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A magical game of hide-and-seek begins.
Find the missing player and win.
The game resets.
They all forget and start the game again.
Seventeen-year-old Starr Hughes hasn't believed in magic since the day her mother died. As an aspiring reporter, the only thing she cares about is cold, hard facts. So when she hears the popular kids at school (the It-Squad) are about to start a secret game, she wants every detail, especially since she has a major crush on gorgeous Dylan Winchester. Hiding under the headmaster's desk, planting bugs, and breaking into a classmate's home are all on her to-do list. With her boy-crazy best friend Lily at her side, Starr discovers that witches are not only real, but they also need her help. Someone is using the game to steal their memories, their powers, and perhaps even their lives.


First published March 1, 2012

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K.C. Blake

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Profile Image for Tonja Drecker.
Author 3 books183 followers
November 15, 2016
This is a high school story with heaps of drama, nicely layered mystery, non-stop action and a twist of magic thrown in.

Starr is a noisy reporter, who lets her curiosity get the best of her again and again. She knows no boundaries when it comes to getting her story, which doesn't make her necessarily the most popular girl in school either. When her reporter sense swings her to a group of kids known as the It-Squad, things start getting strange. Before she knows it, odd things are happening and something is off with life in general. Now, if she can just put her finger on exactly what the problem is.

This is the second book in The Witch-Game series. Although I did read the first one, it is by no means necessary to start with book one. Each of the novels is a story for itself, handling different high schools, characters and situations. In other words, this can be read as a stand alone without any problem whatsoever.

I enjoyed this book even more than the first one. The school setting is well done, allowing the lockers and hallways to come to life. There's a lot of inner drama between the students and characters, which comes across very realistic without running into the danger of exaggeration. At first, the It-Squad and the way others see them (or don't notice anything out of sorts) comes across a bit odd, but as the story unfolds, the reason for this becomes clear.

The characters are a real treat. Starr isn't without her flaws. The way she hunts done a story is over the top at times, and its no wonder she isn't loved by all. Still, it's hard not to like her. She has her heart in the right place and a good sense of justice. The other characters each have very definite personalities and traits, making them come to life in their own way. None of them is perfect, but it's exactly this which makes the easier to sympathize with.

The real pulp of the plot takes a bit to get going as the 'normal' situation gets laid out first and allows the reader to sink into the characters and gives hints at the soon layered mystery. And there are lots of twists and turns ahead. A few are easy to see, while others hit with unexpected surprise. The tempo holds steady, however, through-out, making this a book not easy to put down.

There's romance too--sweet and a little humorous. Although there are some darker moments and tension does run high especially toward the end, humor and sarcasm pepper the dialogue making it a fun, entertaining read.
Profile Image for Jennifer.
481 reviews
July 12, 2012
This is the second book in the Witch-Game series. The story offers up some interesting characters and an even more interesting game. It wasn’t until the end that a connection to the first book was made. I liked reading this book because you didn’t have to read the first one to enjoy it.

So, I’ve been thinking for a few days about this book and why I liked it. First of all, the game itself was an interesting concept. It was kind of a cat and mouse kind of game but in this instance it was “Fox” and “Hound”. It was a different game than the one in Crushed. It was a little more detailed and if you weren’t paying attention to the rules you might miss something. There were twists, turns, and a little bit of mystery in the plot. I really liked it because one of the characters had a touch of Nancy Drew flair to her. Starr was a nosy, pushy, get the story at all costs kind of girl. She didn’t care if there was danger involved. She just wanted the facts that led to the story. The characters were well written. They were exactly what the story needed in order for the plot to unfurl the way it did. There was a bit of a romance but it didn’t over power the story. I rather liked that the mystery and intrigue was driving this story.

I read Crushed which made me decide to give this book a read. I do like the writing style of KC Blake. She tells a good story and knows how to keep a captive audience. She gives just enough detail to hold the interest of the reader but doesn’t give it all the way so that the reader wants to keep reading. I also like that in this series we are not following up on characters but the story focuses on a new game with new characters for the reader to know. So even though this is a series it is also stand alone. Brilliant!!

