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A Modern Witch: A Modern Witch, Book 1
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216 of 236 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2011
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Debora Geary just keeps growing as a story teller.

Yes, there are witches but this is a story about love, luck, and family. The smooth blending of technology and witchcraft works so well, I was looking for the spellcode in my own machine before the book was over.

The cast of characters from Lauren - reluctant witch and ace real estate broker - to Jamie and Nat to the herd of kids and witchlings stole my heart and made me smile.

If you like your contemporary fantasy with just a touch of magic, an off center love story, and gorgeously developed characters, you should grab a sample of this one faster than you can say "So mote it be."
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130 of 142 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2011
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A Modern Witch

I was looking for a good weekend read, and boy this novel sure fit the bill. This is a story of a modern day witch who doesn't have any clue that she possesses any type of special powers let alone actually being a witch. With a tad bit of intervention by some very special people Lauren will learn a lot more about herself and a new appreciation of who she is really supposed to be. Debora Geary did a wonderful job introducing the characters for this series, each person has an important roll and the blue prints for the tale are laid out in such a way that you become completely invested in all the characters and their lives. I absolutely fell in love with Aervyn the 4 yr old up and coming witch and can not wait to see how he grows up in the series. There is laughter and tears and of course some romance that comes from an unexpected couple. I can not wait to read the next installment! This E-Book was a unexpected gem and was very reasonably priced. I am so glad I took a chance and bought it. If you are looking for a great story, with characters that you fall in love with, LOOK no further, as this is just that book! My only real complaints are that the next book in the series isn't out yet, and there could have been a bit more bulk to this book so I could have kept reading a little longer. I gave this 5 stars because it was everything I was looking for to read.
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307 of 347 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2011
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I really wanted to like this book, but I feel like I just wasted several hours for nothing. The characters all speak with the same voice, and use language that would be laughable in real life. I never want to hear the words witchling, brother mine, son of mine, my heart sings, cripes (and by the way, what 28 year old girl EVER uses the word 'cripes' repeatedly?), etc. ever again. All characters, from age 28 to the grandmothers, sound the same and they all sound ridiculous.

The entire book is syrupy sweet to the point of being nauseating (at least for me). None of the characters have any personality flaws, everyone loves each other and gets along fantastically, and they're all super successful and have plenty of money. There are no obstacles in the barely-there plot, so the book just hums along on a road to nowhere. I kept waiting for something, *anything* to happen, but it doesn't. I won't spoil the ending, but of course it just ends with even more happiness, sweetness, and love.

I tried to give the author the benefit of the doubt, so I thought this book may just be setting up a really good story for the next book, but then the next book in the series covers some other characters, so now I'm baffled.

The book also contains numerous sections where you have to read dialog from a witch chat room, which just magnifies the fact that all the characters sound the same no matter who is speaking, and the chats are boring and pointless.

I feel bad giving such a negative review, but I honestly don't understand why this book is so highly rated. I guess if you want a non stop happy train this is the book for you, but if you like plot and character development, I'd steer clear of this one.
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145 of 169 people found the following review helpful
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The world in this book has some interesting possibilities, but that is all there is to this book. The main character, Laura, is a happy Realtor, discovers she's got magic powers, resists on one level but embraces totally on another practical level. It seems as though the main story was intended to be her struggle to come to terms with her change in reality, but the character is too darned Perfect. She's learned to roll with punches, never makes a really wrong choice, and has amazingly awesome powers that she somehow made it through life without noticing. No real lasting mistakes were made, no tension ever shows up between characters, no big choices have to be made that weren't already (literally) preordained.

The characters were largely flat. Most of the "conversations" sounded like a soliloquy split between two people. This was worse at the beginning, and did get a bit better by the end. It gives me some hope for upcoming novels, clearly the author is capable of improving, and as she got further into the story they characters found their own voices more. I can only hope that in future novels that means they are capable of some interesting disagreements and different points of view.

