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Spells Trouble

(Sisters of Salem #1)

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  596 ratings  ·  375 reviews
Double double, twins spell trouble…

Hunter and Mercy Goode are twin witches, direct descendants of the founder of their town of Goodeville. As their ancestors have done before them, it is now time for the twins to learn what it means to be Gatekeepers–the protectors of the Gates to different underworlds, ancient portals between their world and realms where mythology rules a
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 25th 2021 by Wednesday Books
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My favorite creators of House of Night series are back with a mind bending installment, an epic twin witch sisterhood saga, a wild, thrilling, action packed ride!

Fast pacing, gripping with detailed, layered characterization! I loved Hunter and Mercy so much! Polar opposite sisters! Energetic, rebellious, straightforward, badass Mercy, introvert, emotional, queer, secret romance novel writer Hunter are so different from each other but their opposite traits never affect their deep bound, devotion
May 22, 2021 rated it it was ok
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This pains me as I love books about witches. The synopsis is so promising. I thought I was going to love this book. Instead, what I loved was the prologue. I would give the prologue 5 stars if I could. I thought it was brilliant. I wanted more of it. I wanted to know what happened to Sarah Goode and her daughter. I was instantly drawn in and captivated by her plight. But the book was not about Sarah Goode but her descendants - Hunter and Mercy Goode.

Hunter and Mercy are twin witches who are lear
Kristin Cast
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
It was so much fun to write the points of view of both Hunter and the antagonist. Some of the books I've written have taken a lot out of me and have been tough to finish, but Spells Trouble was different. Being in this world with Hunter and Mercy really healed me and brought me joy when I needed it most. I hope Spells Trouble brings you a little peace, too. Happy reading! ...more
MissBecka Gee
This is kind of stale for me.
I'm about 40% into it and don't really wanna force the rest.
I have so many really exciting books waiting for me that I would rather read.
I may go back to it eventually, but for now I feel like it would only make things worse to continue.
Thanks to NetGalley & St. Martin's Press for my DRC.
Patty (IheartYA311)
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
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Spells Trouble by PC Cast and Kristen Cast
Unfortunately this book was as flat as old soda. It read like a middle grade book (or a corny, silly, satirical movie) and then *bam* you get hit with a sex scene that doesn't help the progression of the plot at all. There were a lot of uneccessery details. The dialogue was bland and tedious. The writing style was boring and subpar. I definitely expected better from such experienced authors. I'm giving 2 stars instead of 1 due to the originality of t
May 14, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Spells Trouble by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast is supposed to be the first book of a new young adult paranormal fantasy series featuring a set of sixteen year old twin witches. However, I’m using the word supposed there due to the fact that one of my biggest problems with this one is it didn’t seem to know what it really wanted to be.

The series is about Hunter and Mercy Goode who are twin witches that are just celebrating their sixteenth birthday. These girls come from a long line of witches and thei
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
I was so excited to receive an advance copy of Spells Trouble... not only was it a YA trilogy about witches, but it was two authors I've heard great things about for years but had yet to try.

*cue the violins* but I was in for a lot of disappointment

The writing felt really lazy to me. Whether they just phoned it in this time, or this is their typical way of writing, I don't know, but I'm probably not going to find out. There were glimmers of a good story in there, but I was honestly not impressed
Jun 01, 2021 rated it did not like it
P.C. and Kristen Cast must be stopped. For the good of humanity. I'll do my part by chucking this book into the recycling bin.

Full review at A Book Shrew

Thank you so much to Wednesday Books for the physical ARC, but please don't hate me because I'm about to be very honest with you all about how much I disliked this. I drafted this entire review when I was halfway through, and now that I've finished ... this is the kinder version.