What it comes down to is if I would recommend this book. My answer is yes. It has great characters, a little bit of romance, some mystery, and an interesting game. It’s a total package. So add it to the summer reading list and go on a Witch Hunt.
*I received a copy for an honest review
Profile Image for Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews).
601 reviews108 followers
July 22, 2012
This second book in the series was really different than the first. I felt that the author took on almost a whole new writing style to present this new story.
This is the third book of KC's that I have read and I really enjoy how much she can really suck me into a story. They are usually over before I am ready, she is definitely a writer that I would recommend that you pick up.
In the second book the game that is being played is much different than the first book, it actually threw me off a little because I was expecting something similar, as it was a sequel. But she put a whole new spin on things with a whole new game and great characters. With that being said I fully believe that you can read these books out of order.

The main character is a reporter for the school newspaper so has the innate ability to ask questions constantly and be kind of nosy. Her best friend gives the reader some balance with humor and fun. The love interest brings about a variety of emotions on whether the reader wants to love him or hate him, or both! There is a variety of great side characters as well.

We get a little romance, a lot of mystery and some great humor as well.
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29 reviews
June 10, 2012
Okay, I’ll get this off my chest: I do judge a book by its cover. In fact, it’s one of the most important details to consider when I’m debating whether to buy a book which I have never heard of. Does the blurb seem interesting? Is the price fair enough? If possible to open and skim through, does the first chapter pique my interest? Is the cover pretty? If my answer to all those questions is a big fat no, well, I shake my head and put it back on the shelves, making a mental note to myself to ask one of my friends if they have that book when I see them. However, thanks to the Witch Hunt by K.C Blake, my opinion on my old mantra might’ve changed for the better.

The story revolves around Starr Hughes, a reporter for the school newspaper and a girl with a crush on a guy in the popular crowd, Dylan Winchester. When she hears about the It-Squad playing a secretive game, following her journalistic instincts she decides to investigate further, pulling herself deeper into a whole new world and rules that she never knew about and possibly changing her outlook on life forever . . .

I’m still not so sure why I picked up this book in the first place, especially since it was supposedly the second book of a series. Well, it was probably because I saw it was free on Amazon, and when I read the description, it sounded interesting and promised reading the first book wasn’t necessary. Besides, it was for free, so if I didn’t want to read it, it would be fine. However, I decided to pick this up on a whim—and boy, was I surprised!

One thing I liked about was that it was what it promised to be: light, fun, and enjoyable enough to keep your interest. The writing is easy to follow, save one or two typographical errors. Other than that though, I don’t have any complaints in this section.

Kudos must be given for the originality of the plot, because while witches is a familiar trope in the YA-paranormal world, the way the world was twisted throughout the tale gave it a different perspective. The rules of the game in the story was easy to understand and enjoyable to read, and also managing to add some mystery to the plot. There is some mystery, and even I didn’t know what to expect.

However, I do have to ponder whether the book is realistic or not. While arguably, one could say paranormal novel can border on the line of mystical, I can’t see how a teenager would get her hands on bugs to spy on conversations even if her dad was a private investigator.

The characters, despite half of their personalities being stereotypical, matched the tone of the plot. While they had their own different highs and faults, the main thing about the story I liked was Starr and Dylan’s relationship. Finally, a romantic interest without the bad-boy factor! I didn’t like Lily in the first fifty-percent—personally, I didn’t understand why Starr was her friend, but Bex and Ryder made up for her in some way.

Another thing I didn’t enjoy about the novel and the thing that caused me to not give it five stars was the complete randomness of the antagonist. I don’t know if the role was intentional and there were clues that I forgot to miss, but I just didn’t get it. It was almost as if the author wanted to give some surprise in the novel, and by the end of the book I found myself not having as much fun as before because of that.

