Review: Being a Witch, and Other Things I Didn’t Ask for

On June 18, 2017 by Dawn

Being a Witch, and Other Things I Didn't Ask for
Being a Witch, and Other Things I Didn’t Ask for by Sara Pascoe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Where to start with this one?

This is definitely one for the younger end of the YA pool, tweens and up. It’s a basic coming of age fantasy, that starts off with Our Young Lady booking it from a foster group home. Which I actually praise Ms Pascoe for doing, as Raya is initially drawn realistically as more than a bit of a self-centered jerk. I recognize this girl, i went to school with her. She’s bitchy and brash and doesn’t think anything through.

Amusingly enough for us old hands at fantasy fiction, is that when reality strikes, it strikes in the form of magic. Raya once again runs away… to find herself stuck in the past as her magic acts instinctively on her desires. Interestingly, Pascoe’s teacher-adult is almost passive, while she teaches what Raya needs to know, in the end, it’s Raya alone who can figure out how to undo what her magic has done.

The pacing is more than a bit uneven, but it’s a decent read nonetheless. Encourage early readers to work past the first parts and they’ll be rewarded with lush historical settings and genuine growth on the part of Our Heroine. Adult readers of YA titles may decide to give this one a miss, as the plot is fairly simplistic despite being reasonably enjoyable.

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