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Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft (Audrey's Guides Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jody Gehrman
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the award-winning author of Babe in Boyland comes a Young Adult paranormal romance about witchcraft, black magic, and the pleasures of paranormal chocolate...

Falling in love, baking a magical cake, fighting an evil necromancer—it’s all in a day’s work for Audrey Oliver, seventeen-year-old witch-in-training. When her mother goes missing and her mysterious "cousin" shows up out of the blue, Audrey knows something’s gone horribly, dangerously wrong. Now it’s up to her to get her own magical powers up to speed before everyone she loves is destroyed by the sorcerer intricately connected to her mother’s secret past.

Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft is more than just a novel; it's a book of spells, a collection of easy recipes, a charming coming-of-age tale, an enchanting romance, and an action-packed adventure. As Audrey overcomes her insecurities and learns to protect herself against the wicked black magic of her nemesis, she grows into a heroine we can root for—a witch who knows that true power comes from deep within.

Editorial Reviews


"This novel was brilliant! It kept my attention, had me laughing...I was thoroughly invested in the sparkling dialogue between Audrey, her friends, and her love interest. I can't wait for the sequel to release." ~Ivy Book Bindings 

"Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft is a laugh out loud type novel. I would recommend this novel to fans of the YA supernatural, readers who enjoy humor, and people who want a novel that is full of mystery, secrets, action and romance."
~Chapter by Chapter Reviews

"Since Audrey has a talent for preparing delicious mouth watering desserts, there's also some recipes thrown in that readers may want to try. This is certainly a light and amusing story filled with so many likable characters that I had a hard time putting it down."~Primrose Musings

"Audrey is a believable protagonist...Snarky. Intelligent. Fierce. Funny." ~Unsociable Rabbit's Rants and Reviews

"If you like a fun read involving witches and sort-of zombies, with well rounded characters and a horrific high school enemy, then pick this one up for sure." ~I Am Alive Book Blog

"Overall this one is a must read, must obtain for your high school library. Everything you need to know is in the first sentence of the synopsis: Love + Baking + Fighting = super fun read!" ~Reviews of Young Adult Literature

From the Author

I've always been fascinated by witchcraft. Even as a kid, I sensed a palpable power running through the natural world. Witches have an ability to interact with that power, which is pretty amazing. Living in Northern California, I've been lucky enough to meet people who practice witchcraft, so it isn't that foreign to me. I decided I'd like to try writing about it. I wanted to explore what I knew about real witches but also create a world where their power could be even more mind-blowing. That's part of why I set it in my hometown, Healdsburg; I loved the idea of adding paranormal elements to a place I know so well. I hope you enjoy this spooky tale, and that you'll join Audrey on her future adventures.

Product Details

  • File Size: 761 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Magic Genie Books (June 29, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008G7L6TS
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,672 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Audrey has me under her spell! September 5, 2012
When I was asked to review Gehrman's latest title, I was absolutely thrilled. I loved her other Y.A. novel, Babe in Boyland, and figured I would be in for another hilarious ride. I was surprised to find that this novel took a more serious tone, although it did have its humorous moments, but was just as good nonetheless. This really helped me see Jody Gehrman as a more rounded writer and I really appreciate her work.

I am someone who really loves books about witchcraft. I think because it has to do with a very real part of our history, which means it is the most believable mythical being (the YA version, not Wiccans which is a real religion) and means I can hope one day I'll encounter it without feeling so childish. However, this book didn't have as much of it as I would have liked. The witchcraft seemed easy, and I felt like it could have taken a deeper more complicated tone.

The book itself was light, with its serious hues. Which I really enjoyed and is what a lot of people enjoy reading in the summer. It really worked with Audrey's attitude and vulnerablility. The plot started off as simple and became more intricate and complicated as the story went on; while keeping the light fun tone that made it easy to read. What I loved most was the end. So many times in books I feel so confused at the main climax. The author gets so excited, and has so much to say and so much going on at once, that it doesn't come across well. I understood every second of the climax in this book and didn't feel confused at all. I think this will really help when I read the sequel.

All in all, definitely check this book out and see if it is for you, and while I doubt it will be for everyone, it will definitely be for most.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Start to a Magical Series! September 8, 2012
'Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft' is a fun and exciting book that follows the main character, Audrey Oliver, as she deals with teenage life and with being a witch-in-training. Among her daily activities include school, crushing on a cute boy, learning spells, and trying to fight evil.