Overall, I did like reading this book. It was a perfect summer read for something to bring along during a vacation in the beach. I’ll be checking out the other author’s novels if I have the time, but for now, I’ll end this review with a nutshell.

In a Nutshell
Despite bordering a couple of times near the line of unrealistic, the Witch Hunt brings a good story. Four stars.

For more review and . . . reviews, you can always visit Max's blog, ThePaperFortUpstairs.
Profile Image for Kristin (Young Adult Book Haven).
168 reviews90 followers
July 30, 2012
My Thoughts:

I received this book from the author in exchange for review.

I was a little bit hesitant to begin reading this book only because I am a super OCD type person when it comes to reading a book series, I hate reading a book without reading them in order because I always feel like I missed something and I like to know my characters, I was really happy to say that without reading the first one I didn't feel lost or confused or like there was something about the characters that I didn't know.
Starr Hughes is a reporter for the school newspaper, she is always looking for the next big story and is always lurking around for the next big scoop. The one group she wants to write a story on next is the It Squad, a group of students from her school that she knows nothing about, except that she is secretly in love with the leader Dylan Winchester. But, for some reason the It Squad is not allowed to have friends outside their group or even date anyone who is not in their group. When Starr overhears, that Dylan and his friends Becks and Ryder are going to play some new secretive game called Witch Hunt, she is determined to find out what they are hiding.

I really loved reading this book, it was so much fun. The mystery of the game and finding out the different aspects kept me enthralled and wanting to read the next page to find out what was going to happen next. There was so many twists and turns that I didn't see coming and I loved that they mystery of the story was not completely predictable. Getting to the bottom of the mystery and finding out how the players lost their memories was so creative and fun. I loved the whole concept of the game, One person was the Fox, where they lost all their memories of their former life and they could choose to be whoever they wanted to be. They could live out their high school fantasy, be the most popular kid in school or be the smartest kid in school, the sky is the limit. I know I wouldn't mind getting to live out my fantasy life for a little while. The rest of the group was the Hounds and their job was to find their missing friend, without having any memories of who their missing friend was.

Starr was such a great main character, she was not afraid to get down and dirty, she would do anything and everything that she could to break a story and be front page on the school newspaper, bugging the headmasters office to find out what he was up to, I thought was brave and she didn't seem to be afraid of anything. If it wasn't for her the mystery of the game and the lost memories would have never been resolved. She was definitely an awesome and kick butt main character.

Overall, I loved the mystery of this book, I enjoyed that it wasn't something that I had read about and it felt new and fresh. Blake has definitely made me want to read more about Starr and Dylan and all of the other characters she has created in her Witch Hunt series. If you enjoy magic and mystery then you should definitely check this one out!

Happy Reading!
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499 reviews25 followers
October 30, 2012
Witch Hunt is an entertaining book. It has what I call "readability". It's something that makes the reader pick up the book and instantly get into the story. There were a few things that I didn't like at all, but for some reason I just very much enjoyed the writing style of Witch Hunt to the point where the faults didn't bug me that much.

I'll start with my biggest issue. I didn't feel like any of the characters were realistic or likable. A lot of the plot was also unrealistic although I could accept that since the story wasn't meant to be realistic; just fun. I didn't like Starr at all in the beginning but somehow she grew on me. Privacy is so important to me, and Starr completely disregarded it. She was a classic snoop and I don't like those type of characters (or people) at all. That's a me thing though. I was a bit surprised that I didn't like most of the characters. They were so flawed and I didn't feel like their redeeming qualities were enough to, well, redeem them. So let's just get it out of the way that this is not a character oriented book.

The plot on the other hand was entertaining. I loved the premise and I had fun with what was happening. I keep saying the word entertaining because that's what this book was. Fun, and light. I always knew what to expect from this book: that I'd get into an engrossing read. The only part of the plot I didn't enjoy was something character related. I guessed the villain from the beginning so there wasn't much unexpected stuff happening.

