Sweep vol I ⭐⭐1/2 (Look! A Cardboard Boyfriend!)

Author: Cate Tiernan
Pages: 592
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: Wicca #1-3 (Book of Shadows, The Coven, Blood Witch)
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780142417171




The first three Sweep books bound into one gorgeous edition! Morgan Rowlands never thought she was anything other than a typical sixteen-year-old girl. But when she meets Cal, a captivatingly handsome coven leader, she makes a discover that turns her whole world upside down: she is a witch, descended from an ancient and powerful line. And so is Cal. Their connection is immediate and unbreakable; Cal teases out Morgan’s power, her love, her magick. But Morgan discovers too soon that her powers are strong– almost too powerful to control. And she begins to suspect that Cal may be keeping secrets from her . . . secrets that could destroy them both.

Goodreads Synopsis

Story:
I read the first book when I was 14 and loved it back then! This is how I feel today;
Morgan is a normal high school student. Just kidding! She’s actually a witch, and did not know it before a delicious looking guy moved into town and invited her and friends to a circle! Wow.. How exciting.. What do you mean my tone is dripping with sarcasm?
No, this book has not aged well since I read it years ago.. Every theme I grew tired of during my teens is here in one neat edition. Top of that list is ”High school drama”. But overlooking the mean best friend and the other ”let’s make this an issue because teenagers are nasty creatures” parts, the story is not too terrible. Or at least, I like the Wicca stuff and would like to see where it goes.


World:
Our World, but Wicca is a bit more than a life-affirming religion. But you can tell by some things and details that this book is not exactly modern. Landline anyone?


Characters:
I’m not sure they have much of any personalities except for the roles they have in the book. Hot guy, evil bitch, supportive friend etc.. And all the conflicts centres around the new guy at school that is just perfect and everyone wants. And he happens to have as much personality as cardboard outside the fact that he’s into Wicca. Morgan herself is just oh so sweet, special and misunderstood. Bleh! She bores me to tears.
Sometimes there’s an effort to make it look like they are more, but that fails harder than hot-dog flavoured ice cream(It’s a real thing!). The characters did become a bit more interesting towards the end of the book, but that was way to late to save the book. But hopefully the next one will have some more depth.


Writing:
Meh. Not terrible, but no high notes either. I usually prefer slower paced books, but this time the high pace was favourable. If this was dragged out more, smaller cracks would become canyons.


Conclusion:
It mostly feels shallow and nostalgic in the bad way. But it’s not so bad that I can’t read the rest of the series. There are some things that can be really fun if the story will focus on them and not the overdramatic and fake-feeling teenage drama.

But there’s two key points to me having problems with the book. And that is that we don’t have the same school system here in Sweden, so I can’t relate on a personal level with the social structure of that hellish-sounding place. Also, I might just be too old for this shit. If you’re a teenager or like high school dramas, give it a go! I loved the first book when I read it the first time. 2,5 stars from me, but I can see why others might love this.


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