Wiccan Romances: Amelia’s Story is a sweet, intrinsic, and captivating young adult novel/new adult. In all candor, upon starting the novel, I expected to not enjoy the work. However, I found myself drawn to a somewhat familiar plot with unique twist which compelled me to keep turning pages.
Part Twilight, part Harry Potter, part Charmed, and part Avatar the last air bender, this novel delivers a relatable believable experience in an unbelievable world. Quadruplets learn of their inherited magical abilities and must learn to defend themselves from an ancient foe determined to steal the quadruplets powers.
What’s more complicated for Amelia (Lia) than finding out she’s a witch? Navigating her teenage love life. Between her crush on her childhood friend Aidan, and the newcomer Edward, who declares his intent to cash in an ancient familia arranged marriage, being a witch is the least of Lia’s problems. The warmth and strength of Lia’s relationship with her brothers resonates with the reader. The novel also focuses on overcoming the hurdles of being a teenager in today’s world. Ultimately, the realism portrayed of the family dynamic goes a long way in connecting with the audience.
While the novel is an entertaining read, there is some criticism which prevented a Mythril (five stars) rating according to my rating scale. While a strong sense of the characters personalities is present, a good description of what they look like is missing. Also, the mom’s random appearances are too short and seem like an afterthought. I would like to see the mom and daughter scenes detailed more. In general, the story moves too fast and moves at a jarring pace. I feel like the author was so excited about what she has to say, her story to tell, that she rushed the scenes (something I am guilty of myself). I like the story and because I like it, I want more. I want to see more, and as much as I hate saying this because I hate it when editors say it, but the author needs to show more and tell less. On a small note, I’d like to see an exciting cover, and the title seems to be a little misleading.
I get a real understanding of who Lia is, and her portrayal is right on target for the older teenage girl. Overall, a bright and satisfying read! This work receives the full plate mail rating (four out of five stars) (see my blog post ‘Don’t Attack the Sundae,’ for insight into my rating system).