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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Wiccan Cool by Traci Hall

Wiccan Cool by Traci Hall
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery, Young Adult
Length: Full Length (182 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 5 Books
Review by Water Lily

“Normal” is highly overrated. And as easy to lose as your balance…

A Rhiannon Godfrey story.

At long last, Rhiannon is starting to fit into the ninth grade. She and Jared are starting to flirt again, and school is fine except for the mandatory student community service hours. She’s even learned to bank her psychic powers.

For the most part.

Then there’s Dane, the intriguing, infuriating guy who’s her community service student supervisor. He’s got “angry teen” down to a science. Without even trying, he slips past her emotional shields, challenging her to be the one thing she’s most afraid of—herself.

For Rhee, that’s as scary as the ghost haunting the silo behind Doyle’s ice cream parlor. A ghost that’s somehow connected to the shadows in Dane’s eyes. All she really wants is, for once in her life, to be normal. But for a girl like her, “normal” isn’t just an impossible dream, it can be downright dangerous.

Especially if it means embracing her gifts—and opening her heart.

Tracy Hall knows teens. She knows how they think, how they talk, how they act, what’s important to them and, most importantly, what they like. If you like YA paranormal books, you are going to love this.

Rhiannon Godfrey has been gifted or cursed (depends on what day it is and what her mood is) with a variety of paranormal talents. She sees ghosts, accidentally moves things in fits of temper, and is a bit precognitive. She’s also a teenager with all the assorted body image, boy and popularity issues associated with it. She claims she just wants to be normal—like an average teen, but what does that mean and is ordinary really what she wants to be?

Wiccan Cool deals with a variety of common issues (self esteem, sense of self, self-centeredness) within the framework of this mystery/slice-of-life-novel.

I really grew to like Rhiannon as she struggles with her typical fifteen-year-old self-centeredness when she is called to volunteer in a hospital pediatric cancer ward. It’s an eye opening experience for her.

I’m buying a copy of this book for my daughter. Actually, since Wiccan Cool is the third in Traci Hall’s Rhiannon Godfrey series (and the only one I’ve read thus far) I want to get the other two for her first. Wiccan Cool stands alone, but there are enough hints of the stories to pique my interest about the earlier books—Her Wiccan Wiccan Ways and Something Wiccan This Way Comes.