The first book in a series, this novel is full of excitement and tons of magical energy. The story's heroine, Audrey, is a perfect example of a modern day teenage girl - only with the added benefit of being a young witch on top of everything else. Audrey has to deal with normal teen angst along with normal problems like boys, school, friends, and family; but being a witch brings its own issues. Audrey is a very likeable character and I was able to easily identify with her and root for her throughout the book. The story was very fast paced with lots of magic and adventure - which made it a page turner that I couldn't put down. The narrative had a great flow and was written really well - both of which are needed to make a great book. Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and I will definitely be reading the next installment in the series.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, but somewhat disappointing November 21, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Coming on the heels of Babe in Boyland, I have to say, I was sadly disappointed. There were a number of reasons, but I think the biggest reason was voice. Natalie from Boyland had such a strong, distinctive, engaging voice - her personality was completely there. Audrey... Audrey is often closer to a stock character. There were moments when her humor and personality would come through more strongly, and I would feel what the book could be, but most of the time, I felt like you could easily swap her with another character from any quickly churned-out paranormal fantasy and not notice too much of a difference. She was never completely cardboard (not a lost cause by any means), but compared to the vibrant Natalie, and knowing what Gehrman is capable of, I was always waiting for that injection of personality, and it made me a little sad (and made the book harder to get into) when it didn't come.

Basically, the book felt a little unfinished to me. It felt...hmm, it felt like I was reading an earlier version, before things were tightened up and streamlined. It's never a good thing when I feel myself wanting to redline things, but I did have that urge. The dialogue needed tightening, the magic needed more of a foundation, and the whole book needed another "pass" - another round of tweaking and perfecting. The magic especially just felt too easy, too Bewitched-wink-and-nod-and-POOF! = magic, y'all. That never works for me, especially when it's combined with the suddenly-I'm-magic trope. I require balance in all things - if there are great advantages, there need to be great drawbacks. And if there are not, if this is just the way your magic works, I need to know more of the Why. I need to believe it, because if I don't buy that, how can I buy anything that happens as a result?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only O.K. August 27, 2013
By Boo-Boo
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I see that their are a lot of people that really liked this book and I can say that I 'did' enjoy it once I got into it but what kind of an ending was 'that'! I couldn't believe the end was the 'end'! There were so many loose ends as far as I was concerned that I thought it really ruined the whole book for me so I only gave it 2 stars. Sorry Jody but it could have used another book to explain everything. Did Audreys mom get rid of Cormak? Did he know Audrey was his daughter? What happened with Julian and Audrey? I had thought they would have taken care of Cormak with their combined power. The list goes on and on. Sorry but thumbs down on this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really enjoyed her learning experience and can hardly wait to read the next "chapter" in Audrey's life!
Published 7 days ago by PhotoStras
3.0 out of 5 stars But has a nice twist towards the end and throws humor into the ...
Same as every other girl who doesn't know she's a witch book. But has a nice twist towards the end and throws humor into the mix as well
Published 24 days ago by erica
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed
This was a well written, well developed story that I enjoyed very much. I am purchasing the next book to continue the adventure. Read more
Published 1 month ago by YvetteScott
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother
This was sad. The idea was good. The characters started well. And then it went down hill from there. Audrey is suppose to be the reliable one and she is an idiot. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ren
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Really loved this book!
Published 4 months ago by Denise Mohr
2.0 out of 5 stars You know all those annoying traits authors like to give teen girls
You know all those annoying traits authors like to give teen girls? Yeah, the main character in this book as them all. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Courtney Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
I gave five stars to this book simply because it was so much fun. While the storyline was great the characters were even better. Without a doubt I would recommend this book!
Published 6 months ago by JodyLynn
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, witchy read!
Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft is a quick and fun magical read. I love witchy books and this one had both a sweet romance and a good mystery to keep me engrossed. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kiki Deister
4.0 out of 5 stars The discovery of power
Audrey is not a normal teen even though she fights to have a normal life right from the start. She fights to have healthy relationships with both her mom (who has disappeared for... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Anna Serra i Vidal
5.0 out of 5 stars Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft by Jody Gehrman
Seventeen, living in California, life's easy. First Friday in September, life got complicated. Mom's missing and Audrey is a Hereditary Witch. Read more
Published 7 months ago by william newmoon
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More About the Author

Jody Gehrman is a native of Northern California, where she can be found writing, teaching, reading, or obsessing over her three cats most days. She is also the author of ten novels and numerous award-winning plays. Her Young Adult novels include The Truth About Jack, Audrey's Guide to Black Magic, Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft, Babe in Boyland, Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty, and Triple Shot Bettys in Love. Babe in Boyland was optioned by the Disney Channel and won the International Reading Association's Teen Choice Award. Her adult novels are Bombshell, Notes from the Backseat, Tart, and Summer in the Land of Skin. Her plays have been produced in Ashland, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and L.A. She and her partner David Wolf won the New Generation Playwrights Award for their one-act, Jake Savage, Jungle P.I. She is a professor of English and Communication Studies at Mendocino College.

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