Seriously Wicked #1. Author: Tina Conolly.
The only thing worse than being a witch is living with one. Camellia’s adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom’s a seriously wicked witch. Cam’s used to stopping the witch’s crazy schemes for world domination. But when the witch summons a demon, he gets loose—and into Devon, the cute new boy at school. Now Cam’s suddenly got bigger problems than passing Algebra. Her friends are getting zombiefied. Their dragon is tired of hiding in the RV garage. For being a shy boy-band boy, Devon is sure kissing a bunch of girls. And a phoenix hidden in the school is going to explode on the night of the Halloween Dance. To stop the demon before he destroys Devon’s soul, Cam might have to try a spell of her own. But if she’s willing to work spells like the witch…will that mean she’s wicked too? (Goodreads summary).
Extremely quirky, fluffy read. It’s set in a fairly normal town, with an average highschool. Boybands, punk kids, arguments over prom – the works. But Cam’s home life is a little bit… different. It’s silly fluff, but honestly quite amusing. Cam’s got a good sense of humor, as she must, and I quite enjoyed the magical side of things. (Sky-camaflouged dragons, ridiculously complicated spell-recipes because of paranoid witches, firefly-pixies; it’s cool.)
Sexual content: “The shaded area around the T-bird was full of boys making out with girls, and vise versa. Boys on boys hang out in the theater, and girls on girls in the park.”
Language: 16 scatological terms, 7 ‘hells’, 1 d***
Violence: Flaming feather chases a bird around its cage (magical). The bird’s not harmed. Demon possessing boy forces him to crush a pixie (they’re kind of like little fireflies). Character remembers seeing her mother kill a ferret. Witch summons a ‘demon’ (they’re disconnected from a religious context here) and it possess a boy.
Other problems: The whole premise of the book may be a problem for some; Cam’s mother is a witch, who tries to take over the world using spells with ingredients like goat’s blood and rhubarb. The witch summons a demon: in-book these are ‘spirits’ that live in the center of the world and have to possess something to come above ground. The demon ends up possessing a teen boy for some time.