In the end it was a very cute introduction to a world that That made me sad, because I really enjoyed the world setting. Of course, the majority of the book read more like "A Witch lover's guide to the Modern World" than an actual novel. The author clearly loves her world and wants to share it. It is my hope that she finds a real story to share it in.
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2012
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I really tried to like this book, but I couldn't. There was really no plot or point to the book. It's a story about a woman who discovers she's a witch. She meets some very nice witches and everyone lives happily ever after. There is no antagonist, no intrigue and no character development. I think the author has a good premise for a series, but the plot wasn't developed well enough to grab your attention and keep it. I kept waiting for something to happen and it never did. I will not be reading other books in this series.
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77 of 89 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2012
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I can't ever remember having been more disappointed by a book categorized as "Fantasy/SciFi". Its all fluff and rainbows and trite dialog. There is no story, there is no plot, there is no purpose. Lauren finds out she is a witch and meets the other witches. Everyone is happy and sugary sweet and chatty. The end. There. Now you don't have to read it.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2012
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I rate this book one and the half stars....you know i really didn't want to read this book for a while but everytime I was on amazon it would pop up as one of my recommended reads. I waited and watched as the reviews grew. When I saw last night that the reviews had reached 340 and mainly five and four stars i decided to give the book a try finally. I am sorry to say that my first impression about the book was correct. It is not a very good read.
First, the book didn't go anywhere, it had no plot and was increadibly anticlimatic. There was no wow factor. I just expected with all that rating to get a "wow, that was amazing" moment but that never happened.
Second, the book was so repetative. When i read the sample i expected the book to develop from that point, little did i know that that sample is carried out through out the whole book. Basically it is about a powerful witch that doesn't know she is a witch, and a very close witch family. That's all folks that is the whole book in one sentence.
Finally, i gave the book 1/2 a star extra because i do believe the relationship between that characters flowed and meshed very well and the discription was done very well also. But unfortunately that is the only good thing i can say. The God honest truth is that the book read like a textbook for witchcraft 101, with alittle bit of a story thrown in there. I swear if i ever needed to test myself to see if i was a mind witch or any other witch for that matter i believe i need only look to this book. Any chapter would do because they are all the same. I am so disappointed i wish i had listened to my gut on this one.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2012
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That 'A Modern Witch' is grammatically correct is the single point in its favor. The book felt like reading amateurish fanfiction divorced of a fandom worthy of attention. Every single character is a Mary Sue. Absolutely nothing interesting occurs - there is no plot - and the author is incapable of presenting a story. The characters ramble on with redundant conversations. The biggest decision made is whether a character will move to another state in order to be kind to other codependent, one-dimensional characters.

I borrowed this book via Prime Lending due to the high review rating. Positively atrocious.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Usually I like magic stories with more action and struggle. In this case it was simpler story of a witch family and two "normal" woman who finds herself caught up the world of witchcraft when one of them discovers she has witch powers.

Is there a plot to magically conquer the world, an evil villain, magic treasure to be found, life and death crisis? No, to any of these. So ordinarily I would find this boring. Instead this is a simple story of a family, who happen to be witches, the discovery of love, life's decisions about where to live, decisions on what career to follow, your best friends finding love,...in short almost a soap opera with hints of Steel Magnolia family events. I found myself empathizing with the characters, rooting for simple happiness events like new babies, new loves and loving brothers and sisters. This could have been a simple boy meets girl story, a child with special needs finding love and understanding and two best friends struggling with how to stay connected while changing their lives. Instead by adding magic the whole story developed some quirky fun and also dragged me into reading a book I would usually never pick up.

I often describe books as fun to read; but in this case I think enjoyable is a much better term. Like you enjoy going to children's recitals, weddings, family gatherings, class reunions... it warmed part of my heart while making me smile at points. No adrenalin rush, but a warm fuzzy feeling.

I enjoyed it immensely and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

I am stingy with my stars. I gave this book 5 stars in part because the author very reasonably priced the kindle edition, not being greedy like some other authors. Please join me in boycotting some authors until they get more realistic in their Kindle pricing. Only for very good works should they approach $8 and anything over $9 I consider unreasonable. Inflation may move this mark in the future but I don't think we should let greedy publishers and authors move the standard.
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49 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2011
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I was up for a little light reading, and the premise seemed clever enough: modern witches finding one another via the Internet. Unfortunately, the two-dimensional characters and pages of direct chatroom transcripts with insipid and repetitive dialog made it a book I could hardly read for more than ten minutes at a time. I don't think I've ever done this before, but I'm cutting my lossses and quitting the book even though I'm three-quarters of the way through. This author must have some dedicated fans to get such high reviews - they certainly misled me.
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