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Tardy Bells and Witches' Spells

(Womby's School for Wayward Witches #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  301 ratings  ·  121 reviews
Nerdy high school outcast, CLARISSA LAWRENCE, has always felt like she didn't belong in this world. More than anything, she wants magic to be real--and not just because she's obsessed with Harry Potter and tries to go to Narnia by reading fantasy novels in her wardrobe.

Yet, when she stumbles upon real magic, and fairy tales come true, she doesn't expect to be the evil vill
Paperback, 246 pages
Published May 31st 2018 by CreateSpace
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Rosetta Overman
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-exchange
This is such a frustrating book to review, because typing it up reminds me of how irritated I got reading it. That's not to say it's not a good book. It's well-written and structurally sound with quite a few interesting ideas. However, the pop culture references (especially Harry Potter) abound. This is a problem for two reasons (in my opinion); firstly because this is a book about a young girl learning she's a witch and draws a few parallels to HP, and secondly because there's a character that ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A 4.5 star magical witchity read.
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Harry Potter & Hogwarts-style hi-jinks!
Tardy Bells and Witches' Spells - a review by Rosemary Kenny

A mix of Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, just about sums up the character of Clarissa Lawrence, who's unaware she's descended from witches, despite having a continuing fascination with all things Potter-like, well into her older teen years. A bit of a loner, as her parents (like Harry's uncle and aunt) won't accept her obsession and she's considered a nerd by 99% of her peers, life is not the magical fairytale Clarissa h
Denise Keef
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author via Voracious Readers Only.

I absolutely fell in love with this story! Though it starts out with Clarissa being a teenager, which led me to believe this was a YA book, I soon learned in the next one that she does age. I feel that is important information for anyone who is interested in reading it. This was a fast read through for me because the characters were likeable, and the story really kept my interest where I had to find out what h
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z-2018, a-ku, fiction, reviewed, ya
Kind of perplexing. I read this for the promise of a magic school, but the school part of things doesn't really come into play. There is a magic school, but Clarissa is just...constantly told that she's too evil a witch to learn magic there, basically, and that she'll be a terrible person if she ever tries to use the magic that she can't control. (Meanwhile, her sister just turns into a terrible person who is terrible, in an entirely non-magical way.) It all feels like lead-up to Clarissa actual ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this ARC in return for an honest review.
At first I was rather confused by the way the heroine, Clarissa Lawrence, was portrayed as a very naive child approaching high school age who was obsessed with all things magical but constantly put down by her mother and sister for believing in such things. I had the impression that she was considerably younger than her fourteen years because of her love of playing with dolls and my little ponie
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Clarissa Lawrence is your typical nerdy teenager who loves magic in all its forms. But her mother has decided that it's dangerous for her to believe in it and confiscates all her Harry Potter books, her Lord of the Rings books, and anything else that might encourage Clarissa to believe that magic is real.

But it is.

"Tardy Bells and Witches' Spells" borrows very self-consciously from Harry Potter, with, for example, Clarissa convinced that she's going to get her Hogwarts' Letter--only she doesn't.
Helgaleena Healingline
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book really lets the reader live in the skin of a young and gifted girl whose world is eerily like our own. But it seems as if what she learns with her senses and what she's told by her family, her teachers, her friends-- don't add up. Even by the end of the book the world has not gotten any simpler, despite dangers that are all too real.

The only conclusion she can draw is that magic is real, and the only thing that makes it possible to tame is the power of love.

I truly despise the cartoon
This was an interesting story of a young girl learning that she has powers that she can't control. First the series name is a bit misleading unless this book is to be considered a prequel. The school referenced is only mentioned a couple times and the characters do not attend it. I wasn't a fan of the mother. She kept lying to her daughters and made things worse. I loved all the references to books with stories of magic. I had a moment of deja vu as I read a scene that reminded me of "The Wizard ...more
Kathrine Banks
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book through voracious readers and I was a little disapointed. The story is about outcast Claissa, a 14 year old that believes in magic and soon finds out that she may be a witch after a family visit to a fair where odd things start to happen and her sister missy wants to harm her believing that she will kill her before her 18th birthday.
It was well written and the ideas were good and the main theme is around family, firendship and bullying but overall i didn't find th
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book . Loved the unique approach the author took . Seriously I cant wait to read the next one . Love all the Harry Potter references. So just Imagine that you love magic . Know in your heart its real . Can feel it , taste it , smell it , but you are denied. Well this is the perspective the author took. A truly great read .Enjoyable full characters . Well defined world of magic . All i can say to Mrs Dorie is great job and thank you .... untill the next one
Donna Wilkins
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got the third book first thinking this was the first but I soon realised my mistake. Finally found the other two books on Amazon. Now I am on track and start from the beginning. I really enjoyed this book having heard about Derek it was great to see how he helped Clarissa and how she had a normal life until they visited the fair. Glad I started from the beginning and glad I got to know Derek. Loved him.
Mary Gene
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Recommended For: Fans of magical romance

About the Book...

Tardy Bells is the tragic story of a teenage nerd who wants to be a witch. Clarissa Lawrence is a geek. She loves Star Trek and Doctor Who and Lord of the Rings, and she loves magic. But her wish for magic turns sour when, after an incident at the Oregon Country Fair, where Clarissa's sister becomes convinced she will be murdered by Clarissa before her 18th birthday.

Rosemary Standeven
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Clarissa is a young girl with a Peter Pan complex. She refuses to grow up – still playing with ‘My Little Pony’s and other childish toys as she becomes a teenager. Apart from her elder sister, Missy, she has no friends. Clarissa feels “I didn’t fit into this world, so I wanted to join another one where magic existed.” Despite her parents and Missy assuring her that there is no such thing as magic, Clarissa cannot be convinced: “It wasn’t like I was asking if Harry Potter was real. Even if he was ...more
4.5 out of 5 on my personal rating scale, rounded up to a 5 on Goodreads' rating scale.

