Wednesday, 29 August 2012

The Demon Notebook by Erika McGann (Children's, 10 years +, see review for grade)

3rd September 2012, O'Brien
240 pages, Paperback
Review copy

Themes: friendship, chaos of school life, the ocult, ouiji board, lots of terror

Summary from Frances Lincoln

School just got scary...

Grace and her four best friends, Jenny, Rachel, Adie and Una, are failed witches – and they have a notebook full of useless spells to prove it. Until one night, they accidentally unlock a portal into another world – and the notebook assumes a demonic life of its own. The girls watch helplessly as one by one, their spells start to work, moving pitilessly towards the worst one of all...
A possessed best friend, a terrifying local witch, a haunted cottage – do Grace and her friends have enough skill and courage to stem the powerful magic gushing from the Demon Well? And can they do it before something tragic happens...?

Nayuleska's thoughts
The reason I can't give a grade for this book is because I couldn't finish it. I adore the purple cover, which has similar designs (not purple) on the inside cover). The strength of friendship between the girls is clear. It's funny how their spells don't work out, and the appropriate warning of anything the reader does is at their own risk.

Unfortunately for me the girls got ready to use a ouiji board. There are some things I can't read about without getting freaked out and that's one of them. Until I stopped at page 25, I loved the voice and the closeness of the girls. I'm sure most readers will be able to read the entire book.

Suggested read
For paranormal fun minus ouiji board, try Divine Freaks by Fiona Dunbar (also with a purple cover)

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