It's very concerning that I cannot tell either sister apart, and
Sara L.
May 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Mercy and Hunter Goode are witches but not just any witches, they're twin witches. It's their birthday and as all their ancestors previously did, they need to be Gatekeepers which are the protectors of some gates to other worlds. It's now time to celebrate their birthday with their mom and they go through a ritual they always do but this time something happens. When they lose their mom, the twins (still grieving), decide to take up the case for themselves and help solve the string of murders
Madison Vessels
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book and its characters are absolutely stunning!
The back story of this book is a subject that has always fascinated me. The Salem Witch Trials. After she and her daughter escaped, Sarah Good set up her new life in Illinois.
Present day, the Good twins Mercy and Hunter, are about to have their 16th birthdays. The twins are complete opposites but are also extremely close. They are also absolutely witches. I was worried at first when it jumped that it would be a book where they didnt know the
Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

Spells Trouble was just a tad too unbelievable for me. I don't want to have to suspend my disbelief that much for a story to work. I'm all for authors writing progressive female characters, but the twin's mother was annoyingly sweet and supportive. Her comments were a little too endearing and nonjudgment
Graciella Delgado
May 23, 2021 rated it did not like it
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Feb 22, 2021 rated it did not like it
I'm sorry to say I didn't enjoy his book very much. It wasn't written badly or anything, but it's very much a female YA offering. If that's your kind of thing, I'm sure you'll really enjoy this book.

Thank you to NetGalley for letting me tag and review this ARC. All opinions are my own.
This book was just meh. Nothing special. The only things I enjoyed were the witchy parts. but other than that it was a pretty flat story and for the younger crowd. I didn't really like the characters. I much more enjoyed the House of night books from the mother-daughter duo. I really wanted to like this one but it's a no-go for me it didn't live up to the expectations I like the cover it's pretty. The dialogue was a little strange with the back and forth and reactions were awkward.

Thank you Netg
I am a sucker for mythology. When I heard about this book - a mixture of multiple mythologies - I knew I had to read it. And honestly, it was fun.

Twins Hunter and Mercy Goode come from a long line of witches who have been tasked with protecting the Gates to other worlds and underworlds. On the birthday where they were begin their training, their mother was murdered by some ancient being that came through one of the gates. This event is just the beginning as more and more strange happenings star
Kristin Sledge
May 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Hunter and Mercy Goode are not your everyday witches. They are gatekeepers to five gates that lead to different underworlds. A Norse underworld, a Greek underworld, a Egyptian underworld, a Japanese underworld and a Hindu underworld; all marked by trees that relate to each culture. When the gates become sick with rot and murders begin in their town, can Mercy and Hunter find the courage and strength to mend the

Spells Trouble is the first book in the YA paranormal Sisters of Salem trilogy.

This is the first book in a new series by P.C. and Kristin Cast (House of Night series).

The book focuses on 16 year old twin witches Hunter and Mercy Goode. They are the main narrators. We get chapters from each sister (3rd person POVs).

The story takes place in Goodville, Illinois in Salem County.

When deaths start occurring in their town the twin sisters need to use their magic.

The twins are the Gatekeepers of their
I'm so so on this one. There were parts that I liked, the magic and how the trees were protecting the town and the cat aunt, parts I didn't like, the twins and how it seemed like they were at odds, especially didn't like Mercy who seemed to need things to be her way or no way. Mercy didn't seem to want to listen to Hunter at all, from her douchebag boyfriend to making Hunter turn away from the god she picked. You just know that is going to come back and bite them all in the ass. Mercy also misus ...more
Jan 10, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 5-and-6
Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of Spells Trouble in exchange for an honest review.

My favourite niche trend in YA right now is sapphic witch stories so when I heard that Spells Trouble follows 2 witches (one of whom is queer!) I was really excited but unfortunately, I was ultimately let down. This is neither author's first book which meant I was really surprised by how exposition-y this was. The first few chapters are a lot of heavy-handed dialogue where characters remind themselve
Meaghan - H&WR
May 17, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.



What should be a celebration turns rapidly into a tragedy for Hunter and Mercy Goode.