Tardy Bells and Witches' Spells is the story of a young girl named Clarissa who, growing up, passionately believes in fairy tales, magic, witches, and much more. She wants so much for it all to be real, she wishes and hopes to get her Hogwarts acceptance letter which, of course, she never receives. This doesn’t reduce her beliefs in all things magic and instead, she continues to believe in it—that is, until a
Margaret Pagington
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Where’s the magic school, my friends?? I was promised by the title and the suggestion that it was good for Harry Potter fans that THERE WOULD BE A MAGIC SCHOOL. Oh maybe it’s coming in the next book but even me, self titled queen of the stubborn people, cannot push through to that next book.

That brings me to my next point. Why are publishers (I’m assuming they are the culprits) comparing books to Harry Potter? Why do they think this is a good idea? More and more these days I’m of the belief tha
Shoshanah Lila
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
YA, Paranormal, school, Abstinence, crime] 4 1/2☆s

I know it might sound cliché but what I got out of this story is that knowledge is its own form of power. Hiding from a problem like what happened in this story (magic triggered by biological energy) doesn't make it go away. Instead it leaves the main character and the people around her vulnerable to harm and being taken advantage of by others.

A better track would be to teach informed responsibility for one's actions regarding life situations. I
Bonnie Dale Keck
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Not on Kindle Unlimited, actually can't find amazon listing for about half the books except as paperback edition, and don't see second of this series listed on goodreads {listing more for me as doing read/review, I do have ecopies of all these and several more of her books}. Maybe for others it wouldn't matter, but even though huge time travel fan, a story going back in forth etc is really hard for me to keep up, and feel as if missed something. Mean 3 as amazon does not {for them 3 means okay b ...more
Amy Bradley
Tag: young adult, witch, fae, urban fantasy, mental illness, magic, animal sacrifice, bullying,

On one level, this is about magic and enchantment, but on another, it is about others around you “growing up” or “acting their age” while you are still engaging with the world with a childlike sense of wonder.

Clarissa is soon to start high school, but still wishes for her Hogwarts letter, for her armoire to take her to Narnia, for the Doctor to whisk her off on adventures. After a strange experience a
Stephene J Heiden-Cilley
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome book! It's about a young high school girl named Clarissa Lawerence who loves everything magical from Harry Potter, to The Lord of the Rings, to Star Trek and Star Wars, but she loves them a little too much and wants them to be real. Her parents (mostly Mom) are very anti-magic and work to rid her of her fantasies. Her best friend is her sister, Missy, who loves her and cares about her even though her mind is always in the clouds. Until something strange happens at the Faire th ...more
Tonya Bryant Gillon
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book just grabbed me in and I couldn’t put it down. I enjoyed the character descriptions I could visualize everything though the writing. Clarissa is about to start high school and her older sister Missy has promised to protect her and help her to fit into the school.

The family decided to go to a fair where Missy comes up missing, she is no where to be found! When their mother find Missy , she is a completely different person. She is convinced that a witch had shown her that Clarissa was g
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Bobbie Kirkland
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of Tardy Bells and Witches’ Spells (Womby’s School for Wayward Witches) by Sarina Dorie in exchange for an honest review. Clarissa Lawrence has always wanted have friends and fit in, too. Clarissa is a bit of an odd-duck, though. She remains fascinated with witches, fairies, unicorns and dreams of attending Hogwarts long after most of her age mates have grown out of pretend. Her one respite is her best and beloved friend.

The nitty gritty of this book is Clarissa coming to
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jennifer Kellie
*I received a free copy of this book through Voracious Readers Only in exchange for an honest review.*

Genres: urban fantasy, young adult
POV: 1st person

This is a very interesting start to a new Harry Potter-esque series, with a touch of Fae lore (think Jim Butcher). If you wished that Harry and his friends had spent a little more time running around the muggle world, then this series might be for you. I really enjoyed the description of how magic works, and loved the appearance of a Dresden wanna
Nina DuBois
I received a copy of this book as part of a goodreads giveaway. All opinions are my own.

Tardy Bells and Witches' Spells was not at all what I expecting. There were some aspects that I really liked and I was very curious as to where this story would go. The concept started off good and kinda liked Clarissa living in her own fantasy world. But what turned me off from this book was her childlike personality even when she was fourteen and starting her first year of high school. She acted like a chil
Jennifer Holzapfel
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Poor Clarissa, a little witch who has to go to a psychiatrist and get drugged to stop "seeing things" that are not magic, because magic does not exist. She does not fit in with the other kids, and never will. Her whole life and existence keeps coming into question, why is she seeing things, why does she believe in magic. She gets near electronic devices and they go fluky or batteries die as soon as she gets near them. She is mourning the death of her sister and the disappearance of her boyfriend ...more
This is the first book in Sarina Dorie’s Womby's School for Wayward Witches series. While this book falls under young adult as the series progresses the books feature more adult themes so I would not recommend it for younger readers. The author has intended for the books to be read out of order but I prefer to see the story develop chronologically.

Clarissa Lawrence has always felt like an outcast. Obsessed with Harry Potter, faires, and anything magical she has longed for the day when she would
Danielle Pountney
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was really looking forward to reading this book (of which I received a complimentary review from voracious readers) as I enjoy the fantasy genre, but I was sceptical about the level of referencing to series like Harry Potter, just in the description alone.
I read a lot of magic related books, Harry Potter and Beautiful Creatures to name a couple. But this book, while holding such promise for a thrilling tale just didn't cut it for me. While I have read books recently that take their ideas from
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