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Parties & Potions (Magic In Manhattan) Library Binding – December 23, 2008

4.7 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
Book 4 of 4 in the Magic in Manhattan Series

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Mlynowski’s fourth book featuring teenage witch sisters Miri and Rachel is just as funny and appealing as the first three. In this installment, Rachel is looking forward to sophomore year and her budding relationship with Raf. She definitely enjoys her new powers but is determined to keep her witchhood secret from her father, her friends, and especially from Raf. When Miri convinces her to undergo training for a Samsorta ceremony (a “débutante-slash-bat-mitzvah-slash-quinceañera witch party thing”), Rachel meets dozens of teenage witches and warlocks and gains a new perspective on witchery. Mlynowski balances Miri’s delight at finally having a social life with Rachel’s very real fears of what will happen if her friends and father find out that she is “different,” as, of course, they do. But the story is clever, Rachel is a hoot, the girls’ concerns are valid, and, best of all, Mlynowski leaves the sledgehammer in the closet and handles the “importance of being yourself” theme with a light touch. Grades 6-9. --Chris Sherman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Satisfying...A fun, light read." --Kirkus Reviews

"Funny & appealing." --Booklist --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Magic In Manhattan
  • Library Binding: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (December 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385906102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385906104
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,161,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sarah is the author of both the WHATEVER AFTER and MAGIC IN MANHATTAN series, as well as DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT (March 2014), MILKRUN, FISHBOWL, AS SEEN ON TV, MONKEY BUSINESS, GIMME A CALL, TEN THINGS WE DID (AND PROBABLY SHOULDN'T HAVE) and HOW TO BE BAD (along with E.Lockhart and Lauren Myracle). Sarah's short stories and novellas include A LITTLE BIT BROKEN, A NICE FLING IS HARD TO FIND, KNOW IT ALL and CRUISIN'. Sarah also co-edited the bestselling chick-lit collections GIRLS' NIGHT IN and GIRLS' NIGHT OUT and co-wrote the first ever guide to writing chick lit, SEE JANE WRITE.

Sarah's books have been translated into twenty-one languages and optioned to Hollywood. She was born in Montreal but now lives and writes in New York City.

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Format: Hardcover
Paranormal YA

Rating: 5 Enchantments

PARTIES AND POTIONS is a really fun, paranormal read. Its definitely one of my top favorites of the year. When her younger sister Miri wants to delve deeper into the witch world, Rachel's resistant. Sure, its one thing to be a witch, but to be one openly is quite another. But when Miri gets them invited to dinner with one of her new witch friends, Wendaline, off of MyWitchBook, Rachel finds herself exposed to a whole new witchy world.

I really enjoyed PARTIES AND POTIONS. Ms. Mlynowski creates a wonderfully unique paranormal world that's easy to enjoy even if you haven't read the other books in the series. I was pulled into the story right from the start. Rachel is a great character, stuck having to deal with her younger sister Miri's obsession with having a Samsorta, a debutante-like debut for witches in Romania. Now Rachel's forced into Samsorta lessons, in Arizona no less, plus there's a cute warlock, Adam, who might just make things even more complicated. Things would be so much easier if she could tell her mortal boyfriend Raf that she's a witch, but she can't bring herself to do that. What if that breaks them up? Besides, she's just not as outgoing with her witchy ways as her new friend, Wendaline. And things get even more complicated when Miri suddenly decides they have to tell their father about their witchy ways.

I loved Rachel struggling to deal with her witchy ways in a mortal world and then in comes her new friend Wendaline, who keeps announcing to everyone she's a witch--she's definitely a scenestealer! One of my favorite scenes is when Rachel and Miri go to their first Simsorta, the warlock's version of a Samsorta.
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Format: Hardcover
Rachel's ready to start off her sophomore year of high school with a bang! Now that she's gotten her powers, and learned to semi-control them, there's nothing holding her back from having the best year ever. Except there is one little hindrance - she has to keep her witch life and her "normal" life separated, and the task is proving to be a lot harder then she thought.

First there is her Samsorta, which is pretty much a debutante ball for witches. Miri (her sister) and she have to take classes and learn that there are tons more teen witches out there. Rachel soon meets up with Adam, who is cute, funny, and a witch, but there's also Raf - adorable, sweet, and he doesn't know Rachel's secret.

Then there is Wendalin - Miri's new witch friend who just started high school and doesn't understand why she can't let everyone know that she's a witch. Rachel kind of takes her under her wing and tries to change her into a more "normal" teenager.

And finally she has to deal with the fact that her dad still doesn't know that she and Miri are witches, and she's terrified to tell him.

Even though she's a witch and it takes nothing to hop on over to Paris or to change the color of her shirt, Rachel still has many issues that can't be solved with the snap of her fingers.

This whole series is seriously cute! The books always pick up right where the last left off with nothing missing. That said, though, the story can definitely hold its own, and it would be just as enjoyable to read if no other book in the series had been read. Rachel kind of retells her past adventures throughout the story in a way that sparks your memory if it has been a while since you read the previous books, or will catch you up if you haven't read any of the others.
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In the fourth book of the Magic in Manhattan series, Rachel and her sister, Miri, learn more about what all comes with being a witch. Miri meets a friend online, Wendaline, and Wendaline tell the girls about a Samsorta, which is a debutante ball for witches. Miri is more than happy to take classes to get ready for the Samsorta. That means she'll be able to make friends in the witching world. Rachel is less than thrilled. Anything that interrupts time that she could be spending with the love of her life, Raf, is something that is not a priority. But, when Rachel sees how much it means to Miri to participate in the Samsorta, she agrees.

Not only does Rachel have that going on, but Wendaline is starting classes at her high school. And, Wendaline is definitely not afraid to use magic in front of others or even tell them that she's a witch. That of course gets Cassandra's, the meanest girl in school, attention. So, to help out Wendaline, Rachel tries to find ways to make her fit in better and hopefully get Cassandra off of Wendaline's back.

Rachel is also having to deal with all the Samsorta classes and having to come up with excuses to tell her dad and her boyfriend, Raf, why she and Miri have to leave early or for periods of time. It would be so much easier if she could tell them what's going on, wouldn't it? With all this going on, how is a girl suppose to have fun with all the fun, world wide parties that the other witches in class through?

I have loved the Magic in Manhattan series since the first book, Bras and Broomsticks, and this book is no different. This whole series is fun to read and there's a lot of humor through out. Ms. Mlynowski knows how to delight readers with mixing something supernatural with problems that every teen is sure to encounter. All of Sarah's books are sure to delight. If you haven't read this series, I suggest you pick it up and try it out.

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