The night of their sixteenth birthday, they pledge themselves to their patron gods, preparing to become full witches in their own right. But even as they reach this monumental milestone, something goes horribly awry, killing their mother and weakening the gates of Goodeville in the proces
May 24, 2021 rated it liked it
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I highly enjoyed the House of Night series by this duo and couldn’t resist getting into a new witchy series tinged with a bit of mythology. I have a mixed bag of feelings after spending some time with the Goode twins. Right off the bat, I loved where the plot was going: Gates to underworlds, being gatekeepers, coming of age into witchy powers all intertwined with an underlying layer of being true to yourself and standing firm in your beliefs and decisions. I also enjoyed the addition of LGBTQ re ...more
May 21, 2021 rated it did not like it
This book was a goner for me at 16% but I held on until the end to make sure I could write a comprehensive review with aaaaaaall the warnings. This witchy YA fantasy is a contemporary tale following twin sisters who must help close the gates to the underworld(s) after a disaster ushers in their 16th birthday.

Even before I took offense at the whole story, I have to say this one has a weird take on teenagers. The dialogue is clunky, and the drama definitely invokes a 2000s teen tv drama, but not i
Jesse Ruth (I need all the book boyfriends please)
Thank you Netgalley and Wednesday Books for this arc!

I loved this book! Centering on twins that are turning 16 in a small town. Hunter and Mercy may look alike but that is where their similarities mostly end. Hunter is an aspiring writer and quite introverted while her sister, Mercy, is the life of the party and always outspoken. Both, however, do have one thing in common: they are witches!

Turning 16 is always important for any teenager, but for a witch it can be defining. Mercy, Hunter and thei
May 27, 2021 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure what went wrong for me with this one. The intro was really good - escaping the jail and getting away with her daughter. I could have definitely read a whole book about it.

But the story was about twins Mercy and Hunter. This book had a tough time deciding what it was - at times, the story felt middle grade with huge info dumps disguised as history lessons, other times it felt New Adult (most notably with a very detailed sexual encounter that felt completely randomly thrown in). The g
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I'll admit that I was pretty excited to dive into Spells Trouble. So it pretty much kills me inside to say that I didn't really like this one. I had so many expectations and they ended up being way too high to begin with. So that's on me, unfortunately.

In it, you will meet Hunter and Mercy. They are twin witches which was pretty cool to me. That's pretty much the only thing I liked about these two if I'm being honest. I tr
Nikita Afsar
2.75 maybe??? I'm not sure yet lol. Full review to come ...more
Jay G
May 10, 2021 rated it it was ok
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Twin witches, Hunter and Mercy Goode are direct descendants of the founder of Goodeville. Their mother, Abigail is a well-known kitchen witch who is murdered during their birthday ritual to become Gatekeepers of the 5 realms. As the murders begin to pile up, the twins need to work together with the help
May 07, 2021 rated it it was ok
Full review to come.

Well, this was disappointing. I really should have DNF-ed this book when I knew I wasn't going to like it, but it had witchy magic (which I love!), so I had to give it a chance. And it was complete torture.

The way the characters were talking to one another was weird and unnatural. I hated it. Also, a lot of the things they were saying were really cringy. And there were so many scenes that could have been cut out easily. Just boring conversation that added nothing to the story
Spells Trouble (Sisters of Salem #1) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

ARC provided by Wednesday Books/St. Martin's Press, P.C. Cast, and Kristin Cast. All opinions are mine and freely given.

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05-24: 'Spells Trouble' by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast is book one in the Sisters of Salem series.

After centuries as the Gatekeepers to five ancient underworlds, descendants of the founder of Goodeville face a challenge none of their kind have ever seen before. The integrity of the portals is weakening and if they fail, all
Feb 25, 2021 rated it liked it
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Filled with witches, mystery, gates to other worlds, and adventure, Spells Trouble ultimately is a good if not mediocre book. The ideas that this book is based on are great and the main story is also well put together. I gave this book three stars because of how good the main plot was, however, it did lose of few points here and there.

To add a little bit to the synopsis, Hunter and Mercy are thrown into this mission to keep different underworlds from invading their town after their mother dies a
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PC was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school, she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. PC is a #1 ...more

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