley for review.

There were some parts of Wicka that I really liked a lot. Mostly the history of the families and the legends. But there was way too much whining from Elizabeth that took away from the book. I remember and understand first love, but I felt like every few pages had Elizabeth only worried about being apart from William and nothing else. If the author could have toned that down a bit, I would have liked the book so much more. If I get a chance
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Jan farnworth
Dec 25, 2014 rated it liked it
This story was very interesting i did feel that it look a long time to get to some of the more exciting parts of the story. I love the danger scences when the elders attack, i wanted more action. I also felt that i was left hanging with a lot of unanswered question which i guess is the point so i read the next one right. I want to know more about the bookmarks, how things play out for wiliam and elisabeth, how the year goes at oxford, what is her oma hiding ugh so much i need answers to. This wa ...more
Alicia Huxtable
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Imagine all in the space of a few weeks, falling in love with someone, finding out you're a witch AND that you may be part of a prophecy that terrifies the witch elders. That's exactly what happened to Elizabeth. When she meets William it's instant love but neither understand just how much danger Elizabeth has been put in by meeting him.
Well written, great characters, even Sophie, who seemed overly immature
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Kay LaLone
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Great characters. Elizabeth and William are destined to be together. I enjoyed watching them fall in love and feeling Elizabeth's insecurities. When they first meet Elizabeth had no idea she was a witch. As she learned about herself and the history of her witch family, she also discovered the danger she was in. ...more
Steven Lalone
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book!

When i chose this book, i had no idea i wouldn't be able to put it down. I have not read anything so engrossing in years! I fell in love with all the characters in the story! I will recommend this book to everyone!
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Frieda Stone
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book

Excellent book! I loved every page. I highly recommend this book. I can't wait to read the next one, I'm sure it will be just as great.
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L Cam
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
Title received from netgalley for an honest review.

I don't know if it's the fact that YA has seen a huge boom, particularly in the Fantasy/Adventure sector, but it has. I've read a lot in this genre as I love Fantasy/Adventure to begin with. Like many people I liked the synopsis of the story, but I couldn't get behind the writing style. Something about young readers and teen stories, I get they're supposed to sound like the age of the character, but that on top of the story being told in first p
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Sarah E.
Nov 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I was gifted an ecopy via Netgalley.

This isn't a really strong story. It definitely has potential, but lacks in the storytelling department. The writing is very choppy. I'm trying to figure out how to best describe it, but it's very much "I did this." "I saw that." "I felt this way." and very little world or character or plot building. There was some mega instalove that made me cringe extremely hard and I felt that there was a very infamous awful YA quote that was slightly changed here: "The onl
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Donna Nowosielski
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
The story was very good, the writing was a bit immature. I love like to see what happens next with Elizabeth and William but I can’t find book 2.
Teresa
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I picked this book up one evening while on vacation at my daughters. Probably wasn't a good idea. I read well into the night and didn't want to stop when I finally did. This was a very interesting read. I really enjoyed it. I personally think this book is good for YA and adults both.

The book is about 17 year old Elizabeth Blake from Michigan. She has recently lost her mom and decides to finish her last year of high school in the South of France. She finds her 1st love, finds out she is a witch,
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Christy Deveaux is the author of The Chronicles of Elizabeth Blake series. Her highly anticipated first book in the series, Wicka, was just released this spring (2014). Inspired by traveling across Europe solo at a very young age, and many travel adventures since, the character and story line behind Elizabeth Blake was born.Christy majored in political science and earned a cross-disciplinary degre ...more

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