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Wicked: Witch & Curse

(Wicked #1-2)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  10,536 ratings  ·  693 reviews
Complete text of Witch and Curse in a single volume.

Holly Cathers's world shatters when her parents are killed in a terrible accident. Wrenched from her home in San Francisco, she is sent to Seattle to live with her relatives, Aunt Marie-Claire and her twin cousins, Amanda and Nicole.

In her new home, Holly's sorrow and grief soon give way to bewilderment at the strange inc
Paperback, 672 pages
Published September 9th 2008 by Simon Pulse
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Apr 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
OK. My friend Mandy and I picked this up on a whim. "Cool cover" we said to each other. Little did we know it is a series that has been out since 2003 and seems to have been published by a small publishing company. The two books in the store are really the first 4 books. The final book comes out in September. Apparently there was some publishing house issues. I am telling you all of this because. I feel so sorry for the people who read this book in 2003 and had to wait until 2009 for the conclus ...more
Jun 23, 2010 rated it did not like it
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I had high hopes for this book when I bought it. Being that I'm a huge fan of anything having to do with witches, I was excited by the premise and the write-up seemed promising. After about 100 pages though, I had to give up and stop reading. I very rarely give up on a book, but this one is sadly, a DNF. The plot was difficult to get into, the explanations on the world and it's characters were sorely lacking. I didn't care for the protagonist, and the stereotypical dark magic was disturbing and ...more
Nov 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-urban-fantasy
Witch - I have always been fascinated as magic. As a child, I found magicians and the idea of magic just so awesome; I was in awe of Paul Daniels, he was practically a god. As I got older, my fascination didn't fade, but grew as I discovered there were real people out there who thought themselves witches. Whether or not people believe they have any power is down to each person's individual opinion, but I'm fascinated by the witches' personal beliefs. So, understandably, I was ecstatic to discove ...more
Jul 30, 2007 rated it it was ok
Sort of a Romeo and Juliet with witches. No real character development, I never grew attached to any of the characters and I couldn't understand why the "Romeo and Juliet" were in love at all since they spent a cumulative maybe 2 hours in each others presence over the course of almost 2 years.

The villains, the Devereauxs, have little to no sense when trying to kill the Cahor, or Cather, women. They weave these long complex spells that make all manner of monsters and goblins appear when I honestl
Apr 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
This book started out ok. With many characters and motivations it had a lot of potential. The first book was a good introduction... lots of action, star-crossed lovers, evil bad guys to destroy. But, in the second book (this book is two in one), the story begins to unravel. The main character, Holly, loses momentum in the second book. Her story line just seems to plod along. One of the secondary characters, Nicole, is actually far more interesting in this book.

The second book lost me when Holly
Aug 26, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Ancient by: Mona
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Amanda Butler
Oct 15, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to give this book a chance. I wanted to rate this book five stars. As I continued reading it, I was willing to overlook the simplistic writing and call it a guilty pleasure. But I can’t overlook an entire book just because the synopsis is the best part.

I’ll start with the literary tactics, which begins with the fact that this series has two authors. It’s obvious that this book is the result of a compromise between the two, as the writing styles do not match the supposed tone of the book
Darth J
This book was recommended to me by my cousin, Gianna. I was skeptical at first because it's a YA romance and it does contain insta-love and a Capulet/Montague-like family rivalry between the main characters, but I did like the fact that this was a witch book that focused just as much on the male characters having powers as the female ones. Usually with witches you find that stories are more woman-focused and that if any men are witches/wizards, they tend to be underdeveloped side characters or l ...more
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
No matter how hard I tried I just couldn't really enjoy this book. I think that the overall story was an awesome concept but the delivery was crap. There are way too many characters so it makes it in credibly difficult to keep track of whose who and when. Well I guess the main characters stay the same but they jump back and forth through time and some people remain the same while other change and it just gets utterly confusing. I also didn't like the writing style, I dobnt really know how to des ...more
Jan 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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Dec 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
As a lover of all things magic and fantasy fiction, I absolutely loved these books. The Wicked Series takes its readers into the world of witches and warlocks, ancient battles with modern rivalries, and soulmates. It was a thriller, tragedy, romance, history, and even at times a comedy. It integrated magic into the everyday real world of a normal girl. I really enjoyed reading these. I finished all four books in just two days (obviously I have no life).

As I am a bit more conservative, I don't th
This was so not what I thought it'd be. I can appreciate the depth in the subject of witchcraft given to the book, not to mention the highlight of familiars. I love when the research is incredibly involved and apparent and also integrated.
Yet, this book was still hard as hell to get through. Bouncing all over the place, I struggled here and there to keep up with what was going on. And the incredibly toxic relationship between the main characters was drawn out and exhausting. Unbelievable as well
~Cyanide Latte~
This book is absolute garbage and here's a long rant about why.

(view spoiler)That was why I originally DNF'd this book.

Fast-forward to present-day. I wanted to give this book a second chance bec
Estefania Pereira
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
it is very good!!!! the girl that changes after the tragedy, having to move with a family she didn´t know she have. But other people want her dead, people that have a magical evil power, and she finds that her family has also a magical power. making her, her caousins and her aunt witches. This book tells how she falls in love with someone of the other family because of her descendant and his descendant or something like that. And they both have to stop the recreation of their horrible history.

Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
im just gonna review the whole series here. bland characters that you dont care about, middle book syndrome, lame magic, merlin fucks a teenager i guess? im over it but it kept me intrigued enough to finish it and it was darker than i expected so it gets a meh I GUESS
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I mean, the first book is essentially like
My parents are always fighting, that sucks. Now let's swing wildly over to these people that we won't find are related until later in the book Dealing with my parents fighting is tough, but at least I have my best fr-MORE INFORMATION ABOUT UNKNOWN CHARACTERS IS BEING FLUNG AT YOU-iend, which is nice, and Oh No! Water turbulence! Now everyone but me is going to HEY GUESS WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW THESE PEOPLE BUT YOU KNOW MORE ABOUT THEM THAN THE MAIN CHARAC
Nov 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
Picking up these books, I expected something good, based on the synopsis. Instead, I got something truly awful. I'm sorry, but this is a terrible excuse for a book. Warning: long review because I've really got reasons for disliking this. If you so wish to just see my reasons and not the reasoning, look at the following paragraph.

It had a plotline that went all over the place, the characters were flat, there were no consequences for horrible actions, a romance that was completely unrealistic, go
Jessalynn W.
May 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Had a hard time getting into it. Found myself not even reading some parts through fully. I will continue the series and hope it picks up. There is definitely potential in the plot and characters. Worth a read once, I'll give it that but not one of the best.
Jul 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I didn't like the writing style and thats a shame. Nevertheless, the story was alright. I do think think the most exciting parts are often cut too short like the battles.
Reading this felt like watching a movie with badly written lines for the actors.
Jennifer Kohlstrom
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was given to me by a friend, as it wasn't her cup of tea but she thought I would like it and I definitely did. I loved the first book and the second was good, though a bit faster paced than I would've liked. Both books are definitely good reads, though!
Teresa Barrera
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Don't know if I was just in a slump, but I just felt like I couldn't get into this book.
I might try rereading this later.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theme-magic
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Holly Cathers is devastated when her parents and best friend die in an accident. Expecting to move in with her dead best friend's mother, her aunt comes forward, and her friend's mother falls ill suddenly. With no where else to go, she moves to Seattle to live with her aunt, uncle, and two cousins.

When it seems that life can't get any more bleak, she discovers that she is a witch from a powerful magical bloodline....and th
Jun 12, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: readers of fantasy and fans of magic & witchcraft.
The first half, Witch, is fairly good. The second half, Curse, is tedious, boring, sophomorically written and riddled with cliches, and reads like nothing so much as a Charmed ripoff written in the BTVS vernacular, albeit one in which the heroine is evil. It's not really a YA novel. It deals with more adult themes, and editors, writers, and publishers all need to learn that just because a book has a teenaged protagonist doesn't make it a young adult novel. Definitely NOT for the preteen (or prob ...more
Noelle Skaggs
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really do love this book. The cover itself caught my attention. Witch is a great gateway to learn a little about Wicca, but also enjoy a nice nonfiction story. The story plot caught my attention and it was quite the adventure the entire time I was reading. I will admit it was a bit boring at first. None the less, it was a beautifully crafted book. It caught my attention and made me cry, scream in frustration, and laugh. Good job Nancy Holder. I cried like a small child who dropped their ice cr ...more
Jay Michael
Sep 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Refreshing. The only wold that can come to mind to this book. I did quite enjoy this book for several reasons, the main being it revolved around witches. The societal values between the Deveraux and the Cahors seemed too--Romeo and Juliet. The quarrels and the blasphemy between these families is based purely on GREED and POWER, not whats good and bad. Neither family showed a sense of justice.

Preceding to present day, there are many scenes that leave question marks riddled inside my head. I don'
Your Common House Bat
Honestly this book was so bad, I quit after book 1 of 2. I just can't picture myself sitting trough 300+ pages more of this. Tbh it was almost laughably bad. The worst part is I loved the premise and it had a satisfying amount of gore and disturbing imagery but the writing fell flat and the overall execution failed horribly. The dialogue is what killed me the most, I hated it beyond hated it. Tommy's in particular made me cringe every single time. To name some examples;

- "Hey hi Mani-chan." Like
Jan 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: witch
This book was given to me by a friend after she couldn't read past the sacrifice of the falcon. The first book in this double set is Witch -- and EW. I am saddened by the teens who may come away from reading this book and thinking that Wicca is about sacrificing animals and people, that we are an evil lot -- This first book focused on so much EVIL that I did have some trouble getting through it. Beyond that, it seems to jump near the end...teen angst, teen angst, OMG we are all witches -- althou ...more
Tianna L.
Jun 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this series and it was really good. If you're one of those Twilight fans anticipated about the release of BD, this will sure keep you occupied. This book's main theme is witchcraft and wicca. It's protagonist is a girl who's parents and best friend has died in a boat accident. She goes to live with an aunt who she never knew existed. Throughout the story the protagonist comes to realize that she is a witch and someone is out to kill her and take her powers. I highly recommend thi ...more
Oct 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
I have to say Ive read a lot of witch books but none that are so dark and that have so much dark magic in it. I really enjoyed it though.
In Witch while I found the book confusing at first, because it seemed to switch from one POV to another with no warning, I still loved the story. Holly is a likeable character and even though Jer Deveraux is one of the bad guys I still really liked him.
In Curse its everything Witch was but more!! This time I wasn't confused at all and the story flowed really
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