After finishing Witch Hunt, I kind of love the world. This is the second book in the series but each book is about new characters so it isn't necessary to read the first book (I didn't). It was obvious to me though that the setting is somewhere with a lot of room for great stories. There's so many possibilities in this world. I would have enjoyed a few more details about the magical details but that didn't take away from the fun. It's been a while since I read about witches and now I'm wondering why it's been so long.

If you're looking for a light and fun read with a bit of magic, danger, and love, you should try Witch Hunt. 3 stars,


Profile Image for Tee loves Kyle Jacobson.
2,474 reviews170 followers
June 19, 2012
Witch Hunt was one of those books where I could not put it down because every turn of the page captured me and I needed more. Then I had to put it down because of school. If your in school you know how hard it is to do homework and papers and read all at the same time. So I was glad when I was able to pick it back up and finish it.

Starr Hughes is the school reporter and she loves to tell the news, especially the news that no one wants people to know. Then Starr stumbles upon a rumor that a new group called the IT-Squad is going to be doing something really big and she wants in so she can report on it and spy on her crush Dylan Winchester. She has a HUGE crush on Dylan and anything that gets her close to him she will do.

Then Starr realizes that something is wrong with this game. Someone is trying to steal peoples memories and powers. At first Starr didn't believe in witches but in the end she does and she has to figure out who is hurting her fellow classmates. As she unravels the secret game and the person responsible for hurting her classmates she is surprised by who it is. Never in her wildest dreams did she think she would be able to help her classmates. What will happen to Starr as she uncovers this mess? Will she get Dylan in the end? What will happen to her BFF?

Come along on a magical ride and read Witch Hunt. It is a fast and easy read. You can read it at the beach in the grocery store shopping or on the ferry. Pick this book and and have fun in the sun! Happy Reading!
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1,166 reviews80 followers
June 19, 2012
This book was pretty awesome. The idea of the game and the It-Squad was very interesting. It actually took me a couple of pages till I finally understood how the game actually worked. All the memory losing and what not had me confused xD But once I had that figured out, it went well on it's way.

I really liked Starr, she was spiffy and nosy, but that's what she does, aren't all reporters all on your face? xD But, even though she was upfront about her investigating, she was still pretty smart about the whole thing and very down to earth. It wasn't like other books were it was so damn obvious with all the clues and they still couldn't put 2 and 2 together to even make a reasonable or even close guess. Starr may have not figured out who it was till the very end but she at least had a damn good guess. Really like Dylan too, he was a mix between tough guy and sweet and vulnerable. The one character who got on my nerves was Lily. She was like a damn 5 year-old could not for the life of her get a clue, and she would get pissed about it too!

Great book, it had a good pace, action, romance and mystery.
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81 reviews16 followers
January 8, 2019
Witch Hunt definitely lived up to its predecessor Crushed. By the way, I also read Crushed in a day and it has to be up there with my favorite books. As much as I hate to admit it, I usually am biased against third person point of view books, but Witch Hunt, Crushed and Spellcaster (All are about witches) were all amazing. Witch Hunt has so many twists and turns that you aren't ready for them, and you can't even guess what will happen next. I highly recommend that you put these books near the top of your to-read shelf. If it helps, her romances are on-point! It is not required, but it would make sense to read Crushed before Witch Hunt. If you want to check out Spellcaster by Claudia Gray check my link below. Pick up these books and you will not regret it.

Crushed Witch Hunt Spellcaster
Profile Image for Laura  Hernandez.
789 reviews82 followers
October 14, 2015
I received an ARC via Clean Teen Publishing Elite Reviewers which I am a member of. I made no guarantee of a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are my own.

Kasi Blake has once again out done herself and I loved reading this book. This well written story line has us tagging along with high school news reporter Starr who has a knack for digging up the truth no matter what the cost. Her latest news report has made her a complete outcast and the majority of her classmates now despise her. Thankfully, she still has her best friend Lily.

Now Starr has set her sights on the Squad which her love interest Dylan is a part of and once she hears that the game of the fox and the hounds is about to start she knows something is definitely up and nothing will get in the way of her learning what the Squad is truly up to. Starr has no idea of the shocking truths she'll uncover along the way.

This stand alone book is a fast paced read and the characters are outstanding. Get ready to get tangled in this author's web.

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11.9k reviews361 followers
February 13, 2016
That was an awesome book. Though very very confusing. But in the end it all is cleared up and everything is answered.

At the beginning I didn't like Starr, I found her annoying and didn't like how she didn't care about privacy.
Later on though, I start to like her, and her reporter skills helped in the end. And she is an awesome .

The game itself was awesome, though, as expected not all to innocent as it seemed.

I would recommend this book to everyone who likes magic, action and likes to help with the confusing puzzle that is the book. :)
4 reviews1 follower
April 19, 2012
Loved it! Dylan is tough yet vulnerable. His friends are fun to watch (in my head, lol)
This is the second book in the witch game series. I read Crushed a while back and loved it, but
I think this one was better. The game is complicated. They lose their memories, but it's so interesting to read about because we know things the characters don't remember. Dylan and Starr fall in love even though they are forbidden to be together by his gang. There was just so much to love about this book. I don't want to give anything away. There is romance but also mystery in this book. There are a lot of twists, some I guessed, some that slipped by me. Kudos to the writer. I wish her many years of publishing books, and I want to read them all.
Profile Image for Beth Lehman.
20 reviews1 follower
August 12, 2012
This book was intriguing from the introduction. Magic, twists, turns, and unpredictability made it a fresh read. KC created a plot line that was as refreshing as it was addicting. I cannot wait to read more of this series, nor her other works. She's a fascinating storyteller and you truly become invested in each of the characters. Reading her story, was like building a relationship. Every new trial or revelation further strengthened the bond that made you truly root for them. It was a great read and quite a new take on a YA paranormal romance/mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend you do the same!
Profile Image for Coral Mitchell.
3,020 reviews
November 7, 2015
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Starr and Lily are high school seniors. Starr is a reporter and Lily is quite helpful in quasi-delinquent acts to uncover the truth. High on the break of her most recent story, she is looking for the next and overhears the "It Squad" talking about a secret game. More intriguing is her crush, Dylan, is part of this as well. The game does not seem to be going as planned, with a suspicious suicide and more player than anyone knows.

This is book two in the Witch Game series, but is a standalone story. A great read with fun plot twists.
Profile Image for Rhomy.
298 reviews76 followers
July 10, 2014
I'm torned between 3.5 and 4 stars.

This book is part of a series but it can be read as a stand alone.

To sum up, I can say that I didn't like the romance at all but the mystery and the game were very interesting.

I liked the premise and its originality.
The bad guy surprised me (I won't say anything because I don't want to make spoilers)

I liked the fact that we have a glimpse of Grandma Noah again.
Overall it was a fast and entertaining read.

Full review coming soon!
Profile Image for Anne.
4,419 reviews41 followers
August 18, 2012
This is the second in a series, but stands alone just fine. In fact, I should look for the first one because it is a fun read with good characters and plot twists.

A magical game of Hide and Seek, where it is a person that is missing - in plain sight. The other players have to use clues to figure out who it is.
December 14, 2016

Captivating novel and easy to read! I liked the storyline and it kept you thinking the whole time. The characters were different and interesting. This is a great teen novel but yet anyone can read it with ease. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good series. You don't have the read all of them to follow the story.
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393 reviews
November 11, 2012
Not as great as the first. Starr kept making me upset..it was all very frustrating. But it was an okay read.
202 reviews1 follower
February 18, 2016
I really liked this book. The idea for the story is very interesting, unlike anything i have ever read. Which is a BIG compliment. I couldn't see through the plot- it kept me guessing.
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